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The majority of taxis in Dubai are metred and operate under four private companies and can be flagged down by the side of the road or called on 04-2080808. Pick up fare is the starting fare for taxis from the airport is higher. Private taxis are also available outside Dubai’s hotels at an extra charge.

Although driver-less and fully automated metro trains are being built and will be fully operational by 2009, taxis still remain the most common way of getting around in Dubai.

Dubai TaxiCar Hire

If you are an expert driver and possess an international driver’s license then renting out a car might make good sense. A majority of the car rental companies operate out of Dubai and you can get good rates, just make sure that it includes comprehensive insurance and Salik (toll tax) for passing through certain roads.

BusDubai bus

Buses are becoming more and more visible on Dubai’s roads. And the Road and Transports Authority (RTA) is in the process of setting up airconditioned bus shelters to protect commuters from harsh weather. Fares are cheap, from Dhs. 1-3 and are paid to the driver at the time of boarding.

Boat

AbraDhows or the traditional abras or water taxis are the best way to get a feel of old Dubai and at an incredibly cheap fare of 50 fils to Dhs 1.50. You can also cross over from Deira to Bur Dubai on these water dhows.

For Dhs. 35-50 you can rent out a whole abra for your family.

Cycling

Not recommended in the harsh weather and stressful traffic jams. There are dedicated cycle tracks like the one in Al Mamzar where tourists can cycle in leisure.

Walking

Neighbourhood strolls are fine but don’t think of walking long distances without getting dehydrated. In winter, people do walk on the few sideways. If you are an avid walker don’t miss out on the brand new Canal Walk at the iconic style resort, the Dubai festival City.

 Future of Dubai's Transport : Dubai Metro

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Driver-less Trains on the Desert

Dubai will soon have one of the most advanced urban rail systems in the world that will be a catalyst for its ambitious tourism, financial and economic projects.

The driverless, fully automated trains will be fully air-conditioned and designed to meet the transport needs of Dubai's rapidly increasing population.

The Dubai Metro will have a trial run in April 2008 as the first train for the Dubai Metro is expected to reach Dubai in March 2008 after the successful completion of its trial run in Japan.

In full operation, Dubai Metro is projected to carry approximately 1.2 million passengers on an average day, and 355 million passengers per year.

The trains will offer standard class with a women and children only section plus a first class section (carriage for VIPS). Five-car seats will be approximately 75m long, seating around 400 passengers but with standing room for many more.

A consortium of four companies headed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is leading the project to build the first two lines of the high-tech driverless rapid transit system. Other consortium members include the Japanese Obayashi and Kajima corporations, and Yapi Merkesi of Turkey.

The Metro network will be fully integrated within the network operated by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), a body created in 2005. Routes will be organised around the backbone provided by the rail system. Taxi stations and park-and-ride facilities will be included in key Metro stations to further enhance the system's role. Numerous double doors will allow fast and smooth flows. Rolling stock is to be supplied by Kinki Sharyo under a US$456.2m contract to supply 385 cars, with shipments scheduled from 2008. The main depot will be at Rashidya with an auxiliary depot planned in the Jebel Ali area.

Taxi stations and park-and-ride facilities will be included in key Metro stations to further enhance the central system's role.

Groundworks began in February 2006, centred around the 52.1km Red Line. In August 2006 a second contract worth US$.12bn was awarded to the MHI consortium for bulding the 17.6km Green Line, intersecting with Red Line at two stations. Green Line will link strategic locations at Dubai Airport and Healthcare City.

Source : GoDubai

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