The city of Dubai is known as a popular destination for the likes of Paris Hilton, Tiger Woods and members of the Kardashian family. However, it’s a city everyone can enjoy – and most importantly, afford. Dubai boasts incredible luxury hotels and designer goods but there are also many ways to see the city on a tighter budget.
There are so many things to do in Dubai but first things first – you’ll need somewhere to stay during your vacation in the Emirate. If the price of a room at luxury hotels like the Burj Al Arab and the Shangri-La makes your heart skip a beat, consider staying in a hostel, budget hotel or, if you’tr travelling with a group of people, a holiday apartment.
Staying in cheaper accommodation doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the luxury element of the city’s top resorts either. The beach by the stunning Burj Al Arab, a so-called “seven star” hotel, is completely free and open to everyone. Head there to soak up some sun and swim.
Dubai is known for being one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world. The sheer size of its shopping malls, namely the massive Mall of the Emirates, means there’s quite literally something for everyone, no matter what your budget might be.
The Mall of the Emirates, deemed a ‘shopping resort’ more than simply a shopping center, even boasts an indoor ski resort and snow park. If you’re strapped for cash, simply head to the mall for a cool drink, window shopping and people watching.
Strolling through some of Dubai’s traditional markets is also an affordable way to take in the city’s many shopping venues. There’s an early morning Fish Market, the Gold Souk jewelry market, and, if you’re into cooking, head to the Spice Souk market in eastern Dubai for some local herbs, spices and fragrances.
The Dubai Museum at Al Fahidi Fort and the Jumeirah Mosque are both historical and affordable tourist attractions. Head here to get some insight into Dubai’s past and to understand the local culture.
Mushrif Park, a desert park open to the public, is also a fun, cheap option suitable for the whole family. You can take in the gorgeous greenery before cooling down in the park’s pool, for a small fee.
Finally, eating out in Dubai doesn’t have to mean fine dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. There are many highly regarded restaurants with foods from around the globe, including countless Indian, Pakistani, Chinese and Thai eateries, to name just a few, with reasonably priced meals on the menu.
Try Aryaas, Chhappan Bhog, Karachi Darbar and Ravi Restaurant for some of the best budget eats the city has to offer.
So, seeing Dubai doesn’t have to break the bank. With a bit of planning, you can organize an entirely affordable trip to this top holiday destination.