The main air hub in the UAE is Dubai International Airport, which is served by several major airlines, including Dubai-based Emirates. Direct flights connect Dubai with Durban, Johannesburg, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Karachi, Tehran, Riyadh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paulo and many other major cities in Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa. Chances are that there are airlines from your country that offer flights to Dubai.
After Dubai, Abu Dhabi Airport is the second best-served airport for international connections. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways now offers direct flights from New York, Toronto and many other airports in Europe and Asia. Other major airlines serving Abu Dhabi include British Airways from London Heathrow, KLM from Amsterdam and Lufthansa from Frankfurt.
For cheap flights,
- Air Arabia has established a hub at Sharjah Airport (very close to Dubai) and serves many cities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and India.
- Cebu Pacific offers flights from Dubai to Manila, Philippines, with prices starting from $150.
- Fly from Dubai to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and India.
- Pegasus airlines fly from Dubai to many European cities.
- Wizzair flies to many European cities from Dubai.
- Smartwings airlines fly to many European cities from Dubai.
Norwegians fly to many cities in Europe and North America
There are road accesses to the UAE from Saudi Arabia to the south and Oman to the east. All UAE highways are in excellent condition, but there is a large amount of traffic between Sharjah and Dubai, and a fee of AED 4 to pass through the Salik toll booth. This requires a pre-paid Salik pass.
The Iranian shipping company Valfajre-8 operates a twice-weekly ferry service between Bandar Abbas in Iran and the port of Sharjah. It is an overnight ferry that takes 10 to 12 hours and departs in the early evening on Sundays and Thursdays. Prices start at Jh160 for economy class.
In addition to the scheduled services, there is an extensive network of traditional dhow trade routes that transport goods throughout the Gulf and even to India. It may be possible to purchase passage on one of these vessels. Depending on which dhow you are on, they can call at any coastal city in the UAE, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.