Dubai has a large public transport system that operates more than 60 fixed routes within the cityís districts and moves roughly 90 million people each year. The major Dubaiís bus stations are Gold Souq Market in Deira (close the Gold Souk) and Al Ghubaiba bus station in Bur Dubai (on the road of the same name).
The fee for an in-town; that has to be paid to the driver on boarding, is not expensive, about Dhs. 1-4 (US$ 0.30-1.20), according to the distance of the journey. The service is provided by Dubai Municipality (tel: (04) 285 9401 or 221 5555) from 6 am to 11 pm at regular intervals with wide and clean buses.
Monthly bus passes, called Taufeer, are helpful smart cards for those staying some weeks in Dubai, permitting cheaper and unlimited travel around Dubai Creek for Dhs. 75 (US$ 20) and throughout the city for Dhs. 120 (US$ 33).
One of the most valuable routes by visitors is Line 8, which begins at the Gold Souk, takes the tunnel under Dubai Creek to Heritage Village, and then sets off down Jumeirah Rd (contiguous to the beach) and all its hotels and malls, up to Burj al-Arab and Wild Wadi. Line 8 ends near the Internet City and Mall of the Emirates.
The Big Bus Company offers special routes through Jumeirah and on the historic areas of the city. The hub for its routes is Wafi City mall. For a payment of Dhs. 175 (US$ 48) tourists can get a ticket that covers 24 hours of traveling.
Dubaiís bus stations also offer air-conditioned buses departing each hour to Hatta and twice a day to Muscat (Oman) and Abu Dhabi. In Al Ghubaiba bus station are available bus services to other towns of the UAE and to Oman.
Finally, there is a 24-hour bus connecting Dubai International Airport with Deira and Bur Dubai bus stations for Dhs. 3 (US$ 0.80). These buses run every half hour from/to Deira and Bur Dubai stations.
- Free route maps, time-tables and passes are available at bus stations. Routes and bus numbers are posted on the buses in both Arabic and English.
- Bus schedules are not always followed on the mark because of Dubaiís traffic.
- Hotels usually provide shuttle bus services for their guests.
- During the Ramadan period, the front seats are reserved for women.
- Due to buses are becoming more and more popular. The Dubaiís Road and Transports Authority (RTA) is permanently adding new vehicles to its fleet.