Getting around

How to travel around Dubai as a student

The beauty of living in a place like Dubai is the variety of options the city has on offer in terms attractions and transport. It has never been easier to get around Dubai. The choice is yours!

Best foot forward

Meander along the Marina boardwalk or experience authentic Emirati life at Al Seef, where you can wander through the traditional neighbourhood and get a taste of old Dubai. The winter months in the UAE are ideal for enjoying a stroll in the city, and there truly is something for everyone.

On your bike

There are plenty of locations across Dubai for cyclists to enjoy their hobby, so make sure to bring your bike! There are a number of professional tracks for serious cyclists, and it is not unheard of for students to bike to class in the winter months when the weather is pleasant.

Hop aboard

Bus: Major bus routes operate from around 5am to 11.30pm, with some high demand routes running 24/7.

Taxi: Government-registered Dubai Taxi cabs are plentiful and can be hailed on the street or booked via the RTA free S'hail app. Taxis are metered and air-conditioned, with cash or card payments accepted. Pink roofed taxis are for women only.

Dubai Metro: An advanced, driverless metro bisects the city, with stations close to major attractions, commercial centres, and at Dubai International Airport. Women only coaches are available plus access for wheelchair users.

Dubai Tram: The Dubai Tram system links up with Dubai Metro stations and covers Dubai Media City, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Marina, and up to the Palm Monorail.

Self drive

All the major car hire companies operate in Dubai and with petrol prices extremely affordable, car rental is easy and reasonable.

If you intend to buy a car once you have your residency permit, you need to apply for a UAE driving license exchange or you may need to take a specified number of lessons and pass the UAE driving test to qualify.

For short journeys around the city, you can also rent one of the RTA's 400 smart cars through the Udrive or ekar apps, with rental prices starting from just 50 fils per minute or Dhs30 per hour.

Essential apps


Part of Uber, Careem offers different classes of ride from economy to VIP pus loyalty partner discounts. If you're travelling around the region, Careem also operates in 12 other Middle East and North Africa destinations.

Dubai Calendar

Get hot off the press info on the latest events and happenings in the city with this easy to navigate app, for details and tickets for concerts, sporting tournaments, cultural activities and lots more.

Dubai Metro

Stay up to date with what's happening across the Dubai Metro network with station info, train times and information to streamline your next journey.


Find a doctor or clinic and book an appointment through the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) free app. Registered users can also view lab results and other personal medical info.


A monthly subscription-based fitness app with access to hundreds of gyms and classes across the city from yoga, crossfit and pilates to MMA and beachfront action.

RTA Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) app is packed with info from information on bus station locations, public transportation schedules and access to the mParking service to one click taxi bookings.


One of Dubai's most popular food delivery apps, get 24/7 access to hundreds of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets as well as regular offers and special promotions.

The Dubai Mall

Explore all that the 1,200+ store mall has to offer and opt in for tailor-made notifications about your favourite attractions, fashion outlets, foodie finds and more. There's also a handy map.

Vox Cinemas

Check showtimes, book tickets, and discover more about the latest movies showing on screens across Dubai. You can also choose your movie by experience (Gold, Max or Plus), pre-order food and drinks and be first to access exclusive ticket offers.


A food delivery meets restaurant review app, Zomato is a go-to for city gastronomes. Its Zomato Gold membership programme allows users to unlock extra value deals and promotions.