Are you wondering how to travel Dubai on a budget? Or perhaps you are searching the internet for how to plan a trip to Dubai on a budget.
Well you have landed on the right Dubai travel blog post.
In this Dubai travel blog post I will share how you can travel to budget on a budget of only $495.
Yes, you read that right. Can you imagine visiting Dubai on a budget of only $495?
Dubai remains a leading global tourist destination; a place where every other traveler would love to be at least once in their lifetime.
There is just a lot one can experience in this Emirate that makes it factually close to impossible to try everything in a single visit.
And even when you make a close attempt to (hyperbole), you can be certain that there will be something new in that Emirate to experience for your next visit.
I do host an edutainment tour for Ugandan students to the UAE which I started in 2019.
For every other year since then, I have hosted at least three such trips per calendar year.
I have exploited the opportunity of these trips to explore places personally unvisited and enjoy experiences personally untried. However, this is not a privilege available to everyone.
For a traveler making their debut appearance in Dubai, which could potentially be their last time there, their ultimate goal is to make the most out of their short trip, but most importantly, while keeping their budget low.
There are two (quite unpopular) secrets I have personally found useful, for one to enjoy budget travel to Dubai or any place in this world.
These two secrets are;
1. Plan adequately and exhaustively
There is a lot that has been written about your destination of choice, including the things you can experience, the laws and values of the land, visa policy, means of travel, current travel regulations, popular hotels, and budget eat-outs, the proximity of tourist sites to your planned hotel, etc.
Read these pieces, and plan out your trip from the time you leave your home to the time you depart Dubai.
Now there is a lot involved in this stage, but the bottom line is – people end up spending more because they did not plan adequately.
For the person reading this article though, I am saving you the burden of browsing thousands of web pages compiling information about every other Dubai travel aspect.
Just sit back and take relevant notes.
2. Where possible, try to do things yourself. Avoid the middle man
While some people think it is stress-relieving to pass on the burden of organizing your trip to someone else, there will always be a price to pay for this.
First, that price is monetary. But second, you can be certain you will not be able to maximize utility out of your trip.
Your expectations are often limited to the abilities and interests of these third-party persons.
There is also a huge potential of these persons not delivering to your expectations, or failing to deliver at all!
That said, in the following sections, I have tried to exhaustively discuss not just budget travel to UAE, but also the various considerations one has to make before, during, and after their trip to UAE.
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This is important for me because I know a trip is not just about the money you are spending, but also about that peace and satisfaction that comes out of a no-frustration experience.
I have split this section into many subsections for simplicity because there is a lot to explore.
You can read through all these sections or simply jump to your sub-section of interest.
- Planning your trip – aspects covered include the best time of travel, visa processing, insurance packages, accommodation and airline options, options for in-land transportation, packaging list, travel documentation, itinerary, and contingency planning including popular sites and experiences.
- During the trip – navigating the airports, in-land communication, popular eat-outs.
How to Plan a trip to Dubai on a budget
About Dubai and the UAE
Emirates of the UAE:
Let me make some clarifications before I head out to the heart of the matter.
For many, all they have heard about the UAE is Dubai.
Some think Dubai is a country, while others think it is the capital of the UAE. But what exactly is Dubai?
The UAE is a collation of 7 Emirates (monarchies) that came together to form the United Arab Emirates, much like the states in the United States of America.
Dubai is one of those seven Emirates, and certainly the most famous and popular of them all.
Other Emirates include Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain and Fujairah.
The uniqueness of these Emirates:
These Emirates are quite independent with their rulers, unique car plates, etc.
The ‘President’ of the UAE is the current ruler of Abu Dhabi, while the ‘Prime Minister’ is always the current ruler of Dubai.
Dubai is much like an Industrial city, while Sharjah is largely a residential Emirate.
So many people in the UAE work from Dubai, and return to their residency in Sharjah.
Each of these Emirates but Umm Al-Quwain has an International Airport, although Ajman International Airport is still under construction.
The Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah host their national airlines.
Sharjah hosting Air Arabia, Abu Dhabi hosting Etihad Airways, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, while the Fly Emirates and FlyDubai have their hubs in Dubai.
