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Ways to Experience Dubai Metro
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice connection easy to use friendly staff, ticketing system optimal for the use as well very clean and decent.

Date of experience: April 2021
Thank 511ZGS
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Best experience the best views,meals and drinks .friendly staff jessa you rock the place to unwind and have best moments

Date of experience: April 2021
Thank sych_sifuna
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Reviewed 4 April 2021

The Metro is in really good shape, but it was little crowded. It was cheap and easy to understand...

Date of experience: March 2021
Thank JakubAndLucie
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Reviewed 1 April 2021

Very impressed- this metro system may be my favorite one in the world (with Stockholm a very close second). Why?
1. Dubai metro is very clean. All the stations we visited were modern, with scrubbed floors, no trash anywhere. Smelled and looked very clean.
2. Dubai Metro never has a long wait, trains arrive every 3-5 minutes. Hours of operation are from 5am to 1am the following day with exception of Friday mornings, so there is little chance of getting stranded and having to find the night bus (That may or may not have happened to me in London ;) )
3. Dubai metro is very easy to navigate. Only 2 lines that intersect in 2 places, very straightforward. All stations and platforms have extensive signage, so it's almost impossible to get lost. In addition there are maps of the area so you can orient yourself to your surroundings before leaving the station. All stations have the same look, kind of a futuristic shell. So they are easily located all over town. There are also signs all over sidewalks in town pointing to the next metro station.
4. Payment system is very similar to the London metro (or most public transportation systems). You can buy a one time ticket (red) or a so called NOL card for either regular or gold (first) class. The NOL card costs a small fee (around 25 dirham) but can be "topped off" with any amount. Rides are charged according to distance travelled between 3-7.5 dirham, very affordable. There are ticket machines in each station, which will switch to English at the touch of a button, take credit cards and walk you through the transaction step by step.
5. Just in case you struggle with any part of the process, there always seem to be attendants available to answer questions and sell tickets.
If you arrive at the airport, there is literally a station at terminal one and three.
6. The metro is for the most part above ground, and provides a cheap way to tour the town, nice views especially of downtown.
Just a word about the women's cars. One or two cars are set aside for women and children only. You can find them easily by standing in the pink colored area of the platform. I was highly skeptical about this, but experiencing these cars in person completely won me over. Dubai metro in general is very safe (no roving gangs of pickpockets like Paris or Athens), but the women's cars are another level of comfortable for women solo travelers. I felt more privileged than discriminated against. In my experience the women's cars were always less crowded with more available seats. They are also always at either the very front or very back of the train, and since the Dubai Metro is driverless, the women's cars have the best view of where you are going or where you came from. At times I felt like the monorail at Disneyland.
Covid measures were in place (March 2021) with only every other seat available. However, during busy time people naturally stood close together. Mask wearing is enforced but Dubai does not limit the number of people per train. If that concerns you, I would avoid rush hour and Friday nights.
Lastly--the airconditioned walkways between the metro stations and the malls are insane. The one to the Dubai mall must be a mile long, seriously, it goes on forever.
To sum up, even though every travel website talks up the taxi service, we found the metro a viable, cheaper alternative to travel to many of the spots tourists frequent.

Date of experience: March 2021
Thank California_momofsix
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Reviewed 30 March 2021 via mobile

Modern, convenient, fast, quite easy to access, affordable, and a bit smelly :) Good tram connection at some stations if you leave in Dubai Marina.

Date of experience: March 2021
Thank vasilyguangzhou
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