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Cheap and Cheerful: Dubai on a Budget

The United Arab Emirates is one of the richest countries in the world and Dubai is known for being, ‘The Millionaire’s Playground,’ but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice holiday or staycation in Dubai without having to take out a mortgage to cover it.

There are plenty of cheap hotels in Dubai which are brilliant value for money and in excellent locations. The real trick is know what to look for.

Location

Dubai has plenty of great hot spots around the city and your goal is to try and get as close as possible to them. A prime location in Dubai is Downtown Dubai because that’s where the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa are but you’ll be paying for that prime location. Try to look for Bur Dubai and Deira. You’ll usually find cheaper hotels in these locations and their proximity to Downtown Dubai means you’re only a short taxi or metro ride to some of the best spots in Dubai. You can always keep an eye out for deals in Jumeirah or near the Marina for great access to Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai’s Gold Souk.

Budget

Hotel prices in Dubai can vary wildly. You can have anything from a week’s stay at a nice hotel for around 850 AED (£170) all the way to a one night stay in the mega luxurious seven-star Burj Al Arab for 5,000 AED (£1,000). So, finding the right range for your budget is important. Save money on the hotel and you can treat yourself a bit more while you’re enjoying Dubai.

Amenities

Finding the right hotel for your needs can sometimes be the hardest part. You’ve got the location and budget set but now you need to make sure you’ve got everything you need. All hotels will come with air conditioning as standard so look for extras like free wifi, breakfast, a restaurant, hotel busses, access to a gym and a pool. These little extras can really make a difference to the value you’re getting for your money, you can save money on taxis by taking the hotel bus to the beach, for instance. So, think wisely about it and try to get as much bang for your buck as possible.

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