United Arab Emirates Travel Guides

Getting to UAE

Getting to UAE
Most of the world’s leading airlines fly into the UAE’s six international airports.
Most passengers fly into Dubai Airport. Other international airports are located at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.

The national airlines, Emirates Airlines operate international flights to and from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Gulf Air flies to all six airports.

Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) is situated on the mainland, 35km east of the city. The journey to the city centre takes around 45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Many hotels run an airport shuttle service. Limousines and Al Ghazal taxis (purple and white luxury sedans) run on a fixed rate (Dh70) and can be pre-booked or picked-up at the airport. Orange and white airport taxis charge approximately Dh40 to the city centre. Bus services run from the airport to the bus station on East Rd approximately every 20 minutes. The fare is Dh3.

Airport facilities include duty free shop, bank, restaurants, bar, currency exchange, hotel, 18-hole sand golf course, car hire, post office, special needs facilities and assistance, and VIP lounges. Note that there is no left luggage facility at Abu Dhabi Airport.

A huge number of airline companies operate through Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) , here is a list with operating airlines, terminals they operate through and phone numbers:

Terminal 1

Air Astana
+971 4 3166572

Air Berlin
+800 041 05 005

Air India
+971 2 6334766

Air India Express
+971 2 6334766

+39 06 65649

British Airways
+971 4 3075301

Cathay Pacific
+971 2 6224586

CSA Czech Airlines
+971 2 632 2775

Egypt Air
+971 2 6391115

Etihad Airways
+971 2 5110000

Garuda Indonesia
+62 21 2351 9999

Gulf Air
+971 2 6434783

Hainan Airlines

Jet Airways
+971 2 6351077

Kenya Airways
+971 2 5052313

Srilankan Airlines
+971 2 5053947

+971 2 4038600

Kuwait Airways
+971 2 6312238

+971 2 6394640

Middle East Airlines
+971 2 6225753

+971 2 4180866

Oman Air
+971 2 6220234

Qatar Airways
+971 2 6661748

Royal Jordanian
+971 2 6225335

Safi Airways
+971 4 299 2007

Saudi Arabian Airlines
+971 2 6344220

Syrian Arab Airlines
+971 2 6171707

Turkish Airlines
+971 2 6261010

+971 2 6323675

Terminal 2

+971 2 6454050

+971 2 6342597

Kish Airline
+971 2 6355755

+971 2 6336670

RAK Airways
+971 7 2075000

Rotana Jet
+971 2 4443366

Royal Falcon
+971 2 6434783

Shaheen Air
+971 2 6265111

Sudan Airways
+971 2 6333967

Sun Air
+971 6 5576966

Turkmenistan Airlines
+971 2 6327100

Terminal 3

Air Seychelles
+248 4391000

Virgin Australia
+8000 612 002

Dubai Airport (DXB) is 4km southeast of the city, taking around 10 minutes travel time, depending on traffic. Many hotels run an airport shuttle service. Taxis and buses are available at the airport. Prepaid airport taxis must be booked in the arrival hall and charge a fixed rate of Dh30 for destinations in the city centre. The metered taxi rate is Dh16 plus 50 fils for every 500 metres. Airport buses take around 20 minutes to the city centre for Dh1 and operate every ten minutes between 6am and 10pm.Visit this website for See Dubai for Less

Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange, bank, duty free complex, health club, business/conference centres, hotel, special needs facilities and assistance, post office, medical centre, pharmacy, restaurants, bars, executive lounges, left-luggage, tourist information, car hire, children’s play area, internet access, and VIP lounges.

