Land of sheikhs, megalithic constructions, and extravagant luxury, Dubai is certainly not a recommended destination for budget travelers. But, with the right planning, it is possible to organize a truly low-cost city tour Dubai for your holidays.How? In this article, we have collected some ideas. Read on!
Low Budget Accommodation:
Let’s forget the resorts and extra-luxury hotels in the Downtown, Jumeirah, and Marina area. Let’s not expect, much less, to find hostels or similar in that of Dubai. Deira Dubai, the most traditional area, also offers double rooms for 171 AED per night, as well as a unique cross-section of Arab culture. Cheap accommodation is also available between the mosques and buildings of Bur Dubai, the true historical center of Dubai.Those who want to spend a few Dirhams more, but also benefit from more modern accommodation could look for some apartments in the Al Barsha area, a more decentralized but very well connected area.
Transportation: how to get around Dubai on a budget
The metro is undoubtedly the cheapest and, we add, the most efficient solution. A day ticket costs around 14 dirhams and allows you to visit all areas of the city freely.The bicycle is an interesting and healthy alternative. There are several bike-rentals in the city. The cost is around 20 AED per hour or 81 AED, if you want to rent it for the whole day. It is highly recommended, especially if you want to visit the beaches.
Low-cost restaurants in Dubai
To experience Dubai on a low budge, it is also important to choose the right place to eat. The Indian restaurants, even in the version of street food, are the most popular solution.
They are widespread, also because a large part of Dubai’s working population comes from those parts, and they offer excellent bites at a more than affordable price. Most famous street food is shawarma, which is less expensive than in other restaurants in Dubai.Several fast-food chains offer international food at very affordable price.
Inexpensive activities and attractions
If you want to visit Dubai on a low budget, it will be necessary to tighten the belt also under the heading “attractions and free time.” Hot air balloon and helicopter ride Dubai, buffet cruises, desert safari, drinks on the twenty-seventh floor of the Burj Al Arab, lunch at the Armani Hotel, reckless shopping at the Dubai Mall- Well, let’s forget all this. But let’s not despair.
There are many things that you can do in Dubai, even on a limited budget.
• Let’s start with a must, the Burj Khalifa; a must also in a low-cost holiday like the one proposed here. The entrance to the tallest skyscraper in the world costs the beauty of 407 AED. But buying the ticket online and in advance, it is possible to save even more than 50% for certain time slots.
Dubai Beaches and parks:
Public beaches are always well-kept and equipped with all the necessary services. Among these, the JBR Beach, Mercato Beach and Jumeirah Open Beach deserve mention, all in the rich area of Dubai Marina. For others, see Jumeirah Beach Park and Mamzar Beach Park, entry is only 5 dirhams.
Deira Dubai is the oldest district in the city and, in itself, represents an open-air attraction. Seeing is believing, the lively souks of gold, perfumes, and spices, the typical Arab markets that still retain their true Emirati soul today. If you are in this area, also the tour in abra, one of the traditional wooden boats that crowd the ancient port. A 10-minute ride through Dubai Creek costs only 5 AED. More than a deal!
Dancing Fountain-Dubai MAll
The dancing fountains are another free of charge attraction not to be missed. The sound and light show of these fountains are repeated every half hour, starting at 18.30, in the large artificial lake located between the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The show costs nothing; make sure you get the best view!