Dubai enjoys a dry sub-tropical climate with clear skies and sunshine, all year round. Throughout the year, the temperature varies from lows of 10°C (50°F) in winter to highs of 48°C (118°F) in the height of summer. The average daily temperature in January (winter) is 24°C (75°F) and the average daily maximum temperature in July (summer) is 41°C (106°F) with very high humidity. The hottest months are from July to September when temperatures can soar to 45°C (113°F) and even the sea temperature can reach 40°C (104°F).
Taxis are a reliable mode of transportation in Dubai. There are around 7,000 government-licensed taxis operating around town, so guests are ensured a safe and comfortable journey. All Dubai taxis are beige and have different coloured roofs – the ones with pink roofs are for women and children only. The minimum fare is AED 10 and there is a starting fee from the airport of AED 20. If you travel into another emirate, an additional AED 20 is charged.
Self-drive cars are available at all Jumeirah hotels and resorts for visitors holding an international driving license. Please ensure your client checks the local road rules and regulations. Limousines and chauffeur-driven cars can be organised by the hotel upon request.
The monetary unit is the Dirham (Dhs or AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The Dirham has been pegged to the US dollar since the end of 1980 at a rate of AED 3.67. All major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are generally accepted in shopping malls, large supermarkets and stores, hotels and restaurants. Smaller retail shops, small restaurants and taxis prefer to deal in cash.
The new Dubai Metro, launched on 9 September 2009, is an automated driverless network. The red and green lines were the first to be constructed with others planned for the future. The trains and station platforms are air-conditioned. Ticket prices vary depending on the distance travelled. By international standards, it’s inexpensive.
There is an extensive network of buses in Dubai, but we recommend a trip on The Big Bus. It’s an air-conditioned open-top double-decker that has on-board commentary and is a fun way to explore the city and its different attractions.