A day in Dubai – 2018 edition

My last visit to Dubai was in 2007, just before the Global Financial Crisis. There was so much construction going on that I knew I would have to return to check on its progress. I finally returned 11 years later, at what feels like the peak of another financial bubble, and like last time there […]

A sweaty summer stopover in Sharjah

There is a saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. I thought about this saying when I found myself back in the United Arab Emirates in the summer, when I said I would never again visit in the summer. The last I was in the […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Emirates EK 392 From: Dubai (DXB) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Emirates from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. This was a booking with points from Qantas, who are their partner outside of the Oneworld Alliance. I’ve flown with Emirates a few times before I like their service, so this […]

Hotel Review: Royal Falcon Hotel, Dubai – UAE

Hotel Name: Royal Falcon Hotel Address: Salah Al Din Street, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I stayed at the Royal Falcon Hotel in Dubai, UAE. I booked it online at the rate of 146.48 AED ($39.88 USD) per night, and selected it for its price and location. The hotel is a 3-star hotel in Deira, […]

Hotel Review: Crystal Plaza Hotel – a great value 3-star hotel in Sharjah

Hotel Name: Crystal Plaza Hotel Address: Al Estiqlal Street (Immigration Road), Near Al Bustan Hotel – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The Crystal Plaza Hotel is a 3-Star hotel in central Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. I booked online for the rate of 125.88 AED ($34.27 USD), which includes 5 % VAT, 10 % service charge, and […]

Flight Review: Air Arabia – Beirut to Sharjah

Flight: Air Arabia G9 386 From: Beirut (BEY) To: Sharjah (SHJ) I flew with Air Arabia from Beirut to Sharjah. Originally I was searching for flights to Dubai, and on Skyscanner they also show nearby airports. For this search I had the options of flights to Dubai with Emirates or MEA, flights to the new […]

Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

Travel Guides > United Arab Emirates > Abu Dhabi Travel Guide Accommodation Abu Dhabi hotels – Search for discount hotels in Abu Dhabi with lowest rates guaranteed. Top 10 Recommended Hotels Budget Hotels   Royal Suite Hotel Apartments  Royal Suite Hotel Apartments is located in the city centre and provides accessibility to important town facilities. […]

Dubai Travel Guide

Travel Guides > United Arab Emirates > Dubai Travel Guide Blog Posts Notes on Dubai – old and new – Notes from my trip to Dubai in October 2007. Accommodation Dubai hotels – Search for discount hotels in Dubai with lowest rates guaranteed. A guide to budget accommodation in Dubai Travel Guides Dubai Tourism – […]

United Arab Emirates Travel Guide

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A guide to budget accommodation in Dubai

There’s not much in the way of budget accommodation in Dubai. Cheap guest house style accommodation that is common in Asian destinations does not fit in with Dubai’s grandmaster plan of being a luxury holiday and shopping stop-over hub. Hostels There are some hostels in Dubai, the UAE YHA, though it’s not in the most […]