One striking thing about the Emirates is their architectural uniqueness.
I cannot perfectly express this in words, but you will find a striking difference in architectural designs of roads, bridges, buildings across the Emirates.
Working week in the UAE
Previously, the UAE working week ran from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday as their weekend.
However, just late 2021, new changes were introduced to the UAE working week to run from Monday to Thursday with a half-day on Friday.
However, for Sharjah, the weekend is for three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
There is no half-day work on Friday in Sharjah.
This knowledge is important because during the weekends, and on Fridays, most public attractions may not be open or open for just the latter half of the day.
It is very important to double confirm the availability of a particular attraction on a particular date and time because you may be in for a big shock.
Language and Dress Code
One of the biggest challenges for tourists across the UAE is communication.
Being native Arabic speakers, many Emiratis cannot express themselves well in English.
As an English-speaking person, you may find it necessary to speak a little more slowly, be more detailed and accompany your speech with other non-verbal communication if you need one to clearly understand what you are saying.
This is not the case for every Emirati though.
Some have a good command of the English language.
Being a tourist hotspot, Dubai is not dress-code strict. So, you can do you your shorts, sleeveless shirts, etc.
However, while in sacred places like mosques, a more reserved attire is mandatory; an attire that covers one’s entire body.
While much of the discussion people have about UAE travel revolves around Dubai, for an optimum experience, I recommend a trip that covers at least three of the most famous Emirates that is, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
With that preamble, we can proceed to the gist of this section.
Before you can excite yourself about your potential travel to the UAE, first obtain permission to enter that country by securing a visa.
Determine whether you need a pre-arranged visa or a visa on arrival or no visa requirement at all.
You can find that information on the Emirates website.
Where to process your visa depends on very many factors. Travel agents, the UAE Embassy in your country, UAE airlines, and sometimes your hotel in the UAE, can all help process a visa for you.
A 30-day single-entry UAE tourist visa costs USD. 90 – USD. 120, depending on who is processing it for you. Prices for other visa types may differ.
I however prefer processing a visa with travel agents. I would recommend;
I have used each of them often before and I do trust them. All you need is your passport biodata page scan and a clear passport photo with a white background.
All children need to attach copies of their birth certificates as well.
The normal processing time for the visa is 1 – 3 working days (working days according to the UAE working week).
Often though, your visa should be out in 1 working day.
The problem I have with other visa processing methods is the ridiculous and sometimes hard to get required documentation.
For example, FlyDubai habitually demands a security deposit of USD. 1500 per person, fully refundable on return.
Fly Emirates requires you to have a visa sponsor who MUST be a UAE resident i.e., with a UAE resident visa.
So, all in all, it is much better, and more economical for me to use travel agents for this.
NOTE: While I state that a UAE tourist visa should be out within 1 – 3 business days, please submit your request for a visa at least 4 weeks before your planned travel date.
And this is the case especially for families requesting family visas.
You should make contingency provisions in case things do not go as planned.
Just in December last year (2021), UAE Immigration, without reason, delayed family visas for some of my clients for 2 weeks, and yet I had applied for these about one a half weeks before our travel date.
Agents will also tell you of people who have gone months without having their visas processed.
The probability of this happening is like 1 in 1000000th, but certainly not zero!
When you get your travel visa from your travel agent, please double-check to confirm if you got a genuine visa and the validity of that visa via https://amer.gdrfad.gov.ae/visa-inquiry
The COVID pandemic has made loud the need for travel insurance that certain airlines now provide insurance as a perk for every air ticket purchased.
Before you know it, a country may close borders on you, introduce an abrupt vaccination or quarantine requirement, or you may find yourself not being able to travel for any reason whatsoever.
Insurance is the contingency plan of travel.
What if the driver you hired died, or got a fatal accident the day before your arrival?
Or the hotel you booked weeks back is closed and liquidated for bankruptcy?
What happens when your airline delays or cancels your flight?
What if your Dubai airport COVID test returned positive and you have to cancel your entire trip just to quarantine?
Imagine you lost your baggage at the airport? Or you misplace your passport during the trip.
