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UAE Getting There - International
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The UAE flag based airlines are Emirates (EK) and Gulf Air (GF). Emirates operates international flights to and from Dubai and Gulf Air serves all UAE airports. Many other airlines operate scheduled services to Dubai.

Approximate flight times:

London to: Abu Dhabi is 6 hours 35 minutes and to Dubai is 7 hours;
Frankfurt to Dubai is 6 hours;
Hong Kong to Dubai is 8 hours
Nairobi to Dubai is 4 hours.

International airports

Abu Dhabi (AUH) is 32km or 20 miles east of the city and travel time is 40 minutes. Taxis' and buses are available at the airport. Airport facilities include 24 hour bank, duty-free shop, restaurants, bars, snack bars, bureau de change, post office and car hire.

Dubai (DXB)
(www.dubaiairport.com) is 5km or 3 miles southeast of the city and travel time is 10 minutes. Taxis are available. Airport facilities include duty-free shop, post office, bank, shops, car hire, restaurants, snack bars and bars. The airport consists of three terminals and a new concourse.

Sharjah (SHJ)
is 10km or 6 miles from the city. Taxis are available. Airport facilities include duty-free shops, car hire, restaurant, bar, snack bar and bank.

Ras al-Khaimah (RKT) is 15km or 9 miles from the city. Taxis are available. Airport facilities include a duty-free shop,restaurant/snack bar.

There is an airport at Fujairah with duty-free facilities, and one in Al Ain.

Departure tax: None.


The main ports are Jebel Ali, Rashid and Zayed (Abu Dhabi), Khalid (Sharjah), Saqr (Ras al-Khaimah) and Fujairah. Cruise ships call at Abu Dhabi and the cruise terminal in Dubai. There are passenger/cargo services to the USA, the Far East, Australia and Europe. There are also regular sailings between Sharjah and Bandar-é-Abbas (Iran).


There is a good highway into Oman and a decent one into Qatar that connects with the Trans-Arabian Highway on the route to Europe. Buses operate daily between Dubai and Muscat (Oman) and between Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia.