Dubai, a bustling cosmopolitan of the Middle East, is an epitome of splendour, glamour and extravagance. This modern city of high rises, themed malls, world class resorts and Spas is flocked by millions of visitors each year. A microcosm of diverse cultures, experiences and food, Dubai has something in store for everyone. However, the luxurious brilliance of the city shouldn't scare away budget travellers as there are numerous options to suit each pocket. Visiting the famous attractions, spending a day at the beach, walking around glitzy Marina or witnessing the beauty of dancing fountains; there is so much fun one can have in Dubai spending so little.

Top attractions of Dubai like the Desert safari or an Abra ride have budget versions for those who do not want to spend much. While on one hand Dubai offers most extravagant and lavish places to stay, on the other hand there is no paucity of neat and clean, comfortable properties that fit into your budget. With an efficient and convenient public transportation system comprising of metro, buses, taxis and Abra, exploring Dubai is not so expensive. A deluge of cheap shopping and reasonable delectable local cuisines makes Dubai a hot favourite with budget travellers too.

Dubai On A Budget

Dubai On A Budget

2 Days & 1 Nights
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An Adventurous Start
Desert Safari
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Tour And Dine In Style
Dubai City Tour
Dhow Dinner Cruise
Quintessentially Dubai Package

Quintessentially Dubai

4 Days & 3 Nights
Budget Honeymoon Family
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The Best Of Dubai
Burj Khalifa
Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Fountain
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City Tour And A Safari
Dubai City Tour
Desert Safari
Day 3
All-Day Fun In Dubai
Dubai Parks & Resort One Day One Park Pass
Dubai Dhow Cruise
Day 4
A Chill-Day
Ski Dubai
Mall of Emirates - Shopping & Leisure
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So Long, Dubai
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Classic Dubai Package

Classic Dubai Package

4 Days & 3 Nights
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Cruise In Style
Dhow Dinner Cruise
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Explore Dubai And Ride Into The Desert
Dubai City Tour
Desert Safari
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The Views & Waters
Burj Khalifa
Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Fountain
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So Long, Dubai
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Contemporary Dubai Package

Contemporary Dubai Package

4 Days & 3 Nights
Family Budget Honeymoon
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Cruise In Style
Dhow Dinner Cruise
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Dubai On Tour And Safari
Dubai City Tour
Desert Safari
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Modern Dubai
Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Frame
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Dubai if you are looking for good deals?
Summer months from April to October are an offseason for Dubai. You can get very good deals around that time.
When are flights to Dubai the cheapest?
You can find lowest airfares to Dubai from June to October. Book at least 3-4 weeks in advance.
What is the best mode of transport in Dubai if you are on a budget?
Metro is a cheap and easy way to commute in Dubai.
Which mall caterers to budget shoppers?
There are many malls like Dragon Mart and Dubai Outlet Mall that cater to budget shoppers
Are there attractions which can be visited for free?
Many attractions like Dubai Fountain, Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Dino Display and others can be enjoyed for free in Dubai
Are there low cost versions of popular experiences in Dubai?
Yes, most popular activities have a low-cost version. We have handpicked these low-cost yet well-reviewed experiences and included them in our budget packages.
Are there affordable food options in Dubai?
Dubai has many food courts, restaurants and street food available at very affordable rates.
Which are the cheap supermarkets in Dubai?
Carrefour, Geant hypermarket, Lulu Hypermarket and Union Coop are some of the cheap supermarkets in Dubai.
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Discover Dubai Like Never Before

Our careful compilation of the must-do experiences in the city promises an indelible vacation. While most Dubai packages bundle your flights, hotels and itinerary; we believe in giving you the privilege to fly on your budget and stay in your style. From swanky Airbnbs to snazzy hotels; we think choosing an accommodation that suits your personality makes all the difference. The very same goes for flights! Why travel in economy when you can travel luxuriously on an Emirates flight?

Headout’s expertise lies in curating local experiences with the best reputed vendors in the city. We guarantee you won’t find these local experiences on any other Dubai package online and that’s what makes us different.

