Well, traveling to Dubai can be quite expensive, you are right, but if you don’t have the budget and still wish to travel there, don’t give up to fast. Here are 5 great tips that can help you get started.
Tips on how to Travel to Dubai on a Budget
1. Budget plane tickets to Dubai
Your first priority for traveling to Dubai on a budget is your plane ticket. If you can get this for a good price you are almost halfway there. Affordable flights to Dubai are operated by RwandAir, Alitalia, KLM, Air France, and Emirates.
2. Budget accommodations in Dubai
Traveling to Dubai on a budget has lots to do with accommodations too. We suggest you find yourself a hotel somewhere in Al Barsha. You can already get a very nice looking room for 67 EUR and up (price for 2+1 person). There are even some very affordable apartments for 4 persons, which will cost you around 80€. Al Barsha is mostly great because it is very well connected with a metro and the hotels are modern. You get the most for your money here. (Check hotels in Al Barsha here)
If you think Al Barsha is still too expensive for you, your best bet will be Deira, the most traditional area of Dubai. That is also why low budget hotels are mostly older and not as nice as in Al Barsha. The price for a 2+1 room starts from 42 EUR. (Check hotels in Deira here).
3. Public transport in Dubai
If you want to do traveling to Dubai on a budget you will need to use its city metro. Don’t panic – it is easy to handle and it is very modern and well organized. The best thing is, it is super cheap. A daily ticket will cost you only 14 AED.
If you want to go somewhere where the metro line is not operating, your best choice is to take a taxi. Make sure the meter is on and avoid rush hours!
4. Budget Dubai tourist attractions
I guess you know that traveling to Dubai on a budget will not be possible without making some compromises. Tourist attractions in Dubai are pretty expensive, but hey, who said you have to see all of them, right! Just walking around Dubai’s shopping malls is out of this world.
Make sure that you buy all your tickets for any tourist attractions in Dubai online as it will cost you less. But a must see tourist attractions is Burj Khalifa for sure. Reaching the first observation deck will cost you at least 35€/pp (the price depends on the hour). Luckily the fountain’s show, just underneath the Burj Khalifa, is free of charge – be there early to have good views.
A pretty affordable tourist attraction in Dubai is its aquarium (17€/pp.) and botanical garden (7, 50€/pp.). If you want to visit the famous hotel Burj Al Arab, prepare yourself 90€/pp. You will also need to be properly dressed for Burj Al Arab (especially in the evening) – men long trousers, women something as a cocktail dress or elegant trousers/skirt with a fancy blouse/top.
Stroll around the Deira fish market to get some local feel. Don’t even forget to visit some of the more touristy areas like golden market and spice bazaar. All markets are free of charge.
5. Budget food in Dubai
You can spend all your money just for food in Dubai, as there are many upscale restaurants here. Luckily you can still eat good food and on a budget – due to lots of foreign workers from India, Pakistan, Philippines etc., there are many restaurants where these workers eat.
Find a good Indian place and eat like a king for few Euros only! If you want some snacks, buy everything in a grocery store, including water and soft drinks. Groceries even sell some food as takeaway, which does not cost much and doesn’t taste bad either.
If you want to go to Dubai on a budget, you will probably have to forget about alcohol, as it is only served in hotels and better restaurants. The price for a small beer starts at 7€ (the price depends also on the hotel).
In conclusion, Traveling to Dubai on a budget means you will have to forget about eating in fancy restaurants and partying all night long. However, if you really want to visit Dubai, this should not be a problem if you’re adaptable.