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 budget hotels in Dubai.
Guide to Affordable Budget Hotels in Dubai
Areas With Budget Hotels and Hotel Apartments
Dubai can be very expensive during the peak season with hotel prices increasing drastically. For cheaper options, look at hotels in the older areas of the city such as Bur Dubai, Mankhool, Satwa, Oud Metha or Deira. Hostels and guest houses are rare (there’s just one hostel I know of and it really just is the bare minimum).
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. While some of these are in quiet, residential neighborhoods they’re well-connected to the tourist areas by the Dubai Metro.
Recently, there have been quite a few nice budget hotels and hotel apartments that have opened up in the city, and I’ll keep adding to this list as I find and hear of new ones.
Budget Hotels & Hotel Apartments in Dubai
Free Things to Do in Dubai
Make the most of Dubai’s year-round sunshine by heading to Kite Beach in Jumeirah to work on your tan or kite surf.
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.
Visiting Dubai on a budget? Check out my guide on how to dress in Dubai and my tips to travel in Dubai on the cheap
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.
Tours in Dubai
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