How can I save money in Dubai?

  • Book your flight tickets to Dubai  well in advance to get the best prices. Not to forget, searching for flights on incognito is a good tactic to avoid cookies marking up prices based on your previous searches.
  • Grab a NOL Travel Card soon after reaching Dubai as cash is not accepted on most public transport modes, except cabs. NOL Card also saves some money as it is a unified payment mode valid over a long period of time.
  • Metro is the cheapest and the fastest way of traveling through the city with tickets starting from AED 4.
  • Buses are pricier than metros and take longer, but they have better connectivity.
  • Refrain from using cabs in Dubai as they are extremely expensive and can run up your costs.
  • Use the ferries to traverse through the Dubai Marina. This mode of transport adds an element of sightseeing to the experience, especially after sundown.
  • Taking an abra ride across the Dubai Creek is a great way to experience the city’s historic mode of transport. A one-way ticket per person costs only AED 50, economical and exciting!
  • After you’ve had your fill with the high-end bougie restaurants in Dubai, walk into the bustling alleys and devour a plate of shawarma and kebab. Not only is it cheaper, it promises an explosion of flavors and authenticity.
  • Ordering takeout in Dubai is not an expensive affair. The online delivery market leaders are UberEATS, Zomato delivery and Talabat so feel free to laze at home and order in food at no extra costs (except a nominal delivery fee)
  • One of the cheapest and most delicious options for food available in Dubai is shawarma. It is available with different types of meat (and vegetarian option of Falafel) and makes for a filling meal.
  • Choose Dubai packaged tours from Travtur that offer a bundled meal option to save some more money on your trip.
  • Use online coupons for meals and other deals to save a considerable amount on the actual rate. Zomato Gold, Groupon, Travtur Offers are a few you must consider.
  • Choose a hotel close to a metro stop so that you can avail the cheapest and the fastest mode of transport in Dubai.
  • Use the city’s couch-surfing community to save on accommodations.
  • Skip drinking at restaurants and bars outside the happy hours as the normal price of alcohol at bars and restaurants are exorbitantly higher than the actual selling price.
  • If you’re staying in Dubai for longer than 3 days, a service apartment or Airbnb works out to be cheaper than a hotel. That way you can even cook your own food and save the hefty service charges that hotels levy.
  • Use the Smart Palms that can be found in the streets of Dubai. These artificial structures that look like palm trees have charging ports and provide free WiFi.
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