Living in Dubai: Transportation

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Uploaded on June 15, 2011 by MoveOneRelo

In Dubai, you will find all expats drive. The heat in Dubai can be detrimental to your car, so it is often beneficial to park in a garage when possible. Driving in Dubai can at times be challenging as many drivers are known to speed, which can make others on the road nervous. If one is not comfortable driving, taxis are on call and generally inexpensive - a good alternative to driving yourself. Public transportation is also available, but it may not take you as far as you need to go and schedule times can often be inconvenient. The metro however, built above ground, should be ridden at least once to get a great view of Dubai as its built almost the full length of Dubai's main boulevard Sheikh Zayed Road.

NOTE: Speeding is common here. Avoid driving on the extreme left lane of highways to avoid being "flashed" and being forced to move a lane over. Road rage is also starting to become an issue given the increase in traffic jams and poor driving courtesy. Rude hand gestures (the "finger", etc.) and profanity can lead to fines and jail times if reported, so keep your cool if you are cut off or are behind an erratic driver. In general, you will find those gestures and actions that some may find only slightly offensive in your home nation--or perhaps not offensive at all--can at times be extremely offensive to the Dubai locals. Therefore, using a degree of common sense of what is right and wrong will usually help you stay out of trouble.

While Dubai has a robust network of bus routes throughout the city, most expats prefer to drive as their main mode of transportation.

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