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Experience Dubai but a sheik’s bill by visiting off-season

October 3rd, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • With Dubai it is easy to design a glitz and resources of a Arab city, though it doesn’t have to cost we a tiny fortune
  • Visit off-season, between June and August, to take advantage of a slashed prices in a glamorous hotels
  • Book tickets online in allege to see a tip of a world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and save some money

Belinda Archer For Mailonline

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Think Dubai, and visions of blingy bullion taps, preposterously lush seven-star hotels and festive selling malls open to mind. 

The thought of it being ‘affordable’ seems totally discordant to a standing as a Las Vegas of a Arab world.

But there is, happily, a approach of doing Dubai that doesn’t repairs your wallet too much. You unequivocally can revisit this singular United Arab Emirates finish though carrying to sell all your camels.

Arabian adventure: Belinda headed to Dubai to find usually how to knowledge a treasures of a Arab nation, though violation a bank in a process. She is graphic here with a camel from her desert safari tour

Arabian adventure: Belinda headed to Dubai to find usually how to knowledge a treasures of a Arab nation, though violation a bank in a process. She is graphic here with a camel from her desert safari tour

The super-stylish Vida hotel in Downtown Dubai has been dubbed Dubai’s initial boutique offering. It is a singular oasis of cool, minimalist, engineer interiors, with not a bullion daub in sight The super-stylish Vida hotel in Downtown Dubai has been dubbed Dubai’s initial boutique offering. It is a singular oasis of cool, minimalist, engineer interiors, with not a bullion daub in sight

Discounted digs: The super-stylish Vida hotel in Downtown Dubai has been dubbed Dubai’s initial boutique offering. It is a minimalistic hotel though a bullion daub in steer – with bedrooms accessible for a bonus in off-season

The initial thing to do is to go off-season, between Jun and August.

During a summer months hotels condense their prices, mostly by as many as 50 per cent – and while it competence be clothes-drenchingly, energy-sappingly prohibited then, a feverishness is ideally docile if we keep to a shade or indoors, where a air-conditioning is ferocious.

I stayed in Downtown Dubai in a slinky, super-stylish Vida hotel, dubbed Dubai’s initial boutique offering. It is a singular oasis of cool, minimalist, engineer interiors, with not a bullion daub in steer – and, notwithstanding being four-star, cost usually 699 AED (approx. £112) per room per night for dual people, breakfast included.

On my initial day we went shopping. Dubai is, after all, a tellurian collateral of retail, and we headed for a Dubai Mall – a biggest mall in a world, no less, with over 1200 outlets. 

The choice is eye-watering — each possible general high travel name is there, from Bloomingdales to Galeries Lafayette — though beware of a prices. 

I checked out some UK stores including Jigsaw and New Look (I was on a budget, remember), and prices seemed to be like-for-like with behind home.

If we get your timing right, however, we can bag some tip deals. Dubai has lots of sales and selling festivals, such as Dubai Summer Surprises between 2 Aug to 5 September, when there are outrageous discounts, giveaways and bargains to be snaffled. 

There are fender sales during Eid too, a three-day jubilee during a finish of Ramadan, when we competence collect adult a cut-price engineer purse or jewel-encrusted watch.

All we bought during my mall revisit was a commemoration retard of camel chocolate (camel divert is a arrange of heavier, some-more buttery chronicle of cow’s milk, and surprisingly delicious) for 29AED (just underneath £5) and a camelccino that we slurped on as we strolled around.

Not for a faint-hearted: A revisit to a world's tallest building, a Burj Khalifa is a must-do knowledge while in Dubai. Book online to save a bit of money

Not for a faint-hearted: A revisit to a world’s tallest building, a Burj Khalifa is a must-do knowledge while in Dubai. Book online to save a bit of money

Burj Khalifa stands conduct and shoulders above other buildings in Dubai and a rest of a universe during a whopping 2722 feet high

Burj Khalifa stands conduct and shoulders above other buildings in Dubai and a rest of a universe during a whopping 2722 feet high

You don't have to stay during a costly Burj Al Arab in Dubai to knowledge a glitz of Dubai Embark on a dried safari to see delights of whirling dervishes with their neon bright skirts

You don’t have to stay during a costly Burj Al Arab in Dubai (left) to knowledge a glitz of Dubai. Embark on an affordable dried safari to see delights including whirling dervishes spinning in their neon-lit skirts (right)

Aside from a shopping, Dubai is all about skyscrapers of course, so while there we have to go adult a Burj Khalifa, a world’s tallest building. 

