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[TravelZoo] 7-Night Dubai Vacation w/Abu Dhabi & Direct Flights

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StealthFinder wrote: Eating in DXB is very cheap if you know where to eat.
Do tell. I'm going to Dubai in two weeks and have been looking for good & cheap places to eat! And I'll take any other recommendations you have too Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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It all depends on where you are staying. City centre is expensive. Any of the market area restaurants are dirt cheap. Karama is another cheap area. Try the local cuisine such as shwarmas. Very yummy and cheap. Don't try the fast foods. They are expensive and just a fad. If you like seafood, this is the place. Superb fresh seafood. Take the time to go to the Seafood terminal. It is something you may never have seen before.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants- ... Dubai.html
p2bc14 wrote: Do tell. I'm going to Dubai in two weeks and have been looking for good & cheap places to eat! And I'll take any other recommendations you have too Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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regardless where you stay, its all pretentious and the local culture is 2 faced
it's a visit once type of place to say i have been there and just check off a destination of the list.
stay anywhere along the monorail stops and you will be good.
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StealthFinder wrote: It all depends on where you are staying. City centre is expensive. Any of the market area restaurants are dirt cheap. Karama is another cheap area. Try the local cuisine such as shwarmas. Very yummy and cheap. Don't try the fast foods. They are expensive and just a fad. If you like seafood, this is the place. Superb fresh seafood. Take the time to go to the Seafood terminal. It is something you may never have seen before.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants- ... Dubai.html
I actually like burger king crispy chicken burgers. Sometimes there is a daily deal so you can try popeyes or burger king. Burgers actually taste good and are not as small as we have here
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Does anyone know some decent budget hotel in Dubai? Is it cheaper to stay in Dubai or Abu dhabi?
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Are you going alone? Have you checked out the options I had? Abu Dhabi is definitely cheaper but you are 90 minutes away minimum. God forbid if there is an accident (and there are several) you will be stuck for hours.
Bur Dubai or even Deira Dubai are cheaper to live in than around the city center. Try AirBnB too or hostels.
bushcrafter wrote: Does anyone know some decent budget hotel in Dubai? Is it cheaper to stay in Dubai or Abu dhabi?
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Dubai is safe. 90% of the people are expats and you have to have a job or else you get deported, within like 30 days. So practically none of the 'interesting' people, like robbers, muggers, mentally handicapped or otherwise handicapped, or aged people.
One interesting thing is the debtors prison, when you get deported you have to pay off all of your debts, or else you get chucked in jail, where you will remain until you can pay off your debts.
I remember wandering around the Nife area (named for Knife) after browsing through the gold souk market, when all of a sudden 10pm arrived and every single store abruptly shut down simultaneously. Then the locals all vanished, and I was wandering around looking for the subway entrance in the dark, and suddenly everyone remaining looked very menacing, and did I mention it's called the Nife district? Ha ha but it was no problem.
One big problem is if you're there during the Ramadan month, because it's law that everyone has to observe it whether you're Muslim or not. (With 90% of the population being expat visitor workers, the locals realized there's a huge risk of their native culture being overwhelmed, hence the law). So that means no food or drink of any kind at all, from sunrise to sunset, not even gum, not even water if you're somewhere hot (everywhere). Basically the month of Ramadan is where everyone gets to experience what it's like to be a poor beggar, except at night you can break the fast (unless you're a beggar, for which Ramadan is like their whole life). It's pretty joyless around the city, everyone is 'hungry and angry'. On the upside, you can usually still eat in the hotel restaurant (with the drapes pulled shut), and the Ski Dubai artificial hill is practically abandoned. Sweet! Don't take it lightly, I knew a guy had the cops called on him for drinking water at the tennis court - he had to make like he was only pouring it on his head to stay cool. Also you want your marriage license in case the cops demand to see it (never happens in the city, but if you wander into the wrong part of town, I hear they are fairly fundamentalist out there). If you get raped you automatically get jail time, because sex out of marriage is a crime, including being raped. The place is loopy by our standards, and keep in mind the Shariah Law is very loosely enforced but if you push it, they are (politely) capable of pushing back.
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2018 Ramadan is mid-May to mid-June. Avoid going during those times. Although a festive time, you will see alot of stores closed mid day and you will not be able to drink water or eat in public during the day.

Been to Dubai twice and i would not go back. Place is great to see once but theres really limited thing you can do/see. Especially on a budget. It's alot of shopping, lots of eating out, and lots of seeing oppulance. It feels like lasvegas without the casinos.
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StealthFinder wrote: Are you going alone? Have you checked out the options I had? Abu Dhabi is definitely cheaper but you are 90 minutes away minimum. God forbid if there is an accident (and there are several) you will be stuck for hours.
Bur Dubai or even Deira Dubai are cheaper to live in than around the city center. Try AirBnB too or hostels.
I'm going with my family. Flight to Abu dhabi seems a little cheaper than Dubai, I've never been to UAE, so don't know much. I'm just looking to find some decent budget friendly hotel. Any suggestion is highly appreciated.
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tark514 wrote:
Been to Dubai twice and i would not go back. Place is great to see once but theres really limited thing you can do/see. Especially on a budget. It's alot of shopping, lots of eating out, and lots of seeing oppulance. It feels like lasvegas without the casinos.

I take it there are not many shopping ‘deals’ to be had then? Just high priced items at regular price?
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blindemboss wrote: I take it there are not many shopping ‘deals’ to be had then? Just high priced items at regular price?
Depends what you're looking for.
Electronics and gold is real cheap
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RFDQ1016 wrote: Depends what you're looking for.
Electronics and gold is real cheap
What about high end Swiss watches. Omega, Tag...etc.
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tark514 wrote: 2018 Ramadan is mid-May to mid-June. Avoid going during those times. Although a festive time, you will see alot of stores closed mid day and you will not be able to drink water or eat in public during the day.

Been to Dubai twice and i would not go back. Place is great to see once but theres really limited thing you can do/see. Especially on a budget. It's alot of shopping, lots of eating out, and lots of seeing oppulance. It feels like lasvegas without the casinos.
Was there in May and this is exactly how I described the trip to my friends. It was an easy 5 day stopover since we were flying with Emirates Air (great experience) to/from Thailand/Singapore but won't ever return.
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Taihou wrote: I heard even the toilet in Dubai is made by gold. Is it true?

Just joking ...
They do have a vending machine that dispenses Gold Bars & Coins in Abu Dhabi. I am serious!

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