The realm of possibilities of anything that could damage your trip while digging into your wallet is endless. And you never want to find yourself stranded in a foreign country.
While you buy that travel insurance, be careful to read whether they do provide insurance to the UAE.
Read the insurance policy in detail, understand what the policy covers and what it does not, and the conditions for making any claim.
Do not just buy insurance for the sake of it. You need to be very intentional about it.
While the UAE visit visa presently comes with insurance, that cover is almost close to useless.
You can check out our review of SafetyWing Insurance here.
A reasonable insurance policy should cost you approximately USD. 10 – 50.
Airline & Airport options
Many airlines fly to the UAE, some premium airlines, while others budget airlines.
To hook yourself a cheap flight to the UAE (and anywhere in the world), I would recommend Google Flights.
In the unlikely event you get a message that Google Flights is not available in your location yet, please change location to the United States (I am not talking about physical location.
I am referring to your location as shown on the Google Flights page).
You can use Google Flights to search flights, compare flight prices over a time frame, and across airlines, safely book for these flights, and track flight prices for a particular route.
If you intend to travel to Dubai, it is not mandatory to choose Dubai International Airport or any other Dubai airport as your arrival airport.
You can try Sharjah International Airport. For some routes actually, flights to Sharjah are cheaper than flights to Dubai and the former has less airport congestion compared to the latter.
Google Maps is sometimes misleading in respect to the distance between Dubai to Sharjah.
For context purposes though, it is a roughly 10-minute cab ride from Dubai International Airport to Sharjah.
So, you should not worry much about which airport to land at. Whatever your option, you can easily get into the other Emirate.
For solely adventure purposes, you could consider having one leg of your flight from Sharjah International Airport and the return leg from Dubai International Airport.
You can make this specification during your flight booking on Google Flights.
I should also add that, though not always the case, flights are usually cheaper when booked a month earlier.
Flights to Dubai also get a little pricier towards the Festive Seasons (November – January).
Another secret to securing a cheap flight ticket to the UAE? Subscribe to the Emirates Skywards program.
You will receive constant email notifications of offers for travel to the UAE.
Emirates once run a 75% discount for all children flying to the UAE during the Dubai Expo 2020, and this was such a huge deal!
At the airport:
The first thing you should always do after collecting your baggage at the airport is to determine if you do have everything with you.
If by any chance you lose anything at the airport, you can contact the airport’s lost and found section via
- Dubai International Airport – dubaiairports.ae/before-you-fly/baggage/lost-found
- Sharjah International Airport – sharjahairport.ae/en/lost-found/
It is also very important to get yourself a UAE Simcard preferably Etisalat.
A local Simcard is necessary not just for the internet while away from your hotel or public spaces, but also to ably communicate with your driver and other locals.
Accommodation Options (Where to Stay In Dubai on a Budget)
One thing I love about Dubai and Sharjah is that you can get a 4 star, and sometimes a 5-star accommodation facility at insanely low prices, compared to accommodation options in Africa.
In Kampala Uganda for example, Mweya Safari Lodge, an accommodation facility in the middle of Queen Elizabeth National Park, has rooms going for USD.
1800 per night. I often joke with colleagues that this same amount can take you 5 nights in Dubai’s 7-star hotel facility, Atlantis the Palm.
There is also this weird craze about hotels in Dubai. Few people ever make considerations for a hotel in Sharjah!
Cheap Hotel In Dubai
Ideally, Sharjah hotels are way cheaper and offer more value for money than hotels in Dubai.
If you are the person seeking to keep your budget low, opt for a hotel in Sharjah.
But not just anywhere in Sharjah, I would recommend facilities near Sahara City Center because these are very much closer to Dubai (Actually at the very border with Dubai).
However, if you insist you should stay in Dubai, then you may consider hotels in Deira City.
Factors to consider though:
It may not be an issue of the price at the end of the day, you may like to choose a hotel that is close to most of your tour sites on your itinerary.
Additionally, make research to find out how close other essential services are to your hotel for example cabs, shopping centers, stationeries, medical facilities, etc.
I found one hotel in Sharjah that passes all these tests, and that is Golden Sands Hotel Sharjah.
