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How to Reach Dubai from India

Dubai is home to the Emirates National Airlines which connects Dubai and UAE with many cities located in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. IndoGo, Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet, Air India Express and Flydubai are the other flying options available for those travelling from India to Dubai. One can also board flight from several Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and many more.

Visa Policy for Indians

For an India citizen applying for Dubai visa following are the eligibility criterions one should take care of: Indian citizen, once in the last five years, should have travelled to or should own a valid visa for the countries such as USA, UK, Schengen countries, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, Switzerland and Japan. Or If criterion 1 is not met, the Indian citizen should attach below mentioned financial supporting document to support their application. 1. Income tax returns for last 2 years having minimum gross total income of Rs. 2 lakhs annually or, 2. Form 16 for last 2 years issued by the employer with annual salary of at least Rs. 2 lakhs or, 3. Investment documents in the form of post office deposits or bank fixed deposits aggregating to Rs. 5 lakhs (All the above mentioned documents should be at least 1 year old from the date of application. They should also be valid for at least another 1 year or more. Deposits made with Co-operative banks are not accepted.)

Note: If you have a valid US visa, you are eligible for visa on arrival. Documents required - Valid Indian passport, return flight tickets and proof of accommodation.

How to reach Dubai by flight

The Dubai International Airport is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE. Several airline operate here including the Emirates Airlines (Dubaiês official international airline, connecting the city to more than a 100 destinations worldwide), FlyDubai (an LCC) and Etihad. Another way to enter the city is through the Sharjah International Airport with Air Arabia. A taxi ride from airport will get you to the main city in no time.

Starting city Return price (approx)
Mumbai ₹ 24,185 Non-stop View
New Delhi ₹ 24,185 Non-stop View
Bengaluru ₹ 23,508 Non-stop View
Chennai ₹ 16,146 Non-stop View
Hyderabad ₹ 23,687 Non-stop View
Kolkata ₹ 24,797 Non-stop View

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How to reach Dubai by road

If you are planning to visit Dubai through road, the only way to enter the city is through Oman. There is no requirement of any permit but only an exit charge of OMR 3000. On your way back, you will need to produce the payment receipt in order to re-enter Oman.

How to reach Dubai by train

No railway routes are available for Dubai as of now.

Local transport in Dubai

Getting around in Dubai is quite easy with several options for local transportation available. Dubai Metro, local buses, monorails, waterbuses and Abras (motorized traditional wooden boats) are the available options. If you wish to frequently commute using public transport, we recommend you get a Nol Card. 

Nol Card

A Nol Card is an all-inclusive card which can be used when travelling via metro, trams, waterbuses and bus. They can also be used for inter-city bus services around Dubai. Children under the age of five years can travel free. For further information, visit the website

Where to get it: They are available at major bus stations, RTA offices and also the latest online portal where you can apply for it.
First-time purchase charges: Starting at AED 6
Maximum top-up: AED 500

Four types of cards:
1. Gold Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 19 and credit of AED 6, Max Top Up - AED 500
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE and access to Metro Gold Class Seats

2. Silver Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 19 and credit of AED 6, Max Top Up - AED 1000
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE

3. Personalised Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 50 and credit of AED 20, Max Top Up - AED 5000
Valid For: 5 Years
Accepted in: All modes of public transport in UAE
Note: You can recover your balance if your card gets stolen or is lost. Online application available

4. Red Card: 
Price: First-time charges - AED 2 and credit of AED 4, Max Top Up - AED 500
Valid For: 90 Days
Accepted in: Metro, Bus and Tram only
Note: For a max of 10 journeys

Modes of Transport Within Dubai

1. Metro: 
Number of stations: 50
Starting Price: AED 2 - AED 6.5 per ticket

2. Bus:
Main Bus stations: Al Ghubaiba, Al Karama 
Starting Price: AED 3 - AED 17

3. Taxi:
Starting Price: AED 18 for 3kms

4. Dubai Tram:
Price: AED 3 per ride
Route: To see the Dubai Tram map, click here

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