Exploring the City of Dubai – Experience the City’s Many Souks

Looking to have a more authentic shopping experience in Dubai? Check out its many souks. They offer a welcome respite from the ultra-opulent and futuristic mega malls.

Just what is a Souk, Exactly?

Souks are traditional-style Arabian marketplaces. Some specialise in certain items such as gold, while others sell all and sundry ranging from fruits, perfumes and spices, to clothing and jewellery.

Deira Gold Souk

Check out the planet’s largest ring at the Deira Gold Souk! The Najmat Taiba, which translates to the ‘Star or Taiba’ is a behemoth of a 21-carat gold ring, and weighs probably as much as you! At a whopping 64 kg in weight, it’s worth over an estimated USD 3 million in value; perhaps that explains why there’s a ‘not for sale’ sign plastered next to it. The Deira Gold Souk is located about a 10-minute drive away from international accommodation options such as AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel.

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Madinat Souk

This is quite a touristy souk, which puts it on the pricey side; however, there are some baubles and trinkets which are to die for. If you fancy grabbing some beautifully-crafted lighting fixtures and lamps to take home, you’ve got to stop by this souk which is within easy reach of hotels in Dubai Deira.

Deira Spice Souk

Pay a visit to the Spice Souk in Deira in order to experience a more authentic version of the hustle and bustle that is common in popular local markets. It’s a good place to pick up fragrant spices as well as dried fruits, figs and nuts.

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Saving Money in Dubai – Ease the Strain on Your Pocket

Dubai is a city that is literarily sparkling with its shiny jungle of buildings. In spite of its cosmopolitan look, there is something irresistible about the destination to holidaymakers. Holidaying in Dubai can be very expensive but worry not! Here are a few tips on how to save and places to go.

Cheap tricks

Since the price of almost everything in Dubai is at a premium high, the locals have found ways in which to best minimize expenses. One suggestion would be to use Groupon which is rather popular in Dubai. There are tons of discounts and offers available on basically anything you might want to do! Next, we have ‘The Entertainer’, a magazine trusted by locals when it comes to special offers on theme parks, clubs, restaurants and more.

Eat for less

Like everything else, dining in Dubai too can cost extravagant prices! The solution? Grab a pizza for lunch! Yes, check out Debonairs at the Dubai Mall for some of the best deals like a pizza meal for just 15 AED ($ 4 USD) the pizza and drink may not be overly filling but it’ll do just nice for lunch. Maybe, instead of going for typical café lunches, head over to old Dubai for cheap eats. You will find restaurants that serve a good meal for just 20 – 30 AED ($ 5-8 USD).

Inexpensive transport

The metro network, even though it lies in the middle of the city is the cheapest method of travel here. A trip to the marina, airport and old Dubai cost only 8 AED ($2 USD), not to mention you can just glide over traffic that seems to pick up during the day and reach your destination in no more than 2 -3 minutes! It won’t hurt to take a taxi from this point if your final location is away from the metro station.

Low-cost stayovers

Fancy hotels in Dubai Deira definitely have over the top prices, however, if you happen to have hotel redemption points, take your chance and try out a night or two in places like AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel. You can also find normal hotels by referring Booking.com or even opt for Airbnb.

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Dubai Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors – Things to know before you set off

Dubai is a destination that is extremely popular among tourists in the UAE. The amazing city, the sandy beaches, the unique man-made attractions and the nightlife are just a few of the things about Dubai that ignites the excitement within a traveller. Here are a few things to consider on your first trip to Dubai.

When to go?

Dubai being in the middle east and surrounded by powdery sand is extremely hot in the summer which is from June to August. It may be difficult to handle the climatic conditions on your vacation in the summer, so, the best time for your holiday in Dubai would be from November to March when the weather is cooler. Site seeing is less tiring when the air is cool!

Accommodation

There are plenty of places to stay in Dubai! Be it a resort by the beach or luxury hotels in Dubai Deira, Hotels such as AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel provide modern conveniences such as WiFi to help you feel at home on your travels. While the aforementioned is for those who would like to stay close to the busy city on the other side is Dubai Marina and Palm Beach for a more relaxing ambience with beach resorts, small shops, and restaurants.

Going about

Getting around in Dubai is quite easy because of the convenient and cheap transport facilities available. Taxis are available, and people would mostly use this means of transport to go short distances, perhaps from the metro station to your hotel. If you prefer to bus it out, well that’s available too. In fact, the bus stop is at Dubai Mall. This city is, without doubt, a busy one and therefore the roads may be clustered with traffic. In that case, there’s always the super-fast metro you can take to get to your destination in maybe even less than 5 minutes!

Hop into Abu Dhabi for a day

It’s easy to get to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, you could take a taxi or the bus or even take a private tour of the place in a day. There is much to see in Abu Dhabi too, a few attractions might be Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Island, and Emirates Palace.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+