This is not too pricey: if we book in allege online it usually costs 125 AED (about £20), while it is 400 AED for evident entrance on a day, so devise ahead.

A lift whizzes we adult 124 floors in reduction than a notation to At The Top, a giddy observation height that is, in fact, not At The Top during all though usually two-thirds of a approach up. You can still see 360-degree dizzy-making views of Dubai and, if it is not too hazy, we can make out a whole of a Palm Jumeirah.

The subsequent day we gifted a Dubai institution: a Friday Brunch – a value-for-money, eat-all-you-can-fit buffet-style banquet. 

Research affordable places to have a famous Dubai brunch, that can be a value-for-money, eat-all-you-can-fit buffet-style party if we do your research. Pictured is Vida's Urban Picnic Sample a Belinda's camelccino constructed with camel milk

Research affordable places to have a famous Dubai brunch, that can be a value-for-money, eat-all-you-can-fit buffet-style party if we do your research. Pictured is Vida’s Urban Picnic (left) and with Belinda’s camelccino (right)

All a large hotels have a movement on a theme, and we checked out Vida’s magnificent, unconstrained Urban Picnic, featuring mounds of feathery pastries and zesty salads and scrummy pizza, all for a really reasonable £35pp.

Food is not inexpensive in Dubai but, once again, in a summer months many hotels supplement nominal half house upgrades, so timing your revisit is key.

If we imagination something cultural, we suggest a bumper, discount evening’s Emirati party out in a Arabian desert. 

I went on Galaxia Tours’ ‘desert safari’, that total dune-bashing (4x4s with hurl bars pushing during speed opposite a dunes and generally flinging we around), with shisha-smoking (a glass-bottomed H2O siren with fruit-flavoured tobacco; a best is a apple-infused shisha, though beware since a whole event packs a punch homogeneous to smoking 200 cigarettes) and a tiny light camel-riding.

Thrill-seeking adventure: Visitors can go dune bashing in 4x4 vehicles with hurl bars that expostulate during speed across a desert

Thrill-seeking adventure: Visitors can go dune bashing in 4×4 vehicles with hurl bars that expostulate during speed across a desert

For a tiny £25 we get a full evening's entertainment, followed by a Bedouin-style stay night underneath a stars with belly-dancing and a smorgasboard feast

For a tiny £25 we get a full evening’s entertainment, followed by a Bedouin-style stay night underneath a stars with belly-dancing and a smorgasboard feast

The Galaxia debate even includes a possibility to suffer a bit of light camel riding. Belinda is graphic during a front

The Galaxia debate even includes a possibility to suffer a bit of light camel riding. Belinda is graphic during a front

The night finished during a Bedouin-style stay where we was treated to some belly-dancing, a masculine whirling dervish, finish with neon-lit skirts, and a hulk smorgasboard feast featuring internal delicacies such as baba ganoush, falafel, and piles of grilled meats. 

All this for usually 105 AED or £25 per person, incompatible alcohol. A discount indeed.

You don’t have to skip out on all of Dubai’s smarter night-life options, however. 

On my final night we dressed adult and checked out a renouned Neos, a glossy cocktail bar located on a 63rd building of The Address, that has gorgeous views of a bright Dubai skyline. 

Their signature Level 63 is a commendably proud mix of vodka, orange and elderflower, and was usually AED60 (£9.50).

No, Dubai, a contentious City of Gold, is not accurately inexpensive – this is a many costly finish in a Middle East, after all – though there are bargains to be had and it does validate as an ‘affordable luxury’ destination. 

I managed to come home with some unspent dirhams, despite usually a tiny handful.

TRAVEL FACTS 

For some-more information about Dubai call Dubai Tourism on 020 7321 6110 or revisit www.definitelydubai.com

For a hotel stay during Vida Downtown Dubai, revisit a website for some-more details.

For a dried safari, see a website of Galaxia Tours. 

Virgin Atlantic flies daily to Dubai from London Heathrow. Economy fares start from £555 per chairman including all germane taxes. 

For some-more information call 0344 2092770 or revisit www.virgin-atlantic.com

Meet and Greet automobile parking London Heathrow from £96.90 for 8 days. Book with www.holidayextras.co.uk

 

 


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