Vacation in Dubai, Enjoy pure sun with extravgance!

Vacation in Dubai, Enjoy pure sun with extravgance!

Jess Shores

Breathtaking architecture and the tallest buildings in the world right on the sea but in the middle of a desert - that's Dubai. Anyone who loves the modern and luxury must have seen this city of superlatives . Hardly anywhere else can you see a more impressive skyline than here. Holidays in Dubai for nothing are not one of the top destinations , both for beach holidays and city breaks . Dubai is not only a metropolis of millions, but even an independent emirate within the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Gulf. If there is anywhere you can be sure of the sun, even in winter , then on the Arabian Gulf in Dubai. On this page you will find the best tips for an unforgettable Dubai vacation!

Dubai Holidays: Arrival, Flights & Airports

Dubai is a hub for long-haul flights and is therefore served by numerous airlines from German airports. The world-renowned airline Emirates operates out of Dubai. With the airline Emirates you can leave Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf at least twice a day for your Dubai vacation, with many connections flying with the A380. The largest passenger aircraft in the world has space for 517 passengers on two floors and three classes. For many, this can be a special experience in itself. If you want to spoil yourself and treat yourself to a business or first class ticket, you can enjoy the flight with delicious drinks and snacks at the legendary bar. For First Class passengers there is even a luxurious bathroom with everything that goes with it.

Tip : Emirates always has cool promotions on your trip to the fascinating desert metropolis, for example that give you free hotel nights . So if you are already planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates and would like to fly with a top airline, you should keep your eyes open for such deals.

Airports in Dubai

There are currently two airports in Dubai, one in the north and one in the south:

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

The larger main airport, DXB, is located north of the city and has three terminals for passenger aircraft. Terminal 3 is reserved for the airline Emirates and a few flights of the sister airline Flydubai. Flydubai normally flies from Terminal 2. Most other international airlines fly from Terminal 1. The airport's Terminals 1 and 3 are connected to the Dubai Metro. Dubai International Airport is renowned for its numerous duty free shopping opportunities and luxurious lounges.

Al Maktoum Airport - Dubai World Central (DWC)

The relatively new Al Maktoum Airport, also known as Dubai World Central (DWC) , is located in the south of the city and is not yet connected to the Dubai Metro, but this is expected to change in the near future. The airport is easily accessible from the southern parts of the city by taxi, Uber or Careem. There are plans to expand the airport over the next few years and to move several airlines there.

Entry: Visa regulation for the Dubai trip

An identity card is not sufficient for your holiday in Dubai. to enter the United Arab Emirates German citizens need a valid biometric passport . The travel documents must be valid for at least six months after the intended departure date.

German nationals may enter the territory of the United Arab Emirates without a visa and stay there for tourism, business (without taking up work) or visiting for a maximum of 90 days. A visa is only required for a stay of more than 90 days. Further information is available on the website of the Federal Foreign Office .

General travel information for Dubai

Time difference on vacation: Dubai - Germany

Dubai's time zone is called Gulf Standard Time, which corresponds to the GMT+4 zone in the coordinated world time, and does not differentiate between summer time and winter time. Therefore, the time difference to Central European Time currently varies depending on the season, so that it is either 2 or 3 hours later in Dubai than in Germany . With the planned abolition of the time change in the EU, however, the time difference between Dubai and Germany will also be standardized.

  • Central European Standard Time (winter time): +3 hours in Dubai
  • Central European Summer Time: +2 hours in Dubai

Currency in Dubai

The national currency in the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (AED) . The dirham is tied to the US dollar with a fixed exchange rate, so cash payments in US dollars are often accepted. Cash payments in euros are not normally accepted as the exchange rate may change. Despite small fluctuations up and down, the euro exchange rate has been around 1:4 for several years, so that 1 euro corresponds to around 4 dirhams. However, it is advisable to check the exact exchange rate before your Dubai holiday. Card payment is common in Dubai and international credit cards are usually accepted everywhere. Withdrawing and changing money is easily possible in almost all malls in Dubai.

How long should a Dubai vacation last?

