Dubai is an extravagant city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit on a budget. Follow our tips for seeing Dubai without breaking the bank.
Start your day with breakfast at Parlour Boutique. The charming spot serves French-style cuisine with options including omelets and pastries. Spend about $10–16. Go for a stroll around the Palm Jumeirah. The palm-shaped, man-made island is home to many of the city’s poshest hotels. It’s also home to a boardwalk, perfect for a morning walk.
Grab lunch from former food truck SALT. The Instagramable spot serves Wagyu beef burgers alongside fries and ice cream. Lunch costs about $17. Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The more than 2.5-million-gallon aquarium houses thousands of aquatic animals. Located in the Dubai Mall, admission starts at about $32.
Have dinner at Baker & Spice. The seasonal restaurant has several outposts throughout Dubai. The menu focuses on the seasons, so you can be sure you’re experiencing the freshest ingredients. Entrées start around $15. Take an evening walk to marvel in the city’s spectacular architecture. See the Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, to name a few.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Sometimes it can feel like splurging on books is more expensive than it should be. Prices for novels are high and, for some, unaffordable. Even older titles, considered classics, can cost more than someone bargained. Many turned to reading books online or downloading audio files because it’s a cheaper alternative to physical books. However, what about the population of readers who love to read from paperbacks and hardcovers? Thankfully, there are companies like Thriftbooks that make it possible to afford books.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Scrolling through social media, reading magazines and seeing images online of far-off destinations just feeds the need for travel. Some of us have a healthy dose of wanderlust already, but the added visual reminders can really set plans in motion — or at least plans for a plan.