UAE is a country where you can find people from 200 different countries and from different cultures and different languages, it’s an amazing country to visit. If you are planning to visit UAE in near future then I’ve a full guide for you giving real tips, in this post I’ll be sharing my personal experience about UAE and Dubai, and I visited UAE from Karachi, Pakistan. However, you might be visiting UAE from a different country or territory, but except the visa and tickets, the rest of the tips are still valid for you, so you can carry on reading this post. in this article, I’ll explain about Dubai visa, UAE air ticket, places to visit in UAE, Shopping malls, foods and living in a hotel or apartment room.
How to obtain UAE/Dubai visa in Pakistan?
In order to have a planned visit to UAE or Dubai, the first step is to take the visit visa which is the easiest thing to do in Pakistan, and I think UAE allows almost all countries’ citizens to obtain a visit visa without any hassle. I’ll suggest you to have your visa ready before confirming your return ticket. For obtaining UAE visa, you’ll only need your passport which is valid for at least 6 months, you can visit the UAE embassy in Islamabad or consulate in Karachi. The visa is issued within 3 working days after submission of passport. If you want to save time and don’t want to visit embassy or consulate then simply go to a travel agency near your place, and ask them to do this for you, they will take a little bit fee and will do this job for you, You’ll have to provide them 4 passport size photos with blue background and your passport valid for at least 6 months. The visa fee is around between Rs12000 to Rs15000 depending on the travel agency you are dealing with, but if you go to the embassy or consulate yourself then the fee will be only Rs11000.
Get contact information and address from below official website:
If you are in Karachi and want to deal with a travel agency for visa then I’ll suggest you to go to NIPA Churangi and from NIPA move to Gulshan churangi but go by foot or if you are on bike or car then just go ahead and You’ll see “Roomi Travels” opposite “Hassan Motor Training School” which is the best agency I’ve dealt with so far, these guys are experts and have arranged many visas for me. They take very small fee, and the service is great, if you went there then give my reference (Abdul Wali) and they will be more cooperative with you.
How to buy return ticket on cheap price?
Now after you obtained a visa, the next step is to confirm your return ticket, because this is necessary in order to enter UAE, for saving a nice amount of money, I’ll suggest you to confirm your ticket at least 10 days before leaving your place, and the important thing here is the Airline in which you want to travel to Dubai or UAE. There are many airlines operating daily flights to UAE and some of them are listed below:
- Emirates Airline
- Etihad Airline
- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
- Fly Dubai
- Shaheen Airlines
- Air Blue
There are many other airlines as well, but the above are the cheapest in terms of visiting Dubai or UAE from Pakistan, because the roots of these airlines are from Dubai, so this is very easy to get a cheap ticket. Never try to confirm your ticket form Karachi to Dubai using the following airlines:
- Sri Lankan Airline
- Malaysian Airline
- Thai Airways
The reason to not choose these airlines because they have a different root which is from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur and then China etc. If you want to have the cheapest ticket for Dubai then confirm your ticket with flydubai.com, this is the cheapest airline from Karachi to Dubai, but there if there is a season of holidays then it might be more expensive than others. However, the second option and best option is emirates.com which is also very cheap from Pakistan to UAE and the service of Emirates Airline is the best in the world.
Approximately, the return ticket will cost you between Rs22,000 to Rs30,000 ($300) depending on the airline you choose and the date you buy the ticket. So after visa fee Rs12000, it will become Rs34000 ($340) (Minimum) in total for visa and tickets. Or it might be maximum Rs40,000 ($400) for both.
If you are dealing with a travel agency for confirming ticket then before going there, first check the ticket price on the website of that airline online, so you can have idea about the price before confirming it there, and give the travel agency different dates, so you can find a cheap ticket easily. Now after confirming your ticket you are ready to fly to Dubai. But please read the next paragraph about confirming your accommodation before arrival to Dubai.
How to find a cheap hotel or room in Dubai?
OK, so now you have return ticket and visa in your hands, the next step is to confirm the accommodation, this is very important in case of Dubai, because if you are visiting Dubai for the first time then You’ll get stuck in finding a hotel on a low budget, so you may loose extra money and may be exhausted upon arrival. If you have a friend or friends in Dubai or UAE and they want to receive you happily, then ask them seriously if they can give you accommodation, otherwise don’t rely on verbal promises, you might get into troubles. To avoid troubles, either confirm your accommodation with your friends, or confirm a room in a hotel before arriving in Dubai, I’ll strongly suggest you to book a room in a hotel for at least two days before arriving in Dubai, and you can do this very easily online using booking.com, this is the popular website for online hotel reservation, and the price is the same as guaranteed on their website. So in case you don’t have a friend in Dubai or your friends can bear you there then click the below link to find the cheapest hotels in Deira Dubai or Bur Dubai (Deira & Bur Dubai are two famous places to stay in Dubai), enter “Dubai” in below search box and select the dates for searching a hotel, and then on the next page select 1 or 2 star hotel, so you’ll find reasonable fare:
After clicking the above link, just find the link to Agoda.com, and after going to Agoda website, select the dates on which you want to book the hotel room, I’ll suggest you to only book it for 2 days, so later on you can find a better and cheaper hotel in Diera yourself, after selecting the dates, click to search for hotels, and then on hotel page, select 2 stars or 1 star from the left side menu, so you can find the cheapest hotels because you might be on a low budget and I won’t recommend you to stay in Five Star Hotel (:D). You’ll find a very good 2/1 star hotel between Rs4000 to Rs6000 ($60), and must select the hotel in Diera area, because there you can find more cheap hotels later when you are already in Dubai. Now after buying your hotel from Agoda, just print the receipt because you’ll need this receipt when you reach the hotel reception in Dubai, now when you arrive at Dubai International Airport, just take the bus or train to Deira area and reach your hotel.
