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Why Did Dubai Regulate Short Term Rentals

Why Did Dubai Regulate Short Term Rentals

For years holiday home rentals fell under an ambiguous area of Dubai’s property and real estate market. During that time, anyone who had the inkling could put their property, even a room within their residence, up for short-term rental. This lack of regulation created several issues:
• As this the popularity of this unregulated market grew, so did the problems and headaches. Internet scams increased with people receiving less than what was advertised, and no means of recourse when it happened.

• A number of property owners were not vetting their short-term tenants and it began to impact the long-term residents. As a result, many developers began to ban short-term rentals within their communities in response to the complaints they were receiving from those residents.

• The Dubai government through its DTCM (Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing) division has regulated the hotel industry. They have used that system of regulation to assist them in monitoring public safety. However, short-term rentals did not fall under the same terms of regulation as the hotels. This had created a small loophole that needed to be closed.

Dubai short term rentals

With the award of Expo 2020, Dubai acknowledged the need to double their accommodations within the next 5 years to support the number of visitors anticipated.
The government has taken a proactive role in addressing this dramatic influx of visitors, and bringing short-term rentals under the same regulatory structure as hotels plays an important role. By doing so, Dubai will accomplish the following:
• By requiring that all properties are licensed, as well as the operators, the government can focus on delivering quality accommodations and service. These new laws help ensure that all properties available for short-term rental meet the DTCM’s stringent criteria, and only licensed professionals are providing this service.

• Licensed operators are held accountable for delivering what was promised, and consumers have recourse, by filing a complaint with the DTCM, if that does not happen.

• Only operators with experience in short-term rentals and vetting customers will be licensed, and they will be held accountable for whom they rent property to.

• Public safety issues will be better managed and controlled through requiring short-term rental operators follow the same check-in procedures required in the hotel industry.

Keys please holiday homes is a DTCM licensed operator. looking for Short Term Rentals in Dubai to learn more about our selection of quality short term rentals and Holiday Villas in Dubai

Which Dubai District is Right for You

Which Dubai District is Right for You

When it comes to accommodations, Dubai has a vast range of choices within its districts. But how do you know which is right for you? Hopefully, we can provide you with the insight to help you choose the perfect place.

Palm Jumeirah: This is one of Dubai’s most sought after locations. Offering 5-star hotels and resorts, as well as, luxury villas and apartments, it is the ideal location for the perfect family holiday.
The Atlantis-The Palm is at the crescent of the Palm and is home to Dubai’s top premiere waterpark, AquaVenture.

Palm Jumeirah villas offer their own private beach as well as a private pool, and most of the apartments offer private beach access and a swimming pool, as well.

Dubai District, Palm Jumeirah

Dubai District, Palm Jumeirah

A bit higher priced than other areas of Dubai, this area is very much geared for an upscale family vacation.

Dubai Marina: For those who love the glitz and glamour of a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Dubai Marina is the district for you.
Host to beautiful skyscrapers with amazing ocean and marina views, and plenty of shopping and night-time entertainment, it is the ideal spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, and business travelers looking for easy access to Dubai Internet and Media Cities.

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR): Looking to combine the chic cosmopolitan lifestyle with the needs of a modern day family, then consider Jumeirah Beach Residence, referred to as JBR by local residences, as home.

“The Walk”, JBR’s popular attraction offers many boutiques and outdoor cafes where you can dine “al fresco” in a Euro-style setting. JBR also offers a family friendly public beach and easy access to Dubai Internet and Media Cities for those in Dubai on business.

Downtown Dubai: This area next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is popular amongst families and business travelers alike. Business travelers appreciate its close proximity to Dubai’s financial district, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Dubai Worldtrade Centre (DWTC).
Families love being near the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest, and the famous Dubai Fountain, Dubai’s #1 attraction. The Dubai Metro is also nearby, allowing for quick and easy access to other areas of the city.

