Air Travel

Dubai International Airport (or just Dubai Airport, DXB) is in the Garhood / Garhoud area of Dubai. A second international airport called Dubai World Central Airport is already operational and used by a few international airlines.

Dubai International Airport was voted Best in the Middle East and Africa for 2005 by Business Traveller Magazine Germany.

Dubai is a buzzing metropolis and also the owner of the most hi-tech and modern airport in the country and the whole Middle East. Up to 50 million tourists and businessmen come here every year.

Metro

The Dubai Metro is the world’s largest driverless train system. The network has two lines – red and green – with the modern, air-conditioned system linking directly to Dubai International airport. Simply buy a Nol top-up card or ticket from the station to start your journey.

Things to note:

  • The metro is only connected to Terminals 1 and 3. Passengers arriving at Terminal 2 will need to take the 24-hour airport shuttle to reach one of the metro stations.
  • While the metro runs seven days a week, it only runs from 5am to midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5am until 1am on Thursday, and 10am until 1am on Friday.

Taxi

Taxi services are government regulated, with airport transfers starting at AED25 ($6.80). There are clear signs pointing towards the official taxi pick-up area at each terminal, with cream-coloured RTA taxis ready to drop you at your destination.
If preferred, women travellers can use the taxis with the pink trim, as they have female drivers.

Uber/Careem

  • Hail a car at your convenience without booking in advance.
  • Pay your way with your card through the app without the hassle of finding cash in the local currency.
  • Most of the Uber and Careem cars in Dubai are plush Lexus cars (and some Uber cars are even Teslas).
  • You can select what type of vehicle to pick you up (for both Careem and Uber).
  • Drop the pin to your exact location and let the driver follow the GPS from there!
  • Uber allows you to create a ‘business profile’ to manage multiple trips as a business (e.g. sending cars to the airport to pick up clients or tracking transport expenses from one place).

Bus

you’re looking for a low-cost option to get around most of the city, hop on a bus.

  • Buses depart from all three terminals, so you don’t need to connect between them to catch your ride.
  • Buses run 24 hours a day at 30-minute intervals.

Car Rental

Prefer to drive yourself around? There are a number of car rental agencies in the arrivals hall, including Hertz, Europcar and Sixt.

Emirates Business class chauffeurs

Business class passengers on Emirates can make use of the airline’s complimentary chauffeur service.

  • A dedicated driver and luxury car will drive you from the airport to your destination
  • First class passengers can enjoy free in-car wi-fi.
  • The queues are shorter than waiting for a taxi.
  • Your driver or a representative will be waiting for you in the Arrivals hall with a sign displaying your name.