Written By: Jessica Dennis
Dubai. The luxurious city-state of the UAE, where a man-made island shaped like a palm tree is a real thing, where cops drive Bugatti’s and where the wealthiest come to play.
The most common reason I hear why people don’t travel to Dubai, is because of the price. A 12-14 hour flight, food, accommodations and leisure expenses can seem a bit daunting, but with the right planning you can stop at all the main attractions and still stick within your budget. I made sure to hit the most talked about spots in the most economic way and left knowing that I had experienced Dubai to the fullest, and you can too!
This is probably one of, if not the most talked about building, being that it’s the tallest freestanding structure in the world! Day or night, the Burj Khalifa leaves you speechless. You can pay to go up to the top, but taking photos in front of the building are just as stunning. At night the Burj is lit up in sparkles that reflect off the water, so I recommend making your way back for dinner time.
The Dubai Fountain
It’s no surprise that Dubai takes the cake for having the worlds largest choreographed fountain. Below the Burj Khalifa and outside the Dubai Mall, this spectacular water show makes the Bellagio look like child’s play! The water, music and light spectacle is a must and you can stop at so many other touristy spots and delicious restaurants since you’re right in downtown Dubai.
Burj Al Arab
Another world’s greatest, The Burj Al-Arab is the world’s tallest hotel, standing on its own artificial island on the Dubai coast. It was designed to look like a sailboat’s sail and has a beautiful light show at night. I visited this location during the day and lay on the beach with the Burj Al Arab as my view. Not too shabby!
The Dubai Mall is the 19th largest mall in the world. From the Dubai Aquarium, to an ice rink and gaming zone, the mall is packed with jaw dropping sights, stores and stories to take home with you.
Cove Beach is a Vegas style pool party with a view of the Burj Al Arab. They offer an all day package, which includes two rounds of passed appetizers and unlimited drinks, so you only have to pull out that wallet once, then relax like royalty. If you’re looking to lounge by the beach and pool on a budget, then this is definitely for you!
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
I was really interested in learning more about the culture of the UAE, so seeing one of the world’s largest mosques was on my list of must’s. The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is about 2.5 hours from Dubai, but definitely worth the drive. It looks beautiful in pictures, but to see it in person was awing. 24 caret gold chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet, are just a few of the intricate and unbelievable designs to see.
Sheikh Zayed Road
Taking a drive down Sheikh Zayed Road makes you feel like you’ve teleported into a futuristic world. This is home to Dubai’s modern downtown business district. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap some pictures of the eight-lane highway surrounded by towering glass, chrome and steel high-rises!
ATV in the Desert
There are countless ‘adventure seeker’ experiences in Dubai, but riding an ATV in the Arabian desert was by far one of the most exhilarating experiences. There are hundreds of locations offering Quad and ATV tours, so just pick the one that fits within your budget and has positive reviews.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Walk in and smell the flowers at world’s largest natural flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden. They have little stands with snacks and trinkets, but 360 degrees of natural beauty is the main event. There’s even a life-sized Eremites plane made entirely out of flowers!