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In Dubai, only visitors and laborers ride the subway—which is exactly why you should do it. Snaking its way through the city’s highways and skyscrapers, the Dubai Metro lets you steal glimpses of the city you would never get to see from a car (like a peek inside those famous high-rises). With plans to expand beyond its current 49 stops, the train is a cost-efficient way to navigate. Take advantage of the Nol Red Ticket’s unlimited day passes, designed especially for visitors, and zigzag around, spontaneously makin stops in the old Al Fahidi district and the bustling Business Bay.
By Rend Beiruti, AFAR Local Expert
For a Unique View of Dubai, Take the Metro
If you're looking to get across town quickly, or are just keen on skyline views, take the Dubai Metro. There are now two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line, which cater to a large part of the city, ranging from the airport to Mina Jebel Ali. It's an easy and inexpensive way to get from A to B, that's also a tour in its own way.
By Bryan Kitch, AFAR Contributor
Riding the Ride of the Mortals
Should Dubai ever need a new name, it could seriously consider the Orwellian 'doubleplusgood' as a fair portrayal of its lavish glamour. Golden iPads, world's tallest buildings and indoor ski resorts are just several of the riches the city can offer. Status symbols are given the right of way every time but the traffic jam time, when the crowded roads juxtapose restless Bugattis next to simple Corollas and Mazdas. They are easy to miss, but mere mortals live in Dubai as well. To experience their Dubai is best on board gold clad Dubai Metro. Riding the ride of the mortals is not for the faint of heart. The train moves slow, but it gives you the opportunity to peek into multiple layers of Dubai's variegated society. Here in the crowded regular class cabin you can catch a glimpse of everyday life that the Philippine hotel staff, the Nepali construction workers and the adventure seekers from Russia lead in Dubai. The cabin gets fuller and smellier as the train moves closer to Deira side of the city. Don't fret, one more stop and you've arrived at Dubai Creek - the sprawling saltwater creek that separates extravagant Bur Dubai from historic Deira. It is here on Deira's windswept streets that you realize: there is much more to Dubai than just lavish glamour. Tips: plan ahead as the ride from Dubai Marina to the Creek takes about forty minutes.
Riding the Dubai Metro
When it comes to getting around the city of Dubai, the metro is a great way to go. The Metro connects you to many of the largest malls, the old town, and many attractions. You can visit the Burj Khalifa, go out to the end of the Palm, and even visit the seaside at the Dubai Marina either right at or very near the Metro. One of the key places that isn't on the Metro system is the area near the Burj Al Arab, including Wild Wati water park and Jurmera beach. There are many different types of tickets available for the system, for tourists the easiest way to go is with a day pass. This pass will let you travel as many times as you want on the Metro in all zones, as well as on the bus, for just 14.00 dirham. The main benefit for the all day ticket is you don't have to worry about the zones, which can be fairly complicated and limiting. The lines themselves are fairly easy to figure out since there are really only two lines. One line travels in a straight line from one end of the city to the other, while the second line does a U around the creek. There are a few offshoots, in particular the light rail at the Dubai Marina, and the monorail at the Palm as well. It is important to make sure you enter the proper car when boarding the train. One car will always be reserved for first class tickets, another car is dedicated for women only. The women only car times change, however if you're a male and unfamiliar with the system it's simplest to avoid this car all of the time.
Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates