There is no doubt that Dubai is one of the most luxurious cities in the world. With a skyline dominated by five-star hotels – including the tallest building in the world, the BurjKhalifa – Dubai is a playground for the rich and famous. However, there are a number of activities and tourist attractions that you can visit that do not cost a fortune, ensuring that each and every pocket can experience the beauty of Dubai and what it has to offer travelers.
If you have chosen to splurge most of your budget on staying in a luxurious hotel in Dubai and would like to cut back on the amount of money you spend on activities and entertainment, we are going to look at three things you can do and visit without breaking the bank or your budget:
Indulge in Local Cuisine
Dubai is home to a number of different cultures, meaning that the city’s restaurants cater for almost every type and nationality of cuisine you can think of. However, eating at nice restaurants every night can become pricey, putting a strain on your pocket and your budget. To ease up on the amount of money spent on meals every day, choose to try all of the cuisines you are craving for a fraction of the price by looking for small cafes and street vendors instead. Indulge in traditional Levant street food at Zaroob or Pakistani cuisine at Ravi, for example.
Rent a Bicycle
There are a couple of rental bike schemes that have made an appearance in Dubai recently, all of which give travellers a cheaper and healthier way to see the sights while keeping active. Take to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Boulevard to encircle the BurjKhalifa and Dubai Mall, or take a casual cycle along the Dubai Marina promenade and take in the stunning views the city has to offer. The bicycle stations charge AED 15 for half an hour with prices that increase the longer you rent the bicycle for. If you would prefer to walk, you will be glad to know that the city has become increasingly pedestrian-friendly, with a number cafes, restaurants, and shops opened over the last few years.
Visit the City’s Souks
Dubai is home to some of the world’s biggest malls, but most of the items come with big price tags too. That is not to say that you should not go to the likes of Dubai Mall to spoil yourself and experience it in all of its glory, however you are more likely to pick up a bargain or two at the city’s traditional souks. If you would like to go home with some bling, visit Dubai’s Gold Souk, where you will be able to purchase a shiny trinket, gemstones and more, at a fraction of the price. If you would prefer to take a beautiful range of textiles home with you instead, the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai has an array of shops filled with imported fabrics, silk, cottons and sari fabric. Remember, no prices are set in stone, meaning that to get the best price possible it’s advisable to give haggling your best shot.
Dubai has an array of fun and interesting activities and attractions that travelers can indulge in for a fraction of the price while on their yearly vacation to the glamorous city.