Dubai is an important hub for international travel. The emirate’s most popular airport and second-busiest in world, Dubai International Airport (DXB) hosts flights from a wide variety of destinations. The airport is the home base of award-winning Emirates Airlines which—along with 100 other airlines—serves more than 7,000 flights per week and 260 destinations across six continents.
Dubai is connected to neighboring emirates via an excellent highway system. From Sharjah, the E11 highway (Sheikh Zayed Road), E311, E88 and E102 are all popular routes into Dubai. From Abu Dhabi, the E11, E311, E66 and E44 highways offer inbound options. For those driving to Dubai from another GCC country, the United Arab Emirates border can be accessed through Saudi Arabia or Oman, with appropriate and valid visa(s).
Dubai’s metro system is budget-friendly, clean and air-conditioned way to travel around the emirate. There are two lines: the Red Line runs the length of Dubai, connecting to many significant landmarks along the way, while the Green Line primarily serves ‘old’ Dubai, including the Creek area and the souks of Bur Dubai and Deira. Tram service, known as the Orange Line, provides dedicated access to points around Dubai Marina.
Business and leisure locations around Dubai are quite spread out, so renting a car affords visitors the most convenience in reaching destinations.
Taxis are efficient, metered and reasonably priced. With more than 5300 RTA taxis available, hailing a cab in Dubai is never a problem.
Also metred private taxis and on-demand transport services are growing in popularity and readily available around Dubai.
Passport-holders from 50+ nations are now eligible for a 30-day UAE tourist visa upon arrival. Consult your embassy or hotel before you plan to travel.
Attire & alcohol
Dubai is a diverse city with a heritage rooted in Arab culture and Islam. Conservative dress is appreciated, alcohol is served only in licensed restaurants and hotels.
Navigating the city
Renting a car affords visitors the most convenience, but pay-per-minute vehicles, taxis and metro are all available around Dubai.
JGT will be held on February, during the 2nd coldest month of the year, and the best time to visit Dubai. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 25°C (77°F), whilst at night 14°C (58°F) is normal.