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United Arab Emirates Transport

United Arab Emirates Transportation

By Air
The Dubai International Airport is internationally known and it connects the UAE to the rest of the world. The table below shows approximate flight times to Dubai from various cities

There are 6 international airports in UAE:

Dubai International Airport:
Of all the six International airports the one in Dubai is one of the busiest and fastest growing airports in UAE. From 9 airlines serving some 20 destinations in 1969, it has grown to accommodate 107 airlines connecting to over 160 destinations in 2004.

Abu Dhabi International Airport:
The Abu Dhabi International Airport ca accommodate more than 5 million passengers a year and numerous International Airlines run their flights in and out in this airport in UAE. While Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East

The Al Ain International airport:Al Ain International Airport is much smaller at the moment and only 8 airlines operate their flights in this in this Airport of UAE.

Sharjah International Airport:
Sharjah International Airport is located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is an important cargo airport and home base of the low-cost carrier Air Arabia. The number of passengers passing through Sharjah International Airport has drastically increased in the past decade.

Fujairah International Airport:
Fujairah International Airport is considered to be one of the most important pilllars of commercial activity in the Emirate. It is a major line of communication connecting Fujairah with the outside world. The airport started to function in 1987. It is supervised over by the Department of Civil Aviation. It is the fifth airport in the U.A.E. and the only one on the East Coast. This together with the seaport, creates a vital position for the re-export trade between the states of East Asia and Europe, as it is near to both, in addition to the similarity of both security and customs procedures to those of these countries.

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport:
International airport located 18 km from the city of Ras Al Khaimah, 40 minutes away from Dubai & 3 hours away from Abu Dhabi - the capital of the UAE. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is a modern, secure and efficient Airport with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including advanced aeronautical facilities and full Airport support systems.

Over 40 passenger carriers operate scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi from approximately 90 destinations worldwide. Major global carriers include Air France, Air India, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, PIA, Britannia, and China Airlines.

Travel by road:
There is a good road into Oman and also a good one into Saudi Arabia, which connects with the Trans-Arabian Highway on the overland route to Europe.

Car hire:
Most international car hire companies have offices at airports or hotels. A passport and either a valid international or national licence are necessary.

A daily service runs between Muscat (Oman) and Abu Dhabi via Al Ain. There is a twice daily bus service between Oman and Dubai via Hatta. There are also bus services between Abu Dhabi and Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Travel by rail:
There is currently no rail network in the UAE, and consequently no services to Abu Dhabi.

By Sea

The Queen Elizabeth II was one of the first cruise ships to dock at the luxury ship terminal in Dubai, which was opened in March 2001. The terminal is equipped to handle two ships simultaneously and its deep basin gives cruise lines the options of brining in larger ships, especially in winter when it is a great alternative to the normally congested Caribbean Islands.

Transportation Within UAE:
Transportation in the United Arab Emirates is mainly possible by means of cars. Cars take up the largest portion of transportation in the UAE, which is followed by buses and then motorcycles.

In order to own a car, the only requirement is for you to have a UAE residence visa. Brand new cars can cost between Dhs. 40,000 ($ 11,000) and 200,000 ($ 55,000), while second hand cars can start as low as Dhs. 8,000 ($ 2,200). The list of new car dealers can be found at UAE Car Agents and Dealers, while a list of second hand car dealers can be found here.

If you don't have a car of your own, then the best means of getting round in the UAE is by taxi. Taxis will take you within an emirate or from emirate to emirate, if you have the money. In the UAE, taxis are only allowed to take you from the emirate their vehicle is registered in, to any destination you wish to go but by law cant bring you back. For example's sake, a cab registered in Dubai, can take you from Dubai to Sharjah but cant pick you up in Sharjah and bring you to Dubai.

Taxis in the UAE charge by law of the emirate or by meter. Meter taxis are widely used in Dubai while taxis in the other emirates charge according to the official price issued by the emirate. The table below contains official taxi fare prices for the emirates of Ajman and Sharjah.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain have public bus transportation system. In Dubai, it costs between 1 and 4 dirhams to get on the bus and the buses are air-conditioned, with a separate area for women and men. The bus system has been handled by the Dubai Municipality since 1995 and has continuously been improving. The bus routing map provided by the Dubai Municipality unfortunately is very unorganized. It doesn't indicate the bus routes through Deira and Bur Dubai, which are the main two areas of Dubai. It would be nice to be able to select a bus route number and have the route clearly shown. The Dubai Municipality has recently announced that it plans to improve inter-emirate bus services, and has already expanded its current public bus system (Gulf News). Other than public transport, buses are used to transport children to school or workers to work.

Inter-Emirate Bus Services
As indicated above, Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC) has been leading the UAE regarding luxury and cheap bus transportation between emirates. The Dubai and Abu Dhabi Municipalities have also jumped into the ring launching a Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi inter-emirate bus service known as Emirates Express in March 2005, which only costs Dhs. 15 for a one-way trip which leaves every 45 minutes. DTC also has slashed their prices for their Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi inter-emirate bus service to Dhs. 15, but unfortunately they are only a one-way service.

Motorcycles are very rarely used, as it is very dangerous to ride a motorcycle here in the UAE. Motorcycles are mainly used by carrier services.

Other means of transportation are not used, as the temperature in the United Arab Emirates is quite hot all year long. Similar to the motorcycle, riding a bike isn't safe and riding on the sidewalks is not allowed.

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