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Things To Do In Dubai On A Budget

There are several interesting things one can do in Dubai even when you are on a budget. Here are a few of them,

Dubai Frame

Enjoy the most stunning views of the splendid skyline of Dubai in World’s largest photo frame. From the top you can have stunning panoramic view of the city and the waters down below. Combining technology, animations and holographic effects with traditional music, Dubai Frame is a must visit attraction.

Dubai Dolphinarium

Be a part of fun and adventure at Dubai Dolphinarium as you have a close and personal encounter with the incredible dolphins. If you're looking for a great family fun time, this unique experience is a must include in your itinerary.

Abra Ride

A scenic cruise along the Dubai Water Canal on a traditional Arabic boat, called Abra is a great way to relax. You can witness the iconic landmarks of Dubai and absorb the pulse of this amazing city as you cruise gently on the waves.

Dubai Garden Glow

A huge themed park, Garden Dubai Glow, has a unique perspective on environment consciousness. Artists from all over the world have put together incredible elements with millions of energy-saving light bulbs and yards of recycled fabrics. The sparkling garden weaves its magical charm after sunset.

Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi, intricately designed is a magnificent example of Arabian architecture and craftsmanship. Blended with contemporary setting, the palace has a facade made of white granite and limestone.

Flying Cup

A one of its kind, unique experience, that lifts you to a 40m high platform with breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai. Witnessing the popular landmarks of Dubai like the Beach, JBR, Burj Al Arab, etc. you can capture fabulous selfies with iconic backdrops in town.

Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions is one of the city’s latest family-friendly attractions. You enter a fascinating world of 80 mind-boggling exhibits that leave you completely in awe. A truly amazing and unimaginable experience.

Dubai Opera House Tour

The remarkable Dhow shaped Dubai Opera House building is one of the most iconic cultural destinations of Dubai. A tour to Dubai Opera House takes you through great architectural work embellished with exclusive artworks and sculptures.

Dubai Fountain Show & Traditional Abra Lake Ride

Witnessing the mesmerising dancing fountain show at the Dubai mall as you cruise on a traditional water taxi, Abra, is one of the most beautiful experiences to enjoy in Dubai.

Dubai City Tour

To get a feel of the city witnessing the main landmarks and learning interesting historical facts and stories, one must take Half Day Dubai City Tour. Taking you through city's most picturesque palaces and residential areas, the tour gives a great introduction to the city.

Tips & Hacks For Budget Travelers In Dubai

There are many ways of saving bucks on travel just by following a few simple tips. Here are some for you,

  • Plan your trip in Off-season. Barring the cooler weather months from October to March, you can get great deals on hotels and airfares. With loads of indoor activities coupled with a drop in temperatures in early mornings and evenings, it is not a bad idea to consider summer months for visiting Dubai.
  • Using the metro to commute turns out to be a reasonable option both in terms of saving costs and avoiding traffic jams.
  • There are many budget friendly apartments and hostels in Dubai which can save you big bucks.
  • Staying close to Metro station helps save on last mile conveyance expense.
  • You can replace eating out every evening with picking up food or ingredients from supermarkets.
  • There are many attractions and experiences like walking around Marina, enjoying the musical fountains or being on the beach etc.that come for free or at very little cost
  • Dubai has malls for budget shoppers. You can find some great offers at Dragon Mart, Dubai Outlet Mall and a few more.
  • You can easily explore the city on your own with internet by your side. Avoid hiring a private guide.
  • While booking tours like desert safari, check out various operators. There are some very reasonable ones.

Visa Formalities For Dubai

People from different nationalities have to satisfy different criteria to get a valid tourist visa for Dubai. Your original passport should have a validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Dubai and you should have confirmed round trip airline tickets.

If you are from one of the countries approved for Visa on arrival, you will be granted your Visa upon your arrival in Dubai.

Others if travelling by Emirates/Etihad, need to apply on the airline’s website or else apply at Dubai Visa Processing Centre. You make an appointment with DVPC, fill in the application, pay submit application fee and required documents. Once the application is processed successfully, you get your visa and passport.

Best Places To Stay In Dubai On A Budget

Eat A Cheap, Yet Amazing Meal In Dubai

Dubai is full of eating places serving a variety of cuisines. It is not difficult to find excellent places suiting different budgets. Here are some popular affordable restaurants with high consumer rating,

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