Traveling to Dubai can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Dubai is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Middle East. With its stunning skyline, mesmerizing marina, and beach, it's no wonder that millions of people make their way to this city each year.
Dubai is a popular tourist hub in the Middle East; travelers from all over the world travel to Dubai every year to escape their normal lives. Since Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it may be hard to afford even if you have a lot of money to spare
If like me, you're a traveler and 'wanna go on a trip', but want to be in control of your expenses, then Dubai is for you. Maybe it's all about the money. Maybe this city is widely known for its luxurious lifestyle. Maybe it's because of the quality of life in Dubai, which is better than that of all other cities in the world. You might have watched lots of movies already where celebrities have spent their last dollar to buy these types of houses or fancy cars or designer brands etc., this trip may appear too expensive compared to what they have spent on them before leaving for Dubai. But I'll tell you one thing! It's still nowhere near impossible for an amateur traveler like you to afford this type of free trip and fall in love with the city!
However, my experience of traveling there has proved that you don't have to spend a fortune to have an amazing time. I will reveal some tips on how you can travel there without breaking your bank account and still enjoy yourself.
Best Things to do in Dubai
There are so many things to do in Dubai that it is difficult to know where to start. Here are some of the best things to do in Dubai:
Visit Burj Khalifa
The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa is the best place in Dubai for a breathtaking view of the city. The observation deck on top offers a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. You can also visit the mall below or take an elevator ride up to the highest floor for an even better view.
Climb Dubai Mall
The world's largest shopping center can be found at Jumeirah Lake Towers 3 and 4. With over 220 stores and 1,500 shops and restaurants, this shopping center has something for every occasion from jewelry and cosmetics to clothing and accessories.
Shopping at the mall
You'll find a ton of amazing things to see and do at Dubai's malls, including the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. There are over 65 malls in the city, and more are on the way. At the Mall of the Emirates, there is indoor skiing as well as over 650 stores and 100 restaurants (as well as nightly fountain shows), an aquarium inside the Dubai Mall, and even a 270-degree underwater tunnel. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and avoid tank tops, shorts, or miniskirts when visiting the Ibn Battuta Mall. It is themed after a Moroccan explorer and features over 270 stores and 50 restaurants.
Wander the Palm Islands
This famous man-made palm tree-shaped island is home to a large shopping walkway, Atlantis resort, Aquaventure waterpark, and a number of fancy restaurants, clubs, and bars. It is beautiful to stroll around and explore by day.
Take a deep-sea fishing trip
When you want to try your hand at deep-sea fishing, you can easily book a boat and head out to sea. Tour companies cater to all levels of experience, and many packages even include lunch. Prices will vary depending on the type of vessel and how long you book the trip.
Enjoy and Relax at Jumeirah Beach
The area is perfect for picnics but gets very busy on the weekends. To avoid the crowds, go during the week. Aside from being one of the best places to visit, it is also a great place to stay because you have so many things to do nearby. There are playgrounds for kids as well as BBQ areas.
Visit the Jumeirah Mosque
There are only two mosques you can visit in the city, and this is one of them. The mosque, built in the Fatimid style, has one large room, and there is a guided tour each day at 10 am (except Fridays). The tour costs 35 AED and includes a delicious breakfast spread. If you don't know much about Islam or its role in the UAE, the tour can be quite fascinating.
Wander the Marina
The marina area has a beautiful boardwalk surrounded by tall buildings. There are luxurious boats, condos, bars, and restaurants overlooking the harbor. Check out Pier 7, which has seven floors of restaurants and bars on the water. I had a good time at Asia Asia, a gaudy Asian theme restaurant.
Explore the Souk Madinat Jumeirah
A modern building that looks like something out of Aladdin is home to an impressive array of restaurants in this souk (market). The complex also contains a beautiful courtyard pond. If you're a foodie, come here to splurge! Don't miss out on Al Makan for local cuisine, Anar for Persian cuisine, and The Noodle House for Asian cuisine.
Take a tour of the Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi and is definitely worth a half-day trip. The mosque’s surrounding gardens cover over 30 acres. It is almost all white, so the mosque gives off a very majestic look. It is approximately 90 minutes by taxi from Dubai or 25 minutes by bus. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing as it is a place of worship (they have cover-ups available for anyone without appropriate dress). Every day during Eid, upwards of 41,000 people visit the mosque, which is free of charge.
