Enjoying a Budget Friendly Trip in Dubai

Touted to be world’s best tourist destination, Dubai is synonymous to luxury. You have the best shopping malls, gourmet dining places and outstanding architecture to pamper all your senses. All these surely take a toll on your pockets. But do you think planning a trip to Dubai is actually so expensive? Well, not really, if you know how to plan a budget friendly trip to Dubai.

This article guides you on how you can have a pocket friendly trip to Dubai.

Travel Expenses

Travel takes on a lot of expense, especially when you are travelling overseas. Other than booking on highly luxurious airlines, you can always go for one scale lower rated airlines. However, if you wish to avail some good amount of tourist discount in restaurants, Dubai Mall and many more places, then it is better to opt for the airline services like Etihad and Emirates. If you travel to Dubai before August, then you will have as much as 40 percent discount on your air tickets and many more tourist attractions.

After reaching Dubai, see to it that you prefer public transport like metros, buses and taxis. Private vehicles may cost a lot higher than buses and metros.


When we think of staying in Dubai, we always imagine of five star hotels with top quality rooms and hospitality services. However, you can find many hotels with cheaper rates and excellent quality and rooms here as well.

Time to Visit Dubai

The time during which you plan to pay a visit to Dubai also decides your budget. The best time to have a budget friendly tour to Dubai is during the month of Ramadan and summers. Since the tourist traffic is very low, there are a lot of hotels and airline companies that give special discounts to visitors at this time.

Places to Visit Dubai for free

Coffee Museum

This museum –cum shrine cum – shop is one of the best places to visit in Dubai. It has an impressive collection of coffee related items and artefacts, which include a 300-year-old coffee pot. The museum traces the history of coffee, right from the time it was found. Apart from checking out the various exhibits, do not forget to enjoy a cup of coffee at the museum's cafeteria before you head out.

Dubai Fountain

The dazzling Dubai fountain is the tallest performing fountain in the world. The Dubai fountain surges as high as 150 metres and is one of the most mesmerizing things to watch in Dubai for free. It is truly splendid to watch waters sway to the tunes of the music in accompaniment of colourful lights. This amazing view is located at the Burj Lake, overlooking the Burj Khalifa.

Deira Souks

While you are awestruck with the amazing modern architectural view of the city, a walk along the souks of the Deira will give you an authentic traditional look of Dubai. You can find some rare spices, gems and perfumes for which these traditional markets are famous all throughout the world. Though the walk through these souks is free of cost, shopping here is an expensive affair.

Love Lake

Located in the middle of the desert, the Love lake is one romantic sight to visit. This is best for barbequing, camping, bird watching and being close to the nature. This artificially crafted lake is one spot you would love spending one night at. There are fire pits and washrooms available here that add on to the luxuries in the middle of a desert.

Bathe on the beaches

There are a number of beaches on which you can relax and sun bathe for free. The Jumeirah Beach, the Kite Beach and many more are just as beautiful as you can imagine a beach to be. The clean white shores and sparkling waters are not to be missed sights of Dubai. The beaches here are equipped with running tracks, volleyball, skate parks and beach libraries.

Dubai Desert Safari

The Dubai Desert Safari is something that you should not miss when you are on a trip here. If you do not want to indulge in any of these activities like camel racing or sand boarding, just booking a 4x4 vehicle and go for an adventurous Dubai Safari. While desert safaris are not free, it is possible to book a cheap tour to fit your budget. However, do not compromise too much on quality, otherwise you may end up with a not-so-satisfying Dubai desert safari tour.

Dhow Cruises

Though dhow cruises are meant for luxury, the dhow cruises at the Dubai Creek are less expensive that those at the Dubai Marina. The cruises of the Dhow Cruise Creek give you a glimpse of both the old Dubai and new Dubai in affordable prices. The cruises also have some mouth-watering dishes that will pamper your taste buds.

Dubai Aquarium

This 51 metre high tank contains more than 30,000 marine species which also includes 400 sharks.  A segment of the mall has a tunnel that gives you a glimpse of the aquarium for free. Though this does not have a complete feel of seeing the aquarium, staring at the blue expanse of the aquarium is nothing less than amazing.


So pack your bags and head for this mesmerising city that is waiting with all its hospitality at your service. Dubai keeps its tradition and culture intact while giving its tourist an architectural treat to the tourists on a budget. So planning a trip to Dubai can definitely be budget-friendly.

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