Looking for a place to travel post the COVID-19 crisis? Dubai is where you should head to.
Let’s start by saying that there must have been instances when all of us would have said ‘ah! I can’t deal with my family anymore’, but it is also true that we have the most fun when we are with our loved ones. From a picnic in the park to a vacation overseas, we look for chances to spend quality time with our family, no matter how much we crib while holidaying with them. So, when I took the rein to plan my family holiday, I started to wonder what place would be good enough to cater to all our needs – some fun, some adventure and lots of shopping. And, the first place that came to my mind was Dubai.
Things you need to know while planning YOUR Dubai trip
As soon as I booked the tickets, I started the research work. From places to visit, to finding a good stay, I was on a virtual trip for a long time. While at it, the first thing I found to be different than our country was that the check-in time of the hotels was 3 PM. After adjusting the time difference, we would have to wait for 4-5 hours to get the room after we land, which was a big issue.
Taking the unusual route, I booked our stay at an Airbnb. Almost in the price of a hotel room, I got myself a 2 BHK apartment at a prime location, which was just a 3 minutes walk from the Burj Khalifa. Though the check-in times there was also 3 PM, the person managing the apartment was happy to adjust.
Hacks to save tons of money
If you, too, are planning a trip to Dubai after the coronavirus pandemic, then you should know that the cab service there is pretty costly. But you can save tons of money by dividing your stay in two places, which is exactly what I did. I booked one apartment in Downtown Dubai and the other one near Palm Jumeirah. By doing this, I was able to cover all the tourists spots in both the places and saved a lot of time on the commute.
Talking about the places to visit, keep two days only for the Dubai mall, trust me it’s bigger than you think it is. Apart from all the amazing branded stores you would dream to shop at and the delicious food joints where you would enjoy feasting, there is so much more to do at the Dubai mall. The aquarium is a must-visit, and even though you can see the fountain show from a lot of places, you’ll get the best experience by taking a boat ride or a walk on the bridge, both of them have reasonable prices. Near the fountain you also get a great view of the Burj Khalifa.
Seeing the Burj Khalifa from the outside is totally a different experience than being inside, trust me, it is a one-of-a-kind experience you wouldn’t want to miss. Don’t think of the cost, just go for it.
Another important travel hack
Another thing that you should take a note of is that you should make as many bookings in advance as you can. There are many sites that give you combo offers, which will help you save a lot of money. It is definitely way cheaper than buying tickets on the spot.
During the visit, while it was obvious for us to cover popular spots such as the gold market, there was this one newly open place that I couldn’t read much about online, but it was a lovely visit. It was called La Mer. By the side of a beach, it had many amazing restaurants and a beautiful pathway where one could walk and explore the whole place.
After we were done with Downtown Dubai, we shifted to our second apartment, which was in Dubai Marina by Emaar. The place was drastically different from the pervious one as it had more of a beachy vibe. From there we took the desert safari tour and visited the Ferrari world, both of which you should definitely do. Because I was travelling with my parents, I had planned the trip in such a way that it doesn’t get too exhausting for them. So, I had spread out the activities and had kept empty spaces in between for us to do on-the-spot activities. One such activity was the yacht ride. It was excatly like they show in the movies.
During my stay there, I also visited the Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis. There are many activities that you can do at Atlantis, The Palm.
Plan the trip yourself
In the end, I would say that instead of getting a tour package from a travel agent, I planned the whole trip myself and because of this, I was able to include all the activities I wanted to and most importantly, when I wanted to. I personally feel that even though it’s more of a headache, it’s a better way to plan the trip. Talking about the currency, you can either get the money converted before your trip or you can easily get it at the Dubai airport.
Lastly, while you are there make sure that you make lots of memories, click oodles of photos and collect several souvenirs, so that once the trip is over, you have amazing memories to look back at.