Brunch is a tradition among locals and ex-pats alike every Friday. Everyone gathers at a midday buffet of unlimited drinks and food. You can often find inexpensive brunches for under 300 AED. Don't forget to ask your hotel staff where to find the most affordable brunches. Brunch can cost as much as 700 AED.
Experiencing Old Dubai
A typical Dubai is found here. There are markets (such as the famous gold market), little shops line the streets, and you can get lost in the narrow alleyways. Taking a boat across Dubai Creek to Deira (you can ride an abra, an ancient wooden boat) and roaming aimlessly through streets, trying traditional restaurants, exploring the art district, and experiencing Dubai as it is not present in the malls and high-rises is a great idea.
Transportation in Dubai is convenient and inexpensive. The most used form of transportation is the taxi. It's very cheap, especially if you use a pre-paid card with a fixed fare. However, in Dubai, taxi drivers are not allowed to drive more than two passengers at once and they must wait for the passengers to get off before they can pick up another one.
If you don't want to risk being overcharged by a dishonest taxi driver, then you should use Uber or Careem as they have fixed rates and their drivers are licensed and insured. With Careem, you can also book rides using your phone.
Dubai Metro is another option for getting around the city. There are eight stations on its network: two underground stations (underground level), three elevated stations (at ground level), and three mixed elevated/underground stations (on both levels).
The Dubai Metro runs from 6 am to midnight seven days a week (except Fridays), so be sure that you check the exact schedule of your chosen route before leaving home!
Dubai is full of hotels, and there are a number of excellent choices. The best ones are often not the most central or convenient, but they tend to be cheaper than those in other cities. If you're staying in Dubai for more than a few days, we recommend that you look into booking your accommodation through a hotel booking website like Expedia or Booking.com rather than with the hotel directly (which will usually be much more expensive).
Not only do Dubai's hotels offer world-class facilities and service, but they are also a great place to unwind. From the luxury of the Burj Al Arab, which is one of the most popular hotels in Dubai and has become an icon for the city, to the more casual atmosphere of Jumeirah Beach Residence, there are plenty of options for accommodation.
Whether you want to be pampered or enjoy a more relaxed vacation, there is something for every budget and taste.
When choosing accommodation, keep in mind that the style of hotel you choose will affect your experience. For example, if you're looking for something comfortable and clean but still cheap, then don't worry about paying extra for a five-star hotel - just go for one that's clean and comfortable and within walking distance from all the attractions in Dubai city center. If you want something nicer or closer to the beach or other tourist attractions, then factor this into your budget.
If possible, try asking about any amenities (such as breakfast) included in the price of your room before booking!
Safety in Dubai
Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world. However, there are some areas where you should be careful, especially if you're traveling alone.
It has the lowest crime rate of all the emirates in the UAE. There are no murders or kidnappings in Dubai, which is a huge difference from the other three emirates.
There are many ways to avoid being a victim of crime in Dubai, but one of the best things to do is to take advantage of Dubai's safety features such as CCTV cameras and private security guards on patrol.
Dubai is also known for having some of the most advanced security systems in the world. This includes advanced technology such as facial recognition software and biometrics databases that help identify potential threats faster than human eyes can see them.
It's also important to be aware that although Dubai is a safe place, it does have its share of crime. You're likely to encounter thieves and pickpockets on public transport; however, this shouldn't deter you from traveling here!
Overall, the city is so fascinating that it attracts visitors from all over the world. Undoubtedly, Dubai is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and travelers are advised to visit by any means necessary. There are many places to visit in Dubai. You can choose to stay in a luxurious hotel or rent a cheap apartment; you can also stay in a desert camp or go skiing in the mountains of the Emirates.
Dubai has so much to offer, whether you are a social person or prefer to live a more secluded life. There is no right or wrong in Dubai. There is only what you want. Dubai is an exciting and vibrant city that, in my view, all travelers should visit at least once in their lifetime.
With its beautiful skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, and fancy cars, Dubai has that playfulness about it that makes it so enchanting. Of course, Dubai has its playful side, but there's also the other side of it as well—a side where buildings are made of glass so that people can see how much money we have. But money isn't everything; as long as you are careful with your spending, you can enjoy a lavish holiday in Dubai on a budget.
I hope my experience of traveling to Dubai will inspire readers to save more, plan their trip well, and avoid any mishaps on the way. I hope these tips will help you in your journey to Dubai, so you can enjoy every moment. Go on and treat yourself to a holiday in Dubai!
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