There are numerous options for public transportation services and most of the drivers speak some English, but their language may be limited. It is therefore very important you know exactly the address of where you are going so you can give them direction if necessary.
Moving to Dubai you may have heard horror stories of driving in Dubai. However, from conversations with recent new arrivals all have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to drive in Dubai. This is largely due to the fact that over the past few years there has been an emergence of more and more speed cameras, better roads and stricter penalties on bad driving.
Unlike other countries fines for traffic violations only have to be paid once a year when you go to re-register your vehicle however this is not to be recommended as sometimes you can be in for a nasty and expensive surprise as the fines mount up because you are not always informed that you have committed a violation. It is therefore recommended to log onto the Dubai Police Website periodically to check if you have fines and pay them online. Read more
Dubai’s social scene is in full swing and getting a taxi can on many occasions be extremely frustrating. Even if you’re organised and book a taxi early in the day there is no guarantee it will actually appear!
This lack of reliable and convenient taxi services in the UAE has seen the introduction of alternative services:
There are companies such as Careem and Uber which have satellite mapping systems enabling these companies to see at any time where their available cars are and to match them to a customer request. Read more
Expatriates who have committed road offences will not be allowed to leave the UAE unless they pay all their traffic fines in line with new Interior Ministry measures.
The ministry said the new rules would be later expanded to cover all other financial obligations by expatriates seeking to cancel their visa and leave the country.
“We have linked procedures to cancel visas for expatriates with the payment of all their traffic fines. Read more
RTA has removed the 24 AED maximum daily charge for the Salik tolling system; the decision will be effective starting from the 15th of July.
RTA has confirmed that the decision will only affect a small percentage of Salik users, and that the average user will not be affected, since around 95% of private vehicles do not exceed six trips per day. RTA clarified that the aim of this decision is to encourage drivers to use Read more
But in an age where companies can easily be named and shamed online, expats like to assume their belongings will arrive on time and in perfect condition.
But that is not always the case.
“I’d say one out of every three or four international shipments has some sort of claim for damage,” says Curt Clements, chief executive of Dubai-based Move One Inc, which has been in the moving business since 1992 and operates in 41 countries. Read more