Dubai Transportation

The beautiful Emirate of Dubai is one of seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East. It has emerged as a world city and an international business hub, especially because of its mega real estate projects and rich sporting events.

It is no wonder that tourism is a major source of revenues for Dubai. People from around the world are intrigued by its continuous growth and, therefore, are attracted to travel to the Emirate.

Traveling around Dubai is convenient and is quite an experience. What’s amazing is that transportation in Dubai is a reflection of the concordant mixture of tradition and up-to-dateness that is not usually seen or experienced in some other parts of the region.

Amidst Dubai’s modern outlook and the latest in transportation, for instance, people continue to use traditional means of transportation, such as the ever-reliable camels and the small motorboats called Abra. This means that the culture of Dubai has remained strong in spite of the progress the Emirate is going through.

Of the various modes involved in Dubai transportation, buses are perhaps the most widely used. This is true for both local residents and foreign travelers. The municipality of Dubai is in charge of the public transport system, and it has strengthened this with a highly reliable bus service.

Consider these: There are 417 bus schedules on peak hours in each of the working days of the week. The buses are run on 62 lines or routes, covering about 170,000 kilometers (106,000 miles) to satisfy the demands of some 2.5 million travelers every day. A bus passenger is charged from 1 to 4 dirham per trip, depending of course on the distance of his/her travel.

There are about 8 bus stations, each of which is manned by courteous and alert attendants. The other features of the Dubai bus transport service include bus stops (about 1,500), wayside passenger shelters (around 150), and point-to-point timetables strategically placed on the 400 or so busiest stops. Maintenance of the buses is done at 3 bus depots, each of which is equipped with the latest in technology.

The modernity of the Dubai transportation system is also evident in its taxi service. In this area, for example, a new service feature is introduced, one that makes the taxi service in Dubai friendly to women passengers. This new taxi service feature is composed of about 50 vehicles and some 100 women specifically trained for driving the taxis around Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

Finally, there’s the traditional Abra service. This is a favorite of many tourists and is common among local residents. The best part of traveling on an Abra is the experience of crossing the captivating Dubai Creek. Every day, some 150 Abras traverse the famous Creek. The Abra service has two main lines: one is between Sabakha and Old Souk, and the other is between Deira Old Souk and Bur Dubai.

The Dubai transportation system is not complete without the usual car-rental service. And a leisurely way of moving around Dubai is by a bicycle, which a tourist can also hire.

Dubai Nightlife and Famous Bars

The progressive and bustling lifestyle Dubai enjoys is consummated by its vibrant and sprightly nightlife. Bars and nightclubs open their doors to locals and especially to tourists to make their stay in the city as memorable as possible.

Indeed tourists can make the most of the trip to this beautiful and lively emirate by spending the night away in one of its famous bars or nightclubs. Among the most frequented bars in Dubai are the Alamo Bar, the Bridges Bar, the Fairmont Cigar Bar, Carter’s Cafe Bar, and the Atlantis Nightclub.

The Alamo Bar:

This bar is a favorite hangout among locals and tourists alike. It is easily accessible and is close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The bar offers live entertainment, which is provided by its in-house Cuban band named the Costarena. The bar has an evident groovy ambiance, the result of the combination of margaritas and Latino tunes. A night in this bar can mean an almost endless night of Samba and Salsa dancing.

The Bridges Bar:

Those who’ve been to this bar swear the place seems to have a magnet that pulls night revelers to it. This bar is located at Sheikh Zayed Road, and adjoins the equally popular Fairmont Hotel. Beer and champagne are the usual drinks served here. A feature unique to this bar is the enchanting music played by its in-house musician on a piano. Inside this bar, the atmosphere is sublime.

The Fairmont Cigar Bar:

This bar is considered one of the finest bars in Dubai. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Fairmont Hotel. A feature unique to this bar is its walk-in humidor, presenting the bar’s exclusive collection of cigars. Cigar lovers will have a wide range of choices of the best in Cuban cigars here. The bar also serves a wide range of international cuisine.

Carter’s Cafe Bar:

This bar is unique for its Egyptian-themed interiors. It is situated in the heart of the Wafi City. The splendid views of Wafi Gardens from the bar’s open terrace never fail to entice visitors to keep coming back here. A wide range of drinks, ranging from the strongest of beers to the oldest of wines, is offered here. Served in this bar are some of the finest French white wine varieties, including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. The bar is also noted for its wide variety of international cuisines.

The Atlantis Nightclub:

This bar is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, near the Hard Rock Cafe. Lively music, mesmerizing lights and enjoyable drinks are the main features of this bar. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for ladies of all age. The bar offers a mixture of jazz, rock, disco, R&B and techno music. A wide range of drinks and a comprehensive menu are likewise offered here.

Tourists who want to spice up their night ventures in Dubai can also try some of the other popular bars in the city. The other most frequented ones include the Hard Rock Cafe, the Peppermint Club, the Copacabana Nightclub, Irish Village, the Planetarium Nightclub, the Tropicana Night Club, and Jimmy Dix.