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Dubai - transportation

Hello everybody,

I'll be visiting Dubai in mid-January and I'd appreciate any tips about transportation there.
I'll stay in Deira and Bur Dubai, but I plan to visit places as "far" as Palm Jumeirah and Ibn Batutta Mall.

I've read that the public transportation system (ie: buses) is not used by tourists, who mostly use taxis and that taxis are relatively cheap but really hard to get...

If you have been visiting Dubaï, could you tell me if:
- you would recommend me using buses instead of taxis ? (I don't mind about confort, but more about efficiency - for a reasonable price)
- it is possible to walk from Deira to Palm Jumeirah (ie: is there a pedestrian path along the road or along the beach) ?

Many thanks,