The Greens: Much more affordable than Palm Jumeirah, The Greens is another family-focused community that offers lakes, walking and bicycle trails, and plenty of park space to enjoy a family BBQ.
It is also the ideal place for golf lovers, with 2 of the world’s top PGA courses.
Deira and Bur Dubai: The Deira and Bur Dubai Districts are the older, more established parts of Dubai, located in and around the Dubai Creek. The area encompasses more of the historical Dubai, and offers easy access to Dubai’s business and financial districts.

As an older district, it is home to many of Dubai’s lower cost hotels, although you can find many 5-star hotels in the area. Its population is diverse, a melting pot of cultures from around the world.
Hopefully, this gives you a bit of insight to Dubai’s main districts. Click here to learn more about the accommodations we have to offer in these different areas.

Dubai – The Perfect Holiday Destination for Every Women

Dubai – The Perfect Holiday Destination for Every Women
Are you a woman looking for the perfect holiday destination? Why not consider Dubai? Dubai is a city full of life, and that life caters to the hearts of women. Here’s what Dubai can offer you:
Dubai is all about….
Dubai is all about the shopping. Shopping is not only a woman’s favorite pastime; it is Dubai’s favorite pastime. And why wouldn’t it be. For locals who endure the city’s hot summers, air-conditioned malls are the place to be.
As a result, Dubai has over 65 venues within its city limits.

Jumeirah Beach residence the walk

Jumeirah BEach residence the walk

Anything and everything you want can be found. From rows and rows of renowned department stores, designer shops, and boutiques in the world’s largest mall, to the streets of Karma where you can find genuine “fakes” of your favorite brand names.
Dubai has it all. You can even visit the Dubai Gold and Spice Souks for great deals on gold and saffron.
Although good deals can had year round, Shopping is best during Dubai Summer Surprises, where you will be able to beat the heat, but not the great bargains offered during this time.

Dubai is all about family fun. The kids will love you with the abundance of attractions Dubai has to offer. With two of the world’s best waterparks, AquaVenture and Wild Wadi, the world’s largest indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, and amazing indoor theme parks such as SEGA Republic, KidsZania, and Ferarri World (an hour‘s drive away), just to name a few, your kids will have the holiday of a lifetime.

Dubai is all about love and romance. If it’s a bit of romance you’re looking for, Dubai is the place.
Dubai offers some of the most romantic dining venues in the world. What’s more romantic than dinner under the desert stars like an evening out of the pages of Arabian Nights (Al Hadherrah Restaurant)?
Maybe, an intimate table for two on a white sandy beach overlooking the iconic Burj al Arab (Majlis Al Bahar).
Or, dining on the edge of a pier from your own private terrace as you breathe in the fresh salty breezes of the Arabian Gulf as you feast on the finest seafood ever (Pierchic).
And what could be more romantic than an overnight stay on a desert safari, or watching the sun rise as you quietly glide over the glistening red sand dunes in a hot air balloon?

Dubai is all about the pampering. If you want to be pampered, look no further.
The floatation tanks of the Talise Ottoman Spa, 26 treatment rooms at the Talise Spa, a foot bath at the Thai Privilege Spa Dubai, a refreshing rain shower in the private garden of your spa suite at the Amara Spa, or the award-winning Oriental Spa treatments at The Palace in Downtown Dubai are sure to make any woman feel like a queen.
Whether you’re a jet-setting socialite burning the candle at both ends, or a worn-out mum looking for the ultimate way to relax and unwind with some “me time”, Dubai has the perfect spa treatment for you.

Dubai is the ideal retreat for any woman. So, why not consider Dubai as your next holiday destination. And, while you’re at it, check out our great selection of Dubai holiday rentals.

How to Take the Stress Out of Your Next Dubai Stay

Mums: How to Take the Stress Out of Your Next Dubai Stay

If you are a mum, then you know that holidays can often turn into a major stressful event. There you are in a small, crowded hotel room, two queen-size beds for you and your husband, the other for your two adolescent children, and a crib rolled in for your 18-month-old toddler.

