Dubai is known for its luxurious fashion, hotels and nightlife. There are plenty of things to do even if you don’t have a luxurious budget. We’ve curated a list of the top 5 things do when you’re visiting Dubai when you’re trying to save a little cash.
Abra boat rides across the creek
Dubai’s climate can be a bit unbearable to tourists who aren’t familiar, which is why this first option is not only inexpensive, but it’s also a nice way to cool down while viewing the historic center of Dubai at the Abra Dock. When you get there, you can take this boat for a whopping quarter. That’s right, a full $0.25 for this boat ride that will cool you off as the wind comes off of the water. This boat embarks from Old Souk to several spots along the river including Spice Souk, allowing you to cool down and get familiar with the Arabian banks.
Dinner against the Creek
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If you plan on spending your day at the Creek, whether it’s at a store or walking around after your boat ride, you can have an inexpensive meal against the waters of the creek. You can stay cool and watch the city buildings of historic Dubai light up your dinner backdrop. This is a great opportunity to try new cuisine such as Middle Eastern food. There are shish kebabs, vine leaf sarma, lemon with rice, bread with hummus and much, much more. But there are plenty of Islamic customs you want to make sure you follow at dinnertime so you’re not looked down upon.
These customs include:
- No PDA with your partner while eating in public (you may even get arrested for doing so)
- Cannot drink with your meal, but they offer “hubbly bubbly” for after your meal
- Smoking tobacco from a hookah type setup
The Burj Khalifa
The world famous Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. If you get too close you may not be able to get the entire structure in one photograph for your digital scrapbooks! While it’s not typically easy to get inside the Burj Khalifa, there is an Armani Hotel inside, but you won’t be allowed in without a reservation. If you’re looking to head up to the very high observation deck to see Dubai at it’s highest, you’ll have to pay a whopping 400 Dirhams or $108 bucks.
But thankfully, there’s a cheap way to get into this stunning and exquisite structure. If you book in advance, you can save almost 75% and get a ticket for $34 or 124 Dirhams. At first, you may pass because of the original price, but knowing you can book in advance will allow you to indulge when you’re actually in Dubai by saving so much money!
But that’s not the only exciting thing about the Burj Khalifa. The newest “Mission Impossible” movie was filmed in Dubai and Tom Cruise even sat on top of the needle without any harnesses. As he did this, he was able to overlook Dubai at 2,722 feet above the ground. Tom Cruise performed these stunts directly for the fourth installment of “Mission Impossible”. If you want to binge watch on “Mission Impossible”, you can hit up Netflix before the newest movie comes out. But if you’re planning to watch it in Dubai, you’ll have to unblock it on their Internet due to restrictions.
The Karachi Darbar restaurant is actually a chain of restaurants in Dubai that’s pretty inexpensive but serves delicious cuisines inspired by the traditions and cultures in Dubai. Their eclectic neon signs draw you in for food that has a punch of flavor. Reviews all over the Internet continuously boast about their cheap prices for how good the food is. Some of Karachi Darbar’s more notable foods include Haleem, Roti, Peshawri mutton, Kadai, and Tandoori. If you’re looking to try Middle Eastern food for the first time without burning a hole through your pocket, you may want to stop in at a Karachi Darbar.
This destination in Dubai is for the adventurous only. Feel the thrill at Gravity Zone’s “adrenaline sports” location by bungee jumping a whopping 300 feet or roughly 25 stories! Your feet will be tied to the elastic bungee cord system and their guides will calm you down or help push you over the edge (in a good way, of course). There are three types of jumps including the tandem jump, the FAB bungee jump, and the single jump.
Prices vary, but for the basic, single bungee jump, you’ll be looking to pay $98 USD. This is the priciest on our list, but if with all the money you have saved, you’ll have more than enough to take a jump! This location even holds the Guinness World Record title for the most bungee jumps within 24 hours. With the previous record being 105 jumps in 24 hours, a man accomplished 151 jumps in three sections during the 24 hours. While he made the world record jump early in the morning, he decided to go for much more.
Dubai is the heart of fun, culture, and adventure. Two of the five places on our list hold world records including the Burj Khalifa and Gravity Zone. Between the great food and many inexpensive adventures you can go on throughout your day while getting a taste of another culture, there’s no reason to not visit Dubai!