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Public transport in Dubai, UAE

Wednesday 16 January 2019 (UAE)   

Public Transport in Dubai and the UAE

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Public transport in Dubai - information about RTA and other government operated transportation services available to the general public in Dubai and the UAE. Marine and road services include abras and other ferry services on Dubai Creek, intercity and local buses, the Dubai Metro, Dubai Waterbus, Dubai Taxi.

Public transport services available by emirate, and Al Ain city

Planned start date included if available.

Emirate or area Abu Dhabi Ajman Al Ain Dubai Fujairah RAK Sharjah UAQ W Region1 Notes
Transport mode                    
Abra       Yes            
Bus, local Good   Good Good     Some      
Bus, intercity Good Poor Poor Good Poor Poor Good Poor Some  
Careem Yes     Yes            
Ferry       Tourists           See waterbus or abra
Metro Planned     Yes            
Monorail       Limited            
Taxi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Train Planned     Planned           Intercity only planned
Tram       2014            
Uber2 Yes     Yes           Taxis cheaper2
Water Bus       Yes            
Water Taxi       Yes            
  1. Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate, also called Al Gharbia (Al Gharbiya), includes Liwa area, towns of Ruwais, Al Ghayathi.
  2. UberBlack launched in Dubai in Sep 2013, UberX and Uber for Business launched in Sep 2014. Uber Middle East office in Dubai Internet City (DIC). Uber rates more expensive than RTA taxis, the RTA imposed a 30% surcharge on normal taxi rates for Uber fares. In the UAE Uber "partners with limousine companies and their drivers licensed by the RTA" (Al Arabiya 24 Jun 2014) to provide taxi services. So no, private car owners can't just sign up to Uber and start offering rides in the UAE, they'll need to get a job as a driver for a company already providing that sort of service.
Related pages

Information overlap with transport in Dubai and taxis in Dubai.

RAK buses starting Monday 25 May 2009

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  • Bus services from Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) to Ajman (AED 15), Dubai (AED 20), Sharjah (AED 20), Umm Al Quwain (AED 10).
  • Buses start from RAK taxi station at entrance to RAK on the coast road.
  • Operated by RAK Transport Authority.
  • Bus services to other emirates and cities expected to be launched at a later date.
  • A new bus station will be established in the Al Nakheel area of Ras Al Khaimah. One day.
Women only buses

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Gulf News 07 April 2009, starting 10 April 2009? Male drivers but maybe female drivers eventually.

2008 Feb or Mar press release double decker buses between Dubai and Sharjah

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Double decker buses for Dubai-Sharjah route - Double decker bus service will be launched between Dubai and Sharjah in August of this year to improve transport between the emirates, according to senior officials of the Public Transport Department in Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority. Seventy state-of-the-art buses will be used as part of the service, each of which will have 90 seats.


Bus services in Dubai - main page.

  • Dubai city buses - route map n/a from rta.ae. See DM site (References) for individual pdf timetables and route maps. Overall map is poor quality and illegible. See rta.ae site map (clumsy URLs) for info on night bus services. 401 & 402 are airport buses. 34 goes to the Youth Hostel. 8 & 8A along JB Road.
  • Buses - inter-emirate
  • Airconditioned bus stops - 500 to have air-conditioned shelters by April 2008 in phase I, another 156 by October 2008 in phase II, another 75 in the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) in phase III.
  • The AC bus stations will have ATMs, vending machines and garbage recycling containers.
  • Buses on many routes are congested and traffic congestion causes delays with many commuters reporting long waits - not pleasant in the summer heat.
  • Director of the RTA Public Buses Department is Abdullah Yousif Al Ali.
Bus routes announced 10 January 2008, start date unknown

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  • C0, Deira City Centre to Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah
  • X23, Academic City to Al Nahda
  • X35, Al Warqaa to the Green Community
  • 53, International City to Mall of the Emirates

Other transport options

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  • Boats
  • Car sharing, car pool, car lifts. RTA Sharekni online carpool registration system.
  • Hovercraft
  • Metro (Dubai Metro)
  • Shared Taxis
  • Taxis
  • Trains
  • Water taxis
  • Water Bus - boat service on Dubai Creek, not the same as the Wonder Bus. 10 Feb 2008 (press release) - extra service for DSF on Line B4 across Dubai Creek from Bani Yas Station (Shindagha?) to Al Seef Station, operating hours 6 am to 11 pm, every 10 minutes, trip takes 3 minutes, cost 4 dhs per trip. Car parking available at Al Shindagha Station (same as Bani Yas Station?). Starts 24 January 2008, finishes 24 February 2008. Water buses ferry about 1500 passengers per day (July 2010).
  • Wonder Bus - the amphibious bus and boat tourist attraction.
Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah hovercraft service (RAK-Dubai hovercraft)

