Destination guide: Dubai

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Dubai – home of world records. Home of the tallest building in the world, home of the world’s biggest aquarium in a mall, home of the only 7 star hotel in the world. It is just a matter of time before they will break another world record. Visit the desert, ski in a mall, watch the view from the tallest building in the world – the sky is the limit

  • Currency: Emirati Dirham (Dhs 3.62 = US$1)
  • Capital city: Abu Dhabi (of United Arab Emirates)
  • Main language: Arabic
  • Best travel time: October to march when the weather is at its coldest

Visa:

  • For the newest information check this webpage: (for Danes)
  • Tourist visa: 46 countries will receive a free 30 days visa on arrival. This can be extended for up to 90 days after arrival for a fee of Dhs 500 (approx. US$138)

Destination guide: Dubai

Accommodation:  There aren’t really any dorms in Dubai. Expect to pay at least Dhs 109-163 (US$30-45) for a dorm or a single room and from about US$70-80 for a double/twin. As far as I know there is only one place which has female dorms. When I visited Dubai I stayed in Avenue Hotel with my mum which was good and nice place that I would stay in again. We got a good price due to the low season. In general I would recommend staying in Deira because it seemed more authentic and it was a nice area. Otherwise should the couchsurfing community be quite big in the Middle East 🙂

Food: Eating can be fairly cheap compared to the hotel prices. There are plenty of different kinds of food. Try a kebab/shawarma (bread fill with meat, salad and dressing), taboulleh (a bulgur salad with parsley and mint) or a biryani (a spiced rice dish with chicken or lamb), but you can get all kinds of food

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Transportation: There isn’t a lot of public transportation in Dubai, but you will be able to find a lot of taxis here (beware unofficial taxis will offer you trips for “almost the same price as an official taxi” – but they wouldn’t the price is way higher, unofficial taxis are often big 4WD cars). You will be able to find a few buses and a metro system. Prices for the metro – an unlimited day pass cost Dhs 14 (US$4) and a single ride cost Dhs 2-8 (Us$0.6-2.2) while the bus cost Dhs 2. The metro also passes through the airport

Budget for Dubai:

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If you will be staying in cheap accommodation (sharing a twin/double with another person), eat three meals a day (at least one of them being street food), buying two liters of water, using a bit of money on transportation, then you should be able to live for approx. Dhs 183 or US$50/day.

Read more about United Arab Emirates here