The United Arab Emirates has about 25,000 French nationals, a relatively small number that has nonetheless been growing strongly since the second half of the 2010s. More and more French people are also daring to visit the Emirates in summer, especially in Dubai, despite the scorching heat that the region is experiencing. Thus, Dubai welcomed nearly 300,000 French tourists in 2021, placing the Hexagone in 6th position of the tourist sending countries to the UAE.
More broadly, Dubai has recently positioned itself on the world tourism scene, welcoming nearly 17 million international tourists before the pandemic. It must be said that the Emirate of Dubai is not particularly rich in oil. The tourism industry is therefore a major economic source and receives significant state subsidies.
Are you preparing your stay in Dubai? Are you wondering about cab fares, whether it’s from Dubai International Airport (DBX) to your downtown hotel, to get around the emirate of Dubai, or to travel to Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah or Sharjah? AS VIP, your luxury private chauffeur service in Dubai, offers a handy guide to everything you need to know about transportation in the city of excess!
The road infrastructure of the emirate of Dubai and, more broadly, of the United Arab Emirates, is relatively recent. Indeed, the density of roads and railroads is not yet commensurate with the ambitions of this country rich in oil and natural gas. Also, the public transport network remains disappointing and contrasts largely with the futuristic side of the metropolises of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
This is why cabs remain a popular means of transportation for locals, expatriates and tourists. Another factor that argues in favor of cabs and, more broadly, car travel is the stifling heat in summer. In a city where the thermometer regularly exceeds 45° C, walking or cycling are not really options.
Besides the so-called “official” cabs managed by the local authorities, Dubai has liberalized this means of transportation and welcomes private companies that offer similar services with, most often, a small differentiation on logistics and time flexibility. Here is a summary of the different types of cabs that operate in Dubai and their prices to help you find your way around.
These are public cabs operated by the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC cab). These cabs are yellow or beige in color with a red or orange roof. The majority of these cabs are Toyota, Hyundai or Mercedes. Dubai’s public cabs are regularly serviced and offer 24/7 customer service but can sometimes be slow to arrive. In fact, it can take 30-45 minutes after booking by phone.
Here are the details of the public cab fares in Dubai:
Toll charges (Salik) are to be expected if applicable: 4 AED (about €1) will be added to the meter. So don’t be surprised!
As you will see, Dubai has other cabs operated directly by companies affiliated or mandated by the Emirate. The main difference is the type of vehicle used. The prices are the same as those of the Dubai Taxi Corporation. Here is a small list to recognize the company according to the color of the roof of the cab:
The Dubai Taxi Corporation also operates a fleet of cabs exclusively for passengers landing at Dubai International Airport (DBX). This airport welcomes more than 89 million international passengers every year, making it the third busiest in the world. Cabs are therefore numerous on site, especially near terminals 1 and 3 where planes from Western countries land.
Cab drivers at Dubai International Airport (DBX) offer a small assistance to load your luggage in the trunk of the car. Here are the rates for these cabs that can take you from Dubai airport to your hotel:
To note: some drivers “forget” to run the meter and charge exorbitant rates. Be aware that if the ride has started and the meter has not been run, your transfer from Dubai International Airport to your hotel will be free. That’s the law! As a general rule, when you show dishonest drivers that you are aware of this legal provision, they will comply without bothering you too much.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation also offers a fleet of “limousine” type cabs, especially for businessmen and possibly diplomats who are numerous to stay in Dubai throughout the year. We qualify this service as “semi-luxury”, as we remain on lower standards than what private companies offer. The vehicles are however brand new: Tesla, Lexus and Infiniti. Here are the rates of limousine cabs in Dubai:
The Dubai Taxi Corporation offers a dedicated service for women, the “Ameera Limousine” service. Driven by Lady Drivers, this service is offered at the same rates as the limousine service presented above.
This Dubai Taxi Corporation service is designed for people with limited mobility and physical disabilities. Wheelchair accessible, these cabs are driven by drivers trained to accompany people with disabilities. Here are their rates:
Planning a tour to visit Dubai’s main attractions? Here are the rates for the most common routes to help you anticipate transportation costs if you are traveling by cab:
Please note: cab fares in Dubai and the UAE vary depending on the time of day, the means of pickup (cab picked up on the road or booked in advance) and the density of road traffic. A ride in Dubai during rush hour will be more expensive than early morning, for example.
In general, inter-city travel in the UAE can be done in less than two hours, allowing tourists to explore other emirates even on a short stay. Here are the rates for taxi transfers from Dubaito other UAE cities:
Dubai to Al Ain by taxi: allow about 1 hour and 45 minutes for this 146-kilometer trip via Dubai Road and E66. Average price: between AED 230 to 280, or around €75.
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Of course, you also benefit from flexible hours, with pick-up at any time, day or night.
All cabs in Dubai accept credit and debit cards as well as Nol Cards. Attention If you don’t have cash on you, always ask your driver if his card payment terminal is operational to avoid any bad surprise.
Cabs in Dubai are similar to European cabs. You can request a free cab on the street or book it by phone or via a mobile app. At the airport, simply head to the Dubai Taxi Corporation’s dedicated public cab area. All cabs are required to start their meters at the beginning of the ride. The price includes the pick-up fee as well as the fare itself depending on the number of kilometers, the wait and the time of day.
You don’t have to, but it is a (very) common practice as cab fares are still relatively cheap compared to the Emiratis’ standard of living. As a general rule, tips range from 5 to 10 AED, or around 2 €.
You have the choice of booking by phone, app, on the street or by asking the reception of your hotel. The cheapest option is still to call a free cab on the street, but the wait can be laborious, especially when the thermometer exceeds 40° C in the shade.
Yes, the urban passenger transportation giant has a strong presence in Dubai.
Fares remain relatively close to those of cabs, around 20 € on average.