Where to book your hotel from:
I have used these for all my travel history, and I have no single regret.
There is also a belief that booking with the hotel directly is often a cheaper alternative.
I am yet to prove this because at no single time did I try this, and it proved true!
Every other time, Agoda or Booking.com had far fairer deals.
However, after making that booking via Agoda and Booking.com, kindly make a call to your hotel to double confirm your reservation.
I am not trying to insinuate that booking via these sites is creepy!
I am just training you to be an extra conscious person; do not take anything for granted!
One other thing though, the UAE does impose a tourism tax on visitors depending on which hotel they choose to stay.
Please look at the price breakdown from Booking.com or Agoda to see if your final price includes this tourism tax.
Often, they will indicate to you the tax amount payable.
It is also important to confirm with your hotel if there are any other hidden room costs so that you are not surprised with an extra bill at checkout.
Cheapest Way to travel in Dubai
Moving around Dubai and Sharjah is very simple.
There are taxis/cabs everywhere. You can just stand by the road and flag one with your hand.
Cabs in Dubai are yellow and those in Sharjah are white.
Dubai cabs accept both cash and credit cards, but Sharjah cabs accept only cash.
Sharjah cabs are however much cheaper.
If you are traveling from Dubai to Sharjah or vice versa, you can request your cab driver to avoid toll gates. There are toll gates at the border of Dubai and Sharjah and these add a significant amount to your total cab bill.
However, you can request your cab driver to avoid these toll gates.
Remember to take those receipts given to you in the cabs after your trip and keep them safe with you.
In case of any issues arising, that receipt could be the only savior.
I once left my laptop in one of the Dubai cabs but I easily connected to the driver whose details were on the receipt I got from him.
Other times it is just for safety, traceability, and accountability reasons.
2. Car hire with driver:
There are moments when cabs are certainly not the best available means of transportation.
This is usually the case for travel groups and persons with far out of the city experiences.
In such situations, it is much better and more economical to simply hire a dedicated car/van/bus with a dedicated driver.
The average price for such a hire ranges from USD.90 to USD.330 per day (10 hours), depending on the size of the car and the Emirates in which you will travel.
I would recommend the following transport companies for this purpose;
- Van Rental Dubai – https://www.chauffeurcarhire.ae
- Moon Bus Rental – http://moonbusrental.com/
- Aali Passengers Transport and Bus Rental Dubai – https://www.busrentdubai.ae/
Packaging list and travel documentation
One time, a client of mine was bounced at the airport for arriving with just her new passport and leaving her old passport (to which her visa was issued) home.
Other times it may not be an issue of just missing your flight, the lack of a vital document could cost you some additional dollars.
For example, in the unlikely event, you forget to print your VISA or your airline ticket, Dubai airport will gladly do this printing for you at 3 dollars per A4 page!
You never imagined printing would be that expensive.
Travel documents aside, you should never find yourself buying things in UAE, that you would ordinarily have come along with from your house, things like toothpaste, bathroom sandals, lotion, etc.
People often forget such small things and these do cost them heavily while in UAE.
It is therefore important to have a checklist of relevant essential items to pack for your trip.
I have tried to make an exhaustive list, but being a man, this may barely be exhaustive for a woman!
Passport (to which your visa was issued), print out of your visa, National ID & Student ID card (where applicable), Notarized Affidavit for unaccompanied minors or minors in the company of non–parents, birth certificate for minors, credit card, print outs of all trip reservations and itineraries, list of emergency contacts (especially of parents) and important addresses, yellow fever vaccination card (if required), COVID vaccination certificate.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toothbrush Cover, Deodorant, Sunscreen & After sun, big water bottle, Shampoo & Conditioner, Wet Wipes /Make-Up Remover Wipes/ Face wash, Moisturizer & Lip Balm (Dubai is quite hot and you may need to avoid dry skin), Sanitizers, tissue paper.
Lightweight clothing, long-sleeved shirts/sweatshirts for men, Hat, Sunglasses, Maxi dress for women, Sandals / Push – Ins / Flip flops
Smartphone and charger, good camera + Spare Memory Card and batteries, Power bank, Laptop / Tablet, Adapter.