The duration of your vacation in Dubai depends entirely on what you plan to do there. Dubai is also suitable for a short break of up to 3 to 5 days if you only have sightseeing in mind. However, if you also want to relax by the pool or explore the beaches of Dubai, you should plan more time. One to two weeks are ideal for a really relaxing Dubai holiday including bathing and discovering culture.

How much does a holiday in Dubai cost?

Of course, they don't let the costs for a Dubai holiday be fixed in a flat rate. is very important here The choice of accommodation , as hotels are often more expensive than in other holiday countries. You can spend half a fortune for a few nights in a luxury hotel, while you can stay very cheap in the average 3° hotel or in an Airbnb apartment. As you can see in our deals, it is possible to get a week in Dubai for around 400 euros if you do not value great luxury. However, activities outside of the hotel usually cost extra. For a better overview, you can book as much as possible from home - or book all inclusive directly. In addition, a holiday outside of the high season is of course much cheaper.

Best travel time: weather and climate in Dubai

The climate in Dubai is characterized by drought and heat . It hardly rains here and in the summer months it doesn't even rain at all. This isn't necessarily for everyone. However, everything in Dubai is air-conditioned and covered as much as possible. You can manage not to be outside for days on a Dubai vacation. In any case, entertainment is provided in the malls and clubs. In winter , however, temperatures drop to a more comfortable level , making outdoor activities fun again.

Best travel time for Dubai

Dubai is generally an ideal travel destination for the cold season. The downside, of course, is that it's harder to find good prices, especially in high season. The best travel time for nice weather and affordable prices is mid-October to mid-November and early February to mid-April .

If you are looking for the best offers and can easily tolerate temperatures of up to 50°C, book your holiday from the beginning of May to the end of August . Most luxury hotels lure in the heat with unbelievably low prices.

Where to go on holiday in Dubai? Our tips

Although Dubai is only a city-state, it still has many different sides to offer. Here's something for every taste. You can get from one district to the next either by public transport, e.g. B. the Dubai Metro or with a taxi or Uber. Transportation is relatively cheap in Dubai.

The following areas are the best known

Downtown Dubai / DIFC / Business Bay

The highlight of this trendy district in the north is of course the Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world . Adjacent is the Dubai Mall, the largest and probably the most pompous mall in the world. Here you will find all the shops your heart desires, as well as a cinema with a luxury suite and an ice skating rink . The surrounding area offers 24-hour entertainment with numerous luxury hotels with the coolest restaurants, bars and clubs. Hotel rooms are quite expensive, especially in high season, but a visit to this hip and touristy area is definitely a must on a Dubai holiday.

Our pirate tip: You don't take the best photos with the Burj Khalifa in the background from the Dubai Mall, but either at the Burj Plaza or on the promenade between Burj Plaza and Souk Al Bahar . So you get the Burj in the picture and don't even have to cut out crowds with Photoshop.

Holidays in Dubai Marina / JBR

The glamorous residential district in the south of the city is, as the name suggests, built around an artificial marina. If that's not enough water, you can walk straight to JBR Beach. It's right next to it. For the sporty there is a wide range of water sports and an open sky fitness studio. Otherwise, the beach promenade is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors and offers an amazing view of the new Ferris wheel and the impressive Marina Skyline . This area is also very touristy, which is why most of the hotels here are in the upper price range. From time to time, however, you can find good deals.

Our pirate tip: Enjoy the view over a drink in the Bice Sky Bar in the Hilton and then party next door at the Lock, Stock & Barrel . Alternatively, you can dance in the sand until the wee hours at the Barasti beach club.

Resort Jumeirah Beach / Al Barsha

Everyone knows the sailing ship hotel Burj Al Arab , self-chosen 7° hotel and landmark of Dubai. A night in this gem usually costs over €2500. If you prefer to spend the money on something else on your Dubai holiday, there are numerous other - somewhat cheaper - 5° hotels to choose from nearby, many of them right on the beach. If you still really want to see the Burj Al Arab from the inside, we recommend Friday brunch or afternoon tea in the Skyview Bar. Opposite the main street Sheikh Zayed Road, also between north and south, is the Mall of the Emirates . It's worth a visit for the indoor ski slope alone. Those who do not necessarily need the greatest luxury when it comes to hotels and want to save a lot can find what they are looking for in Al Barsha or in the neighboring Media City.

