If you need to get from point A to point B but can’t be bothered to wait in traffic (and you have a couple hundred dollars to spend), UberCHOPPER is a reality in Dubai.
Although you do have to book a bit in advance, it’s a flat rate per person to deliver you, wait for you, and take you home. It’s not cheap, but it’s an amazing way to see the desert oasis from a bird’s eye view.
If you’re looking for a more experiential (rather than transportational) flight, there’s also the Dubai Helicopter City Tour , a truly awing experience.
The Dubai Tram is another safe, air-conditioned, and efficient way to get around the city, especially if you’re in the Marina or Jumeirah area. Travelling along Al Sufouh Road and Jumeirah Beach Road for nine miles, the tram is the first outside Europe to incorporate in-track electrical cables to supply power.
Similar to the metro, the tram has wifi and mobile coverage, dedicated cabins for women and children, and accommodations for passengers with disabilities. And of course, they feature Gold Class cars for interested passengers.
As long as you are down by the Marina area, you should also consider riding in a taxi boat. Or if you’re in the Al Fahidi district, charter an abra, a traditional Emirati boat that brings you across the Dubai Creek.
Since Dubai is so well-connected via roadways, some travelers decide that the most convenient and efficient way to get around town is to rent a car for a portion or the duration of their stay.
There are both budget rentals and luxury rentals available, so you can choose to cruise the town in either a standard sedan or a slick supercar.
Renting requires either an international license or a license from one of Dubai’s approved countries. It’s important to follow the traffic laws carefully and drive as safely as possible, given that you’re in a new environment.
Rules and etiquette
Since you are in a new place, it’s best to be as polite as possible. Lucky for visitors like you, it’s easy to do so in Dubai, a multicultural city where manners matter.
While on public transport, it’s important to refrain from pushing, move down into the cabins upon entering, and allowing passengers to exit before boarding. These simple rules will make sure you and the other passengers have a pleasant ride and arrive with a smile.
For more information about rules & etiquette, have a look at our Rules & Etiquette Guide.