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Vacations In Dubai: Traveling To Dubai On A Budget

Dubai is one of the most iconic destinations in the world — and we can definitely second that! Vacations in Dubai mean immense skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, amazing beaches, world-class cuisine, and iconic views of the city, including Dubai's skyline. That said, most people think that they could never afford a trip to Dubai.

That’s where most people get it wrong. With our deals and tips, you can travel to Dubai on a budget and won't spend a fortune.

Protips: Getting to Dubai involves long-haul flights. Read our tips for how to survive the long-haul flight to Dubai and also check outbest tips for fighting jetlag. (You don't want to spend your whole trip sleeping, right?)

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Priceless Views In Dubai

You want the best view in Dubai but aren't willing to pay for the Burj Khalifa? Well the good news is, that you can make a "bargain" (sort of) when you buy the combo ticket. With this, you can get the view plus a free breakfast while watching the sunrise. So you pay the same as usual but get free food...can’t say no to that, right? It is available on Fridays and Saturdays. However, you should definitely book it in advance online because you won't be the only one with this brilliant idea.

Still too expensive? As an alternative you can simply skip the viewing platform and enjoy a meal or some drinks in a restaurant or bar while admiring the skyline of Dubai. What's so special about it? Well, you can only see the skyline WITH the Burj Khalifa, if you're not IN the Burj. So maybe the alternative isn't too bad after all.

Our Insider Tips For Best Spots to View The Burj Khalifa:

  • Tree House – Taj Hotel (Business Bay)

  • Tomo – Raffles Hotel (Wafi Mall)

  • Luna Sky Bar – Four Seasons Hotel (DIFC)

  • Günaydin – Souk Al Bahar (Downtown)

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Eating Out On A Budget In Dubai

You're a proper foodie but can't afford all those fancy restaurants in Dubai? Then listen up because you don't have to spend a fortune in Dubai on food (although you definitely can!). First of all you need to stay away from the 5° hotels and stick to the smaller restaurants which you can find in the malls or at the beach.

We can recommend you to try the Arabian cuisine. You can not only save money by trying it, but you can also discover the culinary side of the Arabian culture.

You really, really want to go to a Friday Brunch, but you really, really don't want to spend around 170$ per person to brunch at one of the most popular venues? Then we've got some good news for you, because we found some places where you pay only half of that! Some examples are the legendary Party Brunch Candypants at the Al Habtoor Grand Hotel (Marina) or the Double Decker Brunch at the Roda Al Murooj Hotel (Downtown).

Another tip for saving money while dining out is to watch out what your drinking. In the United Arab Emirates you pay 50% taxes on sweet beverages (such as Coca-Cola) an 100% on tobaccos and energy drinks. If you manage to skip that stuff during your vacations in Dubai, you'll save loads of money. Same rule for alcohol as pricesare horrendously high. Girls have an advantage though as there are many Ladies‘ Nights in Dubai and you can find a different one for every day of the week. Either you get free-flowing sparkling wine, some free drinks or discounts. Makes the night out much more affordable, doesn't it?

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Tips For Cheap Excursions Around Dubai

Sometimes the best way to spend less money during the Dubai vacations is simply to leave Dubai behind. The United Arab Emirates offer a lot more than Dubai. Besides, gas is so cheap that it makes total sense to rent a car. There are many apps that help you to drive around many toll roads.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular destinations in the United Arab Emirates. Visit this amazing city and check out the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque (at no charge by the way).

Ras Al Khaimah

The rough scenery at the Al Wadi desert and the Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah are perfect for hiking trips.


The natural landscape in Fujairah is totally worth a visit. Also, if you're into diving you should stop by Fujairah.

Al Ain

If you want to learn more about the culture and the history of the country you should visit the fortress of Al Ain.

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