Dubai: the land of desserts, fountains, camels and marvelous architecture. Where the beaches are as wondrous as the bazaars and the food is as amusing as the diversity that walks the streets of this global city. If you have been on the fence about planning your trip to this city of wonders then hesitate no more. There is no time like the present and Dubai is waiting! And if you’re still worried about where to go, stay and what to do then we’ve got you covered. Here is a small budget-friendly, fun-filled guide to help you plan your trip with some ease of mind as well as pocket!
WHERE TO STAY
While Dubai has no shortage of luxurious apartments and hotels (Burj-al-Arab, The Palm Atlantis), it is also filled with thousands of cost-effective options. The Golden Sands Hotel Apartments are located in Bur Dubai and are quite popular due to their location in the cetral area and services they provide.
According to TripAdvisor, Dukes Palm Resort is a fantastic option to stay in if you are looking for a private beach and pool.
It is also a good idea to consider your transport options while picking a place to stay. For example, Premier Inn Hotels are not only neat, tidy and economical to stay in but are also only 5 miles from the Metro station with shuttle services available.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Dubai has two metro lines (green and red) and they cover almost all tourist spots. If you find them over-crowded, you can always catch a taxi which are present in abundance and navigate your way easily through the city.
WHERE TO GO
If you are a fan of architecture and like to ponder on the marvels created by man-kind then Dubai has amazing places to offer. The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel and one of its kind. The Burj Khaifa is an international icon and the tallest building in the world. The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Miracle Garden are magnificent places to visit if you want to see the perfect combination of nature and technology.
For those interested in shopping, Dubai is a piece of heaven. Described as the ‘Shopping capital of Middle-east’, Dubai boasts an impressive collection of lavish malls, colorful souks and top-notch gold retail stores. The Dubai Mall is a must-visit along with the Dubai Creek for a taste of the city’s old heritage and trades.
Dubai has innumerable options for your little ones as well; from waterparks to aquariums and underwater zoo. You can take the kids on Desert Safaris and let them run free in Legoland or at the Ice rink. It’s definitely a city of marvels for adults and kids alike.
WHAT TO EAT
Dubai is a multi-cultural city and offers delicacies and lavish cuisines from all around the world. You can literally get anything from a spiced-latte at Starbucks to kunafe, samboosas and sushi!
To have a taste of the local cuisine, visit this article by BBC Food for more information on the must-eats. Read more travel tips at VisitPk’s Blog