Sun, sand, sea and sunsets, a honeymoon in Dubai is a great way to spend unforgettable moments with your significant other. From wallet-friendly accommodation to affordable thrills and spills, the city is an ideal vacation destination for couples looking for a romantic escape. Whether you’re looking to live like a local, sum each day up with a leisurely stroll under the Arabian sky, capture Instagram-worthy photos, or eat your way through the city, there’s always something to suit every taste and budget. With these wallet-friendly tips, it’s easy to embark on an Arabian getaway with your partner without breaking the bank!
Book Flights During Non-peak Seasons
The earlier you plan your trip, the more affordable your vacation will be. While two-way flights from Singapore to Dubai can cost up to SGD 900++ range, during sales or non-peak seasons they can dip to under SGD 600++! With apps like Visit Dubai, search, compare and book affordable airfares from an even wider range of the city’s airlines. Available to download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, make the most of your travel plans with this app.
Select An Accommodation Provider
Stay within the city centre or in Bur Dubai to save on transport. Jumeirah Properties’ Zabeel House Al Seef and Zabeel House Mini and Emaar Properties’ ROVE are lovely options for an affordable stay and are accessible by both rail and road. Offering excellent Emirati hospitality, cosy rooms, fine cuisine and drinks, these boutique three- and four-star hotels provide great amenities without skimping out on comfort or convenience.
For couples who might fear missing out on the glamour of glamping, look no further than Arabian Adventures. This beautiful and cosy desert camp promises an off-the-beaten-path experience for SGD 60 – 80, replete with an Emirati dinner and Arabian dance performance that’s worth every dollar!
Stay Connected With An Overseas SIM
With public WiFi available at most major establishments in Dubai, travellers can easily tap on available networks to surf. For ease of convenience, purchase an Etisalat Visitor Line and top-up card to enjoy data, local calls, text messages and a free Careem ride for SGD 50. There’s an Etisalat booth at the arrival hall of Dubai International Airport for travellers looking to get a 4G prepaid card and top-up card upon arrival.
Download Life-Saving Smartphone Apps
In addition to getting an overseas SIM, take advantage of free apps like Careem, Isme, Dubai Metro, RTA, Metro Moments and the Al Fahidi Architecture Tour – and save lots on data roaming costs. Book flights, airport transfer, attraction tickets and even car rental services while on-the-go.
Six-Days, Five-Nights In Dubai – Must-Visit, Instagrammable-worthy Highlights
Where to go and what to do in Dubai without breaking the bank!
- Bur Dubai
Experience 19th Century Emirati life when you visit the historic area of Bur Dubai. Home to some of the city’s oldest attractions, the town is a must-visit for an old taste of Dubai.
- Spend an entire morning at the Dubai Museum looking at intricately crafted colourful dioramas and enlightening historic exhibits.
- Meander the winding streets of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to discover a plethora of cultural activities, museums, art galleries and traditional food.
- Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) and get a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE.
- Tour the latest urban development, Al Seef, by foot and marvel at the charming walkways and picturesque marinas.
- Embark on an Abra ride along the Dubai Creek, and stock up on fabrics and souvenirs at the textile and spice souqs.
- Alserkal Avenue
A celebration of youth, artistic culture and creative influences, Alserkal Avenue is the place to be if you wish to be at the heart of the city’s urban culture. The precinct is the first to exist in the United Arab Emirates and comes under the guidance of Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Winner, Rem Koolhaas.
Teeming with art galleries, quirky cafes and studios, enjoy an afternoon with your significant other in this precinct that brings to life the hip side of Dubai. Of particular interest is the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai’s first private contemporary arts museum – and a hallmark of a society that prizes globalism, diversity and technology.
Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle brings to life a breath-taking fusion of artistic performance, creative imagery and ground-breaking technology. Directed by one of the world’s renowned artistic directors, Franco Dragone, the 90-minute live performance features 65 world-class artists from 23 different countries, each bringing their own unique set of skills to the show; from dance and acrobatics, to aquatic and aerial stunts.
- Desert Adventures
Experience what life in Dubai was like before its meteoric rise from sand to skyscraper city during an overnight stay at a desert camp. Dune bash in a 4X4. Embark on a desert safari experience and enjoy wildlife watching. Watch the sun go down at a traditional Bedouin style camp where a delicious dinner awaits against a stunning backdrop of gold sand dunes. Pull up an Arabian carpet and sit and gaze into the starry night sky as you learn all about the different ways of surviving in the desert.
Just a short drive from Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Safari Park spans over 119 hectares of land. The park is divided into three sections: Asian Village, African Village and Open Safari Village. Each of the dedicated sections recreate the different habitats suitable for its varied and unique wildlife, including 2,500 animals from over 250 different species from around the world. Of particular interest are the Arabian oryx, Gordon’s wildcat and gazelle – wildlife species you won’t find anywhere else!
A medley of colours, the Dubai Garden Glow is the world’s largest – and most unique – themed garden. Featuring over hundreds of glow-in-the-dark displays created by artists from around the world, Dubai Garden Glow welcomes visitors of all ages. Most of the garden’s structures are fashioned from recycled materials; a commendable effort to encourage conservation.
What better way to experience Bedouin life than to go off-the-beaten-path and visit the newly refreshed Hatta Heritage Village. The beautiful attraction offers a myriad of activities for travellers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. With attractive highlights like an adventure centre, interactive tourist hub, cosy mountain lodges and airstream trailer hotels, there’s something for everyone! Spend an entire day at this culturally unique attraction.
A theme and waterpark paradise, you can spend an entire day at the Dubai Parks and Resorts. The first integrated resort in the region, Dubai Parks and Resorts offers visitors endless hours of exhilarating fun. Featuring over 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions across three theme parks, MOTIONGATETM Dubai, Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, Legoland® Dubai and Leogland® Waterpark, the leisure destination promises visitors an adrenaline-pumping experience.
See and experience the wonders of the world at this multicultural festival park. With over 45 country pavilions waiting to enthral visitors, Global Village is the place to be for travellers looking forward to savouring an international experience. Take your time in exploring the park, shop for clothes and fabrics, and taste cuisines from all corners of the world.
A theme park for all ages, Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest of several waterparks in Dubai is home to record-breaking rides and attractions. With rides like the 27.5-meter Leap of Faith plunge and the region’s longest zipline, the Aquaventure Waterpark promises visitors an adrenaline-pumping experience. Visitors can also swim with sharks, hand-feed Cownose stingrays, play with dolphins, splash around in the lazy river or relax at the spa.
Enjoy beachside bliss at La Mer, the city’s latest beachfront district that’s also an Instagram-worthy photo spot. Offering plenty of laidback fun under the sun, this waterfront destination is a great place to enjoy affordable Arabian, Asian and Western cuisines at affordable prices. You can even revel in the glorious rays of the Arabian winter sun and enjoy a host of cool activities. Check out the pearlescent white sand beach, which stretches 2.5 kilometres, and indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and cafes.