The UAE doesn’t have an extensive public transport system, so a car is the easiest way to get around the country. It’s no surprise that petrol is cheap. And you may find you can afford a more luxurious car than you could back home.
The UAE is a small country and getting from one emirate to another doesn’t take long. Road conditions are good and major cities are connected by multi-lane freeways.
Driving in the Emirates can take some getting used to. Roads are often congested, traffic regulations are strict and there’s a zero-tolerance policy towards drinking and driving. You can drive with an international licence, but you’ll need a local one if you have residency status.
With stiflingly hot temperatures, it goes without saying that the UAE isn’t very pedestrian or cyclist friendly. You can catch a bus or taxi in the major cities. Ride-hailing services, such as Uber, are also available. And Dubai’s metro system is fast, efficient and cheap.
The UAE is a major travel hub and Dubai has one of the busiest airports in the world. Many international airlines offer daily services to and from the Emirates, making the country a great base for expats who want to see the world.