What’s up guys and welcome to the Dubai International Airport. If you’ve just arrived here, then you’re probably feeling exhausted, which is exactly why I’ve come here and gotten myself a delicious appuccino.
Now, most of you guys probably think of Dubai as this luxury travel destination and for some, that’s definitely the case.
But today, my mission is to show you that Dubai can actually be traveled relatively affordably. We have set ourselves a very fine budget of 10 U.S. dollars, let’s see how long it lasts us. So cappuccino was 25? Thee we go, so there’s five, 10, 15, 20, thank you.
Thank you very much. Alright, so… So naturally, if you’ve just arrived in Dubai, you’re of course, with your luggage, so the first thing we’re gonna wanna do is probably head to your hotel so that you can get rid of all that. The best options are gonna be to either take a taxi, which is actually relatively affordable compared to North America, or to take the Metro system.
Very efficient and very cheap, so let’s try that. The Metro system taking you all the way downtown to the Burj, to the Central District. It’s eight AED or about like, two U.S. dollars, guys. So, so cheap. So efficient.
Don’t even bother with a taxi. When traveling, often your greatest expenses are related to accommodations so I wanted to give you a bit of an idea of where you can get the best bang for your buck here in Dubai.
So there’s two areas that I heard are very cheap and affordable, one we actually stayed in there’s Mankhool and there’s Deira. Now, Mankhool is only about a 50 AED taxi ride away from the airport, the Metro doesn’t run there, but the taxi is so cheap.
And the hotel we got was incredible value. Now if you wanna be in the most happening places and you don’t mind spending a little bit of extra, you’ve got downtown Dubai, which is next to the Burj Khalifa
and the Dubai Mall, and right across from it, you have Business Bay Dubai.
The third and last one I wanted to mention is JBR and that’s about a 25 minute drive away. The awesome thing about it is that they’re all connected by the Metro system which is dirt cheap to use, incredibly efficient, so don’t be afraid to stay in the JBR area.
So I wanted to give you a top tip for a very affordable activity here in Dubai. To keep your costs low, simply go to your hotel lobby, grab a seat, and just take it in. Maybe see if you can snag a few complimentary drinks.
For me, I need somewhere I can do work, feel comfortable, have high speed internet, so this place is about 80 U.S. dollars per night. A quick pan around, boom. Look at all the work space. Very, very happy with that, I have high speed internet, and this is the benefit of not being in the downtown core of Dubai.
Katia, do you feel that? It’s the feeling of savings. This temperature right now is about eh, 38 degrees. Very humid. And that’s the reason there’s very few people in Dubai right now, which means you can save on hotels and experiences.
There’s gonna be tons of people trying to sell us stuff as we go through here. And as far as the eye can see, it is just jewelry store after jewelry. This is my friend here, he sells gold. Is your smile for sale?
Because it’s golden. Oh my gosh. So this right here is one of the local areas. It’s outside of downtown Dubai by about 30 minutes in the cab and it’s called Deira.
Dee-duh, dee-duh, day-duh? It’s called Deira and Deira is one of the areas where you can get like, a very cultural Dubai. You look like an assassin. Ooh, it’s actually very pretty. We said yes to a stranger on the side of the road and here we are.
Once you’ve left the Gold Souk, you basically are spat right out into the Spice Souk. And wow, there’s so many smells in here. – It’s a date with coconut and chocolate. Very good.
That like, immediately cleaned and opened up my sinuses. So just a small walk away from the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk is the littler river area that runs through the area known as Deira and on the other side is Bur Dubai, which are kinda like the old, traditional town.
Definitely a very cultural experience to come see this. Hello, sir! Just chilling with the boys. We’re about to cross in the Abra.
When I’m in an expensive city and I’m really trying to cut costs, I will go to a few choice websites. One of them is Airbnb. If you’re really price sensitive, what you wanna do is you wanna click on the price section here and we can drag it as far as we can afford to spend.
So let’s say we’re really budget, we only have $27 a night. So, I’ve actually found one right here for $13 a night. Now, it is shared, you don’t know who you’re sharing with. I’ve looked at the location here, for $13 plus a two dollar service fee, $15 total, you’re about, what looks to be about 20 minutes outside of downtown Dubai.
Not close, not the best location, but you get what you pay for. For $80 a night, a very beautiful apartment and it basically looks like a hotel. Now, I wanted to show you another website that I like to use. It’s called Agoda. So if you take a look here on Agoda, I put in Dubai for one night starting tonight and if you go here, you can filter by price, by location, you can see on this map here that we can go all the way to The Palm, or we can go all the way to…
My battery’s dying. And we’ll see from our results here that we’ve got what looks to be Grandma’s little storage room for $10 a night. My computer died. Frick! Apologies for that. I don’t know why I always wait til my computer’s dead to plug it in but here we are.
So one last thing I wanted to show you is yes, you can go to Agoda, book cheap hotels there, but one last thing, if you’re a solo traveler in particular, I think hostels are a great place to go. And for that,
there’s a website called Hostelworld.
It’s like 40 degrees and humid right now, but we’re gonna go and brave it. We’re gonna show you around Dubai, the outside, where nobody can charge us to see because we are affordable travelers. Let’s go have a look.
Sorry, guys. Just fanning myself with all my savings I’m making right now because it is completely free to be here. But it’s also very hot. One of the really great things that Dubai has to offer is their shopping
but if you’re on a budget, shopping’s not really for you. Nonetheless, I still recommend that even if you’re on a tight budget, check out the Mall.
The Mall itself is kind of an attraction. It’s extremely beautiful from the fountains, the ice skating. I should also mention, it can be one of the cheaper places to get food. One of the ways to actually eat affordably
is actually in the Dubai Mall.
There is a huge array of restaurants. You can easily spend a lot, or you can get some Canadian food, like Tim Horton’s and keep costs low. So Katia and I have ordered ourselves some wraps. It was around like, six dollars U.S. per person so it’s very affordable if you need it to be.
Alright, guys. So, once you go–ahh! I almost took out a little kid. Once you come into the Dubai Mall, something that’s kinda fun, especially if you have never tried it before is ice skating. So this is kind of affordable.
It’s coming around 75 AED, which isn’t exactly that cheap for ice skating, but for it being in the Dubai Mall, trying to kill time, if you’re not sure what to do, it’s pretty fun. So just inside of the Dubai Mall
is a connection into the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the entire world.
You actually don’t know how much it’s gonna cost you until you get through the line. There’s no display of the price, the people working the front won’t tell you, they’re like, “Well, it depends on the time of the day.”
So I actually just went to the At The Top website where they sell the tickets to go all the way up the Burj and I found that it’s actually 135 to go to floors 124 and floors 125. That’s where I’ve been before
and I must recommend it.
It is very, very cool. With that being said, though, there is a more budget alternative that recently opened. It’s called the Dubai Frame. I believe it’s been open for about a year or two and for about 60 AED,
you should pre-book your tickets.
We tried to show up and just buy them at the door. They’re 50 AED per person but again, if you haven’t reserved any then you’re not gonna get in, so. Round two, baby. We got this this time, let’s go.
We’re going to the Frame. You already know we booked tickets this time. You already know, though, we about to hit up that gold.
I want the gold. All I see is gold. You already know, though, she showed up with a player, we about to see the gold. We about to go up into the gold Alright. Up we go, the Frame. Willy Wonka glass elevator style.
Moral of the story, pay the 10 AED extra and pre-book your tickets if you’re gonna go to the Frame. I should also mention that at the end of the exhibit, there is this incredible, 270 degree screen that gives you this like, future of Dubai tour and it’s like, one of the most engaging videos I’ve ever watched.