Our pirate tip : If you visit the traditionally designed mall Souk Madinat, you can then take a small boat to one of the award-winning restaurants in the adjacent hotels - Mina A'Salam, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Al Qasr.

Dubai Holidays in Ibn Battuta

This area, which is relatively unknown to tourists, is located somewhat remotely in the south. from the quite cheap hotels However, there is a perfect metro connection, so you can definitely benefit is . Ibn Battuta Mall definitely worth a visit. Not only does one have a tranquil shopping experience, but one can also marvel at the stunning design of this little-visited mall.

Our pirate tip : The Novo Cinemas cinema with a luxury suite is a wow experience for your Dubai vacation and not as crowded as in the other malls.

Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) Holidays

There are no tourist attractions in this residential area across from the Marina, but the hotels are relatively cheap and there are very good public transport connections. Those who don't necessarily need to be in the middle of the action can find what they are looking for here. If the hotel is close to a metro bridge , it's a fairly quick walk to Marina.

Our pirate tip: Highlight of your Dubai trip - have dinner in the garden of the trendy restaurant NOLA.

Emirates Towers / World Trade Center

This northern district is only a stone's throw away from downtown Dubai, but the hotel prices are sometimes significantly cheaper, even in the most prestigious 4° and 5° hotels. Some of the best bars and clubs in Dubai can be found here, such as For example, the 40 Kong Rooftop Bar at the H Hotel and the popular circus club Cirque Le Soir at the Fairmont Hotel.

Our pirate tip : The Italian restaurant Al Grissino in the Emirates Financial Towers offers not only delicious food but also a perfect view of the Burj Khalifa.

Holiday tip Bur Dubai / Deira / Dubai Creek

Also known as Old Dubai , here in the north of the city you will find a Dubai that is rarely seen in the media. Here you can feel the charm of the former fishing village , from which the metropolis has only emerged in recent decades. The traditional Arabic markets ("souks") offer a variety of textiles, gold, spices and traditional handicrafts. Haggling is a must here! The mix of tradition and modernity at the Creek can be clearly seen on the construction site of the new skyscraper, which will soon overtake the Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world . Accommodation in Old Dubai is mostly cheap , but often not as luxurious as in the more modern parts of the city. Exceptions like the Park Hyatt prove the rule.

Our pirate tip : Many museums illustrate Dubai's past and culture. For example, you can trace the history of the pearl divers in the Dubai Museum at Al Fahidi Fort.

Holidays in Dubai Palm (Palm Jumeirah)

Our last tip for your holiday in Dubai is Palm Jumeirah. The most popular and famous of the three artificial palm islands has a special charm. It is particularly impressive when you admire it from a bird's eye view on a helicopter tour or – for the brave ones – by skydiving . The most spectacular hotel on the island is certainly Atlantis Dubai . However, the other accommodations are no less luxurious and a good deal can often be found. Depending on the location on the island, the walk to the mainland can be a bit long and difficult to reach by public transport. You can easily take a taxi or Uber.

Our pirate tip : In good weather, be sure to visit the beautiful 101 Lounge in the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel. The location is insane.

Tips for the best hotels in Dubai

If you are planning a round trip or want to stay longer in Dubai, you will of course also need a suitable place to stay. In our hotel price comparison you will find the right accommodation for every budget, whether it's a private apartment, a simple 3° hotel or a 5° luxury hotel. Filter according to your needs and display the results on the overview map. The usual local tourism tax for 3° hotels of 10 dirhams (approx. €2.50) per room is usually not included and must be paid on site. In the following you will find our pirate-like hotel tips for your holiday in Dubai.

Spectacular luxury hotels for Dubai holidays

Are you planning your honeymoon or another special event? It doesn't really matter to you how much money you spend as long as you have an unforgettable stay? Luxury trips to Dubai are of course not a problem at all.

