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Is Dubai Expensive?

Dubai is all about Luxury and when it comes to traveling to Dubai then the first line in the agenda is Money. Dubai is a city which grew up in a very short spam and is today known as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Until I personally experienced my holiday in Dubai last month, I thought that it was going to cost me a lot and that my vacation will be expensive.

But today I confidently say via this blog of mine that a normal budget tourist or even a resident over there can live and feel like a Local UAE Emirati nationality exploring the activities and get the best standard of living. My message in this blog is to pass on the global message to all international travelers and tourist that a similar budget same as if you would visit another country for a holiday is very much enough in Dubai city too which will make you feel blown away and memorable.

Some of the facts every tourist, no matter traveling in groups or in singles will look into the following pillars to make their vacation the best. The feasibility is all about a budget in a travel journey.

  • Visa
  • Luggage Storage
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Luxurious Places, Tours, and activities

Dubai is known as a Stopover point in the international arena. Dubai being the busiest airport and the world’s best airport caters thousands of passengers every minute. The above 6 categories play a big role in the reason behind the success of Dubai as a stopover destination which ensures that Dubai can be explored at its best in a short duration.

Visa

Europeans, British, Americans and most developed countries do not need a visa to enter Dubai. You can get the visa on arrival depending whether you want to spend few hours or few days in the city. This could easily be done at the airport which requires no much procedures or time. Thus most tourists feel this as one of the biggest plus points than any other destination in the world and the best in the Middle East. You can get a free visa for 14-30 days and your only expense is your flight tickets, but if you are on a stopover then lucky you as Dubai is freely welcoming you.

Asians, Africans, and other nationalities can get a visit visa from their country with no much formality. If you are able to afford your entry permit then Dubai is all yours. Usually, a 14-day visa is around 350 AED while the 30 days ranges from 370-400 AED and the 90 days visa from 1050 to 1500. The prices may be higher depending on the season, situation, country, and the background.

Luggage Storage

This is a key problem to most of the global stopover tourists when deciding on a location. Some countries like Singapore offer storage at the airport but is quite expensive. Dubai makes every tourist smile and luggage storage brings in more smile adding fun to stopover tourists and also the travelers entering the city.

Don’t worry about carrying your luggage into the city and feeling uncomfortable. You can store it from ranging between 20 AED to 30 AED for 12 hours at the airport itself which is very cheaper. Safety and security don’t need to be worried at all in Dubai. Meanwhile, hotels and malls also offer free luggage storage facilities for their guests and visitors enjoying their premises and activities.

Additional to this I just wanted to enhance, is that Dubai never discriminates any physical challenges you face. They have a wheelchair access in airports, malls and even the metro of Dubai. You can even rent a wheelchair free of charge depending on the availability. So everyone is free to explore the city without any barriers.

Accommodation

When its Dubai tourist’s first impression is that all hotels are Luxury thus it is going to cost them more and make the holiday expensive. While you have the luxury the 7 star and many other the 5 stars you also have quite a number of good hotels in 4 stars and 3 stars range. They are quite cheap and offer standard quality service as Dubai Tourism authority maintains and monitors the standards of each hotel.

Meanwhile, there are many hotel booking sites like Agoda, Booking.com and many others which give you some of the best promotions, prices and last minute deals. You also have hotels which welcome walk-in stay guests at the best price for the day. Adding on to this is free wifi. Thus accommodation is never a concern in Dubai.

Food

Like I always say in my other blogs, food is never of a worry in Dubai. It’s a food ocean where you can find all dishes belonging to all cuisines from all countries enjoyed by each and every nationality. From luxury restaurants to normal food spots to street food are available in Dubai. All are very hygienic and safe in means of health as Dubai Authorities monitor strictly on health and safety of food.

Prices are very cheap ranging from a burger starting from 7 AED to 20 AED for a normal dish. You also have buffets available from 75 AED onwards till 200 AED. Cappuccino like in Tim Hortons and Starbucks can be enjoyed for less than 20 AED to 25 AED cheaper than those in the western countries. Vegetable salads add on to this list. Approximately if you see on an average to enjoy 3 good standard meals 50 – 75 AED is sufficient for a normal person. This quote is not based on luxury but an economic budget just as a resident. Try our Dubai Cultural tour with the Emirati brunch to experience the Emirati Food

Transport

Transportation is one of the biggest successful achievements for Dubai, starting from their highways to Dubai Taxis, Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Bus, and Water Taxi. Transportation is cheaper compared to other countries as Dubai offers it with class and luxury. You will never regret about the money you pay.

Dubai metro is accessible from the airport terminal where you can basically buy a day pass for 25 AED and travel unlimited until 12 midnight that same day any number of times in metro, bus, and tram. One way usually is around 8 AED but depends on the zones. Best is going to the ticket counter and buy it from the staff. I do not recommend the machines unless you are a resident who knows the zonal system.

It’s a bit confusing at times. A thus day ticket is the best recommendation. Buses are quite comfortable like in the UK and of course, everywhere it’s air conditioned. Don’t miss the tram too and have some fun at Jumeirah Beach. In case you want to see the Atlantis hotel as of the photo views you can take the Monorail where one way is 15 AED and both ways 25 AED.

