DUBAI

Why Dubai?

Dubai is a city of the future. From sky scrapers to mosques, beaches to deserts and pool parties to adrenaline adventures, Dubai offers it all. Hot all year round, regardless of how you want your Dubai trip to look, you’ll find some epic experiences both in and around the city that you don’t have to have a blue tick on instagram to enjoy. Save up, because it’s worth it.

Highlights

"Dubai is a ‘yes’ place. Meet people and split the cost. Want to go on a boat, a desert tour, get a bed at a pool party? The more people you have, the more the cost is divided by."
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Souk Madinat

Combining both new and old Dubai, Souk Madinat is a shopping and culinary destination with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab. Whether you want to mooch around the stalls, watch the sunset or grab some grub, Souk Madinat is a stunning backdrop to do just that!

Downtown Dubai

Home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifia can be found in the centre of downtown. Shop in Dubai mall, have a rooftop drink at The Address Hotel or head for dinner and watch the Burj Khalifa lightshow and fountains with the iconic backdrop.

Kite Beach

Get sand between your toes and bathe in the warm Arabian Gulf. With the Burj Al Arab backdrop, you can run along the 5k running track, kite surf, jet ski or canoe, or even just catch those rays. With many cafes, restaurants and pop up shops to choose from, Kite beach is a great location from morning to night.

Miracle Garden

Head a little north of the city and explore Dubai’s version of a garden centre. With epic flower statues and gardens and outrageous designs, including twirling ballerinas and an aircraft A380. Taking about 2 hours, have a walk around and grab a coffee at the cafe for something a little different to your normal Dubai lifestyle.

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Accommodation

Looking for long term stays? Read our guide below. 

Best areas to live in:

JBR and the Marina is a pretty central location, as well as being easily accessible by metro or taxi. Despite the awful traffic, many young entrepreneurs can find themselves in a one bed apartment for 50,000 – 70,000 (10,000 – 14,000) a year. Expensive, we know. If not, there are lots of cheaper apartments along Sheik Zayed Road, behind Kite Beach that is a major road leading from Downtown to the Marina. If you’re just heading for a holiday, avoid heading to Hostel-world for a cheap shared dormitory. Instead, look to rent an apartment on Air BnB, or look on The Entertainer for some 241 one deals on hotels. Realistically, you’ll be looking to spend a minimum of 60 pounds a night on a room, or split between friends can help split the cost. Head towards Jumeriah Beach Road or Marina for the best accessibility to nearby beaches, alongside food and drinks deals.

If you’re looking for short-term stays:

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Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Taxis
  • Biking

Dubai is a deceptively small city, taking around 40 minutes to get from one side to the other. Dubai is a place where you pick where you want to go and get there; it’s not a walkable city where you can stumble upon somewhere to go. Jump either the metro or the tram to affordably make your way own way across the city. Use the RTA app to buy your ticket and work out your route. Unfortunately, being a new line, it’s not the most direct route and so you may need a taxi to reach your final destination. 

Hope into a Yellow Hala taxi and make your way down the 7-lane highways for a surprisingly reasonable price. Air conditioning, music and no more than a 20-minute drive, taxi’s in Dubai are the way to go.

Unless you’re going for a casual day out in the winter (December-February), don’t expect to cycle around in less than 27 degrees. Hala bikes can be found at different drop off points around the city.

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