Here are a few tips for luxury hotels:

  • One & Only Royal Mirage – Palm Jumeirah
  • Grosvenor House – Dubai Marina
  • The Ritz-Carlton JBR - JBR
  • JW Marriott Marquis – Business Bay
  • Palace Downtown – Downtown Dubai
  • Armani Hotel (Burj Khalifa) – Downtown Dubai
  • Mina A‘Salam – Jumeirah Beach

Did you just win the lottery? Then let's go

  • Burj Al Arab – Jumeirah Beach

The most beautiful desert hotels near Dubai

If you don't feel like city glam during your holiday in Dubai or just need a break from all the hustle and bustle after a few days, you can to one of the fairytale desert retreat hotels. You'll have to drive a bit out of Dubai for this, but for a hotel in the middle of the dunes, it's worth it. The wow effect is guaranteed here.

  • Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara: You need about 3 hours from Dubai. In the last kilometers you drive through a privatized stretch of picturesque meter high sand dunes. In the middle of these is the hotel, which resembles a fairytale castle from 1001 Nights. A huge pool with an indoor swim-up bar adds another wow factor. The whole setting gives the surreal impression of a mirage.
  • Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa: This desert hotel is easily accessible from Dubai in about 45 minutes. A highlight is the beautiful Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, which offers delicious drinks and snacks as well as an impressive view.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert: Pure luxury on a Dubai vacation. About an hour from Dubai is this luxury hotel nestled in the middle of the more rustic Al Wadi desert. Here you also have your own villa with a private pool and a view of the dunes. The absolute highlight here is the spa with numerous water stations. Here, for example, the Ice Bucket Challenge alternates with flavored Steam Rooms. Exquisite treatments are also offered.

Cheap luxury hotels for your Dubai vacation

If you absolutely need a 5° hotel for an authentic Dubai trip, but you don't want to spend all your savings, here are a few suggestions for you. These hotels cost far less than comparable luxury hotels in Dubai. Sometimes the prices also depend on the season, so that there are only really good offers in summer or winter. It's also worth looking for new openings, as they often offer low prices. You can just browse a bit in our hotel search.

Here are our tips for cheap luxury hotels in Dubai:

  1. Al Bandar Rotana–Dubai Creek
  2. Movenpick-Ibn Battuta
  3. DUKES – Palm Jumeirah
  4. Sofitel – JBR
  5. Hyatt Regency – Dubai Creek
  6. Swissotel Al Ghurair - Deira
  7. Bonnington – JLT
  8. Steigenberger-Business Bay

Cheap hotels in Dubai

Of course, if you think a luxury hotel is a waste of money because you don't plan to spend the whole day in the hotel anyway, you can choose a simpler 3° or 4° hotel and save big. You can find particularly good prices at hotels that are a bit out of the way . Here you have a few suggestions for top rated hotels with affordable prices.

  • Rove – Dubai Marina
  • Golden Tulip Media Hotel – Al Barsha
  • Atana - Al Barsha
  • Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall – Ibn Battuta
  • Aloft City Centre Deira - Deira
  • Stay in private apartments in Dubai

A very good alternative solution are private apartments , e.g. B. via Airbnb. Since many residential buildings, e.g. For example, in Marina and Downtown that are designed like luxury hotels and have a reception, pool and gym, you can get almost the same comfort here for a fraction of the price. In addition, there is the advantage that you can prepare some meals yourself in the kitchen and thus save even more money.

Sights and Must Do Activities for Dubai Holidays

Dubai is a glittering metropolis of superlatives that also combines the modern with the traditional. There are sights and activities for every taste.

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at 830 meters and has observation decks on floors 124 and 148. Tickets start at 135 dirhams, which is about 35€, online and on site. The view is particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Sunrise tickets are offered the same price including breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays. The lower floors of the Burj belong to the Armani Hotel, which houses some nice restaurants with terraces and the Club Armani Privé in the basement.

