The city of Dubai is one of the richest in the world, and the government has pumped billions of oil revenue dollars into developing an ultramodern roadway system.Â All routes are marked clearly by signboards in Arabic and English, making the city visitor-friendly.Â It's easy to find inexpensive transportation here, and Dubai is quite pleasant to explore by foot too (as long as you have enough water and easy access to a nearby air-conditioned mall).
The city has a well-established network of taxis, all air conditioned and inexpensive.Â You can call for one or flag one down.Â All taxis are clearly marked, and the meters tend to be functioning well.Â There's even a separate taxi system for women only, with pink roofed, cream-colored cabs.Â Rates begin with a fixed fare for a set number of kilometers, with an increase per kilometer thereafter. Â The uniformed taxi drivers tend to be expatriates from Pakistan, India or Bangladesh, and communication usually isnâ€™t a problem, as most speak English.Â Taxis are easy to find except on weekends outside some of the biggest malls.
Gas prices are rock bottom in this oil producing country, so that makes renting a car a very attractive proposition for the medical tourism traveler. Â Plus, the roads are excellent, the routes are well marked, and it's really not confusing to get from point A to B.
The city is quite safe, even for women driving around alone, although you might want to avoid a few nightclubbing areas that are home to a thriving underground prostitution business.Â And as with all cities, it's usually best to travel in groups.
Forget about walking around in the daytime if you plan a medical tourism visit during summer.Â However, between November and March, humidity levels are lower which makes leisurely strolls more feasible.Â Â