Dunes Hotel Apartments Dubai – A place which redefines hospitality

I was travelling to UAE for the first time with my family and my parents who are senior citizens. I researched on various travel portals like Trip Advisor, Make My Trip, Yatra, Goibibo, Air B&B for room quality, cuisine offered in-house and nearby restaurant, distance from tourist attractions and airport. Finally I narrowed down to Dunes Hotel Apartments.

I must say I was proud of the choice made. Mere 10 KMs away from the airport, it proved out to be an excellent host. They offer studio, 1 and 2BHK service apartments.

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I was looking to rent wheelchair for my parent. As soon as I informed the reception desk, they offered me one free of cost.Coming to hospitality I’ll cite an incidence, I booked a taxi from the hotel travel desk to Dubai mall to accommodate 7 people. An innova came but since my mother was on wheelchair, it couldn’t be adjusted into the taxi. Immediately they called in for a mini van to accommodate the chair without asking for an extra penny. Now if that’s not taking care of your guest, what else it is.

Amenities within the apartment:

  1. Full HD television in all the bedrooms and living room.
  2. Free Wi-Fi
  3. Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, oven, 4-burner induction stove, electric kettle, toaster. Cutlery including full and quarter plates, tea-cups, saucer, spoons, folks. Cooking utensils, serving bowls and microwave gloves.
  4.  Toiletries
  5. King size bed in master bedroom and queen size bed in child room.
  6. Fully automatic washing machine and iron board.
  7. Living room comprises of sofa set, television, intercom, dining table, balcony with cloth stand.

How they maintain the balance between home-stay and a hotel?

  • 24-hour reception and housekeeping service
  • health club consisting of swimming pool, gym and steam bath
  •  in-house restaurant serving variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisines.
  • Travel desk where you can get discount coupons for various attractions. Also you can make bookings for taxi, air, packages if needed.
  • Offer complimentary shuttle to Dubai mall and Mall of Emirates once a day

I got a pretty good deal from one of the travel sites and as a result I received 25% off on every meal ordered from in-house restaurant.

Nearest metro station: Oud Metha

Walking time to metro station: 15 mins.

Grocery store: 2 stores across the apartment

I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

Tips for happy holidays in Dubai

How to have budget holiday in Dubai?

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.

Tips for happy holidays in Dubai

1.Avoid buying tickets at gate price directly at almost all the major attractions:do not

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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6.For shopping, check out IBN BATTUTA and DEIRA city centre malls. They have sale when no one else may be offering discount.

7. If buying foreign exchange in India, try using the online option.Remember that BUY RATE is less in Tier 1 or Tier 2 cities.

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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.

Tips for happy holidays in Dubai