DUBAI revisited - what you should know.

Dubai will always be special to us, as it was our very first overseas destination that we visited together, back in 2005. At the time we were young, rookie travellers and the cultural differences that we experienced for the first time, together with the unexpected kindness of strangers that we met in Dubai (read about it here), opened our eyes to the wonderful world of travel and it will always be one of our first positive travel experiences.

Flying with Emirates Airline from Cape Town to Taiwan, it made sense for us to break the trip with a week stopover in Dubai to visit a good friend. We stayed at his apartment on the 15th floor in the Jumeirah Beach Residence area and were happy to have him spend a few days with us showing us around.


Until 2016, the Dubai Metro was the world's longest driverless metro network with a route length of 75 kilometres. You can purchase a Dubai Metro card (Nol Card) from any metro station which can be used for the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, busses and water busses. The system is divided into 7 zones, is very easy to use and passengers under the age of 5 travel for free. However, while the Dubai Metro is fast and affordable, it does not extend to many of the places you may want to visit. Another important fact to keep in mind is that the metro does not run 24 hours a day – which means that getting to and from the airport in the early morning hours is only really feasible by taxi. Luckily there is no shortage of Taxi’s in Dubai!

The taxi’s all look similar, but with 5 different coloured roofs. These