Your two adolescents are arguing over who gets control over the remote, and what to watch. The toddler goes on meltdown because he hasn’t had his nap. How can he with the other two fighting nearby? The stress inside you builds, and you yell at the children to stop their bickering. There’s a slight moment of silence before they begin to whine that they are hungry. There’s no food in the room, and you know that ordering room service will cost you a small fortune. Your eyes well with tears and you think to yourself, “Why did we bother to come? It would have been much more peaceful if we just stayed at home.” Sound familiar? At least at home you have the means and the space to separate the two who are fighting, and/or divert their attention with a snack from the kitchen. And as for the toddler, you could put him down for a nap in his room, away from all the noise and distraction of the other two. But here, on holiday, what can you do? You’re at the mercy of the cramped quarters of your hotel room. Right? What if there’s another way?

What if you could enjoy your holiday from the space of you own “home away from home”? You can with a short-term rental of a Dubai villa or apartment. And, we at Keys Please can help. A short-term rental offers you all the amenities of home. No more having to deal with the confines of a small hotel room. Having to pay exorbitant prices for room service just to appease the kids is no longer your only option. Nor do you have to face herding up the clan to go out for a bite to eat when all you’re interested in is some relaxing downtime. Instead, imagine yourself indulging in a bit of quiet time on the patio or balcony of one of our short-term rentals, sipping tea, reading a book as the gentle breeze passes. You’ve just finished feeding the children after the perfect day out seeing the sights of Dubai. It all worked out so well.

Upon arriving in Dubai, you were able to do a small bit of shopping to stock up the refrigerator. It was easy to prepare a late-afternoon snack in your fully-equipped kitchen, and you saved a ton of money in the process. Tummies full, the toddler is down for his nap in one of the back bedrooms, and the other two are busy watching a DVD in the living room. Funny how they seem to get along better when there is more space to move around in. No need to worry about dressing up or where you want to eat dinner. You’ve decided to prepare a simple family meal “at home” so you have plenty of time to savor this moment to relax and unwind. Ahhhhh!!

5 Cost Saving Tips When You Travel to Dubai

5 Cost Saving Tips When You Travel to Dubai

Planning to travel to Dubai? Here are some cost-saving tips that can prevent you from thinning your wallet out too soon.
1.  Want to experience the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa? Then buy your tickets online. Catching a view of this amazing city from the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa’s observatory, known as “At the Top” is definitely an experience you won’t soon forget.


Buying your tickets at the door will set you back 400 AED ($110 USD) per person.  Instead, plan ahead and save. By purchasing your tickets online, the price drops dramatically to a mere 125 AED ($34 USD) per person. For a family of four that’s a saving of 1100 AED, or $301 USD.  WOW!
2.  Take advantage of online sites such as Groupon  for tickets to many of Dubai’s main attractions, such as Atlantis – The Palm’s AquaVenture.  This popular waterpark is a big hit for many Dubai tourists.


The cost of a ticket at the door is 250 AED ($68.50 USD), 180 AED ($50 USD) for children under 1.2 metres. You can save 25 AED by purchasing your tickets online. But your best saving is through sites like Groupon, where the tickets were priced at 150 AED ($41 USD). For a family of four, all above 1.2 metres tall, that’s a savings of 400 AED, or $110 USD.
3.  Travel to Dubai on a budget airline, such as Flydubai. If you’re one for traveling light, this might be the deal for you. Flydubai is a no-frills airline. This means you are charged extra for everything beyond your seat on the plane and one carryon, not to exceed 7 kg.


To travel to Dubai from Beirut, Lebanon in September on Emirates Airlines will cost $547 USD. That same flight on Flydubai will cost you $352 USD.  Flydubai flies to many destinations throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.


However, consider this word of caution. If you require more than a 7 kg. carryon, book your baggage when you book your flight. The cost of an extra bag at the check-in counter will gouge you.
4.  Take the Metro. If you’re staying near the Dubai International Airport, Sheikh Zayed Road, Deira, or Al Qusais, you may find big savings using the Metro. Rental cars on average will run you $40 USD per day and hailing a taxi will cost a minimum of 10 AED ($2.75 USD) just to go a few km..


By purchasing NOL card, an electronic smartcard you can purchase at any Metro Station, you can travel on the Metro, and Dubai’s linking public transit system for a maximum of 14 AED ($4 USD) for the entire day.


