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Getting There in Dubai
 
 
 

By Air

Dubai has one airport, but you can also enter Dubai through Sharjah and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Frequent visitors from countries granted automatic visa on entry may wish to purchase an e-gate card to speed up immigration formalities and save passport pages. The e-gate card office is situated in the upstairs foodcourt area of the Terminal 1 departures concourse. The card will cost AED200.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) [5] is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai's flag carrier Emirates and its low-cost wing flyDubai. In fact, it has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight.

• Terminal 1 is the main terminal, used by most major airlines and long-haul flights.
• Terminal 2 serves regional and low-cost flights, including all flyDubai flights.
• Terminal 3 is used exclusively by Emirates.

Terminals 1 and 3 are directly connected to each other via the airside (no immigration needed for transfer), while Terminal 2 is located at the other end of the airport. Terminals 1 and 3 are models of modern airport design, but Terminal 2, despite the recent renovations, is still reminiscent of developing world airports, with long check-in lines, queue-jumping and every other passenger checking in 70 kg of luggage. Shuttle buses between the three run every 20-30 minutes. However shuttles to Terminal 2 are sporadic at best, so a 30-minute taxi ride may be your only option.

The airport is famous for its duty-free shopping. However, prices in the airport's duty-free stores are equal or higher than what you can find in the many malls of the city. Alcohol here is very cheap, though. Alcohol is also available at an inbound duty free store situated in the baggage reclaim area. The allowance is four bottles (or four 6-packs) per person.

Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals, which use the meter and start at AED20.

Terminals 1 and 3 are served by the Dubai Metro. There are also buses just steps from the baggage claim, the most useful for visitors being lines 401 and 402 (AED3), which go to the Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaibah bus terminals respectively.

Sharjah International Airport is only 30 minutes by road from Dubai and takes an increasing number of international flights as Dubai airport struggles to keep up with demand. The principal carrier here is Air Arabia, a low-cost carrier serving the Middle East and South Asia. The airport is fairly basic but is being expanded. A taxi ride to Dubai will typically cost AED50. A bus service by Air Arabia also runs from the Airport to the Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai. Rashidiya metro station is located close to the Dubai International Airport.

By Road

Dubai's only international road border is with Oman at Al Wajajah. Expatriate residents of Oman will require an official permit to exit Oman by road. Visitors do not require the permit. There is an OMR 3,000 charge per vehicle to exit Oman and, if returning, retain the charge receipt as it will be required to re-enter. Ensure that insurance is valid for the UAE. Temporary UAE insurance can be purchased at the border for a premium price.

There are also road borders between the neighbouring Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Oman at the Al Burami Oasis which divides the sister cites of Al Ain and Al Burami, Oman.


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