All you need to know about phones, transport & health


Buy a « pay as you go » sim card. So convenient! The biggest phone company is Etilasat. Its contender is DU. As the queue was to long for Etilasat, I bought a « pay as you go » sim card at a DU resaler. For 55 AED, I got calls for 10 AED & 100 M for data. Calls and text messages are quite cheap. Shops can be found in Malls.


 Taxis are very convenient and rather cheap. Travel time from the Burj Khalifa to Al Qoz (pronounce Al Qooz) is approximately 20 minutes (+/- 40 AED). The same to Tashkeel.

In Tashkeel: there are no taxis readily available when you leave and impossible to wave as practically no cars pass by that area. A taxi can be called for you without a problem.

Here is the phone number of a local taxi company: RTA 0420808808

From & to the airport, be aware that hotel cars are invoiced 4 times the price of a taxi! And the airport is not far at all from Dubai Mall.

Another easy way to move is renting a car. They are not too expensive. Your hotel can arrange this for you. People drive well but fast.

The metro link is great: clean, air-conditioned and you can even ride first class! But it covers few places. Stations can be located very far from where you should be. So it might not be really convenient.



American Hospital. They have two locations, depending on what you’re looking for: American Hospital Dubai at
Oud Metha Road and American Hospital Clinics at Business Central Towers Dubai in Media City. (see map)