For a family of four, over the course of 10 days, you can save $240 USD, by taking the Metro over renting a car. And with Dubai’s aggressive plans for expanding its public transit system with light rail to Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residence, as well as adding new Metro lines, this form of transportation will become an even more attractive choice.



5.  Experience alternative Dubai accommodations. Not too many people consider the alternative to booking a Dubai hotel when they travel to Dubai. But if you’re staying for more than 6 days, you could save big with a short-term Dubai holiday rental.  With the cost of a Dubai hotel averaging 1278 AED ($350 USD) per night or 8946 AED ($2450 USD) per week.


Instead, why not consider a 2-bedroom, short-term apartment in Dubai on the beautiful Palm Jumeirah?  On high season (Oct. – April), the apartment in Dubai will cost you 6600 AED ($1808 USD), during the Christmas and Spring Break holidays, it will cost you a bit more at 7200 AED ($1973 USD).


Booking a short-term apartment in Dubai for a week will save you 2346 AED ( $643 USD), 1746 AED ($478 USD). But the savings doesn’t stop there.


Besides having spacious accommodation, each apartment comes with all the amenities of a Dubai hotel, plus a fully-equipped kitchen to dine in if you choose. As you know, you can really rack up a bill by eating out for every meal. So why not stock up the kitchen and enjoy quiet dinner or two in?
With these cost-saving tips, you can save big the next time you travel to Dubai. check

Travel to Dubai in Style – Emirates Airline Voted World’s Best

Thinking to travel to Dubai? Then why not fly the best? Dubai-based Emirates airline has received top honors at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, being voted “Airline of the Year” for 2013. Skytrax is the world’s largest surveyor of airline passengers with 18.2 million people spanning over 160 countries voting.



Rated on everything from, cabin cleanliness to its in-flight dining and entertainment, Emirates airline earned the highest overall score, beating out top-ranked Qatar Airways for the title, and dropping them into second position.



Although it has continued to win best Middle East airline for the last nine years, it’s been ten years since Emirates took home the coveted award of world’s best back in 2001 then again in 2002. But now they’re back with a vengeance having also won the category for best in-flight entertainment for the third time.



“Extremely hard work,” Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline was quoted as saying, when asked how they were able to return to their award-winning status. He went on to say, “Being honoured with these awards is testament to our unrelenting effort to be the world’s best airline. We are constantly striving to offer our customers consistent, world-class service that extends from the moment they make their booking to the moment they arrive home at the end of their journey.”


Emirates Airline Takes Top Honors


The Top 10 Airlines are as follows:


1.    Emirates
2.    Qatar Airways
3.    Singapore Airlines
4.    ANA All Nippon Airways
5.    Asiana Airlines
6.    Cathay Pacific
7.    Etihad Airways
8.    Garuda Indonesia
9.    Turkish Airlines
10.  Qantas Airways


But the good news gets even better. If Emirates does not offer service your destination, or you prefer to experience another airline, 5 of the Top 10 airlines (Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, and Qantas in partnership with Emirates) travel to Dubai. Two more travel to Abu Dhabi (Garuda Indonesia, and Etihad Airways, who is headquartered in Abu Dhabi). Abu Dhabi is just an hour and 20 minutes away.


Here are some of the other honors presented at the awards ceremony:


*  Best First-Class: Etihad Airways
*  Best Business Class: Qatar Airways
*  Best Cabin Staff: Cathay Pacific
*  Best Economy Class: Garuda Indonesia


With 7 of the top 10 flying to the UAE it shouldn’t be difficult to find a flight. So whether you travel to Dubai or to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, do so in style with a bit of pampering along the way.


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Car Rental in Dubai – 13 Must Know’s

With many well-known rental agencies such as Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Thrifty, Europcar, National and Budget; car rental in Dubai is a pretty straight forward process and similar to most other cities around the world. But here are a few tips that will definitely make your life easier:


Here are the Things you need to know about Car Rental in Dubai


1.  If you are not a UAE resident, obtain an International Driver’s License before arriving and carry it and your foreign license with you at all times when driving. It is legal to drive in Dubai on licenses from the following countries without an IDP:


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.


