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Since it rose from the desert sands to become a global icon of world tourism, Dubai has been synonymous with luxury. To that enviable reputation, seasoned travellers are now adding another epithet: value for money.
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Architecturally stunning, ultra-modern hotels such as The Burj Al Arab, the Address Downtown Dubai and the Armani radiate effortless luxury and refinement coupled with levels of service rarely dreamed of, much less encountered. And it comes as no great surprise, then, that such accommodation commands an equally impressive tariff.But while these emblematic wonders encapsulate the vision and energy of this dynamic emirate, they are just a fraction of a fascinating whole.
|Emirates A-380 Economy Gallery Credit: emirates.com|
Dubai is delighted to welcome some 8 million visitors every year, and though each one has a different budget, all are honoured guests.Along with the luxury five star hotels for which it is known, Dubai's hotels from two to four stars also maintain very high standards at affordable prices.This is particularly the case during the summer months, Dubai’s low season. And by staying in the heart of the city, rather than next to the beach or on The Palm, there are even more affordable hotels. Look out as well for some great half-board offers and fantastic all-inclusive packages, such as those offered at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.
|Dubai Mall- Biggest In the World|
So this is not the private playground of myth and legend. Though the impressive shopping malls have no lack of customers for their world-class luxury brands, those seeking a top-quality bargain are spoiled for choice in the Outlet Mall where 260 designers and high-street names offer discounts of up to 70%.Frequent shopping festivals mean that money goes even further with no loss of excellence –and no visit to Dubai would be complete without haggling in one of the many souks scattered across the city.
|Dubai Gold Souk|
In Dubai, many of the hotels have private beaches, but access to the wonderful public beaches and parks is free, while city tours and excursions such as desert safaris are highly affordable. A trip across the creek on a traditional wooden abra costs just 20p, taxi rides are similarly low in cost, and entrance to the Dubai Museum, housed in the impressive 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, costs just 50p. If you feel the urge to splash out, the mesmerising Dubai Aquarium is a must-see and costs a very comfortable £8. The buzzing nightlife also represents fantastic value.
Eating out in Dubai is a pleasure that has been elevated to an art form, and one which is still beset by urban myths. While world-class restaurant brands such as Nobu, The Ivy, Gary Rhodes and Jamie Oliver attract the headlines, there are thousands of eateries throughout the city that offer excellent food at highly competitive prices.In the £10 to £20 price range there is an inexhaustible choice. Try sushi at the Japengo Café or classic Punjabi dishes at the restaurant Ravi. Excellent Pakistani cuisine carries the same price-tag at Karachi Dabar, and the Irish-themed Fibber Magee’s and The Lime Tree Café both offer exciting daily menus.Alternatively you could enjoy a fabulous brunch – a popular dining event at many hotels throughout Dubai.
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Dubai is endlessly fascinating, a modern marvel with ancient roots. Many hotels also offer their guests free entry to their waterparks and booking to go in the summer months can often bring great discounts on accommodation.
Dubai is unmissable, Yet very affordable !
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