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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.

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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 should be 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’ll do it for you against a small fee, 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 Rs9000 to Rs15000 depending on the travel agency you are dealing with.

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.

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The Popular Metro Train in Dubai!

How to buy return ticket on cheap price?

Now after you obtained a visa, the next step is to confirm your return ticket, because it 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 country, and the important thing here is the Airline using 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
  • PIA
  • Fly Dubai
  • Shaheen Air
  • 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 these airlines have direct flights to Dubai, so this is very easy to get a ticket at low price. 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 route 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.

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I traveled in the Emirates airline which is the best I think.

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.

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The author of this blog (Abdul Wali) in the Emirates Airline

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, you’ll enter to Agoda website, select the dates on which you want to book the hotel room, I’ll suggest you to book the hotel in advance for your entire stay, I recommend staying in Deira area in Dubai, that’s near the airport and prices are low for hotel rooms.

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The author of this blog (Abdul Wali) in a hotel in Abu Dhabi

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. 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.

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Abdul Wali the author of this blog in Sharjah – UAE

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.

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Myself in the Dubai Mall, UAE

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 four 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
  • IBN-Batoota

The above are some places which you should not miss in these 10 amazing days, after all Dubai is the center of the east, and the whole city is considered as shopping mall of the world. But there are a lot more to do in Dubai as a traveler. You can also find all type 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.

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Abdul Wali the author of this blog in Jumeirah Beach Dubai!

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.

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Myself in Sharjah – UAE

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-store or stores and buy whatever you want at cheap price, because the same thing will be two 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 :).

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Abdul Wali the author this blog in local bus in Dubai!

More Tips: 

  • 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)
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Abdul Wali in Abu Dhabi – UAE

Final Words: 

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!