Living Cost in Dubai
Living cost in Dubai is not that cheap. With so many shopping festivals, discounts and many places to go out will need a mammoth effort to save money in Dubai.
It seems many Dubai people trap into motto “earn hard and spend harder”. Dubai is not a very good place to save money or think about retirement plan.
Well again, lifestyle is individual’s choice (hopefully many choose a wise way : ))
Simple meals like Paratha, Shwarma or sandwich cost around AED 2 to 10. In some cafeteria where you can have a package sandwich, french fries and pickle will cost you AED 15. Fast food families offer package meal start from AED 8 (quite big portion, satisfying and don’t ask whether it’s a healthy choice or not). Mineral water, coffee, tea and soft drink can cost around AED 1 to 3 (Warning : not a coffee from fancy coffee shop chains) With AED 30 per person, you can enjoy a nice meal in restaurant.
Telephone, Water and Electricity
Water and electricity will depend on the use. Free of charge for a local telephone (If you call local number from the local telephone) Telephone card is AED 30. Also voucher for pre-paid telephone card costs AED 30. Mobile number can be obtained by register to Etisalat or you can buy a used number from colleague or friends.
It depends. If you travel by bus it will be cheap way to travel. You can save money a lot, but you can’t save time. Some bus destination takes quite a while to wait, just be patient and don’t easily to give up. Bus fare costs you AED 1.50 – 2.50. You can also buy subscriber card. It’s cheaper and faster.
Clothing & Electricity Considerations
If you’re coming at any time between mid-March and mid-October, pack the lightest, coolest items you have in your wardrobe. Bring cottons, linens, or tropical weight wools. Rid your bag of all synthetics because they are simply too hot, and they don’t breathe. Colors are important, too: the lighter the better.
As I mentioned in my dress advisory in the Warnings category, shorts are not the kind of thing one should wear. However, I have a partial answer to this problem: I often wear “convertible” trousers, which allow me to zip the lower legs on and off. This allows me to drive in shorts while appearing properly clothed when I get out of the car. These are highly recommended.
If you’re in the region on business, jackets and ties are often required. Again, let the climate be your guide, and opt for linen, which not only looks good, but is suitably cool. Virtually anything imaginable is availabe in Dubai, though it would be advisable to bring your supply of prescription drugs along. Make sure you have some small packets of silica gel strewn around inside your gadget bag to counteract the horrific humidity that occurs during the summer. Women would be best served by packing a one-piece swim suit. Bikinis are out except on private beaches. Electricity considerations
If you’re coming from Continental Europe, Australia/New Zealand, or North America, remember that the voltage here is 240 and that they use the large, three-pole UK-style plugs. Most large hotels will have at least one outlet that permits the use of the smaller European or N. American plugs, but 120 volt power supply is still somewhat unusual. If your hair-dryer, shaver, or whatever uses the lower voltage, don’t plug it in without a transformer! If you do, it fries. That said, Dubai is one of the best places around to buy replacements…
When in Dubai you must visit the souks. The clothing leads to the Spice Souk and then the Gold Souk. All the shops in the Gold Souk have many delights to tempt you into that 'special' purchase. As you can see from the photo, traffic cones were plentiful here as repair work is carried out........... just like home! Jewellery
360 at the Jumeirah Beach hotel is an open air bar built on a jetty with great views of ocean, Burj al Arab and JBH. It was packed Thursday to Saturday. You are supposed to put yourself on the guest list to get in, but we didn't get asked for that. Perhaps this was because we were staying at the hotel.
If you get there about 6 there is a lovely sunset, the music was OK but a bit formulaic.
Music on Thursday and Friday was hardish house, with 'chillout' on Saturday.
There are some great shisha pipes with a huge selection of tobacco, and if you get there early there are some nice loungers to sit on...note that these were getting pretty dirty so don't wear your white jeans !
Drinks were extortionate but nice. Trendy casual...lots of funny haircuts and big sunglasses !
Dubai airport is overcrowded and haphazard. I reached 2 hours before my flight departure and actually almost just about made it to the gate before the scheduled departure. The queue for security screening was unbearably long. The flight check-in counter was longer. The immigration line was not any better. Once I'm through, there seems like a mad rush by everyone to get to their gates. Especially for gates which are like miles away. Not a nice airport to travel. At least, not until they are done with their expansion works.