How to TRAVEL DUBAI on a BUDGET – Enjoy Luxury CHEAP


Today my mission is to show you that Dubai can actually
be traveled affordably. ♪ Put the place up ♪ ♪ Put my bass up ♪ What’s up guys and welcome to the Dubai
International Airport. If you’ve just arrived here, then you’re probably feeling exhausted, which is exactly why I’ve come here and gotten myself a delicious cappuccino. Now, most of you guys
probably think of Dubai as this luxury travel destination and for some, that’s definitely the case. But today, my mission is to show you that Dubai can actually be
traveled relatively affordably. We have set ourselves a very fine budget of 10 U.S. dollars, let’s see how long it lasts us. So cappuccino was 25? Thee we go, so there’s five, 10, 15, 20, thank you. Thank you very much. Alright, so… ♪ Put the place up ♪ So naturally, if you’ve
just arrived in Dubai, you’re of course, with your luggage, so the first thing we’re gonna wanna do is probably head to your hotel so that you can get rid of all that. The best options are gonna be to either take a taxi, which is actually relatively affordable compared to North America, or to take the Metro system. Very efficient and very cheap, so let’s try that. The Metro system taking
you all the way downtown to the Burj, to the Central District. It’s eight AED or about like, two U.S. dollars, guys. So, so cheap. So efficient. Don’t even bother with a taxi. When traveling, often
your greatest expenses are related to accommodations so I wanted to give you a bit of an idea of where you can get the
best bang for your buck here in Dubai. So there’s two areas that I heard are very cheap and affordable, one we actually stayed in there’s Mankhool and there’s Deira. Now, Mankhool is only about a 50 AED taxi ride away from the airport, the Metro doesn’t run there, but the taxi is so cheap. And the hotel we got was incredible value. Now if you wanna be in
the most happening places and you don’t mind spending
a little bit of extra, you’ve got downtown Dubai, which is next to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, and right across from it,
you have Business Bay Dubai. The third and last one I wanted to mention is JBR and that’s about
a 25 minute drive away. The awesome thing about it is that they’re all connected
by the Metro system which is dirt cheap to use,
incredibly efficient, so don’t be afraid to stay in the JBR area. So I wanted to give you a top tip for a very affordable
activity here in Dubai. To keep your costs low, simply go to your hotel lobby, grab a seat, and just take it in. Maybe see if you can snag
a few complimentary drinks. For me, I need somewhere I can do work, feel comfortable, have
high speed internet, so this place is about 80
U.S. dollars per night. A quick pan around, boom. Look at all the work space. Very, very happy with that, I have high speed internet, and this is the benefit of
not being in the downtown core of Dubai. Katia, do you feel that? It’s the feeling of savings. This temperature right now is about eh, 38 degrees. Very humid. And that’s the reason
there’s very few people in Dubai right now, which means you can save on hotels and experiences. There’s gonna be tons of people trying to sell us stuff
as we go through here. And as far as the eye can see, it is just jewelry store after jewelry. This is my friend here, he sells gold. Is your smile for sale? Because it’s golden. (Katia laughs) Oh my gosh. So this right here is
one of the local areas. It’s outside of downtown Dubai by about 30 minutes in the cab and it’s called Deira. Dee-duh, dee-duh, day-duh? It’s called Deira and Deira is one of the areas
where you can get like, a very cultural Dubai. You look like an assassin. Ooh, it’s actually very pretty. We said yes to a stranger
on the side of the road and here we are. (electronic music) Once you’ve left the Gold Souk, you basically are spat right out into the Spice Souk. And wow, there’s so many smells in here. – It’s a date with coconut and chocolate. Very good. – [Christian] What’s that one? – Harissa curry. – [Katia] I didn’t know
there were so many curries. – Green with pineapple apple blend. – What’s the one that we… – This is like, the most beautiful exotic scent of tea I’ve ever smelt. I just know it’s gonna be amazing. We have to get a little bit. – Yeah. – What is that? (coughing) It kinda felt nice, though. – It clean. – It cleared, it cleaned my nostrils. – Yeah. – I can breathe again. – I wanna get that when I’m sick. – Oh my gosh. That like, immediately cleaned and opened up my sinuses. So just a small walk
away from the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk is the littler river
area that runs through the area known as Deira and on the other side is Bur Dubai, which are kinda like the
old, traditional town. Definitely a very cultural experience to come see this. Hello, sir! Just chilling with the boys. We’re about to cross in the Abra. Next stop… – Venice. – Venice. (laughs) (upbeat electronic music) – So, what I typically do when I’m in an expensive city and I’m really trying to cut costs, I will go to a few choice websites. One of them is Airbnb. If you’re really price sensitive, what you wanna do is you wanna click on the price section here and we can drag it as far
