Travel to Dubai

Dubai is easily accessible from Africa, Asia and Europe. If you're coming from European capitals and major cities like London and Frankfurt, you'll find direct flights to Dubai with a range of operator choices. Dubai is seven hours away from London, six hours from Frankfurt, four hours from Nairobi and eight hours away from Hong Kong.

If you plan to arrive Dubai by air, you'll be glad to know that Dubai supports the Open Skies Policy. Meaning, over 80 airlines operate to and from the Dubai International Airport.

The Dubai International Airport boasts comprehensive facilities for people with disabilities and offers 130 destinations. As such, it is one of the world's busiest airports; so expect long lines and larger crowds. It is also the home of Dubai's flag carrier "Emirates" and celebrated for its duty-free shopping.

Outside Dubai's International airport are public taxis readily available to take you anywhere in the city. However, if you are already familiar with Dubai roads or prefer to explore the city, you can take the bus to Alsabkha terminal or to Al Ghubaiba terminal, whichever fits your fancy. By 2009, Dubai Metro will also have a station at this huge airport.

The city also features the awarding winning UAE International Airline that operates scheduled services to over 45 destinations. Dubai has several other airports to consider, such as the Sharjah International Airport and Maktoum International, if you wish to stay away from the long lines of the major airports. Frequent visitors from countries that grant automatic visa on entry could purchase an "e-gate card", which saves passport pages and speeds up immigration formalities.

If you wish to enter Dubai by car, the city's only international border is at Al Wajajah Oman. Expatriate Oman residents would require official permits to exit Oman this way. However, visitors do not require any permit, but are obliged to pay a fee per vehicle to exit Oman. Returning vehicles only need to provide the receipt to reenter.

Need more road options? The road borders at the Abu Dhabi emirate and Oman at the Burami Oasis are also available for Dubai entry.

For sea lovers, you can also relax and travel on boat on your way to Dubai. The city was and is still the trading center for dhows from various parts of the Indian Ocean. If you plan to enter Dubai by sea, you need to make your own reservations and arrangements with a particular vessel to do so.

If you're coming from Iran, Valfajr Shipping Company offers a boat service that leaves Bandar-e-Lengeh and docks in every other day in Dubai's Port Rashid, which returns to back to Iran the following day. Be sure to bring an mp3 or other things to entertain you, as the trip crossing the Persian Gulf would take approximately six hours.