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When one thinks of Dubai, they are often struck by images of ridiculously expensive hotels, luxurious skyscrapers and lavishing shopping centers. Although the city does live up to its reputation of catering for the rich and famous, it certainly does not mean it cannot be visited by most of us mortals.
One thing is certain; you must do your homework before embarking on your trip. It is not a far-fetched possibility to get stranded in a luxurious area, and being forced to purchase a 25 AED bottle of water. Also running out of money mid-trip could easily happen, due to poor budget judgement in the homeland for the world’s priciest cupcake.
Therefore, we would like to give a hand on how to enjoy Dubai on a budget, from affordable hotels to alternative restaurants and pubs which will enable this exciting trip to fit in your pocket.
We have a great variety of hotels in Dubai. From the most luxurious resorts to the most budget conscious accommodations. The good thing about being in such a glamorous place is that they set the bar really high when it comes to “essentials”. You will definitely have a more cost-comfort experience here than in most European budget hotels.
Dubai has three main districts, and we advise you to stay in the more centralized ones such as Jumeirah 1 and 2 or Bur Dubai. Deira is in the old part of the city, and although it is a beautiful place to visit, it is relatively far from the main attractions.
Although many believe Dubai is quite conservative, they are surprised to see how Western like the place is. But like any other touristic hub, the cultural leniency has a ceiling.
As an example, it is better to wait for the women (especially the ones wearing veils) to extend the hand for a handshake before you do it. This is a common courtesy and it will certainly avoid a possibly awkward situation. Also, before booking your vacation, make sure to check for that year’s Ramadan, as it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public for that period. If in doubt, you are better off booking your trip to another time.
Another perception people have is that women need to dress in religious garments or be fully covered, which is not the reality. You can dress as your normal self, BUT if your normal self likes to wear skimpy outfits, be ready to embrace some unwanted glares and frowns.
Beware of tourist traps or not-so-worthwhile attractions
Did you know that Burj Al Arab is one of the few 7-star hotels in the world? Many tourists flock to see the place and although it is certainly worth an outside picture, a visit to the lobby only will cost you a pretty penny. It’s definitely better to spend your hard- earned money elsewhere.
There are also many companies that charge exorbitant amounts for arranged tours. While we recommend taking Safari tours and a few other attractions on the outskirts of the city, the ones within the city can be done reasonably cheap by taxi or metro.
Visit Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world)
The 830 meters-tall Burj Khalifa is three times the size of the Eiffel Tower and higher than the highest point of the Niagara Falls. If you are brave enough, go all the way to the observation deck, it is an incredible experience. Just be safe during windy days.
Eating on a budget
Dubai is filled with high class cuisine and refined bars. That does not mean that the city does not provide cheaper and tasty options. As an example you can try the deliciously inexpensive Pakistani and Indian options in the city, with dishes like dosas (crepe made from rice and stuffed with all sorts of delicious things- try a potato one), as well as the various Lebanese bakeries around town and their delicacies. A few restaurants worth visiting are Bombay Chowpatty, Chhapan Bohg, Govinda’s, Karachi Darbar and the famous Ravi’s Chop House. Some even have all-you-can-eat buffets for 20 AED- try the Golden Fork.
Relaxing at the beach and parks
Jumeirah Beach Park and Al Mamzar Beach Park are the two local beaches. With the charge of 5 AED you are entitled to a well-maintained beach with toilets and food outlets for a reasonable price. The ice-cream for example, is way cheaper than in European countries. If you would like to enjoy the day inside a swimming pool than Mamzar is a good option, with a charge of only 10 AED to use.
Dubai parks are also an amazing alternative to an afternoon. Creek Park bathes along the breathtaking Dubai Creek, offering play areas, barbecue areas and shady picnic spots. Mushrif Park is a nice option if you fancy horseback riding through a forest. Last but definitely not least there is Zabeel Park, which has something for everyone from cooking and eating areas to an indoor adventure zone.
Although many people still believe that electronics in Dubai are cheaper than in Europe, this is not quite true. It used to be reasonably cheaper a few years ago, but nowadays it requires a little bit of research in order to get an advantageous deal. Simply research online what are the items you would like to buy, and head to your discount hunt.
When visiting the Al Karama Market – a famous place for fake originals and reasonably priced gifts – do not forget to haggle for your life.
Pro-tip:You should have a walk around in the market to see the average price of the products you would like to purchase before showing interest. As soon as you get the idea, it’s time to bring out your best bargaining skills.
If you have more Dubai tips, please list them on the comments below!
New York is often mentioned as one of the top cities on everyone’s travel wishlist. National and international tourists flock to the city in the hopes of having the time of their lives, but these dreams are often postponed or shattered due to the high costs in the city.
