Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Your own vehicle - the most popular mode of transport in Dubai - may be more desirable than public transit. However, taxis and the metro are an easy way to travel around this city. There are also buses available for use - but most people prefer to drive.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
The Dubai Traffic Police allow valid (full) license holders from certain countries to "swap" their licenses for a Dubai one. These countries are:
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
Anyone holding a license from a country not listed above will have to take a local driving test.
What side of the road do people drive on?
People in Dubai drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Metro or taxi, although there is also the option of traveling on an Abra (water taxi when crossing the creek) or public buses.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Yes; there are buses serving many destinations within the Emirates, and taxis can transport you as well.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
It is mandatory for front-seat passengers to wear seat belts in cars and it is illegal for children under the age of 10 to sit in the front seat.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Charges are payable at the time to the driver.
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