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  • Faisal Ali Moosa, managing partner of High Rise Real Estate (developers of the 7 billion dhs Emirates Flag project) said in Sep 2006 that they would introduce a fast hovercraft service between Dubai and RAK by 2008 - scheduled completion date of the real estate project.
  • Hesham Al Gani, designer of the Emirates Flag project, said they would provide the fleet of high speed water jet taxis.
  • Information from Gulf News report 22 September 2006.
Dubai Water Taxi service (Gulf News 27 February 2008)
  • 10 water taxis (costing AED 30 million) operating on Dubai Creek.
  • Water taxi will have central A/C, 11 business class seats with table and remote controlled LCD screens, including 2 for special needs.
  • Water taxi specifications are catamaran design, length 11 meters, width 4 meters, weight 9 tons, speed up to 35 knots.
  • Water taxis to be booked like normal taxis, wait on creekside at designated locations.
  • Water taxi service operating both sides of Floating Bridge until it is demolished (by 2013).

Update 19 July 2010 (press release)

  • 11 Water Taxis to operate with 5 starting on launch date Wednesday 21 July 2010. Boats have cruising speed of about 35 knots, powered by 270 horsepower engines, dimensions 11 meters long and 4 meters wide, weight 9 tons.
  • 18 destinations along Dubai Creek and the coast to Jebel Ali.
  • Operating hours 1000-2200 (10am-10pm).
  • Toll-free telephone for bookings is 800-9090 (within UAE).
  • Fare from Al Seef water taxi terminal across to Dubai Creek Park is AED 50.
  • Dubai Festival City to Jebel Ali Hotel and Spa journey costs about AED 570, trip duration about 80 minutes.
  • One hour private hire AED 400, 2 hour cruise AED 200 per person, private charters AED 3,000 per hour.
  • Business class seats (reclining up to 45 degrees), tables, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioned.
  • Wheelchair access and seating for 2 special needs passengers.
  • Water Taxi service initially established by Executive Decision No 18 of the year 2010 mandating Public Transport Agency of the RTA in Dubai to run the service.
  • List of Dubai Water Taxi stations includes Al Mamzar, Deira Old Souq, Al Sabkha, Bani Yas, Dubai Festival City, Al Shindagha, Bur Dubai, Al Fheidi (Al Fahidi), Al Seef, Dubai Creek Park (A,B), Al Boom Tourist Village, Open Beach Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Marina, Jebel Ali Hotel and Spa, Atlantis Hotel.
  • Future locations might include Meridian Mina Seyahi Hotel and Royal Mirage Hotel.
Dubai to Ajman Water Taxi service (Gulf News 12 October 2009)

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  • Water Taxi service between Dubai and Ajman expected to start mid 2010 ... delayed to late 2010 according to July 2010 reports.
  • Agreement signed between Ajman Municipality and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in October 2009?
  • Passenger traffic expected to reach about 1 million per year.
  • Ajman Water Taxi Stations at Ajman Corniche and Ajman Fish Market under construction during 2010.

Other headings

  • Public transport Dubai to ... Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Muscat. From Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai, Sharjah to Dubai, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah.
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  • International Association of Public Transport Dubai.
  • Best, RTA, ... public transport Dubai.
  • Cheapest, map of, mode of, types of ... public transport in Dubai (Dubai UAE).
  • Public transport ... agency, day, system in, to Atlantis ... Dubai.
  • Public transport to Dubai Miracle Garden.


  • Parent category - transport in Dubai, Dubai.
  • Child pages - public transport pages see list.
  • Related pages - public transport in other emirates.


  • Other UAE emirates public transport.
  • Parent page: Dubai, Transport in Dubai, RTA
  • Related pages:
    • Private transport services - Air travel - airlines, airports, Helicopters and services, helitaxis? Marine services, Sea ports and cruise liners, private taxi services
    • Cycling - cycle paths
    • Driving in Dubai
    • Dubai Police
  • Child pages:
    • Abras
    • Dubai Bus (bus routes)
    • Dubai Metro
    • Dubai Ferry, Dubai Water Taxi
    • Dubai Taxi
    • Intercity and inter-emirate bus services
    • Railways and trains
  • Other


  • http://vgn.dm.gov.ae/DMEGOV/dm-trans-timetables - Dubai Municipality bus routes pdf timetables and maps.
  • http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/publictransportpdf.htm - bus timetables in PDF format (27 Aug 2008).
  • http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Traffic_and_Transport/10181593.html - with images. Bus trip 12 January 2007 Gulf News report. Dubai: Travelling in public buses in Dubai is an excellent option only if you want to save money and if you are a tourist with plenty of time to waste.
Last update Friday 07-Aug-2015.
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • RTA public transport services
  • Wojhati RTA online public transport route finder (doesn't work)


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