Launched in 2009, the Dubai metro is one of the best ways to get around in Dubai.
The Dubai metro is the world’s longest automated metro system completed in just one building phase. The Dubai metro is 75km long and currently has 12 trains. When the metro is fully completed in 2011, there will be 44 trains on the Dubai metro.
Dubai Metro Lines
The Dubai metro has a system of lines that are distinguished by color. Currently the Red Line is open, with stops at Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Mall of the Emirates, Financial Centre, Al Jafiliya, Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Union Square, Al Rigga, Deira City Centre, Airport Terminal 3, and Rashidiya Terminal. The Green Line will be the next to open, followed by planned Blue, Purple, and Yellow lines.
Dubai Metro Tickets
Tickets for the Dubai metro come on rechargeable cards that can be purchased at vending machines in Dubai metro stations. A one way journey on the Dubai metro costs between Dhs1.80 to Dhs5.80, depending on your final destination on the metro. Different classes of Dubai metro tickets can be purchased, so if you want to ride on leather seats in the carpeted Gold Class cars, you can pay up for luxury.
Dubai Metro Hours
The Dubai metro is open from Saturday to Thursday 6am-11pm, and Friday 2pm-midnight.
Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
Burj Al Arab Hotel
Address: PO Box 74147, Dubai, UAE
Phone: +971 4 3017777
The best known and most famous luxury hotel in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab is an iconic building on New Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach waterfront.
Standing at a height of 321 meters, and located 280 metres off the shore of Jumeriah Beach, the Burj Al Arab can be seen for miles around. With its deluxe suites featuring luxury amenities, its opulent restaurants, and its over the top decor, the Burj Al Arab is one of the best hotels in Dubai.
For those that can’t afford the steep price tag (room rates at the Burj Al Arab start around 700 USD a night), the only way to get into the Burj Al Arab hotel is to book a meal or table at the bar ahead of time.
The views from the top floor of the Burj Al Arab hotel are amazing, and well worth the price of admission, whether you stay at the hotel or just go for a meal.
Every major guidebook company from Lonely Planet to Let’s Go makes a Dubai guidebook.
Shop around for a guidebook that fits your travel style. If you’re visiting Dubai on a budget, Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, and the Rough Guide are some of the best Dubai guidebooks.
If you’re going upscale, look into guides like the Hg2 Dubai (A Hedonist’s Guide to Dubai), the Wallpaper Guide to Dubai, or the LUXE guide to Dubai that offer more high-end suggestions for Dubai hotels, restaurants, and shopping in Dubai.
If you love sightseeing, consider picking up the Eyewitness Travel Guide to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With photos and illustrations on every page, the Eyewitness Dubai and Abu Dhabi guidebook is great for explaining the details of Dubai’s many historic buildings and landmarks.
On a budget? A lot of the best deals on Dubai guidebooks can be found on websites where travelers that have just returned from Dubai are selling their books. If you’re lucky you can get a copy with good notes and suggestions written in!
One last tip on finding the best Dubai guidebooks: check the date the guidebook was published. If it is more than a year old, don’t buy it. Things change so quickly in Dubai that an old guidebook will be of little use to you today.