Few places have undergone a transformation quite like the United Arab Emirates in recent decades. The region and its key cities like Dubai have developed not only into exciting tourist destinations but also vibrant places to live and work.
In fact, with a number of opportunities springing up in the area, it is seemingly more common than ever to see individuals and families taking the leap and heading off to experience what life is like there.
Considering Dubai is often associated with state-of-the-art facilities and luxury, people often assume that it will be expensive to build a life in the city. However, that is not necessarily the case and here we are going to look at a few ways you could move there without breaking the bank.
Find the right location
One fundamental way to ensure your move gets off to a cost-effective start is to secure the right kind of accommodation to suit your budget. Bayut presents areas in Dubai that are known to offer reasonable rents include Greens, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Motor City, and Discovery Gardens. Furthermore, somewhere like International City may be a little further away but could be ideal if you’re looking to spend less.
Of course, you should factor in general lifestyle issues when considering the apartment or property which is right for you. For instance, you may want to see if a building has free parking and, if you like to get active, whether it has a swimming pool or on-site gym. You might want to consider what outdoor amenities are close to your building, including whether green spaces or quality running routes are situated close by. Having access to these things near to your home may mean you do not have to spend a huge amount on a gym membership elsewhere in the city.
Discover hidden gems
Another way to stick to a budget while living in Dubai is to spend some time uncovering a few hidden gems. While fine dining is never far away in the city, there are also some great options for cheap eats. Time Out recommends a host of exciting places to enjoy good-value meals, including an Aappa Kadai canteen or the fragrant, flavorsome food of a Sri Lankan eatery like Ayubowan.
Furthermore, keep an eye out for low-cost or free activities in the city too, with Skyscanner outlining several exciting options. These include the fact that you can get into the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm hotel for free on your birthday.
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— Atlantis The Palm (@ATLANTIS) 7 September 2018
Finally, with Dubai being full of expats who have been in your situation, why not speak to a few friends or workmates to find out what they get up to when they’re on a budget? The chances are that they will have a number of great ideas that you may not have thought of.
Dubai on a budget
Dubai is a location synonymous with luxury but there are still plenty of ways to live there in a cost-effective manner. The ideas above are just a few ways that you can move and live in the city on a budget and we’re sure you will discover many more as you find out more about this truly incredible location.