- Dubai-metro is a cost effective way of travelling within the city. Eating inside the metro is not allowed.
- Do carry travel insurance although it’s not mandatory while applying for visa. This will also help you in the event of unforeseen sickness as medical services in UAE is extremely expensive.
- Do Not litter at any public place. This can result in heavy fine, imprisonment or combination of both.
- UAE has very strict policy against the drugs. Do visit the below site for more awareness.Link for UAE drug policy
Carry prescription of medicines for personal use and the quantity should not exceed for a period of 30 days of treatment
- Poppy seeds are banned in UAE so avoid accidentally carrying bakery or any product that might contain such seeds.
- Each attraction in UAE offers number of things to do on the basis of which entry ticket fee varies. Do your homework before planning the visit else you may end up spending more money and time than you intended.
- Tips to have budget holiday in Dubai
- Do carry a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, comfortable walking shoes and either of a hat/cap/stole.
- Always carry cash when riding in a taxi. Most of the cab drivers do not accept cards.
- Always bargain while opting for quad biking and other add on services during desert safari. The prices are never fixed and there is always scope for reducing the cost.
- Once you’ve reached your destination via taxi/cab, open the cab-door only when the driver has given the signal to off board. Not doing so may result in fine charged to the driver for opening the door in moving vehicle.
Abu Dhabi, the oil rich neighbour of Dubai and capital of United Arab Emirates is a classy example of opulence and magnificence. A visit to Dubai will leave you awe-struck by the dazzling structures and unlimited options to shop. The relatively calmer and home to beautifully manicured gardens, Abu Dhabi is no less in dropping an enchanting smile on your face. Below listed are 6 must visit places if you just have 1 day for Abu Dhabi tour
Just to give an idea, United Arab Emirates consists of 8 cities namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and 5 others each of which in itself is called as an emirate.
How to reach Abu Dhabi?
- If travelling by road from Dubai
- By air: The richest emirate is a major halt for flights directing to Europe and Americas. It is home to Etihad Airways and is one of the busiest airport in the world.
Places to see
Grand Mosque: No entry fee
Envisioned by the first president of UAE, this is world’s 3rd largest mosque and is open to people of all religions. There are multiple chandeliers inside made up of gold and Swarosky crystals. The hand-made single piece carpet in the main prayer hall is again the world’s largest carpet. It was prepared by craftsman in Iran in the span of 2 years.
Floral designs are made on the pillars and the walls using semi-precious stones. Pure white Greek marble has been used in the construction.
The place is handicapped friendly.
Women need to wear burqa or Abaya if tight clothing or any part of the body except face and palm are to be seen. Burqa and Abaya are available free of cost at each of the gates at mosque entrance.
If possible visit it in the evening hours as well, the blue lights adds on to the beauty of this incredibly gorgeous place.
Heritage Village: No entry fee
The walled complex will give you a quick view of traditional Gulf life in pre-oil era. You can watch the craftsmen at the costume, pottery and glass-blowing workshop. The end products are up for sale.
Finally you have the breathtaking view of Abu Dhabi corniche here. Only thing to take care of is that this place closes at 3.30 PM
Ferrari’s first branded theme park hosting Formula Rossa, world’s fastest roller coaster. You can find different Ferrari models parked here.You can enter the premises free of cost and get the feel by roaming around. Capture the moment by getting clicked with a Ferrari.
Do Not plan for paid entry to Ferrari world and city tour on the same day. The place is huge and needs at least 1 full day to cover the rides. Also it’s at the city outskirts so time is needed to cover other places of interest.
Emirates Palace Hotel
Another 5-star hotel in the sea of luxury that this country has to offer. What makes it stand out from others is that it incorporate traditional Arabian elements lime domes spread throughout the building. It has a kilometre long white sand private beach.
It has a gold dispensing ATM inside the premises
If you’re in just for a day and have time just to have a good luck of the exteriors, politely ask the guard at the main entrance of the hotel. They’ll let you in for few minutes.
- Etihad Towers
Thanks to the above still, we all recognise this exemplary buildings. They are home to penthouses, apartments, designer boutiques, luxury-hotels, conference halls, multi-cuisine restaurants.
Even if you are not able to dine/stay/work/shop at this reflection of Abu Dhabi, still you can have a good look of it from Emirates Palace Hotel.
Dates market: No entry fee
If you’re fond of dates, this place is for you. You get to taste them and then decide whether you want to buy them.Some are really good. Dates chocolate can be souvenirs for your friends and family. Do bargain.
Also you will pass via the headquarter of Aldar, the most prominent real estate development company of Abu Dhabi. It’s another iconic building shaped like a coin.
Dubai – a heaven for adventure seekers, shopaholic, fun seeking people. Although this tourist friendly city has in numerous attractions or things to do and there is no limit of shelling big bucks. Below listed are the ways using which you can have a budget holiday in Dubai.
1.Avoid buying tickets at gate price directly at almost all the major attractions:
Check with your hotel / service apartment, they always have discount coupons available.
Remember 1 discount coupon booklet is applicable for 1 ticket only. So collect as many booklets as the number of tickets you intend to buy.
2. Get GoCity pass for discount offers on attractions like Burj Khalifa, desert safari, lost chambers, Ski Dubai, Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, Aqua-venture water park etc. This pass was introduced in year 2017 hence not many people know about it. By using this pass, you can get 20% off on gate price tickets.
3. Always check with your hotel / hotel apartment reception if they have shuttle service to Dubai mall and Mall Of Emirates. These malls are connected to Dubai Park & resorts via metro and complimentary shuttles offered by theme parks.
Your Hotel — shuttle service—-> Dubai Mall / Mall of Emirates — shuttle service—-> Dubai parks & resorts
4. Another great way to have a budget holiday in Dubai is to buy drinking water bottles of local brand from grocery store near your hotel/apartment. Carry those bottles whenever going out. Buying water bottles at cafe, malls, theme parks and other places of interest will leave a big hole in your pocket.
5.Check if your home currency is stronger or weaker than Dirham (AED). If weak then always carry at least 60% of the foreign exchange in form of AED, rest can be carried as US Dollar denominations.
8. Dubai metro and monorail is one of the cheapest public transport in the world and is connected all over the city.
9. Fare of 4-seater and 6-seater taxi is same. Hence if in a large group and wishing to stroll by taxi, look for 6-seater like Innova.
Follow the above listed tips and you can have budget holiday in Dubai. Don’t forget to share these with your friends and family.
By road and air are the available mode of transport between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Below listed are the different options for road trip which one can choose depending on the budget.
Distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi: approx 150 Kms
One-way fare: 25 Dirham/person by using a standard RTA Nol card.
Travel time: One and a half to two hours
For people living in old Dubai like Bur Dubai, Satwa, Karama:
a. Bus Number: E100
b. Pick up point: Al Ghubaiba in Bur Dubai
c. Drop point: Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station
For people living in Marina, JLT or JBR areas:
a. Bus Number: E101
b. Pick up point: Ibn Battuta Metro Station
c. Drop point: Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station
2. If travelling to Dubai by Emirates or Etihad airways:
Emirates Pick up point:Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3
Emirates Drop point: Emirates Downtown Office, Khalidiya Corniche
Etihad pick up point: Etihad Travel Mall in Downtown Dubai
Etihad drop point: Abu Dhabi International Airport
3. Rent a car and drive
4. Rent a taxi for 1-day city tour:
You cab book the taxi either on shared or on private basis. One of the most renowned travel company in the country is RaynaTours.
How to get cheap taxi? By using the below 2 options, I got a private taxi from Dubai for 3 guests in 600 Dirham in October 2017.
i. You can avail discount either by using the discount coupons available on the tour page in Rayna’s website
ii. Use their “Live Chat Option”. This option will redirect you with the conversation with sales guys who have discount coupons off their own.