However, having an International Driver’s License is required by many of the car rental agencies. So to avoid a hassle, it’s better to have one. Besides, if you get pulled over by the police, you can offer the International Driver’s License first, and if they need to retain it, you will still have your national driver’s license to drive on.  UAE residents require a valid UAE driver’s license in order to drive.


2.  Book ahead. We recommend that you book at least a week in advance. During peak holiday seasons, you may want to book several weeks in advance as car rental in Dubai is more difficult during those times.


3.  Know your automobile insurance policy. It is important to know what your insurance company will cover and not cover with rentals. You policy should cover collision damage and personal accident insurance. Also make sure that the agency provides liability insurance with the vehicle (this is addition to your own insurance), just in case you have an accident where someone is injured. To avoid any hassle between your insurance company and theirs, it might be worthwhile to purchase the rental agency’s collision damage waiver, but verify first that their waiver releases you from all liability.


4.  Check the vehicle out. To avoid any headaches, make sure to note any vehicle damage on the rental agreement prior to leaving the agency’s lot.  You’ll also want to make sure that everything is in working order (including the air-conditioner, you’ll need it even in the winter months).


5.  Which side is the right side? Vehicles in the UAE drive on the right-side of the road.


6.  Seat Belts and Mobile Phones. The UAE is very strict with their rules regarding seat beats and mobile phones, and the fines for violating these rules are steep. Seat belts are mandatory, and driving while using mobile phones is prohibited. You must use a Bluetooth or other hand-free device.


7.  Keep your gas tank full. Believe it or not, it’s not always easy in this oil-rich country to find a petrol station. Unlike Europe and the States, you will not find one on every corner. The roads are often times structured in a way that makes them difficult to get to from the opposite side. So you may find yourself having to go several km out of your way, before backtracking to that station. You don’t want the stress of doing that while driving on fumes and wondering if you’ll make it.


8.  Investment in a Dubai map, or better yet, use a GPS if possible. Dubai roads can be notoriously confusing, and sometimes illogical, especially if there is construction in the area. Often times you may be detoured, but the detour route is unclear. A map or GPS can save you the time and headache of trying to figure it all out on your own.


9.  Have your contract and a mobile phone with you in the car at all times. In case of an accident or breakdown, the emergency number will be on the contract and you can call for assistance. You do not want to be stranded somewhere in desert unable to communicate with the outside world.


10. In the event of an accident contact the police. If you are involved in a fender-bender, pull off to the side of the road, and call the police. If someone is personally injured, the vehicles should not be moved. It is your responsibility to obtain and submit a final copy of the police report to the rental agency in order for a claim to be filed with their insurance company. Failure to obtain that report could result in you becoming financial responsibility for any and all damages, even if you purchased the additional collision damage waiver. So make sure you follow up.


11. Age requirements for car rental in Dubai vary. Many of the agencies, such as Thrifty, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt require the driver to be at least 21 years of age (for some vehicles, Sixt requires the driver to be 23 or over. Budget requires its drivers to be 25 or over. Avis requires the driver to be over 18, but they tack on a surcharge for anyone under 25, and they, too, have a restriction on vehicle types.  It’s best to confirm the agency’s age policy, as their terms are subject to change.


12. Make sure that your vehicle comes equipped with a Salik Card. Salik is an electronic toll system used along Sheikh Zayed Road and the bridges near Deira and Bur Dubai. This card is attached to the windshield of the vehicle and is activated each time you pass certain points along the route. You do not want to incur a fine for not having your Salik in place.


13. And last but not least, DO NOT drink and drive. The UAE has zero tolerance for drunk driving, and if you are caught you could face jail time. So just don’t do it, take a cab instead!


We hope these tips will help make car rental in Dubai a hassle-free experience.


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Consider Flydubai – The Low-Cost Dubai Airline

Are you planning to travel to Dubai in the near future, and looking for a low-cost airline? Well Flydubai just might be your answer. But don’t go rushing to your computer to book your reservation just yet. If you’re not careful, you may end up with your cost to fly to Dubai being more than if you took other Dubai airlines, such as Emirates. This airline is definitely what you would consider a no-frills airline.