Mall of the Emirates

Does the heat really make you want to go skiing? No problem, there's Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates for that . Otherwise, the mall is of course also suitable for shopping pleasure. It's also not as easy to get lost here as in the Dubai Mall.

Whether shopping, eating out or skiing - the Mall of the Emirates is a real highlight on holiday in Dubai .

Dubai Mall

Another item on your must-do list when on holiday in Dubai: The Dubai Mall . Not only is it the largest mall in the world, it is an experience in itself. From a meter-high indoor waterfall to a spectacular aquarium, in which you can even dive, to an ice rink, there is a lot to admire. The most luxurious area is the newest addition, the Fashion Extension . If you are too tired to walk, there are mall taxis to take you from store to store.

Souk Madinat: Burj Al Arab

A holiday in Dubai is truly paradise for shopping fans. After all, Dubai has more than 60 (!) malls, so it is not possible to visit all of them. Worth a visit, however, is Souk Madinat , which is modeled on a traditional Arabic market. There are also very good restaurants and bars here. Also, Souk Madinat is one of the best photo backdrops for pictures with the Burj Al Arab in the background.

Atlantis Hotel Dubai

The hotel is already a feast for the eyes in itself, but also offers a number of activities that can enrich your Dubai vacation. Combined tickets are available for the spectacular Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium at the Atlantis Hotel.

Experience Fountain Show in Dubai

takes place approximately every half hour after sunset until midnight Outside on the Burj side of the Dubai Mall, the legendary fountain show . This is something that must be seen! A nice view of the show can be had from the restaurants in Burj Khalifa or Souk Al Bahar, opposite the Dubai Mall.

The desert of Dubai

Excursions to the desert and to falconries are easily possible with local providers on Dubai vacations. Depending on the organizer, fast rides through the dunes, camel rides, sandboarding, quad biking, photo sessions and traditional dinners in the desert are on the program. Some offers also offer an overnight stay in a tent.

Excursion to Dubai Miracle Garden

An insider tip is Dubai Miracle Garden , a beautiful sea of ​​flowers in the south of the city. Keep this in mind when planning your vacation. This masterpiece of garden design is only open in the winter months and is an absolute highlight during this time.

Dhow Cruise in Dubai

Almost something for a romantic holiday : you can have your dinner on a boat tour, a so-called dhow cruise , with a view of the lights of Dubai. These tours are offered in Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek.

Dubai vacation with lifestyle experience: Friday brunch

One experience that tops the bucket list almost every week among expats is the infamous Friday Brunch . If you are now thinking of a conventional late buffet breakfast with a glass of sparkling wine and are smiling wearily, watch out! With free-flowing alcohol, delicacies from all over the world spread over up to 10 stations and atmospheric music, most brunches are more like a party than breakfast . It starts at 12 or 1 a.m. and about four hours later you've eaten and drunk so much that you don't even know who and where you are anymore. The mood is high and it's time for the after party.

Popular party brunches include Bubbalicious at Westin Mina Seyahi (Marina), We Brunch at Accents at Intercontinental (Marina), and Friday Fundamentals at Saffron at Atlantis (Palm Jumeirah). You prefer it a bit quieter and more stylish? No problem, there are numerous ways to do this. Brunch at Zuma (DIFC), which specializes in Japanese cuisine, has won multiple awards for best brunch in Dubai . The traiteur brunch at the Park Hyatt (Creek) is an unforgettable experience when the weather is nice. If you want something very luxurious on your holiday in Dubai, you can book brunch at the Burj Al Arab.

Old Dubai: History of Dubai

You can't avoid Old Dubai if you want to learn something about the history and culture of the city during your Dubai trip. If you want to save money, you've come to the right place. Most museums and cultural centers, such as the Al Fahidi Fort , are either free or really cheap . You can easily spend a few hours here and learn something.

You can also explore the traditional markets ("souks") and do some serious shopping. Spread over three souks on both banks of the river, you will find spices, jewelery and textiles in all variations. Rigorous haggling is the order of the day for the best prices. When haggling, you should bring your own Set the first price pretty low and don't let it be known that you're in Dubai for the first time.