as we can afford to spend. So let’s say we’re really budget, we only have $27 a night. So, I’ve actually found one right here for $13 a night. Now, it is shared, you don’t know who you’re sharing with. I’ve looked at the location here, for $13 plus a two dollar service fee, $15 total, you’re about, what looks to be about 20 minutes outside of downtown Dubai. Not close, not the best location, but you get what you pay for. For $80 a night, a very beautiful apartment and it basically looks like a hotel. Now, I wanted to show you another website that I like to use. It’s called Agoda. So if you take a look here on Agoda, I put in Dubai for one
night starting tonight and if you go here, you can filter by price, by location, you can see on this
map here that we can go all the way to The Palm, or we can go all the way to… My battery’s dying. And we’ll see from our results here that we’ve got what looks
to be Grandma’s little storage room for $10 a night. My computer died. Frick! Apologies for that. I don’t know why I always
wait til my computer’s dead to plug it in but here we are. So one last thing I
wanted to show you is yes, you can go to Agoda,
book cheap hotels there, but one last thing, if you’re a solo traveler in particular, I think hostels are a great place to go. And for that, there’s a website called Hostelworld. It’s like 40 degrees and humid right now, but we’re gonna go and brave it. We’re gonna show you around Dubai, the outside, where nobody
can charge us to see because we are affordable travelers. Let’s go have a look. (upbeat electronic music) Sorry, guys. Just fanning myself with all my savings I’m making right now because it is completely free to be here. But it’s also very hot. One of the really great
things that Dubai has to offer is their shopping but if you’re on a budget, shopping’s not really for you. Nonetheless, I still recommend that even if you’re on a tight budget, check out the Mall. The Mall itself is kind of an attraction. It’s extremely beautiful
from the fountains, the ice skating. I should also mention, it can
be one of the cheaper places to get food. One of the ways to actually eat affordably is actually in the Dubai Mall. There is a huge array of restaurants. You can easily spend a lot, or you can get some Canadian food, like Tim Horton’s and keep costs low. So Katia and I have ordered
ourselves some wraps. It was around like, six
dollars U.S. per person so it’s very affordable if you need it to be. (upbeat hip hop music) Alright, guys. So, once you go–ahh! I almost took out a little kid. Once you come into the Dubai Mall, something that’s kinda fun, especially if you have
never tried it before is ice skating. So this is kind of affordable. It’s coming around 75 AED, which isn’t exactly that
cheap for ice skating, but for it being in the Dubai
Mall, trying to kill time, if you’re not sure what
to do, it’s pretty fun. So just inside of the Dubai Mall is a connection into the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the entire world. You actually don’t know how
much it’s gonna cost you until you get through the line. There’s no display of the price, the people working the
front won’t tell you, they’re like, “Well, it depends on the time of the day.” So I actually just went
to the At The Top website where they sell the tickets
to go all the way up the Burj and I found that it’s actually 135 to go to floors 124 and floors 125. That’s where I’ve been before and I must recommend it. It is very, very cool. With that being said, though, there is a more budget alternative that recently opened. It’s called the Dubai Frame. I believe it’s been open
for about a year or two and for about 60 AED, you should pre-book your tickets. If you don’t pre-book your tickets, let me show you what
happened when we went. ♪ Put the place up ♪ How cool was that? – Amazing. Line was incredible. – We had to book tickets online. We tried to show up and
just buy them at the door. They’re 50 AED per person but again, if you haven’t reserved any then you’re not gonna get in, so. Round two, baby. We got this this time, let’s go. We’re going to the Frame. You already know we
booked tickets this time. You already know, though, we about to hit up that gold. I want the gold. All I see is gold. You already know, though, she showed up with a player, we about to see the gold. We about to go up into the gold Alright. Up we go, the Frame. Willy Wonka glass elevator style. (mellow electronic music) Moral of the story, pay the 10 AED extra and pre-book your tickets
if you’re gonna go to the Frame. I should also mention that at the end of the exhibit, there is this incredible, 270 degree screen that
gives you this like, future of Dubai tour and it’s like, one of the most engaging
videos I’ve ever watched. I’ve never seen anything like it. Now even though this video
is about affordable travel, traveling is exceptionally expensive and I’m so grateful that today’s video is actually sponsored by a company that not only
made this video possible, but also by a company that