Also in Bur Dubai, you have the Abra small boat crossing for 1 AED. Make sure you take that too and enjoy some cheap bargaining shopping on the other side of Deira Dubai. Meanwhile, you will also have the friendly taxi drivers where you can travel with no fear having full security even if you are a lady alone at night. Taxis are quite reasonable with a minimum fare of 12 AED.

It’s really cheap when I compared to my other transportation expenses I had in other cities around the world during my holidays. All destinations and hub spots are accessible usually by metro.

Luxurious Places, Tours, and Activities

Luxury has no discrimination in Dubai. If you have around 700 AED you can even fly in a helicopter or even play golf. At the same time all luxury skyscrapers and buildings can be enjoyed from outside and in case you have a reservation in a restaurant in a five-star hotel then you can get the best of the hotel too. Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis – The Palm, and the Dubai Marina are some places of luxury in your Itinerary. You can view it from outside.

Meanwhile, if you are ready to spend around 200 AED you can go to the top of Burj Khalifa. Marina can be explored via a walk or dining in a restaurant. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel also is known as the wave building too can be explored with a dining around 250 AED per person. Souk Madinat is best for shopping at luxury and the Deira, Bur Dubai and Karama are available for cheap shopping.

If you really have the urge to go inside Burj al Arab don’t waste your money booking a room. The best option is to go for the afternoon tea at the sky view bar located at the top most floor of Burj al Arab. It offers good quality food and an awesome mind-blowing view of the city while at the same time you can have a view of the hotel lobby. Make sure you have a booking and you go in formals or smart casuals. It will cost between 450 – 500 AED but is really worth it once in a lifetime to be inside a seven-star hotel.

Please don’t miss the beaches in Dubai which is free and in some places maximum you will pay is only 10 to 15 AED for entrance. Malls are there for you throughout the day not only to shop but also for some best selfies. Dubai Fountain show is not to be missed and it’s free while you can tour the Dubai Mall and its Aquarium which is the largest in the world. Make sure if you have time like around more than 6 hours you enjoy a desert safari which will give you a memorable holiday to cherish costing around 200 AED. Dhow Cruise is available for around 150 – 200 AED and is best for families and children. You can even find cheaper to the rates I quoted as there are many promotions every day in the city as well as in online. Historic places like Heritage Village is also there for your views. You can enjoy the Atlantis water park if you have time for less than 300 AED. Nightlife is favorite for many in Dubai. Make sure to dress up well and enter one. Usually, couples and ladies enter for Free and if a single man needs to pay an entrance fee but depends on the club whether they will welcome. But most places for 100 AED entrance can be enjoyed.

Make sure if you have time like around more than 6 hours you enjoy the Desert Safari which will give you a memorable holiday to cherish costing around 200 AED. Dhow Cruise is available for around 150 – 200 AED and is best for families and children. You can even find cheaper to the rates I quoted as there are many promotions every day in the city as well as in online. Historic places like Heritage Village is also there for your views. You can enjoy the Atlantis water park if you have time for less than 300 AED. Nightlife is favorite for many in Dubai.

Make sure to dress up well and enter one. Usually, couples and ladies enter for Free and if a single man needs to pay an entrance fee but depends on the club whether they will welcome. But most places for 100 AED entrance can be enjoyed.

Tours, activities, and luxury will not be missed and you can get the best if you have selected a wonderful tour operator and the tour manager over there can give you the best advice. I was lucky enough to contact one of the best I found online and they served me from the time of the airport until I left back to my country.

I really recommend them as they were professionals and they personally have experienced it and shared some wonderful tips for me to get the best. You too can contact Adventure Emirates on www.adventureemirates.com to book a unique tour and feel the best experience.

Adventure Emirates also did a wonderful job for my friend who arrived 2 days ago, which I really wanted to comment on this blog as a method of thanking them. My friend Rustom from Germany was on a transit for around 5 hours and Adventure Emirates arranged a stopover tour for 04 hours where he was able to visit all best places in Dubai and take some memorable photographs and experiences which he still thanks me. Entire Dubai in 04 hours means they really need to be the best as one small disappointment will make the traveler unhappy.

This is not the only operator, you also have many to choose from your options. But one thing I need to say is that only unique operators like Adventure Emirates can give you the experience of 200% while the cost is 50% saved.

As per my experience and many of my friends and colleagues who visit Dubai every month 1000 AED per day is more than enough to get the best luxury. Actually, it’s lesser if you go for the basics. Usually, if you are on a stop over it will be only around 650 AED to 750 AED and if booked a quick stop-over tour, it will be cheaper amounting to 500 AED.

Thus if anyone has had the wrong attitude that Dubai is expensive, I think it’s high time to change it and please visit this amazing mind blowing away destination city Dubai at least once in a lifetime as it is the only city where even a normal tourist can enjoy luxury at an affordable price meeting all nationalities in the globe under one ocean Dubai in the soil of United Arab Emirates

Carol Neilon

Our living exposure here has helped us to gather up-to-date knowledge of happenings in UAE and we've guided many visitors for memorable holidays.