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Tips to plan a budget trip to Dubai

Irrespective of whether it is for business or pleasure, Dubai will definitely be on the bucket list for most people. A lot of people travel from Chennai to Dubai every year. Dubai is a beautiful and enchanting city in the UAE but is definitely a bit expensive. From the towering Burj Khalifa to the Miracle Garden, amusement parks, souks and the impressive Dubai Mall, there is much to do and see here. However, with some smart planning, you can enjoy Dubai to your heart’s content on a limited budget! So, make a cheap Chennai to Dubai flight booking and take a look at these cool tips.  

Plan in advance  

You must remember that everything about a vacation costs much higher in the last minute. This is true for travel tickets, hotel stays and other sightseeing costs. Therefore, plan your trip well ahead of time and make bookings when there are sales/offers happening. This way, you can save a huge chunk of money during the trip.

Look for affordable stays

When you have a long day of sightseeing and shopping planned, booking expensive hotels is going to be absolutely wasteful. Choose budget hotels, smaller motels or even serviced apartments for your stay. Many of these have great locations near metro stations too! Even if this means you cannot enjoy the luxury of star hotels, you can save money and use it to shop. A smart option would be to book your tickets and hotels online on Yatra.com at least 2-3 months in advance and make use of the discount deals to save money and get cashback offers.

Ditch cabs

Dubai is well-connected via metro and this is a much cheaper way to travel. Cabs are very expensive and unless absolutely needed, do not opt for them. You can check the routes and metro timings online and visit all parts of Dubai comfortably. For shorter distances, shared bikes are a great option too. You can rent these for local sightseeing or for grabbing a quick lunch or dinner.

Pick the right tourist attractions

All tourist destinations make most of their money from the entry tickets you pay. Have a pre-decided budget on how much you want to spend on such attractions. Based on this, try and identify ones that are worth the price paid. Also, when you book these entry tickets online, they are usually cheaper.  

There are also a lot of free attractions you can spend time in, including the Dubai Mall, the Marina, the Dubai Fountain at the foot of the Burj, the Camel Museum etc. Taking pictures of the stunning 830 metres tall Burj at night will also cost you nothing! Check out the free traditional souks to admire exotic spices and beautiful gold ornaments as well. The entry tickets for Miracle Garden, where everything is made with colourful flowers, are reasonable too.      

Smart shopping  

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping center. You will find several such impressive and shining malls and shopping streets all around. These are great for window-shopping. However, if you actually want to buy something, stay away from Dubai Downtown and head over to Old Dubai. You will find a lot of affordable restaurants, stores and shopping destinations here. The Karama market is a cheaper option to buy souvenirs and gifts back home. The Dubai Outlet Mall is also a great place to find deals and discounts all through the year.

So, make your Chennai to Dubai flight booking and hotel booking in advance and choose comfort and savings over luxury. This way, your trip will definitely be enjoyable and within your budget!