The following airlines operate through Dubai International Airport (DXB) :

Aeroflot Russian Airlines
+971 (4) 222 2245

Aerosvit Ukranian Airlines
+971 (4) 221 1176

AeroTech Aviation ( Eastern Skyjets)
+971 (4) 2994884

Afriqiyah Airways

Air Algerie
+971 (4) 295 9060

Air Armenia

Air Astana
+971 (4) 224 5590

Air Berlin
+971 (4) 214 6977 or +971 (4) 214 6975

Air China
+971 (4) 220 0880

Air France

Air India
+971 (4) 216 2902/2800; +971 (4) 228 4646

+971 (4) 224 4281

Armavia Airline
+971 (4) 266 0122

Austrian Airline
+971 (4) 294 1403

Azrebaijan Airlines
+971 (4) 295 6860

Bahrain Air
+971 (4) 228 4042; +971 (4) 228 4034

Biman Bangladesh Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2895/21

Mombasa Airline
+971 (4) 295 6295

British Airways

Cathy Pacific Airways
+971 (4) 216 6865

China Eastern Airlines

China Southern Airlines
+971 (4) 220 0966

Cyprus Airlines
+971 (4) 221 5325

Czech Airlines
+971 (4) 294 5666

Daallo Airlines
+971 (4) 2161 853

Delta Airlines
+971 (4) 220 0216

Don Avia

Donbass Eastern Ukrainian Airline
+971 (4) 295 6295

Egypt Air
+971 (4) 216 2830

Eritrean Airlines
+971 (4) 273 3082; +971 (4) 271 2449

Ethiopian Airline
+971 (4) 216 2833

Garuda Indonesia

Gulf Air
+971 (4) 216 2836

Indian Airlines
+971 (4) 216 1845/46/47

+971 (4) 3557355

Iran Air
+971 (4) 216 6838

Jat Airways
+971 (4) 352 0300

Jazeera Airways
+971 (4) 224 4488

Jet Airways (India)
+971 (4) 216 1880

Kazakhstan Airlines

Kenya Airways
+971 (4) 216 2355

Kingfisher Airlines

KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
+971 (4) 224 4747; +971 (4) 216 2342

Korean Air
+971 (4) 224 4190

Kuwait Air
+971 (4) 216 1870/2848

Libyan Arab Airlines
+971 (4) 227 4224

+971 (4) 216 6855

M.E.A. - Middle East Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2864

Mahan Air
+971 (4) 216 5810

Malaysia Airlines
+971 (4) 216 6850/45

Nas Air

Olympic Airways
+971 (4) 222 8689

Oman Air
+971 (4) 216 2370; +971 (4) 220 0946

Open Skies

Pakistan Intl Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2898/67

Qatar Airways
+971 (4) 224 4515

Royal Air Morocco

Royal Brunei Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2922

Royal Jordanian Airlines
+971 (4) 216 6810

Royal Nepal Airlines
+971 (4) 224 6102

+971 (4) 336 0530

Saudi Airlines
+971 (4) 216 6824

Shaheen Air Intl
+971 (4) 216 1866/79

Siberia Airlines
+971 (4) 295 6295

Singapore Airlines
+971 (4) 216 6878

Sirlankan Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2808

Sudan Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2849

Swiss International Airlines
+971 (4) 295 2221

Syrian Arab Air
+971 (4) 216 1862

Taag Angola Airlines
+971 (4) 396 6255

Tarom Romanian Air
+971 (4) 221 1176

Thai Airways
+971 (4) 224 4305; +971 (4) 216 2324/65

Transaero Airlines
+971 (4) 282 2199

Travel Service Airlines

Tunis Air
+971 (4) 223 7776

Turkish Airlines
+971 (4) 216 2882

Ukraine Intl Airlines
+971 (4) 295 8994

United Airlines
+971 8000 441 5492

Uzbekistan Air
+971 (6) 572 5214

Vim Airlines
+971 (6) 557 1247

Virgin Atlantic
+971 (4) 216 1801/02

Wataniya Airways
+971 (4) 216 2813

Yemenia Yemen Air

Al Ain Airport (AAN) is 20km northwest of Al Ain, taking around 20 minutes travel time by taxi. Al Ghazal taxis operate a fixed-rate service to the city centre. Public buses serve the airport and run every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, taking about 40 minutes travel time. There is a bank, currency exchange, ATM, restaurants, duty free complex, children's garden playground, medical centre, wheel chair access, and VIP lounges.

