Most people don’t walk too far in Dubai, particularly during the summer, as the heat is just too much. Though it can be nice to stroll around in the winter, during the warmer months you will only see people out walking once it has cooled down in the evening. You may even see some people driving around in the summer wearing gloves because of how hot even the steering wheel can get. In general, the metro is great, but unless your origin and destinations are close to the metro stations in the hotter months, you may prefer to take a taxi if traveling during the heat of the day.
Getting to Dubai from the Airport
The Dubai metro does connect to the airport and is quite cheap. However, so are taxis, depending on where you are headed. A taxi from the airport to Deira is about 37-40 Dirhams ( $10 ), with a ride from Deira to the airport via hotel car services coming at 30 Dirhams.
Using the Dubai metro is fairly straightforward. A visitor will want to purchase a Red Card. Cards can be used on the metro, buses and water bus. Purchasing a card is only 2 AED and it can hold value for up to 10 trips. Though trips of varying lengths have different prices, this will make things easier for you to get around.
Trains run on the following schedule:
Saturday to Thursday: from 6am to 11pm
Friday: from 2pm to midnight
During Ramadan – Saturday to Thursday: from 6am to midnight
During Ramadan – Friday: 2pm to midnight
More information about the Dubai Metro
Crossing Dubai Creek
If you’re going between Deira and Bur Dubai, you’re best is to take an abra, the local boats that crisscross the creek all day. at only 1 AED, this is one of the cheapest ways to get around Dubai, in addition to be quick and fun.