Are you going to travel by yourself or with friends or loved ones? My 2 colleagues and me were dreaming of going somewhere else other than the present location which is Saudi Arabia, our workplace and the Philippines, which is our mother country. One colleague overheard what we were talking about. Our chosen location for the adventure was Dubai. And she verbalized that she wanted to join. So that makes 4 of us. In the end only the 2 of us, the last one who joined the conversation, were able to pursue with that dream. One colleague changed her mind because she was saving money for her coming marriage. While the other one was not able to come because there was a problem with her visa.
Second, what is your budget?
I alloted 5000 Saudi Riyals, this includes everything, the dubai visa, airline ticket, hotel, food (lunch and dinner, breakfast was included in our hotel), the transportation expenses (use the metro train or by taxi) and the dubai tour and your saudi exit and re entry visa.
Third, apply for dubai visa online.
Please follow this link Dubai visa online for expats in saudi arabia
Fourth, if you were issued a dubai visa, book for your flight early.
The earlier you book, the cheaper is the ticket price that you will get. We chose the Flydubai Airlines. Flydubai was the cheapest airline to go to dubai at that time.
Fifth, choose your hotel.
We chose the suite novotel mall of the emirates. The location was good. Just a 5 minute walk to the mall of emirates. There were 2 free super pass ticket to ski dubai and free daily breakfast.
Sixth, apply for exit re-entry visa from your government relations.
Last, plan your itinerary.
What will you do on your 1st day until your last day in Dubai?
Below was our itinerary for a 4 days, 3 nights stay.
Day 1 Ski dubai inside the Mall of the Emirates.
Malling after ski dubai
Day 2 Dubai Mall in the morning
Desert Safari in the afternoon
Day 3 Aquaventure in Atlantis up to 6 pm
Dancing Fountain at 8:30 pm in Dubai Mall
Day 4 Departure from Dubai
Very tired yesterday, no extra energy to go out anymore, We just prepared our things because our flight is 2 pm.
We did not see the miracle garden because it is close as of the moment. We did not go to dhow cruise, because one tour guide said that the food was not that good and they do not want the travellers to complain. Anyway the tanoura dance in dhow cruise can be seen in the desert safari.
Four days is good but more than 4 days of touring Dubai was better. One tour will consume your time and energy. But with these four days, I am very happy from what I had experienced. I love Dubai. Hoping to go there again. Cheers!
Below were some of our pictures of Dubai
Comfort room Suite Novotel
Living room Suite Novotel
Double sized bed
penguin show inside ski dubai
mall of the emirates
aquarium inside dubai mall
desert safari food
nol card for the metro
inside terminal 2 dubai
What are the expenses?
flydubai ticket back and forth jeddah to dubai 2053 riyals for 3 persons
suite novotel 3 nights with daily free breakfast 2928 riyals for 3 persons
Total 4981 riyals for 3 persons divided by 3 persons = 1660 riyals per person
1660 riyals plus 293 riyals dubai visa
= 1953 riyals per person or 1912 AED
atlantis 250 AED
desert safari 200 AED
dhow cruise 130 AED
ski dubai 250 AED divided by 3 persons = 83 AED
miracle garden 30
400 AED deposit suite novotel
30 tourism fee
50 taxi from airport to suite novotel
130 snack in cheesecake factory
20 ski dubai locker
200 dessert safari
150 movie in 4D cinema (135 ticket + 10 for shades)
TOTAL = 760 AED for the 1st Day
16 AED dubai mall metro
12 taxi mall of emirates
50 VIP food desert safari
100 figurine for souvenir
10 male tarha
495 2 timex watch
145 hollister t shirt
TOTAL = 730 AED for the 2nd day
200 AED shorts
35 taxi from hotel to atlantis
85 souvenir picture
70 atlantis locker
16 metro from mall of emirates to dubai mall
16 dubai mall to mall of emirates
60 nandos restaurant
67 taxi from mall of emirates to airport
TOTAL = 549 AED for the third day
1st day expenses 760 AED
2nd day expenses 730 AED
3rd day expenses 549 AED
ticket, hotel and visa 1912 AED
TOTAL DUBAI EXPENSES 3,951 AED