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Safe And Easy Ways to Commute

Modern and Diverse Modes of Transportation in the UAE

The UAE boasts one of the most advanced transport and infrastructure facilities in the region. From roads to metro to marine transport, it is home to world-class amenities that support the growth of economy and development of business and tourism in the country. The state-of-the-art public transport network – that includes buses, metro, tram, taxis, and water transport – runs smoothly and offers seamless connectivity within the entire country. The facilities in each emirate are operated by respective government authorities, ensuring easy access and hassle-free travel for passengers.

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Smart Ways to Commute

Many smart phone applications guide tourists to cut travel time and find easy routes to reach their destinations. In addition to the Google Maps application, that can be used throughout the UAE, the Seniar application is a unified navigation system in the country providing easy-to-follow directions to help users. Other solutions include Darb website – which uses Geographical Information System (GIS) to help easy travel within Abu Dhabi. The Smart Drive – an on-board route planning app in Dubai; and Makani system – that helps search locations in Dubai through Google and HERE maps, allow planning trips and determining locations in Dubai without the need to connect to the Internet.

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Transportation in the UAE

Transportation in the UAE

7th globally

in the road quality index in Global Competitiveness Report by World Economic Forum in 2019.

2nd globally

in the quality of air transportation index in IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook 2020.

6th globally

in the satisfaction with public transport index by The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity.

Dubai Metro’s Red Line

is the world’s longest driverless single metro line at 52.1 kms.

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Renting a Car

There are various car rental options available in the UAE, easily accessible to visitors and residents. The legal driving age is 18, while the minimum age to rent a car is 21. For some supercar rental companies, you need to be over 25 years old to be able to drive their cars. A UAE resident would require a valid UAE licence to rent a car, while visitors or tourists from the GCC nations can drive with the license issued by their home countries. Citizens of the following countries can also rent a car with the driving licence issued by their home countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. For all other nationalities, an international driving license is mandatory.

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