A special experience is on a small traditional fishing boat to travel from one bank of the creek to the other ("abra"). This trip will cost you – hold on tight – only 1 dirham. That's not even €0.30.

Beach vacation in Dubai

For a beach holiday , Dubai is an excellent choice thanks to miles of beautiful coastline. The most famous beach is JBR in Dubai Marina , which is characterized by the amount of shops, beach hotels, bars, restaurants and activities. The view of the Marina Skyline and the new Dubai Eye Ferris wheel alone is worth a visit. Kite Beach in northern Dubai is also a very popular beach. You can not only fly a kite here, but also have the choice between numerous water sports activities. Most of the beaches in Jumeirah Beach near the Burj Al Arab are private, but there is a section known as the Public Beach which is open to everyone. Here you have a fantastic view of the Burj Al Arab, especially at sunset, but there are often a lot of people on this beach, especially in the evenings and on public holidays. In general, the public beaches in Dubai are very popular with residents and tourists, especially in winter. If you want to have your peace, we recommend you a Choose a hotel with a private beach .

Expo 2020 world exhibition

From October 1st, 2021 to March 31st, 2022 a special event will take place in Dubai: The Expo 2020 ! It will be held under the motto Connecting Minds, Creating the Future with the sub-topics Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity . 192 nations will take part in the Expo with their own country pavilions. There are also all kinds of shows, parades, art, concerts and culinary delights to discover.

The Expo is an international world fair that takes place every few years and dates back to 1851. The exhibition in Dubai was originally scheduled to take place from October 20, 2020 to April 3, 2021, but had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic.

Cultural features in Dubai

  • The United Arab Emirates are dominated by Islam. As a tourist magnet, Dubai is quite tolerant of the western lifestyle, so there is usually not much to adapt to. However, some differences should be noted.
  • In general, a Western style of clothing is completely unproblematic as long as the clothing is not offensively revealing. Swimwear is worn on the beach. Nudism is strictly forbidden.
  • In cultural institutions and government buildings, you should dress a little more conservatively than usual. It is recommended to cover shoulders and knees.
  • When visiting mosques , it is compulsory to cover yourself with loose, long clothing and take off your shoes. This applies to both sexes. in the mosque Women are also required to wear a headscarf .

Alcohol and Drugs in Dubai

You can not buy alcohol in Dubai except at the airport . You also have to apply for a license to buy alcohol, otherwise you are liable to prosecution. Only licensed restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol. As such, alcohol is often only available in 4° and 5° hotels , so most of the bars and clubs are located there. For drinking and driving, the tolerance limit is 0%. Intoxicated behavior in public is prohibited. The possession and consumption of any other drug except tobacco is not permitted and will be severely punished.

Public behavior on Dubai vacation

In general, it is not advisable to cause any kind of nuisance in public. Insults and curses are forbidden and can result in high penalties. The same applies to verbally or physically harassing other people or taking photographs without being asked. Criticism of Islam or the government is strictly forbidden. Couples are allowed to hold hands and hug. Anything beyond that should preferably not be done in public. Legally, romantic relationships outside of marriage are not allowed at all, but this is usually rarely controlled. Homosexuality must not be practiced in public.

Note : Please note that cameras are placed on every corner in Dubai. Even if you don't feel like you're being watched, it's highly recommended that you always follow the rules of conduct.

Ramadan in Dubai

The fasting month of Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and is the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Tourists are by no means obliged to fast, but out of respect for Muslims who are fasting, Dubai generally prohibits anyone from eating or drinking in public during this time between sunrise and sunset. Even chewing gum is not allowed and can result in fines or jail time. However, many restaurants and food courts in the malls are also open to non-Muslims during the day. These can usually be recognized by the privacy screen in front of the windows and doors. Ramadan is a quiet time in Dubai, with little celebration and noise avoided as much as possible. To break the fast (“Iftar”), however, festive buffets with Arabic and international specialties are provided in many restaurants.

Pirate Tip : Many reputable luxury hotels slash their prices significantly during the Ramadan period, especially when Ramadan falls on a hot summer month. At this time you can save a lot on your Dubai vacation.

