Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Self-Plan a Leisure Trip to Dubai?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Dubai Burj Khalifa
Photo Credit : Pixabay
Thinking to self-plan a trip to Dubai ? Not sure where to start?
You have come to the right place.

Note : I am an avid traveler and below is my own research and plan that I executed.

The best advantage of self-planning a trip is you save 30%-50% of the cost that you would end up incurring if you go through a travel agent:

Best time to visit Dubai?

Winter is the best time to visit Dubai
Winter starts from November to March. This would also be the peak season and hence most expensive.
To save costs, it would be a good idea to visit in October or early April.

How to reach Dubai?

Dubai has one of the busiest airports in the world and has direct flights from almost every part of the world.

You can search flights to Dubai here.

Where to stay in Dubai?

The best place to stay in Dubai is near a Metro Station since you can easily catch a metro and travel to other places. After some research we decided to stay near GGICO Metro station at the Hotel Le Meridien Fairway. Click here to book the same. Hotel Le Meridien Fairway is an excellent business hotel which is very near to the airport.

Search All Hotels in Dubai here.

How to travel within Dubai?

Dubai has excellent metro service. See the Dubai Metro Map.

There are various passes which you can buy depending on the duration of your stay. Click here to see the options and fares. We bought the Silver NOI card during our trip.

Dubai has plenty of taxis whose rates are fixed. Taxi is a good option to reach places where metro doesn't operate.

What to Do/See in Dubai?

We stayed in Dubai for 4 Nights and we pre-booked the below tours before reaching Dubai. It was very convenient and we could do enough due diligence to choose the tours of our taste.
  • Dubai Desert Safari. Click Here to book!
  • Burj Khalifa Level 124,125 and 148. Click Here to book!
  • Dubai Dolphinarium : Dolphin and Seal Shows. Click Here to book!
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo . Click Here to book!
If you want to consider other sightseeing options, Click Here or see the popular tours below:

Apart from the above tours, we visited the below :
  • Local Markets such as Gold Souk and Spice Souk.
  • Malls such as Dubai Mall, Ibn Batuta Mall.
  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Hotel. 
  • The Observatory, Marriot 52nd Floor. Click Here to visit the website. This is must visit just before the sunset since you get awesome views of the Palm Island and you can drink during Happy Hours.
    View from the Observatory, Marriot 52nd Floor.

Dubai City Guide

Lonely Planet has good city guide for Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Click Here to buy the same.

I hope, this article will help you to plan and explore Dubai in a relaxed manner!
Enjoy the Man made Paradise!