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Some resorts offer complimentary transfers from the airport for newly arrived passengers, but if you are making your way to your hotel independently then a taxi is the easiest option.
The government-owned Dubai Taxi Corporation is the only company authorised to operate from the airport, although you’re highly unlikely to need to hang around for one to show up – there tend to be plenty of them waiting at all hours.
Fares vary according to the route and time of day, but as a broad rule you can expect to pay somewhere between AED 55 and AED 110 (roughly between £11 and £23).
Buses and the efficient Dubai Metro, a driverless, fully automated (and mercifully air-conditioned) system, also serve the airport; the metro has two lines and covers some of the city’s key attractions and tourist areas.
Unless you happen to be staying directly adjacent to a metro stop, however, it can be a bit of a pain to use the network with heavy luggage.
In addition to the two metro lines currently in operation, there are three others planned, so the overall usefulness of the system will increase as time goes on.
Dubai has an excellent metro system – you’ll need to buy a ‘Nol’ smartcard at a metro station to use it, with a day pass costing around £3.80.
The nature of many of Dubai’s resort complexes means you might find you rarely have any need to leave, although taxis are always on hand to take you to and from malls, restaurants and so on.
Unless you’re based somewhere such as the pedestrian-friendly Downtown area, the heat means that Dubai could never be considered a walking destination. If you’re desperate to take a stroll, make it either early in the morning or late at night.
Car rental is a great option if you plan to tour outside of central Dubai. Find out more on our Dubai car hire page.