Stretch Your Dollar Further in Dubai

Transportation and accommodation tips for you to save more budget on your upcoming Dubai trip

DESPITE being famous for its luxury and opulent propositions, there is plenty more to see and do in Dubai city that won’t break the bank. We present below some transportation and accommodation recommendations to help you stretch your dollar further when visiting Dubai.
Dubai’s local public transport is operated by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and consists of the Dubai metro, buses, water buses and abras (water taxis). A worthwhile RTA package called ‘One Day in Dubai’ allows for travel on all public transport covering the main city sights.
Abras are motorised traditional wooden boats linking the historic areas of Dubai across the Creek. The fare of Dh1 or Rp. 3,500 one-way is payable directly to the driver, with two routes available:
  • Bur Dubai Abra Station to Deira Old Souq Abra Station; operates daily between 5am and midnight.
  • Dubai Old Souq Abra Station to Al-Sabkha Abra Station; operates around the clock.
Dubai Metro
Dubai Metro
Opened to the public in 2009, the Dubai Metro is the one of the cheapest and most convenient ways of getting around Dubai. Running for almost 75km across key sites in Dubai, the extensive metro features the Red Line, running for 52.1km parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road from near Dubai International Airport to Jebel Ali, and the Green Line, running for 22.5km and linking Dubai Airport Free Zone with Dubai Healthcare City. Trains arrive every 2 to 5 minutes, from 6am to 11pm Saturday to Thursday, and 1pm to midnight on Fridays. Cabs and feeder buses are available from most stations to take you to your final destination. Fares vary from AED 2 or IDR 7,000 for stops within a single zone to AED 6.50 atau IDR 25,000 for stops within five zones.
Bike Rental
Bike Rental
Offering added convenience, rental bikes can be picked up across key areas in Dubai, including Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, for up to 24 hours. Riders can easily sign up via the NextBike app available on iPhone and Android. One person can rent up to four bikes, with prices from AED 15 or 55,000 for 30 minutes up to AED 80 or IDR 300,000 for 24 hours per bike.
Still looking to add more value to your stay in Dubai? Here are top recommendations.
XVA Hotel
XVA Hotel, Al Fahidi District
Inspired by the heritage and history of the region, the XVA Hotel boasts unique guest rooms which showcase architectural and cultural motifs. The hotel is located in the heart of Al Fahidi neighbourhood – one of the oldest in Dubai. Known for its architectural heritage, maze-like alleyways and proximity to the Creek, Al Fahidi is viewed as one of the most important heritage sites in Dubai.
Rove Hotel, Deira City Centre
Located just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport and steps away from key landmarks, Rove Hotel in Deira district is the perfect base from which to begin a cultural adventure in the city. The hotel offers guests easy access to a wide range of shopping and leisure options.
Novotel Trade Cantre
Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai
Check in to four-star comfort at the Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai hotel. Located right next to Dubai World Trade Centre, the hotel features airy, contemporary rooms ideal to work or relax with impressive skyline views.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
Boasting a fantastic location on The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a vibrant waterfront promenade in Dubai, this hotel features spacious suites with breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf and The Palm Jumeirah, as well as a private beach.
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