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02nd July, 2019.

Money Saving Deals in Dubai

With several luxurious resorts, fine dining restaurants and designer boutiques, the popular misconception is that a budget-conscious trip to Dubai may be out of reach.

To the contrary, however, the beautiful Emirati city is also one of the best cities in the world to find competitive deals on hospitality, pampering, shopping and dining. There are a whole host of affordable options available to help you make the most out of your visit, if you only know where to look.

Whether you are travelling with a large group or just looking for some wallet-friendly options, there are a number of affordable ways to make the most of your trip to Dubai by saving on hotels, getting bargain buys, sightseeing, accessing venues free of charge and cheap dining.

Save on hotels: Recently, Dubai has seen a rise in the number of three and four-star hotels that are perfect for those looking for great style and design on a budget. These hotels provide the world-class comfort, amenities and convenience that the city has become famous for. They include the Emaar Hospitality Group Rove Hotels that have fast become trendy tourist hotspots, designed with quirky, locally inspired art and a culturally connected soul.

There is also the XVA Art Hotel & Cafe, a quaint, cosy escape hidden amongst one of Dubai oldest areas, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. There are just 13 rooms in the hotel, adding to its boutique charm, and each one of them has been designed by a different local artist. The hotel is also home to an art gallery and an award-winning restaurant.

Bag a bargain: Dubai is traditional markets, called souks, are still a crucial part of daily life and trade today, and a wander through one of the bustling souks can reveal the true essence of Dubai shopping heritage.

These include the Textile Souk, a bustling space with rolls of fabric, fine silks and airy cottons, with prices that are not set in stone; and the Spice Souk, which offers the greatest sensory overload with the vibrant colours and aromas of some of the world most prized spices.

Dubai is alternative shopping hotspots are perfect if you are on the look-out for unusual souvenirs, antique finds or chic couture. At the Al Satwa area, explore the city hidden gems of retail stores, overflowing with fabrics in bright shades, unusual prints and diverse textures.

Here, you can barter and haggle for embellishments, feather trims and exquisite beading, and then take your chosen fabrics to one of the many tailors for a cash-effective couture experience.
Global Village brings cultures together to help visitors explore different countries around the world in just a few hours. There is plenty to enjoy for the whole family, with more than 75 countries displaying traditional handicrafts and snacks across more than 30 pavilions..

Save while sightseeing: Old Dubai is one of the city most important historical landmarks. Here, you can see what life in Dubai was like during the time of trade, when the Creek was the lifeline of the whole city. You only need to pay AED3 to enter the Dubai Museum and just AED1 to cross the Creek on an Abra, a traditional wooden boat.

The Coffee Museum at Al Fahidi Historical District is another great option if you are on the look-out for authentic coffee, featuring Ethiopian, Egyptian and Emirati styles of live brewing, alongside traditional decor and seating as well.

Showcasing the history of the UAE, the Etihad Museum features pavilions that cover key moments that led to the founding of the nation. The museum includes a documentary about the UAE past and an interactive map and timeline illustrating the area before the formation, the unification process, creation of the constitution, and subsequent declaration of the Union in 1971.

Spots with free entry: No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing the architectural engineering feats that make the city what it is today.

Downtown Dubai is a lively hub of activity and home to the world tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and one of the world tallest dancing water fountains. You can appreciate the scale of the tower for free at the base, set to the backdrop of The Dubai Fountain is choreographed water jets as they put on a dazzling display every 30 minutes during early afternoons and throughout the evenings.

Located at Jaddaf Waterfront, the Jameel Arts Centreis a significant new addition to Dubai contemporary arts scene. It features multiple gallery spaces that house curated commissions, as well as a research library, alongside a restaurant, writer studio, rooftop terrace and shop.

For a waterside walk with one of the best views in the city, a stroll along the Dubai Water Canal offers front-row seats to Dubai ever-evolving skyline. One of the most spectacular parts of the canal is the illuminated waterfall gushing down from the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge, and several picturesque bridges that light up during the evenings.

Cheap restaurants: Do as the locals do and head to 2nd of December Street for some cheap eats. Formerly known as Al Dhiyafa Street, this buzzing area is the place to load your plate with cuisines from India, Iran, Lebanon and more.

Discover some of Dubai best chicken shawarmas at Al Mallah, served in a bread pocket with salty pickles, French fries and a generous helping of a delicious garlic paste.

Legendary Dubai eatery Ravi is located on Al Satwa Street. This is one of the oldest restaurants in Dubai and serves delicious Pakistani food for less than AED30.

Dubai legendary Lebanese bakery, Al Reef Bakeryis famed for serving up some of the best manakeesh in town (Arabic snack of freshly baked dough bread topped with cheese and other fillings) for less than AED10.

Save with discount & deals

The Dubai Pass is a great way to experience all that is possible in the city. The all-inclusive pre-paid card grants cash-free access to 33 key attractions across Dubai, making it the perfect way to explore the city world-class destination proposition.

Building on the Dubai Pass proposition, the recently launched Stopover Pass has been specifically designed for short-stay visitors to enjoy the emirate wide variety of attractions and experiences. This helps save both time and money as it combines the city favoured attractions, tours and cruises into an easily accessible city pass, enabling stopover guests to choose between two, three or four attractions in 36 hours.

Emirates passengers can also make the most of their holiday in Dubai this summer with My Emirates Pass, with exclusive offers at over 500 leisure and retail outlet locations.

By simply showing your Emirates boarding pass, you can save 50% on La Perle tickets, 50% off at The Spa at Address Boulevard, 40% off restaurants at the Park Hyatt, buy one ticket and get the second for free at the Dubai Dolphinarium, 40% discount on retail rates at KidZania, 20% discount on tickets across the Dubai Parts & Resorts, and so much more.

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