Fujairah Airport (FJR) is 1km from the city centre. You can pick up a taxi outside the airport and the fare to your hotel will not cost more than a few Dirhams. There are no buses. Airport facilities include restaurant, 24-hour duty free shops, medical centre and VIP lounges.

Ras al-Khaimah Airport (RKT) is 20km from the city. Taxis are available at the airport. Airport facilities include a duty free shop and restaurant.

Aside from this , here is a list of airline companies that operate through Ras al-Khaimah Airport (RKT):

Passenger Services

RAK Airways
Air Arabia (Tech stop)
Kuwait Air (Tech stop)
Mach Avia

Corporate Aviation and Flight Training

Etihad Airways
Fly Dubai
Indian Aviation Academy
Air Arabia

Charter Passenger Services

Air Berlin
Atlas Jet
Bahag AG
Dolphin Air
Eastern Avia
Falcon Aviation
Gan Jet
Hadid International
Dana Jet
Jordan Aviation
Kam Air
Logistic Air
Nova Airlines AB (Novair)
Neo S.P.A.
Royal Flight
Royal Jet
Sea Wing
Silver Air
United Aviation Services
Volga Avia Express
XL Airways

Cargo Airlines

AYR Group
Bin Majid
Airlift International
Flying Carpet
Mach Avia
RAK Aviation
Maximus Cargo
RUS Aviation
Sky Pearl Aviation
Sky Link Arabia
Ukrainian Cargo Airways (Yerevan)
Chapman Freeborn
Zoom Airways
Kallita A

Sharjah Airport (SHJ) is 10km from the city. Taxis are available at the airport. Fares to the centre of Sharjah are approximately Dh40. Airport facilities include a 24-hour duty free shop, car hire, restaurant, snack bar, bank (open restricted hours), special needs facilities and assistance, and VIP lounges.

For more information concerning operating airlines, please check the list below:

Scheduled Airlines

African Express Airways
Air Arabia
Air Blue Ltd
Air Company SCAT
Air India
Air India Express
British Airways
Cargolux Airlines
Condor Flugdienst GMBH
Egypt Air
Egypt Air Cargo
Etihad Airways
Felix Airways
Invest Avia Kazakhstan
Jet Airways
Luftansa Cargo AG
Luk Aero
Malaysia Airlines
Midex Airlines
Mihin Lanka (PVT) LTD
Pakistan International Airlines
Qatar Airways
Saudi Airlines Cargo
Shaheen Air International
Singapore Airlines
Southern Air
Spicejet Limited
Taimyr Airlines
United Parcel Service Co.
Utair Aviation
Uzbekistan Airways

Unscheduled Airlines

Abakan Avia
AG Air
Air Trust
Al Naser Airlines
Atlas Air
Aviakontsitotrans Airlines
Badr Airlines
Empire Aviation
GAMA Aviation FZC
Gama Aviation Ltd.
Germania Fluggesellschaft
Global Jet
London Executive Aviation
MAE Aircraft Management
Maximus Airlines
Rayyan Air Pvt. Ltd.
Royal Jet Abudhabi
Zetavia Ukraine

Meet & Assist Airport Services

The airports of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah offer convenient "Meet & Assist Services" for reasonable rates, which help make your arrival and departure smooth, fast and easy. Abu Dhabi Airport is serviced by Golden Class Service (Phone: (+971) 02 575 7466). Services include personal assistance with arrival and departure formalities and use of the VIP Lounge.

Dubai Airport is serviced by Marhaba Services (Phone: (+971) 04 216 2630 / 04 224 5780). Services include personal assistance with arrival and departure formalities and use of the VIP Lounge. If you book within a minimum of 24-hours in advance of your flight time, you will receive immediate confirmation. www.marhabaservices.com.