Restaurants in Dubai Prices
Food and dining are certainly one of the biggest other travel costs, personally second to the experiences. There are however a few tricks to making huge saves on your meal plan during your travel in the UAE.
1. Avoid hotel meals – these will often cost you much.
The keyword here is often. You will be amazed at some hotels offering buffet lunches and dinner at just USD. 10. Please first inquire from your hotel about the costs for dinner and lunch.
2. Opt for free hotel breakfast
You can still score a good price for your accommodation with a provision for free breakfast.
This is a very good way to save.
3. Have your meals from the Food Courts in the malls
Dubai and Sharjah are blessed with mega malls nearly everywhere.
You will be surprised to find affordable, and more relatable food in these food courts.
For adventure purposes, please do not eat from the same mall twice!
There are so many malls out there to try.
4. If at the hotel, opt for food delivery companies:
The most popular ones being Careem, Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and Zomato, which are all available as mobile applications. Order your meals via these apps.
5. Be keen about your experiences, as some of them include a meal.
For example, if you booked for a Desert Safari, a Dhow Cruise, or a Flying Cup Dinner, all these experiences come along with a buffet dinner. That is hitting two birds with one stone.
Bottom line: Following the above recommendations, you can have a very decent and satisfying meal for less than USD. 10. Anything above that is a luxury meal.
Building your travel itinerary and cheap vacation destinations from Dubai
There are two essential parts to building your travel itinerary.
One is understanding the time when particular experiences happen or when particular sites are open.
The second is understanding the location of these sites, and what nearby essential services are available like eat-outs for lunch breaks, medical centers for medical emergencies, etc.
It is also essential that by the time you hire a driver, you have your entire trip itinerary in place.
Often, these drivers will advise on how best to optimize your routes.
That said, I would like to recommend some of the sites I feel should not miss on your itinerary.
Most of these sites are either free entry or are ideally low cost and yet thrilling.
It is also very much possible to visit all these sites in just 7 days in Dubai.
1. Desert Safari
It is not a Dubai trip without a desert safari. One of the things that define Dubai tourism is ultimately the Dubai Desert Safari.
During the desert safari, tourists immerse themselves in activities like; dune bashing, thrilling camel rides, two belly dancing shows, a fire show, Tanura appear, henna painting.
A buffet dinner, and barbeque, etc. I know that making there are lots of expensive reservations for the desert safari on the web, I would however recommend purchasing a desert safari package with pickup by bus at a centralized location.
This is way much cheaper than opting for pickup in a 4 x 4 SUV from your hotel to the desert.
The bus option costs USD. 15 while the SUV hotel pickup costs USD. 120. You can book your desert safari from Golden Sand Tour UAE.
2. Dhow Cruise
Aside from the desert safari, another popular tourist activity in Dubai is the dhow cruise.
There are various places one can have this Dhow Cruise from including Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek.
Always opt for the Dubai Creek cruises as they are way much cheaper than those at Dubai Marina.
The Dhow Creek cruise often lasts two to three hours, and comes with a lavish international buffet dinner with vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.
The cruise equally comes along with a spectrum of onboard activities live music performances and traditional Tanura dance shows.
Dhow Cruise costs USD. 15 per person and you can book for an experience here.
3. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
These places need no introduction. The Dubai Mall is certainly the world’s largest shopping mall.
I have been to this mall thousands of times, and still, I haven’t been to every corner in this grand mall.
I somehow find myself getting back to the same familiar spots (nut head!). Just outside the mall lies the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.
You can experience these places FREE OF CHARGE.
First, head out to the Dubai Mall and do some window shopping (things in here are very pricey).
At around 7 PM, just move outside and enjoy the Burj Khalifa.
At that same time, there is always a Burj Khalifa Fountain Show, which is a spectacular dancing water show you can equally enjoy free of charge.
4. Al Mamzar Beach Park
I bet you knew Dubai had some magnificent beaches! Leave the Dubai Marina.
I do love the Al Mamzar Beach Park which forms a border between Sharjah and Dubai.
Al Mamzar Beach is the first smart park, and one of the beach parks that is characterized by its vast area spanning over 99 hectares with a unique location on Dubai’s golden beaches.
