Dubai has a myriad of transport options to whisk you around the city and beyond, from traditional Arabic boats to a new, state of the art, Metro system. Metered taxis are plentiful and cheap in Dubai, even if they are at mercy of the gridlocks. The flag fall for Dubai’s taxis is 3 AED (about 70 eurocents) and then 1.60 AED for every kilometre after that. Long distance taxis (known as ‘Taxi Service’) can take you out of the city and even cross the Emirates. You can book them on (+971 4) 2080808. Dubai also has an efficient network of buses and night buses, which is controlled by the Road and Transport Authority. More than 30 million people travel by bus every week in Dubai and on weekdays on the buses ply on 193 routes in the city and along the Jumeirah beach road. In Dubai, men and women have separate areas in the air-conditioned buses in keeping with the region’s traditions and culture. One of the nicest ways to travel around Dubai is by abra—or an Arabic boat. A large waterbus ferries thousands of people across Dubai Creek daily (25 Dhs return fare for tourists). Motorised and traditional rowing abras are also available along the creek, either for single trips or sightseeing. The brand new Dubai Metro leaves from the airport (terminal 3) and travels in an L-shape to the financial centre to the Nakheel Harbour. You’ll need to buy a Nol Card, or a top-up, pay-as-you-card similar to the Oyster Cards used in London. Like the buses, woman and children travel in special carriages on Dubai’s metro system. Definitely Dubai!| Since 2006 Holiday Velvet offers apartments in Dubai.