Is there an Uber in Dubai? Here is your guide to Uber in Dubai.
Once you come to Dubai, you are wondering how you will move around. As Dubai is not a walkable city, cars are the main way of transportation in Dubai. Therefore those who don’t own a car use public transportation or taxis and Uber in case they want to travel conveniently.
Due to the weather in Dubai, all vehicles in Dubai are air-conditioned, modern, and comfortable.
Uber is well-known worldwide, and if you are used to using Uber you will probably want to use it while visiting Dubai. In this blog post, I will provide you with all the necessary information you will need about Uber in Dubai.
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Is Uber Available In Dubai?
Yes, Uber is available in Dubai. The City of Dubai offers city taxis, Careem taxis, which were actually bought by Uber and Uber of course.
From all of these, Uber is the most luxurious with several options available, however, it is also the most expensive. Careem taxis are a little bit cheaper than Uber but they do belong to Uber. The cheapest option is the city taxis.
However, for a transfer from Dubai International Airport to your hotel or vice versa, I recommend using a private transfer. It is cheaper as you don’t have to pay airport surcharge and road toll charges, you just pay the fixed amount in advance. It is a simple and hassle-free option.
How Much Does It Cost To Uber In Dubai?
Uber in Dubai is more expensive than taxis. The reason for this is that Uber is owned by a private company and they use high-end cars like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or Tesla.
The cost of Uber in Dubai depends on the type of ride you choose. The price of the ride is calculated by adding the minimum fare, time spent in the car, and the distance.
Obviously, when you choose a more luxurious ride you will pay more. Also when you travel during peak time it will be more expensive as you pay for waiting in traffic jams which are very common in Dubai during peak times.
How To Use Uber In Dubai?
Using Uber in Dubai is very simple. You will use it the same way as anywhere else in the world. You need to have the Uber application where you will choose the location, Dubai.
From there you just select your pick-up point and drop-off point, choose the type of ride and order the vehicle. Then you will receive a confirmation with information about your driver, vehicle, and time.
Uber in Dubai is available throughout the city. Moreover, you can use Uber in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. You can also get Uber between these cities.
Types of Uber
There are several types of Uber in Dubai. Each type of ride is designed for your needs and preferences with different pricing.
1. Select is the most affordable option.
2. Comfort is offering more experienced drivers and new types of vehicles with more space. Basically making your journey more comfortable. You can choose the temperature in the vehicle, you can choose whether you want to speak to the driver or be silent. You also receive extra waiting time. The prices are higher, with the minimum fare being AED 19.
3. Black is for those who would like to travel in luxury. You can expect high-end vehicles and new models from BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus. The minimum fare is AED 23.
4. Uber XL is a ride for a bigger group of up to 6 people. So if you are a bigger group you can share the cost of a large vehicle.
5. Uber Green is for those who want to travel sustainably. There are electric vehicles available, mostly Tesla ones.
6. Uber Family is for those traveling with children. If you travel with children 4 years old or younger, you will request a car seat in the application. It is charged an extra AED 10.
7. Select By The Hour is the newest option in Dubai. If you want to travel to more places with one driver instead of ordering another vehicle, you choose the option based on hours.
Uber At Dubai Airport
You can also use Uber at Dubai Airport. Uber is available from and to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). You can use Uber at the Airport the same way as anywhere else. You can also book Uber up to 30 days in advance.
Open your Uber application, choose your pick-up point and drop-off point, and confirm. You will receive information about your pick-up point, time, driver, and type of vehicle on your mobile. Once you receive a PIN number, join the queue at your pick-up point and wait for your driver.
Uber pick-up points are at Terminal numbers 1, 2, and 3.
Using Uber at Dubai Airport is easy, however, it will cost you more than a private transfer. The airport surcharge is AED 30, and the minimum fare for the cheapest cars is AED 15-19, add the additional cost per kilometer and cost per minute during waiting times throughout the traffic jams, and the price will rise up.
City taxis are cheaper but you have to count on the traffic jams during the peak time which can increase your price. Also, with taxis you have to pay the road toll charges and airport surcharge.
As I mentioned at the beginning, ordering a private transfer from the airport to the city is the easiest and most convenient way of transport.
Visiting Dubai: FAQs
I hope I have provided you with all the necessary information about Uber in Dubai. You can find answers to more questions below.
Is Uber Cheaper than a taxi in Dubai?
No, Uber is more expensive than a taxi in Dubai.
Where can I catch an Uber from Dubai Airport?
Uber has pick-up points on all three terminals at Dubai International Airport. When you order Uber from Dubai Airport, you will choose terminals 1, 2, or 3. Based on this information you will receive the exact pick-up point.
Can I use my Uber app in Dubai?
Yes, you can use your Uber app in Dubai. You will just change the location. Also, your phone number should be able to receive calls and text messages in order to communicate with the driver.
Final thoughts: Uber In Dubai
Uber in Dubai is widely available and easy to use. With the application system, you can choose the type of drive, your pick-up and drop-off point and you know the approximate price.
Traveling with Uber is a safe and luxurious experience as they are using high-end vehicles and the newest models. However, prices for Uber are much higher than for city taxis.
So if you are looking for a luxurious vehicle or sustainable vehicle to travel with and you don’t mind paying a higher price, then go for Uber. Nevertheless, if you prefer to pay less and travel in a nice, simple, and safe vehicle, then better go for a city taxi.