Tips for happy holidays in Dubai

  1. Dubai-metro is a cost effective way of travelling within the city. Eating inside the metro is not allowed.
  2. 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.
  3. Do Not litter at any public place. This can result in heavy fine, imprisonment or combination of both.
  4. 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

  5. Poppy seeds are banned in UAE so avoid accidentally carrying bakery or any product that might contain such seeds.
  6. 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.
  7.  Tips to have budget holiday in Dubai
  8. Do carry a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, comfortable walking shoes and either of a hat/cap/stole.
  9. Always carry cash when riding in a taxi. Most of the cab drivers do not accept cards.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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

How to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

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

  1. Public bus:

    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:

Complimentary shuttle is offered for economy class passengers by both Emirates and Etihad airways.

Emirates Pick up point:Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3

Emirates Drop point: Emirates Downtown Office, Khalidiya Corniche

Untitled collageEtihad 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 websiterayna discount coupon

ii. Use their “Live Chat Option”. This option will redirect you with the conversation with sales guys who have discount coupons off their own.Live chat

Things to do in Abu Dhabi