Most people will tell you that visiting Dubai on a tight budget is a really tough feat. Well, they aren’t totally wrong, yet as a traveller, one should always explore all possible options. In fact, if you are a passionate traveller, sky is the limit. Have a look at some of the things that you can do in order to spend an exciting and adventurous time in Dubai, irrespective of your budgetary constraints.
One of the most difficult things for budget travellers could be finding cheap accommodation. Most of the hotels in and around Jumeirah, the Palms and other places are studded with five star hotels. However, you may be in for luck, if you head towards the old Dubai area. There are a handful of cheap and fairly comfortable hotels here. Some of the pocket friendly hotels include Marina Byblos Hotel, easyHotel and Citymax Al Barsha. You can also try the online resource called Couchsurfing, which can ensure a comfortable stay. Sometimes, your Couchsurfing friends may even take you for local sightseeing.
Like accommodation, sightseeing too can be expensive as visiting many of the attractions entails buying fairly expensive entry tickets. However, some of the cheaper options include Al Fahidi and the Dubai Museum, where you will be able to experience the charm of the era gone by. For only 3 Dirhams, you can enjoy a full-day excursion in the museum, open on Saturday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and on Friday, from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. Visit “Last Chance: The Fish Market” in order to absorb and understand the local culture and customs. It is a colourful and vibrant place and if you are not averse to the sharp smell of fish, you can also check out exotic wares, organic produce and fish. Shindagha and Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House are some of the many attractions.
There are a large number of various affordable, yet wonderful food places in Dubai. According to a survey conducted recently, about seventy percent of the population of Dubai is Asian, with huge communities from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. This means, one may look forward to a variety of cuisine. Some of the most popular yet pocket-friendly eateries in Dubai include Abshar (Iranian), Mama Tani (Emirati), Eat and Drink Restaurant (Arabic) and Ravi’s Restaurant (Pakistani) to name a few. For nightlife, one of the most popular and affordable places will be Goan Shack: The Pub Grub in Bur Dubai.