Travel Guide: Visiting Dubai On A Budget!

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Dubai is known for its luxurious shopping malls, opulent architecture, fine-dining restaurants, and ultramodern lifestyle. It is a global city that is filled by thousands of tourists year after year to indulge in the glamorous life the city promises to offer. Dubai is an expensive place, and many people feel that a vacation to this magnificent city will burn a hole in their pockets. However, what many people are unaware of is that it is possible to plan a budget trip to Dubai and enjoy the wonderful things this city has to offer. Sounds unbelievable? Read on to know how you can do this!


Jumeirah Mosque


The marvellous Jumeirah Mosque gives you a fascinating insight into the Emirati culture. It is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims and guided tours are available on all days of the week except on Fridays, for non-Muslims for AED 20. The mosque is constructed in the traditional Fatimid style of architecture that originated from Syria and Egypt. The white marble façade with the yellow and blue walls and intricate carvings are incredible. It is one of the most photographed mosques in Dubai and looks brilliant once illuminated in the evenings. 

Souks


Who doesn't love shopping? And if you don't want to splurge at the expensive shopping malls in Dubai, then don't worry! We have you covered. The Souks are traditional markets that are an integral part of the city. There are a variety of souks - spice souks, gold souks, textile souks, and perfume souks. Stroll through the narrow alleys and see some of the most dazzling jewellery on shop windows. You can buy herbs, spices, essential oils, teas, footwear, traditional garments, and other trinkets from here at very reasonable prices. 

Downtown Dubai


This place is home to some of the most iconic attractions in the city. The breathtaking Burj Khalifa is right here! Though the view from the top of Burj Khalifa is mind-blowing, it can be a very expensive affair. You can always enjoy this majestic structure from below and click many pictures against the stunning backdrop. Head to Dubai Mall to experience the extravagance of this place. Even if you don't buy anything, there are plenty of inexpensive activities to do. Some of the best activities include the Dubai Aquarium Tank, Ice Rink, Dubai Dino, and Human Waterfall to keep you entertained. In the evening, witness the beautifully choreographed and illuminated Dubai Fountain for free. The downtown area of Dubai with its outstanding attractions is enough reason for you to apply for a Dubai visa. 

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The image shows Downtown Dubai at night. There is a creek in the middle of the downtown area, and lots of people and lights surrounding it
Downtown Dubai At Night! There are lots of activities to do in Downtown Dubai, and the sights are even more breathtaking at night!

Al Bastakiya Quarter


This neighbourhood will give you a glimpse of Dubai's fascinating past. Also known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, this area is lined with colourful art galleries, cosy cafes, and lovely restaurants. The buildings here are made of natural materials such as mud, stone, wood, coral, and gypsum. Visit the Dubai Museum for just AED 3 to get some interesting information about the Arabian culture. The Arabian Tea House and Dubai Coffee Museum are great places to stop by for refreshments. 

Dubai Creek


Dubai Creek has always been an essential part of the city's history. The saltwater creek separates the city into Bur Dubai and Deira. Dubai Creek runs through the centre of the city! The creek is famous for Abras. Abras are beautiful wooden boats and have been running on these waters for many decades. You can cross the Dubai Creek in an Abra for just AED 1, and it is one of the most beautiful ways to get a taste of old Dubai. 

Camel Museum


The Camel Museum gives an interesting insight into the history of camels in the UAE. Located in the Al Shindagha area, the Camel museum pays a tribute to these beautiful animals. The museum explains the affection and distinct relation they share with the people of this region. You can also get information about their history, evolution, camel racing, and the medicinal role the camel had in the traditional society. 

The Walk, JBR


This Walk at JBR is a splendid promenade lined up with trees on either side of the road. The area is vibrant with plazas, trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants, and cosy cafes, and is a must-visit after sunset. There is an amazing collection of luxury cars here, and you should check out this place if you are a fan of cars. 

The image shows the walk, JBR. There is a restaurant with outdoor seating, and lots of sky rise buildings in the background. There are also plam trees.

Dubai Marina


The Dubai Marina is an 8 km long stretch dotted with high rises and skyscrapers. The waterfront comes alive in the evenings with people thronging the boutiques, bars, restaurants, and clubs. Stroll down the stretch and admire the waterfront and the luxurious glitzy buildings all around you. This is one of the best ways to spend your evenings. 

Budget restaurants


Dubai is known for its world-class restaurants which are quite expensive. But many eateries serve delicious meals for reasonable prices. Deira, Karama, and Bur Dubai have many restaurants that serve Indian, Arabian, and Lebanese food that are yummy as well as pocket friendly. Some famous restaurants are Ravi Restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Arz Lebanon, Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, Al Mallah, and Punjab Sind Restaurant. You can even eat in mall food courts for a good price. If you want to save money, it is good to stay away from international chains and eat at local restaurants. 

