If you love to travel and you’re constantly on the lookout for the best new places, Dubai should probably be on your radar. You might already know a bit about Dubai since it has become a haven for the rich and wealthy, but it’s not a locale that’s just about opulence (although there’s plenty of that too).
You might want to see some of the sites the area is known for, including the Moon Tower Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, the Marina, The Palm Island, or the stunning coastline, but how can you travel to such a glitzy city if you’re on a budget?
Consider the following tips for making it to Dubai on a budget.
Visit During the Summer
Dubai is hot. Incredibly hot. That’s why in terms of weather, the prime time to visit is between November and March. The winter months are still pretty hot, but the weather tends to be a bit milder, and there’s plenty of clear skies and sunshine. That’s also the time of year when it will be most crowded and most expensive.
If you think you can deal with the heat, try to book your trip at the peak of the summer months. Beware, however, that if your plan is to visit in the off-season to save money, highs are in the 100s and humidity may be 90 percent or more.
Choose a Budget Hotel
The concept of budget hotels and Dubai might not necessarily seem to go hand-in-hand, but in reality, there are good options that are inexpensive and also pretty good quality.
One such option is the Rove Downtown Dubai, which is affordable but also trendy with a location offering views of Burj Khalifa.
The Hyatt Place Dubai is a four-star hotel close to the souks, and it includes breakfast and a gym, as well as a free shuttle to the Deira City Centre Mall.
Also notable is the Holiday Inn Express Dubai, Jumeirah, which is a simple, familiar choice that’s inexpensive and provides proximity to Jumeirah Beach.
Take the Bus or Metro
Once you’re there, try to avoid using taxis as your primary form of transportation. The cost of taxis in Dubai can add up quickly, so instead, try to use the Metro, or take a bus. The public transportation system, which also includes trams and water taxis, will offer you convenience and they’re budget-friendly.
Finally, it’s also important to realize that seeing the tourist sites in the city can be very expensive. You need to research beforehand and make sure you choose to buy tickets only to the things that are most appealing to you.
Outside of the time you spend at ticketed attractions, there are free or low-cost options you can take advantage of that will give you a real feel for Dubai. For example, there are an aquarium and also a botanical garden that are low-cost, and there is the Deira fish market that you can browse through, just as examples.