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Public transport in Dubai, UAE

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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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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

Move to Dubai Sharjah bus services page.

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.

Bus routes announced 10 January 2008, start date unknown

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Other transport options

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Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah hovercraft service (RAK-Dubai hovercraft)

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Dubai Water Taxi service (Gulf News 27 February 2008)

Update 19 July 2010 (press release)

Dubai to Ajman Water Taxi service (Gulf News 12 October 2009)

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Last update Friday 07-Aug-2015.
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