After reaching your hotel, just take some rest and then come out to see the beauties of Dubai, Dubai is an amazing city in the world, full of shining and shopping malls. You’ll not get bored in Dubai especially after evening time, because everywhere you’ll see people. In the same deira area, you can find more cheap hotels ranging from $20 to $40, but you have to just search yourself, because I’ve seen a lot of hotels there, but I don’t remember the names of these hotels. And I’ve heard that there are more cheap rooms or only one bed available in Dubai, but unfortunately I’ve not used them, because I stayed with one of my friends in Sharjah. But you can search there yourself, and it’s very easy to find if you try at least 3 times. You can also find cheap hotels/rooms/apartments in near by cities Sharjah and Ajman, these cities are just a few KM away from Dubai, but the price range in Sharjah/Ajman are very reasonable if compare to Dubai.
What to do in Dubai or UAE?
And finally, you have started your amazing 10 days journey in an amazing country, now it’s time to explore the beauties of the country step by step. If you like to watch movies then just get into the metro train and reach (Dubai City Center), there is a BIG shopping mall, and on the top of that shopping mall, there are cinemas 3D/2D, you can select the movie you want to watch and take a ticket for latest show, it will cost you only AED 30 (UAE Dirham), after watching the movie, you’ll just feel some peace of mind. And also have some foods in the city center, it’s an amazing place to visit.
Here is the list of places which you must visit if you really want to have a great 10 day tour in UAE, and I’ll also suggest you to visit 4 important cities of UAE i.e Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain and Ras-ul-Khaima and you can visit Sharjah and Ajman very easily because they are just next to Dubai, but if you want to visit Abu Dhabi or Ras ul khaima then it will take 2 hours to reach there by road. Below are the places you must visit during your tour:
- Dubai City Center
- The Dubai Mall (The Largest Mall in the World)
- Burj-e-Khalifa (The tallest tower in the world)
- Wild Wadi Water Park
- Dubai Greek
- Jumairah Open Beach or Simple Beach
- Shiekh Zayed Mosque ( in Abu Dhabi)
- Palm Jumairah
- The Dubai Museum
- Jebel Hafeet
- The Dubai Fountain
- Ferrari World ( in Abu Dhabi)
- Al-Ain Zoo
- Al-Ain National Museum
- Abu Dhabi Mall
- Dubai Zoo
- Dubai Waterfront
- The Emirates Towers & The Emirates Mall
- Safa Park
The above are some places which you should not miss in these 10 amazing days, after all Dubai is the center of the world, and the whole city is considered as shopping mall of the world. But there are a lot more to do in Dubai as a tourist. You can also find any kind of foods in Dubai, whether you like Pakistani food, Indian food, Chinese food, Italian food or even fast food, You’ll find it everywhere in Dubai. Dubai is the city of eating, dancing, walking, swimming and shopping.
Night Life in Dubai or UAE
If you are fond of night life then you can find all the components in Dubai very easily, there are a lot of bars, disco clubs and dancing clubs in Dubai and especially in Deira area, You can find a lot of massage centers in Dubai which are cheaper in terms of prices. And after Dubai, Ajman is the city of clubs and bars, on the beach side there are dozens of Clubs and Bars in Ajman. But remember, all clubs and bars will open after 8pm, so don’t try to find something in day time.
Where to do shopping in Dubai?
As I mentioned, Dubai as a whole city is the shopping center, but if you are on a low budget then don’t try to do shopping in BIG malls such as Emirates Mall and Dubai mall, instead of that if you want to buy something then go to the small super-stores or stores and buy whatever you want at cheap price, because the same thing will be 2 times more expensive in big malls.
Furthermore, UAE’s weather is very warm and the hottest in the middle of the year, so if you are a visitor from South Asia or Southeast Asia then visit Dubai between November to February, this is a very good season, and don’t visit Dubai between March to August, because this will burn you, but if you are from a Western Country or Russia then don’t worry, it’s best for you :).
- Don’t take local currency to Dubai, always exchange it in your home country with US dollars or AED
- Always use local bus or metro train for transportation, taxi will be very costly
- If you have any security problem or anything else please contact Dubai police Click Here
- Don’t deal with the Black Guys (Boys & Girls) in Dubai
- While visiting the Jumeirah beach, please only wear a short trouser or underwear
Budget Summary for 10 day visit:
- Visa & Return Tickets: Rs40,000 or USD $400
- Accommodation Hotel: Rs30,000 or USD $300 (if not staying with a friend)
- Shopping, Entertainment & Foods: Rs30,000 or USD $300 (if you are a real tourist)
- Final Maximum Budget: Rs100,000 or USD $1000 (if not staying with a friend)
I’ve visited UAE, and it was an amazing experience, let me know about your experience and your stay in Dubai, also if you have any question or suggestion then do add them in the comment form below. Thanks for reading!