Transportation & Getting Around in Dubai

Dubai is a big city and unfortunately not that easy to explore on foot. In some districts, e.g. Areas such as Marina and Downtown are fine for walking in the winter, but transportation is required to get from district to district. Luckily that's not a problem in Dubai.

Use the metro on your Dubai vacation

The state-of-the -art and fully automated Dubai Metro is the pride of the city. The metro stations, which are modeled after the shape of traditional ships (“dhows”), are already an eye-catcher. If you get on the metro at the very front, you have an amazing view of the city. Trains are clean and air-conditioned and usually run every few minutes. The main Red Line runs along Sheikh Zayed Road and the Green Line runs through Bur Dubai and Deira. A third line is currently being built for EXPO 2020. A single ticket costs between 3.50 and 10 dirhams, i.e. between €0.70 and €2.50.

Other public transport

In addition to the metro, there are also a few bus lines in Dubai and the tram in Marina . However, these are quite special in their destinations, so you probably don't have to drive them on vacation.

Taxi in Dubai

It may well happen that you do not always reach your destination directly by public transport. Then you can take a taxi , because these are also cheap in Dubai. The taximeter starts at 5 dirhams, which is less than €1.50. Even a long distance usually costs well under 100 dirhams, i.e. less than 25€ . You can save more by first taking the metro and then taking a taxi from the station to your destination.

Uber and Careem

If you prefer to be driven in a fancy Lexus , you can simply order an Uber or Careem instead of a taxi. The latter is a very similar functioning app in the Gulf region. If you already have Uber installed on your phone, you don't have to download Careem separately, as the prices usually don't differ much. The fares are a little higher for both apps than for conventional taxis , but you have a nicer car and can follow the journey yourself via the GPS . This is especially useful if you don't know exactly where you are or can't describe exactly where you want to go. With the apps you can simply click on the GPS map.

Rental car for Dubai vacation

Of course, if you're planning to explore a little more of the United Arab Emirates on your own, hiring a car while on holiday is a good idea - especially as petrol is much cheaper in Dubai than in Europe. In our rental car search you will find numerous offers, whereby we recommend that you " comprehensive insurance without excess " as your insurance. choose

Eating and drinking in Dubai vacation

A holiday in Dubai means you have a wide range of excellent restaurants to choose from. The luxurious options in the 5° hotels have salty prices, but the good news is that there is something for every budget. is recommended Here, of course, the Arabic cuisine , which is also excellent in many middle-class restaurants and takeaways. Even in upscale restaurants, Arabic dishes are often cheaper than other specialties.

Some of our favorite Arabic cuisine restaurants in Dubai:

  1. Abd El Wahab, Souk Al Bahar (Downtown) – Perfect view of the fountain show
  2. Siraj, Souk Al Bahar (Downtown) - Best moutabal and stylish ambiance
  3. Operation Falafel (many locations) - Cheap fast food, but fresh and tasty
  4. Seven Sands (JBR) - Traditional Emirati specialties
  5. Special Ostadi (Bur Dubai) – Cheap but very good kebabs in a simple atmosphere

If you don't like the Arabic cuisine or you just need a little variety, you don't have to worry. Classics such as Italian or Thai cuisine can be found on every corner. Even many lesser-known cuisines are represented, such as Peruvian or Uzbek . These can be expensive or cheap depending on the restaurant.

How to go on a cheap holiday in Dubai: Our tips

Have you been wanting to travel to United Arab Emirates Dubai, but worried that the experience will make a huge dent in your wallet? Don't worry, it doesn't have to be. , Dubai invites With lavish hotels and decadent experiences you to spend money, but there is another way. Here are a few pirate-strong insider tips on how to enjoy your holiday in Dubai on a budget.

Cheap accommodation in Dubai

It doesn't have to be the Burj Al Arab! There are more than just 5° hotels in Dubai. If you don't need the luxury, you can book a simpler 3° or 4° hotel.

