Budget Travel Ideas in Dubai

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  Dubai, though a modern city replete with opulent 7-star hotels, plush villa holiday homes and expensive shopping and dining destinations, still has several budget travel ideas for visitors looking for a comfortable experience minus the exaggerated frills. Here are some ideas to savor the glamour and snazzy appeal of Dubai on a budget.

Economy Flights and Hotels


One of the best resources to book cheap flights to Dubai is the internet. There are many sites that offer competitive deals and inexpensive air fare to the Middle East if booked well in advance. There are several economy hotels in the glitzy city that offer a personalized and comfortable stay at modest prices. One of the most frequented budget accommodation options in Dubai is The Gulf Pearl Hotel, located a few kilometers from the airport and conveniently accessible to most shopping haunts, business centers and tourist attractions. The rooms are priced at approximately $80 per night. The New Peninsula Hotel costs about $110 a night and features neat rooms and easy access to the famous beaches of Dubai. The Pacific Hotel is nestled in the backdrop of the imposing landscape of the city and is within walking distance to the museum, malls and the celebrated Dubai Creek. The rooms here are tasteful and are priced at approximately $95 per night.

Eating Out on a Budget

Dubai is a paradise for budget eaters and visitors can feast on a hearty meal for almost nothing. The favorite economy comfort food here is Shwarma--a delicious and generous meat and vegetable filling rolled in pita bread served with huge salad dressings. You can eat this regional delicacy for only $1 and for little more, visitors can have an entire meal. Apart from the fast food chains that serve reasonably priced fare, some local restaurants that offer large portions at rock bottom prices are Karachi Darbar, a humble, no-fuss eatery serving delectable meat kababs, robustly spiced gravies, traditional bread and yummy flavored rice with meat. Wafi Gourmet is a nice Lebanese restaurant that whips up lip-smacking shwarmas. Toscana is a great economy Italian dining option that serves sinful Italian preparations as an alternative to the heavily spiced eastern fare.

Sightseeing and Shopping on a Budget

The best places to hang out in Dubai are the beautiful beaches, where you can have a nice, relaxing holiday and it doesn’t cost anything. The Jumiera Beach and Park and Al Mamzar are the most popular beach attractions. Ski Dubai, an indoor ski center housed in the large Mall of Emirates, is also a nice place to enjoy an inexpensive evening. There is a Snow Park play zone and a 3D theatre in the complex. The Dubai Museum housed in the 18 th century Al Fahidi Fort has interesting exhibits ranging from ceramic objects and stone carvings to ancient weapons and traditional musical instruments. Visitors can also take a pleasant dhow boat ride on the Dubai Creek to enjoy a ride from Bur Dubai to Deira for just 1 AED per person. For shopping, head straight to the Souk area for dirt cheap bargains. To save costs, shop at the duty free shops and try organizing your trip around the Dubai Shopping Festivals when you can bag some super deals and discounts on shopping. Dubai’s expensive look can be seriously deceptive as the city has a range of fantastic budget travel ideas and plays a good host to entertain its visitors irrespective of their budget.
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