It has several recreational areas and amusement Sites. You do not need to pay a coin to access this beach.
5. Ferrari World
Talking of luxury experiences, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is one of them. I often go here not for the rides (cause they’re pricey), but for photo moments.
Ferrari World is a mostly indoor amusement park hosting the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa.
It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. Entry tickets can be bought online via this link.
6. Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sightseeing City Tours
Many of the other places you would love about Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be visited on a simple sightseeing tour.
These city tours also help tourists appreciate the Arabic world and their cultures.
Among the many places you can visit in a single sightseeing experience include;
- The Gold Souk and Spice Souk Dubai (the biggest gold market and souk in Dubai)
- Dubai Creek (The Dubai Heritage district)
- Jumeirah Beach
- Burj Al Arab Dubai (the most luxurious hotel in the world)
- Atlantis Hotel Dubai (the seven-star hotel)
- Mall of the Emirates
- Dubai Marina
- Dubai Frame
- Downtown Dubai (for shopping)
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and many other places.
You can have this city tour free of charge as for all these sites, there is no entry fee, and there is no need for a guide as well. Simply ask your driver to drive you around these places.
7. Edutainment Sites
a) Green Planet
The Green Planet is located at City Walk near the famous Coca-Cola arena. It is an indoor tropical rainforest, with more than 3,000 species of plants, animals, and birds.
The bio-dome is made up of four levels with each level discussing the role and the importance every part of a rainforest plays.
Entrance to the Green Planet is USD. 25 – 30 and tickets can be bought from Klook.
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b) Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences
If you are an Astronomy and Space Sciences enthusiast, this is a very exciting place to be.
This center is located at the heart of Sharjah University. SCASS has a vast planetarium where visitors are driven by way of simulation out of the earth, to view celestial space objects, visit other planets like Mars, Neptune, see life at these planets, and the possibility of human survival at these planets.
They also have an enormous display of astronomy, space, and physics cones with which people can interactively engage.
Entrance at SCASS costs USD. 7 per person and tickets can be bought directly from their website here.
c) Dream Aero Flight Simulation
If you ever wonder what it feels like to pilot a plane, a visit to the Dream Aero would do you good.
Under the supervision of experienced Emirates captains, people are taught how to do basic flight operations like taxiing a plane, taking it off, keeping a plane stable during turbulence, autopilot, landing a plane, etc.
This class ends inside a plane simulator where you can fly a plane yourself under superior supervision.
The Dream Aero is found at the Mall of the Emirates.
A 30-minute session for 3 people costs USD. 120 (USD. 40 per person).
Other great alternatives to Dream Aero include;
- a) TFT Aero – (more advanced simulators, ultimately better experience, pricier though – 183 USD for a 30-minute experience for 2 people)
- b) Emirates Aviation Experience – (this is a static simulator though I only recommend with much haste)
d) Sharjah Aquarium and Maritime
For lovers of the deep sea, this aquarium is the first and the largest government educational center in the UAE shading light on the lively, mysterious, and colorful world of the deep sea.
Entrance costs USD. 7 and tickets to the can be bought via their website.
Sharjah Aquarium and Maritime are one of the many places under the Sharjah Museums Authority, and a complete exhaustive tour around this place should take 30 – 40 minutes.
Other Sharjah Museums to try out include (and these are close to each other);
e) Sharjah Classic Cars Club
Sharjah Classic Cars teaches about the history of the automotive industry.
It displays vintage classic cars, motorcycles, and bicycles of different brands dating back to the 20th century with the oldest car showcased dating back to 1897.
Here, you will get an up-close look at classic car models and their specifications including the Rolls Royce, Ford, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Bentley, and many others in addition to reading about the brilliant innovators who were behind the manufacturing of those glamorous cars.
This place is not large enough though, so a tour here should take you utmost 30 – 40 minutes. Entry to this club is 3 USD for adults and 1.5USD for children.
Entry tickets can be bought online via their website.
f) Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center
Much similar, although more superior to SCASS is The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre which was founded in 2006.
This place is home to the UAE National Space Program. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites.
