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Dubai wears its extravagant image like a coveted piece from Prada’s latest collection. Home to iconic structures such as the Burj Khalifa, the manmade archipelago of Palm Jumeirah, the seven-star Burj Al Arab and Princess Tower, and the world’s tallest residential tower, it’s no secret that Dubai was built to impress. But budget-conscious travelers need not worry about hotel stays burning a hole in their pockets; affordable accommodation is widely available if you know where to look.To start with, here’s a guide to affordable hotels in Dubai.
Areas With Cheap Accommodation
Downtown Dubai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and Dubai Marina are some areas with the most luxurious hotels in Dubai. If you’re willing to sacrifice their shiny streets lined with buzzing restaurants and nightlife for simpler neighborhoods to save a few bucks, then consider hotels in Bur Dubai, Deira, Jumeirah, and Al Barsha.
For $188 a night, the Ramada Jumeirah Hotel provides four-star comfort in proximity to the Dubai Mall, Zabeel Park, and Jumeirah Mosque. Tourist sights are never too far away with public buses running frequently through Jumeirah. The Fairmont Dubai provides world-class luxury for $231 a night in an outstanding location on Sheikh Zayed Road close to the best restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. With posh clubs such as the quirky Cirque Le Soir and the trendy Cavalli Club in the hotel, it’s a great choice for visitors wanting a taste of Dubai’s party scene.
Alternatives to Hotels
Serviced hotel apartments are an excellent alternative for the budget-conscious. Very high standards will leave you surprised at how luxurious hotel apartments are for a considerably lower price. For $187 a night, stay at Savoy Crest Hotel Apartments in a quiet neighborhood that’s well-connected to the tourist areas by the Dubai Metro. The Savoy even offers a fitness center and spa. In Deira, the Clover Creek Hotel Apartments for $121 a night are another great option that’s just a few minutes’ ferry ride away from Dubai Creek.
Free Things to Do
Make the most of Dubai’s year-round sunshine by heading to Kite Beach in Jumeirah to work on your tan or kite surf. The Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa ($254 a night) on Jumeirah Beach Road is ideal for beach lovers.
History and culture aficionados will appreciate exploring the heritage district of Al Bastakiya in Al Fahidi, close to Dubai Creek. Wander in the cobblestone lanes, step into one of the art galleries, and sit down at a courtyard teahouse for a cup of tea. Take a ferry or Abra ride across the creek to the Spice Souk in Deira. Afterwards, head to the Gold Souk, the largest gold market in the Middle East, to look at exquisite jewelry.
Dubai is well-connected by the Metro that runs between the older parts of town such as Deira, Bur Dubai, and Al Fahidi all the way to Dubai Marina and beyond, passing through tourist areas such as Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road. The Metro is undoubtedly the cheapest, fastest, and most convenient mode of transport in the city. Public buses frequently service other areas such as Jumeirah. Taxis are expensive and are often stuck in traffic during peak hours.
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For general information to help you plan your trip to the UAE or Dubai in particular and recommendations for off-the-beaten-path day trips from Dubai, culture in Abu Dhabi, cool hotels, or popular places of interest such as the Dubai Miracle Garden and At The Top Burj Khalifa, check out my UAE Travel Blog.