How to save money in Dubai as Visitor

How to save money in Dubai as Visitor?

Dubai is very expensive and luxurious city in the world where you can every expensive thing be it top notch cars or tech gadgets but let me share How to save money in Dubai as Visitor.

If you are on a visit visa, do following things to save money and enjoy more.

  • FREE DU sim at airport
  • Metro Card for travel
  • At least 1 meal at home
  • Eat at Indian restaurants
  • Say No to Taxis
  • Avoid hospitals (Keep basic medicines with you)
  • Shopping Smarter (Do not do Shopping at big malls like Dubai Mall)

Let me explain in details;

FREE DU sim at airport:

Whenever you land at Dubai Airport, go straight to DU at airport and get visitor sim card for FREE from DU and do not recharge it for anything

Use the number for whatsapp and Bottim only, and use whatsapp & bottim when you are at public place or at home/hotel meaning when you have FREE wifi.
Keep all your communications limited to the 2 apps;

1. whatsapp for messages, voice notes & small video clips)
2. Bottim for video/audio calls because WA calls do not work here

Internet is very expensive in Dubai so if you do any package it will drain in hours and you will loose a lot of money.

Metro Card for travel:

Metro card saves you a lot of money when you travel from one place to another, Dubai’s metro is number 1 in the world and covers almost all major areas of the Dubai.

Else local transport is well connected with metro.

Use this app to know more about routes, buses and other travel “S’hail”, it’s FREE and works offline too.

At least 1 meal at home

Savor Local Flavors at Home:

Embrace the local culture by trying your hand at whipping up a simple meal in the comfort of your accommodation.

Visit local markets for fresh produce, and experience the joy of preparing a traditional dish.

Eat at Indian restaurants:

Dine at Indian Restaurants: Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, and you’ll find an array of affordable and delicious options at Indian eateries.

From flavorful curries to aromatic biryanis, these restaurants offer a taste of home away from home without breaking the bank.

Say No to Taxis:

While Dubai’s taxis are convenient, they can add up quickly. Opt for more budget-friendly alternatives such as public transportation or ride-sharing services.

The Dubai Metro is not only efficient but also provides breathtaking views of the city.

Avoid hospitals:

Preventive Measures: Health emergencies can be costly, so it’s wise to take preventive measures.

Pack a small first aid kit with basic medicines for common ailments.

This way, you can address minor health issues without the need for an expensive visit to the hospital.

Shopping Smarter:

Skip the Mall Madness:

Dubai is synonymous with luxury shopping, but you don’t have to splurge at mega-malls like the Dubai Mall.

Explore local markets, such as the bustling souks, where you can haggle for unique souvenirs and gifts. This not only supports local businesses but also saves you money.


Dubai is a city of endless possibilities, and with a bit of savvy planning, you can make the most of your visit without overspending.

From enjoying home-cooked meals to exploring budget-friendly dining options and embracing alternative transportation, these tips will not only save you money but also provide a more authentic Dubai experience.

So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to explore this magnificent city without breaking the bank.

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