What does a no-frills airline mean? It means you get charged for everything beyond your basic seat. That includes your baggage, your in-flight meals, your in-flight entertainment, and even your seat assignment. They even charged an extra fee for booking your reservation online with your credit card. (I found that to be quite strange. Isn’t that the way you book online? By using a credit card? Well duh?  I know this is a no-frills airline, but come on!)


If you are capable of traveling light, meaning you can pack what you need in a 7 kg bag, then the cost to fly to Dubai with this airlines may very well suit you. My two children and I were able to do just that and it worked out well.  But if you need more, then you must pay for a baggage allowance. Do this online and not at the Airport! I cannot stress this enough.


When we checked in at the airport, the clerk at the counter, thinking that all the bags were mine, accidentally added our traveling companions’ two pieces of luggage on to my reservation and wanted to charge me over 1200 AED ($333 US). That is more than the cost of my round-trip ticket from Lebanon. Ouch! I must, however, commend this low-cost Dubai airline for not charging for baby strollers. (With many airlines, strollers are considered to be a bag.)


If you want to ensure your seats, you’ll have to pay an extra 5 AED per seat. My kids were old enough so I took my chances and did not reserve. They ended up seating us together anyhow.


The in-flight entertainment was a bit expensive, 35 AED ($10 US) for a movie, so I highly recommend bringing your electronic gadgets (iPad, iPhone, etc.) to stay entertained. The food was good, although a bit overpriced. Soup and a sandwich was 25 AED ($8.33 US) and a bottle of water was 5 AED ($1.33 US). The Curry Lentil Soup and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich were tasty. But I must warn you, if you order anything in-flight, make sure you use AED!


I was completely amazed that on a flight from Lebanon, they refused to take Lebanese currency. Don’t quite understand that. I mean, it’s not that difficult when you travel to Dubai several times daily from Beirut to exchange the currency. So, what’s the problem?


Anyway, I ended up paying with US dollars, and boy was that a mistake! The standard rate of conversion of AED to USD is 3.65, but Flydubai’s in-flight conversion rate was 2.995. So the 65 AED I paid for mine and my children’s meals, which should have cost me $18 US, ended up costing nearly $4 USD more.  (Not that it was going to break me, but it’s a matter of principle.) So to that I say, shame on you Flydubai, you may be a low-cost Dubai airline, but this a tacky way to make a few extra bucks off your customers.



So, by flying this Dubai airline are you going to save in your cost to fly to Dubai? It all depends.


Follow These Simple Rules to Save Money


1.  Travel light. If you can get away with a 7 kg. carry-on, you can save big.

2If you need more than 7 kg., make sure you buy your luggage allowance online, and compare. Compare the total cost (ticket + luggage) to travel to Dubai with other airlines. When you add it all up, you may find that the other Dubai Airlines end up being cheaper.

3DO NOT wait until you are at the check-in counter to buy your luggage allowance. It will kill you.

4.  Bring your own in-flight entertainment.

5.  Bring your own food and drinks with you for that matter.

6.  And, if you do buy food or entertainment on- board, make sure you use AED.


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Dubai Metro: A Convenient Source of Travel in Dubai

Is the Metro a convenient source of travel in Dubai?
For many, but not for all.


As the first metro service on the Arabian Peninsula, the Metro makes getting around this city easier and cost-effective for many. Spanning 75 km., the Guinness World Records has touted it as world’s longest fully automated metro service, but this source of transportation in Dubai does have its limitations.


On September 9, 2009. With a ceremonious maiden run beginning at 9:09:09, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, declared the Dubai Metro open to the public. Although at the time, it only offered service to 10 stations of 29 on its red line, its arrival was well received with more than 110,000 passengers flocking to try out this new form of Dubai transportation within the first two days of its opening.


Over the course of two years, their service has expanded quite a bit, with two lines. The red Line runs from Al Rashidiya to the Jebel Ali Free Zone, and the Green Line from Al Qusais to Al Jaddaf. On its second anniversary in 2011, it was estimated that an average of 300,000 passengers per day were riding the Metro.


