|That's me, going around Dubai on a budget.|
Okay so I live here, and for me, a budget experience in Dubai is very different to a tourist’s. Heading to friends for dinner certainly takes the sting out of a pricey restaurant cheque, and taking a long drive with grammer friends – in their cars – into the desert or anywhere off the beaten path is an inexpensive way to relax. But for visitors flying into the city, Dubai can appear very expensive indeed. Fear not, there are tons of ways to make the most out of your trip to this magnificent city without breaking the bank, here are my top tips in experiencing Dubai on a budget!
Discover Al Fahidi District
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (formerly known as the Bastakiya) is one of my top places to go for touristy things to do in Dubai. It’s an incredible way to understand the unique Emirati and Islamic culture that underpins life in Dubai.
Admission here is free, and there's so much to see including traditional wind towers, bustling courtyards and maze of winding alleyways. In between these alleys are my favorite venues such as the Coffee Museum, Home of the Eastern Arts, Art Connection, and XVA Gallery - all of which are free of charge when you visit.
You won’t regret a visit – in fact, no trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to Al Fahidi District.
|Photo by Vishnu Valsan from LocalGuidesDubai Instameet|
Go down to the creek and experience shopping as it would have been a century ago. Discover mounds of spices and precious metals as you explore the souks.
You will also be surprised to know that there is a mini China town in the heart of Dubai, a newly opened Dragon Mart 2 where you can find the cheapest yet stylish clothes from different parts of the world!
Hit the beach
Flying into Dubai, it’s impossible to miss the amazing emerald sea below. It is so enticing; you’ll just want to jump in. And guess what, you totally can! The beach is almost free to visit, and it’s spectacular.
Although much of the coast has been snapped up by the major hotels, there are still swathes of golden sand open to the public. For a few AED you can soak up the sun in comfort, just don’t forget to pile on the sunscreen and stay indoors in the height of summer!