Dubai is a dream place for many. Located in a small country, this is one of the most important tourist places in the middle east. While there are many agencies providing packages to cover places of Dubai in luxury and in comfort, it is costly and doesn't cover much. One can easily cover the same places, with same comfort level, with a flexible time frame, at a much cheaper rate.
In late September, I booked a Dubai trip for my parents and their colleagues, in between their journey from Bombay to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Where my father works as a Researcher). It was a 5-day 4-night trip. Here is the detailed itinerary and the requisite information.
While getting a visa for any country seems troublesome for some (where Visa-on-arrival is not available), it is not so difficult as it seems. UAE provides Visa-on-arrival to Indians who hold a valid US Visa or green card, for 2 weeks. But regular Indian citizen has to get a visa before arrival. Visa for UAE can be acquired by directly contacting UAE embassy, but it’s a cumbersome process. It can be bypassed by obtaining a visa through third parties. I found Redcarpetassist.com really economical and efficient and booked visa through them. All they ask is – a copy of passports of each traveler and a copy of our residence proof (proof of our hotel booking). Since I had not booked hotels by the time I went to get their visa, they somehow managed, and got the visa. They took a visa for 14 days with validity for 2 months.
Since we got a visa without booking a hotel, we could have booked a hotel after they reached Dubai. But I found some really fantastic homestays in a posh area, at a very convenient price. I booked their room on the 66th floor of a building near the palm islands (but Palm Islands were not visible)
On arrival, one may get confused about the places to cover and how to go about it. So to be on safe side, it’s better to go through local travel agencies, or you can get the info from the hotel reception as well. I booked 5 trips online through forevertourism.com. It ensured safety, comfort and no hassle. Since my parents as reasonably aged (sorry Dad) I chose for some regular trips and not adventurous trips.
Day 1 – Red Dune Safari