Although New York is not one of the cheapest places in the world, it can be done reasonably cheap. Eating and having a good time in the city is not strictly connected to high prices. If you avoid the touristic Midtown, you can have a variety of fun and pocket friendly alternatives, which can make your trip an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, embrace New York’s love for the alternative and underground, and explore the city like a local.
We cover all of the major hotels in New York, from the most exclusive to the most budget conscious rooms. Our partner hotels are spread throughout the whole city, and once you find out where you want to stay, you can certainly find a cheap room in the area.
New York is known for it’s high class international cuisine. We have selected some of our budget friendly favorites, so both your belly and wallet leave the city satisfied.
This successful Mexican restaurant is one of our favorites, when it comes to Mexican food. Although it is surrounded by Asian cuisine in the famous China Town, it is definitely worth the visit. They have a wide selection of burritos, tacos and sliders (small burgers). Their cooking is daring yet traditional. A delicious and alternative way to save a few bucks.
Info: Mexicue | Mexican Restaurant
106 Forsyth St, Manhattan | +16465594100
Mon – Wed 11:00 – 22:00, Thu – Sat 11:00 – 00:00, Sun 11:00 – 21:00
If you feel like pasta, then this place is definitely for you. Their specialty is stuffed shells with a wide selection of delicious fillings. Apart from their selection of pre-ready foods, they also offer ready dishes like stuffed mushrooms, Arancini , various salads, fresh mozzarella, and crispy Bruschetta covered with Gorgonzola, tomato and basil. It is definitely worth the visit.
Info: Pastosa Ravioli |Tortellini (packet) US$ 5.49
7425 New Utrecht Avenue | +17182369615
Mon – Sat 08:30 – 18:30, Sun 08:00 – 15:00
If your stomach starts to growl while walking around in Brooklyn, a delicious option is Blue Collar’s hotdogs and flat burgers. Taste the traditional NYC hotdog and personalize it with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, pickles and mayo-based special sauce. You can stop by and get it to-go for affordable prices.
Info: Blue Collar| Average cheeseburger US$ 5
160 Havemeyer St. store 2 Williamsburg Brooklyn
Between South 2nd and 3rd Sts
Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–2am
Who said Little Italy is only about pizza and pasta? This little Malay restaurant will prove you wrong. The menu is a combination of delicious hotpots such as Laksa (spicy Peranakan noodle soup) to Tolemak (coconut milk rice, the country’s national dish). You can also order a large variety of Curries and other tasty Malay options. A nice place to sit, enjoy a nice dinner and plan your evening out as the restaurant also provides free WiFi.
Info: Aux Epices| Average entree: US$15
121 Baxter St, Chinatown & Little Italy New York 10013
between Canal and Hester Sts |+212-274-8585
Discounted Museums and Attractions
To get a deal at the city’s top museums and attractions, purchase a citypass, a flat-rate ticket for entry to 6 attractions. You have 9 days to visit the Empire State Building, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History. You may choose between either the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle Line sightseeing cruise and the Guggenheim Museum or Top of the Rock Observation Deck. If you’re only in town for the weekend and don’t have 9 days to cover the best of the city, head to the MoMA on Fridays between 4 and 8 for free admission.
The city has a lot of options for you that like to have a good night out, but do not like to spend too much. No night is the same in the city, and sometimes it gets a bit hard to find out what is going on. You can check this website for great options, from gallery openings (free wine!) to alternative venues.
The subway in New York is reasonably priced and certainly one of the best options in order to get around the city. For visitors staying for a longer time, you can buy a one week unlimited MetroCard for $30 or an unlimited monthly for $112. The 7-day, or 30-day unlimited card run out at midnight on 7th or 30th day of use. You can buy them at subway stations with cash, credit or ATM/debit cards. Be aware that buses only accept MetroCards or exact fare in coins — drivers cannot make change.
In general, New York City subways run every 2-5 minutes during rush hour, every 5-15 minutes during the day and approximately every 20 minutes from midnight until 5 a.m.
Contrary to what you may expect, taxis in New York are relatively cheap if compared to most countries in Europe. Prices are controlled by the government.
It does take a bit of a fight to get available ones. Just make sure to remember – when just the center is lit, highlighting the medallion number, the cab is available. When the medallion number, as well as the side lamps are lit, the cab is off-duty. When no lights are lit, the cab already has a fare they are bringing to a destination.
If you have other NYC tips, please share them on the comments below!
London is a great place to visit for everyone; young and old, couples, families, friends… The city is full of (free!) museums, parks and gardens, beautiful sights and great places to eat. Not sure where to go and what to see? Easytobook comes to the rescue with an overview of the best hotels, restaurants and attractions for families, lovebirds and budget travelers.