Sharjah Airport is serviced is operated by SATA (Phone: (+971) 06 508 4080/4081. Email: sata@sharjahairport.ae). Services include personal assistance with arrival and departure formalities and limousine transfer.

Road access to the UAE from Saudi Arabia and Oman is excellent. Connections can be made with the Trans-Arabian Highway on the overland route to Europe.

A daily service runs between Muscat and Abu Dhabi via Al Ain. There is a twice daily bus service between Oman and Dubai via Hatta. There are also bus services between Abu Dhabi and Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

The main international ports are Jebel Ali (30km from Dubai city) and Port Rashid in Dubai, Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi, Port Khalid and Khor Fakkan in Sharjah, Port Saqr in Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah Port in Fujairah. These are all commercial ports and are not designed to cater for tourists. Some companies operate ferry services to Iran. Again, these are not designed for tourists but they can be booked through travel agents.

Domestic Transport

A daily flight connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Gulf Air serves all six UAE airports. Flights can also be chartered and there are small landing fields throughout the country.

Although road conditions are excellent, the quality of drivers varies greatly. Big, powerful cars, young inexperienced drivers and many nationalities all combine for a hair-raising driving experience. Outside the main cities, roads remain smooth and less congested. People tend to drive very fast on both urban and rural roads.

Most of the large car hire firms are represented at airports and hotels. Some local firms also provide car hire services. Rates can vary so it is best to shop around. The services of the larger reputable firms can be very useful in case of emergency, but the smaller local firms also give good deals.

If you wish to hire a car in the UAE, bring a valid international driving license or national driving license from your home country. In Dubai you will be issued with a UAE temporary driving permit by car hire companies on presentation of valid national or international driving licenses, two photographs and a passport. In Abu Dhabi you will need an international driving license to obtain a temporary permit.

Most foreign driving licenses are accepted providing you are a citizen or resident of the country issuing the license. If not, you will need an international driving license.

The rules relating to driving licenses differ from emirate to emirate. However once you have been issued with a temporary driving permit from one emirate you can drive throughout the UAE.

Traffic regulations are strict, with radar and cameras in use by the police. In any case, you need to drive carefully. Traffic drives on the right. The speed limit in urban areas is 80 kph and 120 kph outside the cities. Seat belts are compulsory. Use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited. Children under 12 are prohibited from travelling in front seats of vehicles.

It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without police permission, except in Dubai where it is not necessary to call the police if you have the correct forms and no one has been injured in the accident. Check with your hired car company for the required procedure.

Under no circumstances should you drink and drive. The blood alcohol limit is zero (0.0). Any amount over that will earn jail time and a hefty fine. Police may require a mandatory blood alcohol test at the scene of an accident, whether there were injuries or not. Keep in mind that traces of alcohol will show up in your blood 12 hours later (i.e. the morning after). If you find yourself in an accident, even if it is not your fault, it is best to remain calm and polite.

Try to avoid rush hour traffic congestion in Dubai and Abu Dhabi between 7 am–9 am, 1pm–2 pm and from 6 pm–8 pm. Also try to avoid driving just before dusk during the month of Ramadan as many hungry drivers hurry home to break their fast, accidents are quite common.

Most hotels run their own scheduled bus services to the airport, city centre and beach resorts. Limited public bus services link most towns.

Taxis are available in all towns and are the most convenient mode of transport. Generally urban journey fares are metered, whilst fares for longer journeys should be agreed in advance.

Commercial and passenger lines serve all coastal ports. Water taxis travel across Dubai Creek between Dubai and Deira. It is possible to charter sailing and motor yachts and traditional wooden dhows.

Be very careful crossing the streets in the UAE. Drivers tend to run red lights and not be aware of pedestrian crossing lines or pedestrians for that matter. Be especially careful at dusk during the month of Ramadan as many hungry drivers hurry home to eat or drink something before fasting, accidents are quite common.