Planning Your Dream Vacation in Dubai: 5 Tips & Tricks


If you were to put together your dream vacation what would it look like? You’d probably visit one of the most beautiful islands in the world, say the Maldives, or the Caribbean. And you’d stay in the most luxurious hotels on earth while enjoying your holiday. 

Well, vacationing in Dubai may not be as wildly sensational as your dream vacation, but it’s quite adventurous. There are hundreds of exquisite Dubai vacation rentals you can stay in when you visit this Arabian city. 

And if you prefer hotels to rentals, it’s probably because you’re used to it or had a terrible experience with a rental host. However, rentals offer far more comfort for vacationers and if you plan on visiting Dubai, you should consider staying in a rental. 

In this article, you’ll discover tips and tricks for planning a memorable Dubai vacation. 

Planning Your Dubai Vacation

Have A Budget

Of course, it all begins with budgeting a specific amount for your Dubai vacation. Setting a realistic budget depends on some factors, and they include: 

Your Travel Date

Flight and accommodation costs are quite high during peak season. So if you’re on a slim budget you could vacation during shoulder and off-season as prices are usually low by these times of the year. 

Discover The Average Vacation Cost

If you have friends or family members who have vacationed in Dubai, ask them about the average cost of flights, accommodations, and the like. If you can’t find anyone to ask, research online and make sure you find out.  

Your Luxury Level 

Of course, Dubai is a city that sails on luxury, but still, you have to know what level you’re opting for as it’ll determine how much you budget for your vacation. You need to define what type of accommodation you’d like to stay in and what amenities you’d like it to have. 

Daily Spending Limit  

Be sure you set a daily spending limit when you finally go for your Dubai vacation. Set a daily spending limit on meals, fun activities, and the like. This would help you spend less.

Plan For Unexpected Circumstances 

Some unexpected circumstances that will require you to spend money may arise. You should keep quite a flexible budget that could cater for all these events. Of course, you can’t have a definite amount you’ll spend when vacationing in Dubai. 

You just need to have an estimated amount that’ll also cater to unexpected circumstances.   

Finding The Perfect Accommodation

Of course, vacation rentals offer more comfort and luxury than hotels. It makes your vacation feel different when you have an entire apartment to yourself than when you’re confined to a hotel room. Staying in rentals is now the norm for many vacationers and it’s ideal for you. 

However, there are factors to consider when looking for the perfect rental to book for yourself:


Many vacationers prefer staying in rentals close to Dubai’s iconic places such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and the like. This is because such popular sites in this Arabian city are where much of the fun happens. 

Staying rentals close to such places will make your vacation a fun-filled experience. 

Rental Rates 

The price of Dubai rentals is largely dependent on factors such as location, size, season, and the featured amenities it provides for guests. Thus, take your time to consider all these factors. In addition, there could be other additional costs and hidden charges that you’ll need to take care of. 

So, ensure you exhaust all possible questions when discussing with the host.   

Use A Reliable Booking Platform 

This ensures you don’t get scammed or have problems when booking your rental. Platforms such as, Airbnb, and VRBO are reputable and known for their standards. So, use any of such reputable booking platforms. 

However, before booking take your time to go through the reviews. 

This will let you know which rentals are okay and which aren’t okay for you. It could also let you know how welcoming the hosts of rentals are. Once you’ve gone through the reviews and found a rental that matches your preference and you have some questions, you can easily contact the host through these earlier-mentioned platforms. 

Essential Tips & Tricks For A Hitch-free Dubai Vacation

Here are some tips and tricks that could be quite useful to you in planning your Dubai vacation: 

  • Travel with light, breathable clothes as it’s quite appropriate for warm weather
  • Don’t forget to take your essential toiletries and medications (in case you have any medical condition)
  • Carry both cash and credit/debit cards. Making payment for anything you buy is easier this way
  • Use Dubai’s public transportation systems (metros and buses are cheaper)
  • Buy a local SIM card (this makes you spend less for internet access)

Final Thoughts 

Dubai is one of the most visited cities on earth and if you haven’t visited it yet, you should. There are nice places to visit, fun things to do, and welcoming folks to meet.