Domestic Transportation in the U.A.E.

Overview by

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

The best means of travelling in the cities of Emirates remain the personal car and the taxi. Taxis are a bit costly, but easy to find and numerous. Majority of them know a sufficient level English to follow directions and journeys. Local transports are still less developed except in Dubai which has an urban bus service. A trip to Dubai, costs between 1 and 3.5 AED and there is a pass system.A metro line is under construction in Dubai since 2006. River taxis enable to cross the Dubai Creek for 12 AED.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Urban Transport Agencies
Geographical information system portal
Online map of Emirates
Find an Itinerary
Portal giving access of main places of interest in the Emirates.
Taxi Companies
Dubai Taxi Agency

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Abu Dhabi Intl (AUH) 38 km / 21 miles AED 70 / 30-35 min AED 5 / 40 min - Available
Dubai Intl (DXB) 5 km / 3 miles AED 40 / 10 min AED 2 / 15 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Personal vehicle or shared taxis are the best means of travelling between different Emirates. There are buses and minibuses assuring links between Emirates. A monorail project is under consideration between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Aseaplane service already connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Rail Companies
There are no trains within Emirates.


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Emirates Major yes yes
Etihad airways Major no yes
RAK Airways Major no yes
Air Arabia low cost no yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The road network is excellent, but the traffic can be dangerous (excess speed, sudden stoppages of taxis in cities). For a tour in the desert, it is imperative to have a 4X4.
Driver's License
It is essential to possess a local licence (especially if resident). The procedure is easy, a national licence legalised by the Embassy as well as translation in Arabic must be submitted to the traffic police, who after a visit and receipt of a passport copy delivers the local licence in a period of 10 to 15 days. This procedure costs 49 EUR.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
To rent a vehicle, one must be 18 years and present the following documents: an international licence, national licence, two photos and a passport copy. It is possible to present only a national licence but in this case, the person should necessarily be a resident of the country of the licence.
Rental Agencies
Portal with several taxi companies
Tolls or Taxes
Third party insurance is necessary from a local agency. The '"all risks" insurance is highly recommended.
-unlimited third party from 92 to 183 EUR according to the value of the vehicle
-all risks with franchise: 4.5% of the estimated value of the vehicle and franchise from 61 to 915 EUR according to the value of the vehicle.
- all risks without franchise : 5 to 7% of the estimated value of the vehicle.
Road Maps
Website giving access to free cards
Find an Itinerary
Portal of via michelin, then choose the country
Parking Facilities
There are many parkings but they are paid.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
18 years
Side of the Road For Driving
Right hand drive
Speed Limits
Speed limits at 60 km/h in cities and at 100 km/h outside residential areas.
Safety Belts
Belt necessary in the front of the vehicle
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
Tolerated amount of alcohol is 0g. After occurence of an accident, blood tests are necessary. If traces of alcohol are discovered in the blood of the driver, he incurs a fine of 2000 DH and imprisonment up to three months.
National Roads Organizations
Roads & transport Authority

Any Comments About This Content? Report It to Us.

Read more See less
Hot Tips (1)
Post your content


Post content about Domestic Transportation in the United Arab Emirates and you will be listed here to receive requests for offers.

Contact our expert contributor
  • Waleed Dirani, Future Horizon...

    Training- Business Consultation & Development, the United States