Dubai Travel Guide: What to See, Do, Costs & Ways to Save

You have planned a visit to Dubai.
Depending on your budget and the trip duration, you can plan an excellent visit
with a little research. There are places to visit, activities to do, and of course,
a lot of shopping. Given below is a list of important places that you should
visit, experience, and enjoy and a few tips to save money too.

What to See and Do in

While there are innumerable exciting things to do in Dubai, we have
listed a few that you should definitely see and do during your visit.

Dhow Cruise Marina

Dhow Cruise Marina

An excellent way to
see and experience unique views of modern Dubai is while cruising in the
traditional dhow. The traditional Dhow is made of wood and decorated
beautifully with colorful lights and is equipped with all modern amenities.
Fine dining, on-board entertainment activities and the nighttime views of the
glittering Dubai skyline make it one of the most sought-after experiences. It
is also one of the best ways to celebrate the important occasions of your life
like anniversaries, birthdays etc.

Cost: AED 190

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

At 2717 feet, Burj Khalifaholds the world
record for being the tallest building in the world. It is also the tallest
freestanding structure in the world. It has164 floors and on the 124th floor
you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Apart from the view from the top,
the ride on the fastest elevator on earth is also an exciting thing to look
forward to on your visit to the Burj Khalifa. At the end of the tour, you can
enjoy a bite or a drink at the café on the ground floor.

Cost: AED187

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall Aquarium

The Dubai Mall is one of the largest malls in the world and offers an
experience in itself. The mall has more than 1200 retail stores, most of them
belonging to top international brands. However, shopping is not the only thing
that you can enjoy here. In fact, the place is filled with some amazing
attractions. Dubai Mall is home to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo,
Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Fountain, VR Park Dubai, KidZania Dubai, etc. There is
also a huge foot court, where you can enjoy a varieties of cuisines and foods.

Cost: Free

The Desert

There are various
trips available to experience the beauty of the desert. The adventure
enthusiasts may opt for the desert
that includes dune
bashingin a rugged vehicle or sandboarding for an adventurous outing. On the other hand, you can
also opt for the desert tour that includes camel rides, local cuisine and the
belly dance show. There are camping trips where you can experience a Bedouin
inspired night in the desert with dune
bashing or sand skiing, a
nice barbeque dinner and live shows. You can choose amongst morning, evening
and overnight desert safaris.

Cost: AED 398

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden, with 150 million flowers arranged in various patterns and
shapes, has won two Guinness World Records. You will find giant floral Disney
characters, a floral castle, the floral clock, the lost paradise – which is an
underground floral cascade with dozens of floral houses – and many more
attractions here. An important thing to remember is that the Dubai Miracle
Garden is a seasonal attraction and remains open only from October to March.

Cost: AED 111

Global Village

The Global Villagehas pavilions
featuring the street bazaars of forty countries with shops carrying traditional
and ethnic stuff. As you enter the Global Village, you see before you the
iconic architectural marvels from around the world- the Eiffel Tower, the Statue
of Liberty, a Burj Khalifa
and even the Colosseum on a smaller
scale. The variety of food available is unbelievable. You can savor the
cuisines from around the world in the food festival hosting world-class
chefs. There are great rides, street entertainment, and more here. The
place also has a Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which would astound you with
unbelievable exhibits. The Global Village will make you feel as if you have
seen the whole world in a few hours.

Cost: AED 15

Ways to Save while Visiting Dubai

Dubai is an expensive city but you can
cut your costs and save money by following some of the below tips:

  • Book tickets to all the attractions you want to see and the
    activities you want to do online. This would save you money as well as time.
  • Travel by metro rather than the taxi. The Dubai Metro is fast as
    well as efficient.
  • Dubai has some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. However,
    if you want to save money, opt for apartments or hostels for accommodation.
  • While alcohol is available at most restaurants and hotels in
    Dubai, they are extremely expensive. Hence, avoid alcohol as much as possible
    while in Dubai, especially if you are on a tight budget.
  • Instead of eating out at fine dining restaurants every day, you
    can opt for smaller restaurants, cafes and eateries. They serve delicious and
    hygienic food on a budget.
  • One of the best ways to save money while travelling in Dubai is to
    visit during the off-season i.e. during the season. Right from accommodation to
    tourist attractions, everything is available at a discounted price during this

Dubai has opened up to the new normal
and things are getting back to the usual routine with proper precautions in
check. It is a great time to visit the city if you desperately need a break. Do
check out this travel guide to ensure you have a great holiday on a budget.

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