(In)priceable view in Dubai

You want an amazing view of Dubai, but the ticket for the Burj Khalifa is too expensive for you? As mentioned above, you should definitely book the combination breakfast and sunrise offer, which is available for every Friday and Saturday and costs no more than a conventional ticket - meaning you practically get breakfast for free with your ticket. It is advisable to book online in advance.

As an alternative, you can skip the observation deck and a great view of Dubai's skyline enjoy while having a drink or dinner in many places. The highlight? You can only see a skyline with the Burj Khalifa if you are not inside the Burj.

Our travel tips for a great view of the Burj Khalifa:

  1. Tree House – Taj Hotel (Business Bay)
  2. Tomo – Raffles Hotel (Wafi Mall)
  3. Luna Sky Bar – Four Seasons Hotel (DIFC)
  4. Good Morning – Souk Al Bahar (Downtown)

Tips for cheap trips from Dubai

The best way to experience something on vacation and spend little money is to get away from Dubai once in a while. The United Arab Emirates are home to far more sights than just Dubai. In addition, the gas prices are so cheap that it definitely makes sense to rent a car. Many apps help you to avoid the toll roads as far as possible.

Abu Dhabi

For example, you can take a trip to Abu Dhabi the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque for free. and see


The natural landscape in Fujairah is also worth visiting. Fujairah is particularly good for diving.

Al Ain

The country's culture and history can be at the Al Ain Fort . explored

Ras Al Khaimah

The rugged backdrops of the Al Wadi Desert and Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah are perfect for trekking.

Shopping in Dubai vacation

With the countless malls in Dubai you are spoiled for choice when shopping, but in general the prices in Dubai are significantly higher than in Europe. So it's best to keep an eye out for sale offers . During the well-known Dubai Shopping Festival in January, prices in shops go down, but this season hotel prices are quite high. However, there are also very often offers for specific occasions, such as B. Ramadan and Eid . So you can keep your eyes open.

Cheap food and drink in Dubai

If you want to save money, you should stay away from 5° hotels and visit smaller restaurants, for example in the malls or on the beach promenades . However, you should note that many of these restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol.

Of course we recommend the Arabic cuisine . Not only can you save money, you can also discover the culinary side of Arabic culture during your Dubai vacation.

You also really want to go to a Friday brunch , but you don't want to pay around 150€ per person for the most popular venues? There are cheap alternatives here, too, which often cost less than half as much. The legendary Party Brunch Candypants at Al Habtoor Grand Hotel (Marina) or the British-inspired Double Decker Brunch at Roda Al Murooj Hotel (Downtown) are good examples.

If you are staying in Dubai as a couple for more than 2 to 3 weeks and would like to eat several times a day in upscale restaurants, you should buy the entertainer app . The money that you spend on this is through the discounts . quickly recouped

In the United Arab Emirates there is a 50% tax on sweet drinks such as Coca-Cola and a 100% tax on tobacco products and energy drinks . Therefore, you can save a lot of money if you do without it on your holiday in Dubai.

Drink cheap alcohol in Dubai

Alcohol is strictly regulated and highly taxed, so you have to expect horrendous prices here. However, we have a few insider tips for your vacation in Dubai.

Women in particular can drink alcohol for free practically every night in Dubai. The popular concept of Ladies' Night is widespread throughout Dubai and takes place every day of the week in different bars and clubs. Most ladies' nights are held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, but there are also some on Sundays and Mondays. There is either free-flowing sparkling wine or other up to a certain time, a certain number of free drinks or discounts on drinks and/or food for all women. No matter which model is offered, you can definitely save a lot. Since admission to almost all clubs in Dubai is free, women can often party for free at Ladies' Night. It's a little trickier for men, but some bars and clubs have embraced the Gentlemen's Night concept , while others offer men's discounts on Ladies' Night.

Must Do for Ladies' Night : You absolutely have to go to Pier 7 in Dubai Marina . There is a restaurant or bar on each floor of the seven-story building. At least four of these take part in Ladies' Night every Tuesday, offering three free drinks each for women . A fantastic view of the Marina Skyline is free for both sexes.