The UAE possesses a notable network of first-class land transport infrastructure that connects the principal cities of the country (including a multi-lane freeway between the city capital Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and accesses to the neighboring countries of Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Main roads in the UAE are recognized by an Emirate Route Number (ERN). Driving in all the emirates is on the right-hand side. Speed restrictions are plainly exhibited on road signs and are generally 60-80kph (37-50mph) around urban places and 100-120kph (62-74mph) elsewhere.
Seatbelts are obligatory and the use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited, just as drinking while driving (the maximum permissible alcohol to blood ratio is zero).
- Routes to Dubai: 77 ERN from Jebel Ali, 88 ERN from Sharjah, 44 ERN from Wajajah (Oman), 66 ERN from Al-Ain (Oman), and 11 ERN from Abu Dhabi.
- Driving Times to Dubai: 1 hr 15 min from Al-Ain, 1 hr 30 min from Abu Dhabi, 20 min from Sharjah, and 4 hrs from Muscat.
Dubai By Bus
The principal bus terminal for metropolitan and regional services is Deira station, situated close to the city's centre. Here there are intercity buses that operate just within the Dubai emirate, covering for instance, the road to Hatta.
Travelers that come from another emirate, arrive at Bur Dubai station, in the Dubai Transport minibus which carries 14 passengers per trip. These minibuses get Dubai and depart from the city each 15 or 20 minutes depending on when they fill up. In general, they are clean and provide a good service. Today, there are also available larger buses in the route to Abu Dhabi.
There are also buses that run to Dubai from the surrounding countries. Two buses a day arrive from Muscat (Oman) at the DNATA Airline Centre Car Park. The Balawi Bus Service covers the route from Jordan twice weekly and from Egypt once a week. Buses from/to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Syria, are only accessible at Abu Dhabi.
Dubai has two other bus stations offering regional services: The Gold Souk and the Al-Ghubaiba. Despite that buses are a cheap form to get Dubai, tourists often prefer other services because the bus schedules tend to be unreliable and the vehicles are crowded and hot.
Dubai By Car
To get into the UAE, visitors require an International driving license, plus a local permit and a payment (with credit card). It is reasonably uncomplicated, and although the traffic turns heavy sometimes, a car is an excellent option to go to Dubai.
People of the contiguous countries (especially Oman) can easily travel to the UAE in their own vehicles paying a charge. Other visitors should rent a car. There are several agencies that provide this service in all the emirates. Be aware that all cars must have a valid insurance.
Dubai By Taxi
Long-distance taxis can be taken to travel within the emirates. Logically, the price is higher but the service is significantly better. Travelers donít need to wait until all seats are filled or queuing for a ticket. However, a good recommendation is to settle the cost before leave, because the prices are not regularized.
Some taxis are allowed to cross the frontier of the UAE. A tax of around Dhs. 20 (US$ 6) is required per each person traveling outside the country.