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How is traffic during the weekends?

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How is traffic during the weekends?

We are thinking about renting a car in Dubai during a weekend (saturday and sunday). With this car we want to make a day trip to the east coast. The other day we want to visit the palm island (from Deira). We read many stories about the very busy and dangerous traffic in and around Dubai. Does anyone know whether the traffic on Saturday and Sunday is more quiet?

Thanks for your answers, CeesTT

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1. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

The weekend is in the main Friday/Saturday in Dubai, so friday mornings are quieter.

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2. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

Hi Cees,

Firstly, the weekend here is different - its Friday/Saturday, but alot of people work Saturday.

So the traffic on Friday is light and is the day I'd recommend you drive around Dubai. Saturday traffic is lighter than during the week but not as light as Friday.

If your going to the East coast the traffic there will be fine.

I would recommend doing Palm etc and anything in Dubai on Friday and go to East coast on Saturday.

Driving here is better than the myths - it's like driving in any big city like Amsterdam - you just need your wits about you - and if a big 4X4 comes up behind you at 200kph move out of the way quick - cos they wont wait and they'll get past you one way or another.

One thing to bear in mind is that you can't drive just on an EEC drivers licence here - you need an International Driving Permit in addition.

Marc

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3. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

I have to disagree with Marc, I think the driving here is terrible and nothing like Amsterdam – more like India. Much may be because many of the drivers are from countries where poor driving is the norm but it feels like almot everybody gets into the spirit of bad and dangerous driving even if they don't start out that way. It’s also because some people with powerful cars think they own the road. Having somebody sit half a car length off your back bumper at 140kph is an everyday occurrence. Lane discipline is appalling and use of indicators random.

That said, it will be a much better on a Friday when traffic is a lot lighter. If you are anything less than a very confident driver I’d say it’s probably worth avoiding the stress and hiring a taxi for the day. You should be able to get info on the cost from Dubai taxis on +971 4 208 0808

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4. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

My pet subject is driving in Dubai.

Yes it's frinetic, boardering on the stupid but really it is like driving in any major city in the world. Beleive me from LA thro NYC onto European cities to the Middle ab=nd Far East city driving CAN be eventful.

Remember drive with care and attention and don't copy the locals.

Friday is certainly quieter to drive around Dubai and out to the Palm. Remember 2/3 of the palm is still a building site.

Enjoy your stay and arrive alive.

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5. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

Thanks for al the awnsers!

We didn't know weekend is on Friday and Saturday. We arrive by plane late Thursday night and have already arranged a free shuttle to our hotel in Deira. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are in Dubai. Monday we fly early in the morning to Singapore.

We planned to calm down Friday and explore Deira by foot. We were thinking about a walk to the Dow port and then to the Dubai Museum ando the Souks. But if Friday is the quietest day we can perhaps better drive that day to the Palm Jumeira and the Burj Al Arab hotel?

Maybe we can arrange a car delivery at our hotel so we don't have to take ik from the airport at night. Has someone experience with the delivery of a rental car at the hotel in Dubai?

Thanks, CeesTT

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6. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

Not sure if Friday is the quietest day - a lot of weekenders come into Dubai on Fridays and it tends to get busy.

Def agree that you should cover Diera by foot or short taxi hops. Same for Bur Dubai.

You can for sure drive up the SZR to the Palm & Burj Al Arab - its easy. Driving in Dubai is really not that big a deal ! The same applies if you want to drive to Global Village or Dragon Mart.

Delivery of car to your hotel is not a problem and many people make such arrangements.

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7. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

Just to be clear, you can drive past the Burj al Arab but, unless you're a guest at the hotel, you can't drive up across the causeway (manned by security), park and have a look around unless you have a booking for dinner, lunch, afternoon tea, drinks package etc etc.

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8. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

Friday is without doubt the quietest day, especially the morning.

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9. Re: How is traffic during the weekends?

If you are going to drive then Friday is the best day to do it - the soukhs and the museum don't open till after 4pm on Fridays

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