Walking

Cities in the UAE are generally very car-oriented and not designed to encourage walking. Additionally, searing summer temperatures are not conducive to spending any length of time outdoors – within minutes you’ll be sweating buckets.

The winter months, however, make walking a pleasant way to get around and people can be found strolling through the streets, especially in the evenings. Most streets are lined with pavements and there are pedestrian paths either side of the creek, along the seafront in Deira and Jumeira, at The Walk at JBR, and around Marsa Dubai, as well as in the city’s parks.

Despite the pavements, it’s pretty common to end up with sandy shoes as many car parking spaces are on dusty vacant lots, so if you’re off to an important business meeting, take a cloth to clean your shoes. There are also plans underway to build an extra 17 footbridges by 2016, at key locations including Emirates Towers and Al Khail Road. Police are cracking down on jaywalking, and you can be fined Dhs.200 for crossing the road in an undesignated area, so always use the pedestrian crossings available.

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