The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a successful mission that saw the UAE become the 5th country to reach the Mars orbit in February 2021.
The Centre is equally responsible for the launch of the DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and the KhalifaSat on 29 October 2018 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
You can schedule a visit to this center on their website.
g) Museum of the Future
The Museum of the Future is a new baby on the block and will open to the public on 22nd February 2022.
Just like its name, this place is purposed to show the possibilities of the future world.
This is a technology-themed museum that helps people learn, explore, and create solutions to the challenges of the future by using innovative, sustainable technology.
Word alone cannot wield the marvel that lies in this place. Only a visit to the center can.
You can get yourself an entry ticket to this place for USD. 30 via their website here.
h) Louvre Abu Dhabi
This is a MUST place for lovers of art. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The museum is approximately 24,000 square meters (260,000 sq. ft.) in size, with 8,000 square meters (86,000 sq. ft.) of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula.
Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art. Entrance costs USD.
30 and tickets can be bought on their website.
Other tourist sites
It is quite impossible to exhaust all the possible experiences one can enjoy from the UAE.
Some of the other popular experiences you may try to include the Flying Cup Dinner, Ski Dubai, Dubai Marina, Hot Air Balloons, etc.
The secret however lies in knowing where you can get cheap entry tickets to these places.
I do recommend four sites you can use to win yourself a low-priced ticket to any other experience of your choice.
The UAE is generally one of the safest places in the world you can be.
You can be sure to walk out on the streets in the middle of the night and return unharmed.
It is however important to know what to do in case of an emergency.
That is why I recommend moving with a sheet of emergency contacts and addresses not just for emergency services in Dubai, but also for your close relatives and friends.
Below are some contacts for UAE Emergency services;
- Al Ameen (Reporting Criminal Activity and harassment): 800 4888
- Ambulance / Police: 999
- Police Operations: 04 269 4848
- Fire Department: 997
- Coast Guard: 996
- Dubai Municipality Emergency: 04 223 2323
- Emergency Services: 04 223 2323
- Tourist Security: 800 4888
- Please know the contact and location of your country Embassy in the UAE
- Contacts for your Travel Insurance Company
- Contacts of your close friends and relations
This is where having a Dubai sim card comes in handy.
For easy navigation around the UAE as well, I recommend you download an offline map of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from Google Maps App.
With this, even without an internet connection, you can easily navigate spaces within those Emirates.
Your cab drivers may not know the exact locations of all your destinations.
The Golden Question: How much should I budget for a trip to Dubai?
Even after such a detailed piece, most people would still love to know how much in total they would need for a short trip to the UAE.
I will answer this question quite briefly, one would need an average of USD. 500 – USD. 700 for a 6-day, 5-night trip to the UAE.
This excludes the price for your flights and visas because these do vary from person to person.
Detailed expenditure for that USD. 500
Trip Cost to Dubai
|Accommodation – 5 nights||150|
|Sites and Experiences (only showing paid-for sites, some sites can be accessed free of charge as I state in my article)|
· Desert Safari ($10)
· Dhow Cruise ($10)
· Green Planet ($30)
· SCASS ($7)
· Sharjah Aquarium ($5)
· Classic Cars Club ($3)
Most other experiences are free
65 (Total for sites and experiences)
|TOTAL TRIP BUDGET||495|
How to Save Money In Dubai As a Tourist
a) Travel with one or two friends
Some costs do not change at all or change slightly with just an additional member.
For example, car hire – a cab can accommodate 3 travelers.
Oftentimes, that price for your hotel is premised on double occupancy in your room.
So, these prices would remain unaffected if you came along with a friend.
b) Travelling with a minor?
Consider traveling between July and September. Why? During these months, minors traveling in the company of an adult are exempt from paying visa fees.
That is a USD. 100 potential savings. But not just, please make it explicitly clear as you make your bookings for flights or hotels that you do have a minor with you.
Often, minors pay lower than adults. Other times, they can be admitted to sites free of charge.
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Conclusion: How to travel Dubai on a budget
So I hope you found this Dubai travel blog post on how to plan a trip to Dubai on a budget helpful.
Now I would like to hear from you.
What was your experience traveling Dubai on a budget?
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