Budget accommodation


The older areas of Dubai, such as Deira and Bur Dubai, have plenty of budget hotels. Some good ones include the Crystal Plaza Hotel, Premier Inn, Rove City Center, Dubai Ibn Battuta, Fortune Karama Hotel, Ramada Chelsea, Zain East Hotel, Savoy Park Hotel Apartments, Holiday Inn Express, Novotel, and Ibis. Air BnBs have gained popularity in recent years, and you can rent clean and comfortable rooms for your stay at great prices. Make sure you check if the price of the stay includes taxes such as VAT, Municipal tax, Property Service, and the likes so that the final rates are well within your budget. In case you are planning to travel by Metro during your stay, it is better that you book accommodations close to a Metro station. 

Transportation


Dubai boasts of an up-to-date public transport system. The Dubai Metro is well-maintained and connects to most of the famous attractions. It is also the cheapest mode of travel in Dubai. Buses are another great means to commute from one place to another, especially the Hop-on Hop-off buses. You can avail of an NOL Silver card that costs AED 25 and is pre-loaded with some balance. It works out cheaper than a single NOL Red ticket and cab be used for Metro, bus, tram journeys, and even water taxis. You can also take the Dubai Ferry which comprises many routes and is a good option for sightseeing. Ridesharing apps such as Uber and Careem work out quite inexpensive too. Taxis are cheaper in Dubai than in many other countries but still expensive compared to the other modes of public transport. 

The image is of the Dubai Creek. There are lots of boats on the creek and sea gull flying around. In the background, there are golden skyrise buildings.

As you see, there are innumerable attractions that you can enjoy in Dubai without breaking your bank. If you are tempted to spend more, desert safari, Dhow dinner cruise, Aquaventure Waterpark and the Dubai Miracle Garden are highly recommended. If you book your flight tickets and accommodations well in advance, you can get some best deals that will save you a lot of money. You can use this to splurge a little on shopping as well. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Dubai!


About the Guest Writer!

A massive thank you to Neha for this amazing guest post on Dubai. Neha loves travelling and is an avid trekker and explorer. She has done her post-graduation in Mass Communication, loves meeting new people and strongly believes in the Gandhian principle - 'Simple living, high thinking'. If you'd like to read more of her work, you can find her on Facebook or on her website!

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26 comments

  1. This is such a helpful post! I’ve never been to Dubai but it looks like like a gorgeous place to go. My friend is hopefully going later this year so I’ll definitely pass this post on x

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful trip! I hope she has an amazing time :) Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  2. These are some great tips! I've never been to Dubai but it's definitely on my list. Thanks for the suggestions x Meera-Abroad | Travel, Fashion & Food

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    1. I think it would be a beautiful place to visit! Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  3. wow I have never been to dubai and I didn't think it was possible on a budget, great post!

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    1. It is quite interesting to see the places you can go for cheap! Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  4. Such a great post - I've never been to Dubai but would love to at some point and you've made some great recommendations; thank you! x

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. I think it looks so beautiful, and is very cultural! Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  5. Dubai looks and sounds absolutely spectacular but it's definitely somewhere I'd consider costs a lot of money to go to! These are great recommendations :)

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. It seems like a really beautiful place, one I am excited to go to one day! It can be expensive, but there are always ways to cut costs! Thank you for reading!

      Em x

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  6. Wow amazing photos! What a beautiful city, it's definitely on my bucket list!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  7. Great post! I want to go to Dubai in the future so these tips are very useful! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  8. Ooh thanks so much for this budget guide! I've been put off from travelling to Dubai because I've been hearing how expensive it is, so it's nice that it's achievable to do on a budget, too!

    Lizzie // Hello Lizzie Bee

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    1. I didn't realise that it could be affordable either! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  9. I'm always astounded by how much there is to do in Dubai and how much there is to know about it!

    MB | http://www.megbeth.travel.blog

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    1. I didn't realise how affordable it could be! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  10. Dubai is pretty high on my list of places to visit. I have a friend who usually goes every year and she tells me how amazing it is. I can't wait to go! Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. I would love to visit there one day! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  11. Hope to go there one day, thanks for sharing

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      Em x

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  12. Thanks for sharing, it all looks very lovely place to visit with lots to do and budget options :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  13. I loved this post! My step sisters an air hostess for Emirates, and I always put off going over because its expensive.. but this post has changed my mind a bit!

    Thanks for sharing lovely!
    Stephanie xx
    Www.blondedaisychains.co.uk

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  14. Wow, I bet that is an amazing job! I think it requires a little bit of research, but it is possible to go on a budget! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

    Em x

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