When I booked my visit for Dubai, I only had a few things I REALLY wanted to do:
- go on a desert safari/ride a camel (check)
- eat a fancy brunch (check)
- go to the top of the Burj Khalifa (check)
When I got here, I quickly realized that Dubai is freaking expensive and all these things cost way more than I thought. Not to mention just general things like a cell SIM card and transportation. So I needed to save and sacrifice everywhere else I can.
Dubai has a reputation for being a city of extravagance, the rich man’s playground. A lot of people are scared to visit for fear that it’d be just too expensive. The thing about Dubai is that you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you want (like any other city, I suppose). There were more things I wanted to do on my list (such as visiting Atlantis), but I decided to scrap them so I can focus on what I really came to do.
Luckily, Dubai also has plenty of free or really cheap things to do that barely cost a dollar. And this is why I was able to have some days where I literally spent only $6, in order to balance out the $100+ days.
Here are some tips for doing Dubai cheaply! Keep an eye out for the next post, where I share my complete budget breakdown!
Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, look at the Burj Khalifa
The Dubai mall is INSANE! It is ridiculously big. You can easily kill an entire afternoon just walking around there. Talking about it can be an entire separate post. There are some unique areas in the mall such as the souks, the Village, the waterfall atrium, and the aquarium.