How To Enjoy Your Vacation In Dubai While On A Budget

Since Dubai is known as the city of opulence, people think that to have a great vacation here, you must have plenty of money.

But, Dubai doesn’t just cater to millionaires and people who have cash to burn on their holiday. Even if you are on a budget, you can have a fun and memorable time in this city (and even enjoy a stay at one of the best four-star hotels in Dubai).

Here are some tips to enjoy your Dubai getaway even if you’re on a tight budget.

Look for cheap flights

One of the best ways to ensure you have more money for food, entertainment, and shopping during your trip to Dubai is to look for the best flight deals.

If you are still in the middle of planning your holiday, consider going to Dubai during its off-peak season which is between June and August – the city’s hottest months. Flights are cheaper during these months.

But if you can’t schedule your trip within this period, be as diligent as possible in looking for the most affordable flights. Go online to search for flight promos and deals, check out flight booking comparison sites, and get in touch with some local travel agents. Find out if your credit card provider offers deals or discounts when you use your card to book a particular flight.

The money you save on your airfare could then go towards your pocket money for your holiday.

Check out the best accommodation deals

While looking for affordable airfares online, be on the lookout for accommodation deals as well. If you want to stay at a hotel, search for hotel promotions in Dubai online. Aside from visiting hotel booking sites, check the official websites of various hotels and resorts as well. You will be able to get details on any deals they are currently offering.

As much as possible, choose a hotel that offers affordable room rates and other perks. Free breakfast meals will help you save money on food. You will also have a more relaxing vacation without shelling out extra cash when you take advantage of a free massage and use of the hotel’s spa.

Visit public beaches and parks

Dubai is known for its beautiful white sands and clear blue waters. But you don’t have to stay at one of the expensive beach hotels and resorts or pay an entrance fee to spend a day at one of the city’s well-known seacoasts. You can enjoy a lovely day at the beach for free. Simply head to one of these public beaches:

Jumeirah Open Beach
JBR Beach
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Kite Beach
Sunset Mall Beach

You will also find a number of amazing parks in Dubai. If you want to spend more time outdoors, visit these public parks:

Al Barsha Park
Creek Park
Mushrif Park
Satwa Park
Za’abeel Park

Sign up for a free tour

Get the most out of your holiday in Dubai by discovering and learning more about the city, the Emirati culture and heritage. Go online to find and sign up for a free guided tour of the city. It’s a great way to explore Dubai’s history, see its superb architecture, and even get some ideas on its exciting future.

Take the bus or Metro to get around Dubai

Taxis are the most convenient and comfy way to get around Dubai. But you’ll save a lot of money when you choose to take the bus or Metro. The cost of riding the metro or bus is enormously affordable, especially when compared to riding a taxi or renting a car.

The bus and Metro stops are strategically located around the city. The Metro is also easy to understand and as such, you won’t get lost and have a hard time navigating the system.

Be a smart foodie

Lastly, dining out and sampling all the great foods Dubai has to offer should be on the itinerary of any traveler. But if you’re on a budget, you won’t be able to give in to your temptations every day.

If your accommodation comes with free breakfast, make sure you fill up before you go on your way. Hit the grocery store as well once you’ve checked in to save money on bottled water, soda, chips, and other snacks that can tide you over until the next meal.

You can also dine at one of the world-famous restaurants in Dubai for lunch or dinner, as long as you have the budget for it. Make sure you do this just once a day. Otherwise, look for eateries and hole-in-the-walls that aren’t as popular but will still give you a fantastic dining experience. You can go online to look for these establishments or ask some locals for their top recommendations.

You don’t need to have a exorbitant budget to experience the perfect holiday in Dubai. With some planning and research, you can have a memorable vacation without spending a fortune.


Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.

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