made this video better. Now, you may have noticed
a few unique shots here in this video, namely, the Metro system timelapse and the one in the Spice Souk. Now, these were actually not shot by me. They were shot by shooters
who I will probably never meet but the incredible thing was their footage was made accessible to me by Videoblocks. And what Videoblocks is
is it’s a giant database of incredibly beautiful footage from all around the world of all sorts of different subjects. You just type into the search
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commercialize your videos, despite using someone else’s footage. That right there is mind blowing to me as a videographer, as a YouTuber, it’s such a game changer and
I couldn’t be more stoked. They are making my life so much better so a huge thank you to Videoblocks. Hopefully, they’ll sponsor another video. As you can probably tell, I’ve actually left Dubai but there’s a website
I wanna share with you because I really think it
could actually save you potentially hundreds of
dollars if you’re spending a little while in Dubai. If you wanna shop the website, it’s called Groupon.ae and they literally have
everything from restaurants, activities, and hotels. I wanted to show you a few activities that I found while going
through the website for 10 minutes. One of my favorite activities
that I’ve done in Dubai is the one right here. (upbeat indie music) Now that activity was done with a company by the name of Platinum Heritage and they’re definitely not on
the lower end of the budget. In fact, they’re on the higher end, but I’ve really loved my time. The great thing is, though, if you’re on a tight budget, I’ve literally found one
here for the equivalent of 20 U.S. dollars that they will take you out to the desert, they’ll feed you, they’ll take you through
the dunes in a buggy. They’ll give you the
full camel experience. Belly dancers, and the cool thing is the ratings are basically four out of five stars. A lot of people here saying, “Good value for money, but “we were very packed
in the small minivan.” So I guess again, whatever you pay for, that’s
typically what you get back in value. Carrying on, you can rent a super car, a whew, Lamborghini Huracan. Huracan. Huracan. And that right there is 152 U.S. dollars for an hour. That’s really not that
bad when you consider it’s a Lamborghini. If you wanna enjoy the waterfront that Dubai has to offer,
then right here we’ve got some jet skis and they’ve got pretty good reviews by the looks of it. $51 U.S. You can get a spa treatment here for $58. It includes access to the facilities. I found here a four star hotel that’s very close to the airport, not really that close to downtown. About a 20 minute drive away. 49 U.S. dollars. Two people get breakfast at a four star hotel. Now this is what I like to call balling on a budget. For 899 AED, or in other words, 240 U.S. dollars, you can have 16 of your bros
chilling on a freaking yacht. And this isn’t just any yacht, like, this thing looks beautiful. You can rent an ATV, $46
in the middle of the desert for an hour. Pretty lit. Okay, there’s one last
thing I wanna show you. There’s actually an Abu Dhabi tour. I did go to Abu Dhabi during my last trip to Dubai and it’s a bit of a
hassle to get out there. It’s about an hour and a half drive and there’s a company here that will do it for 125 AED. Now, the best has been saved for last. I wanted to share with you for the real explorers, the
people that wanna get lost, this is Butt Tourism. I have no idea what it’s doing on the website. Now, they only have a two and a half star, I guess it’s not for everyone, but you’ve got the option. Not sponsored. I wish it was. So I went to my local buddy who actually lives in U.A.E. And I said, “Nabil, “tell me one affordable activity “that you would highly recommend “to somebody who’s coming here.” One of the places that
he highly recommended you go and check out is the Etihad Museum. For just 25 AED, you get access to one of the world’s most
state of the art museums. It’s this beautiful, beautiful building and they share with you
the history of U.A.E. and Dubai in particular. And if you don’t already know, Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the entire world. In 20 years, it absolutely shot out of nowhere. If you don’t believe me, Google it, you’ll be blown away. And if ever I had to learn the history on a country and a city, this would probably be the one I’d wanna learn about, so. Well that wraps it up, guys. I hope you found some great tips to make your trip to Dubai an affordable one. And next week, I’m posting the polar opposite video. The most luxurious of Dubai. This is not gonna be a
budget-friendly itinerary but I’ll show you how point zero zero zero
zero zero zero zero zero zero one percent of the world lives. The billionaire population. I had the incredible experience of trying it out for a week and I wanna share with
you what it was like. Whether it actually was enjoyable, whether it made us happy. If you’re new to my channel, hit the subscribe button. If you wanna get notified
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