With international travel looking more likely I am excited to be planning a visit to Dubai on a budget of course because I want to do more trips this year since we didn’t get to travel much last year. Last year was the first time I did not spend my birthday abroad and though I don’t mind spending my birthday alone, after the year we’ve had I am looking forward to something different. This will be our first international trip in over 10 months, the longest travel dry spell ever but I know I am fortunate to have managed to squeeze in a trip to Venice last September and 4 others between Jan and Mar last year. But as a frequent traveller it somehow felt like a punishment not to be able to travel but one that I have actually enjoyed as it’s helped me to save up more money for my longer vacation plans.
The last time I went to Dubai was a couple years ago for my 30th birthday and it was the best trip ever. Granted I went incognito and didn’t share much about the trip (a first for me), I knew I wanted to return for a better look and I am glad to be planning to visit Dubai on a budget with my sister. Travelling for the next couple of months (even years) is not going to be like in the past where I could book things last minute without much thought or planning. Travel this time round requires you to be prepared extensively from booking your covid tests (pre and post trip) to saving enough money in case you need to isolate abroad etc.
The last time I visited Dubai I barely spent any money on the trip because we chose to pre-book everything and spent more of our time at the hotel. In all honesty, it is possible to visit Dubai on a budget, the answer is it depends on your budget but it does help to pre-book things in advance. If you really want to know to visit Dubai on a budget then look no further than Char’s Merry Musings who shared tips on how to enjoy a luxury trip to Dubai on a budget. After some reason, here is how we plan to enjoy our girls trip to the Arab Emirates for 5 long days.
Use Get Your Guide for Budget Tours
If you are looking for cheap or budget friendly tours in Dubai I recommend getyourguide.com (Groupon ain’t too shabby either). I use them in every city I visit to find affordable tours and we have been searching for some affordable tours of the Burj Khalifa and hope we find what we like so we can book it before out travels.
Sunbathing is Free
Obviously Dubai has enough beaches for us to sunbath on and we intend to do as much of sunbathing as we possibly can. During my last visit I loved that our hotel lead out to the beach and they had a bath in the sea and that was what my birthday needed. Even sunbathing at the beach is not possible, we intend to sunbathe at our hotel which has 3 outdoor pools.
Get yourself the entertainer
Apparently the Entertainer is all the rave in UAV, it’s a magazine and app that offers discounts and specials on restaurants, hotels, and activities. We are definitely planning on checking the entertainer out for some discount especially on restaurants and activities as we have a huge itinerary of things we want to see whilst in Dubai and we want to stretch our budget as much as possible.
Visit old Dubai
Once you leave all the glamour behind, Old Dubai is the place to be and many people have shared how its one of the most affordable places in Dubai so we intend to visit that are for sure and sample some of their restaurants. Al Bastakiya is in the old Dubai and its one of the places we can not wait to hit this part of the city.
Explore the Marina
During my last visit I spent a lot of time in the Marina and can not wait to revisit it again and recommend it highly, its free to wander plus it has a lot of nice skyscrapers and yachts. On this visit I hope I will be able to be bougie and at least book a ride on one of these yachts
There are so many things you can do in Dubai which are affordable and it is possible to visit Dubai on a budget, you just need to know your budget.
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