Budget traveler is my travel type, especially when i solo travel, it’s a great way to see the world living out of the backpack and relying only on myself. I guess it goes hand in hand with my organic farm lifestyle. I know one thing it makes one appreciate all the small things that others miss or unappreciate. Budget travel can also be alot of fun and also rewarding depending on where you go and how you do it.
When i stopped into Dubai for a few days i knew i had to watch my spending right from the taxi fare on arrival to the hotel transfer back to the airport. Dubai to me is a place of artificiality at it’s finest from the worlds tallest building, the material overkill in Dubai mall, to the floating manmade islands and street laden palm trees on nearly every road.
Heres my 5 coolest things to do in Dubai without breaking the bank while having some fun.
1. Visit the Burj Khalifa: Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m. This building is truly a marvel to admire with it’s architecture and glowing lights which synch with the Dubai Fountain most nights.
2. The Dubai Fountain: This is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Make sure you get a good view from the central bridge platform especially around 9pm at night for the lightshow. Sometimes there can be hundreds of tourists there snapping photos at night during that amazing lightshow which synchs to the lights on the Burj Khalifa.
3. Dubai Fountain Lake Ride: The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride lets visitors to Downtown Dubai see the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar and other iconic locations from a traditional boat in a modern luxury setting. From 5.45pm to 11.15pm, except during fountain performances. Cost is $25 NZD.
4. Dubai Mall: The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai. It is the world’s second largest shopping mall based on total area behind the West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and fourth largest by gross leasable area. You need at least 2 full days to checkout the mall in it’s entirety.
5. Dubai Driverless Metro: The Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Extensive window panels offer great views of the city and it is a cheaper way to see the city in one go. Just remember to hold onto your bags and personal things when the trains get crowded at peak times as pick pockets do their work the most around those times. You can buy daily passes for $8 NZD which will take you all over the city and outskirts.
Checkout my On The Road In Dubai video here