Trains run from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sat. – Thur., and 2:00 p.m. to midnight on Fridays. During Ramadan, the trains run until midnight every day of the week. Fares range from 1.8 Dhs. to 6.5 Dhs, depending on your destination. Students, seniors, and those with special needs are offered discounted fares.


The Dubai Metro is Amongst the Safest in the World


If you are wondering how safe it is to ride the Dubai Metro, I can assure you it is one of the safest in the world. With a dedicated police force and over 3000 CCTV cameras in the trains and stations, the Metro is closely monitored. In addition, their staff of over 700 is trained to deliver first aid and medical assistance. And, as a woman, you have access to cabins dedicated specifically to women and children only.


But as it stands right now, the Metro does have its limitations. Unless you are residing somewhere along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Creek, or near Al Qusais within walking distance of a station, and your destination is also along those areas, the convenience of the Metro might be in question. There is a good chance that you will need to supplement your trip with either a bus or taxi.


For example, it is quite a walk (820 metres) to the Dubai Mall from the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall stop, almost the same distance from the base of the world’s tallest building to its top. I wonder if there is any significance in that? They do, however, try to help matters with several moving walkways, and thank God, it’s air-conditioned. So for this location you may not need a transportation supplement, but if you’re interested in going to the Dubai Marina, the metro stop is nowhere near it. So chances are you’ll need that taxi.


The good news is that they have just announced plans to expand this means of transportation in Dubai with services to other parts of the city with a planned Purple Line that will run along Al Khail Road; a Blue Line that will run along Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (known to many as Emirates Road); and a Gold Line with a U-shape that runs from the Jumeriah Lake Towers area down past Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, across and back up near Burj Khalifa and over to Bur Dubai. There is also a plan to expand the Green Line to the International and Academic Cities. And there is even talk of taking the Red Line all the way to Abu Dhabi.


Once those enhancements are made, travel in Dubai will be a sweet ride indeed, with a great way to get around this amazing city and to the capital.


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What to Do in Dubai On A Budget

What to Do in Dubai if You’re On a Budget, Try a Dubai Park or Beach


Looking for what to do in Dubai that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Why not consider spending a day at a  Dubai parks or beaches? The city certainly delivers when it comes to family beaches and parks. These clean, well-kept parks provide an abundance of activities for the family to appreciate, and all for an affordable price (some are even free).


Check Out This Great List of Attractions


JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) has a public beach that provides a fun-filled day of relaxing in the sun for free. If you can’t sit still for very long, there are a number of boutique shops and bistros across the way.


Jumeirah Beach and Park is another nice Dubai beach for the family to enjoy, and great for a family BBQ.  The beach is known for its well-maintained landscaping and facilities. Entrance to the park is 5 Dhs. (Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for an extra fee).


Al Mamzar Park – At a cost of 7 Dhs./person or 30 Dhs./car,  this Dubai park imparts nice clean beaches, several playgrounds, and three lagoons for swimming. In addition, there is a bicycle rental, shower and changing room facilities, and a small pool area for nominal fees.


Safa Park – If you are looking for a great place to run, Safa Park is it. Just one lap of the park is over 3K. Besides running there are plenty of other things to do in this beautifully landscaped park with its marvelous waterfall, including a train that children can ride. There are also two lakes where you can enjoy feeding the ducks.


Creekside Park - Inside the rolling hills of Creekside Park is an amphitheatre, picnic areas with BBQ grills, and children’s playgrounds along with some of the best views of of Dubai Creek and the city. Entrance is only 5 Dhs. The park also presents a variety of other attractions such as bicycle rental, a cable car ride, and camel and horse riding, all for an additional fee. Although you may feel that these are not worth the additional charges, we do suggest spending a bit extra to visit Children’s City. At 40 Dhs./family of four, children will enjoy their interactive science museum and planetarium.  You may also want to splurge on their Dubai Dolphinarium where the family can interact and be entertained by their dolphins, seals, and other marine life for just 100 Dhs./adult, 50 Dhs./ child.


So take in a Dubai park or beach for a day of cheap family fun. There are plenty to choose from, and all of them are worth the visit.


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