Dubai is not particularly pedestrian-friendly and taxis are the best way to travel around the city. They’re now regulated by the government and should have a working meter. If it doesn’t or if the driver doesn’t turn it on, then according to local laws, there is no obligation to pay.
Taxis are relatively cheap and can be found outside hotels or hailed almost everywhere (there are over 6,000 in the city). Drivers are usually pretty courteous and most have reasonable English.
In January 2007 a fleet of pink taxis was introduced for women, children and families only.
From July 2007, road tolls will be introduced on Sheikh Zayed Road and the Garhoud Bridge. Passengers will have the option of paying the 4 dirham toll or taking an alternative, and probably more expensive, route.