I would like to tell you briefly how I managed to go to the Emirates for an inexpensive tourist package. We went to Sharjah, as it fit our budget and we managed to have a great time.
I flew to the Emirates at the end of January. The weather is quite comfortable, during the day you can sunbathe and swim, and in the evening you can wear a windbreaker. I flew in general to the Emirates several times, the first time with my mother. I just want to share this first impression.
We chose a hotel in Sharjah (I do not remember its exact name). The hotel had its own beach, which is very important in the Emirates! Not far from our hotel there was a Lebanese restaurant. All the subsequent evenings we had supper there (since there were unrealistically delicious seafood at very low prices).
At the reception the woman provided us with a huge selection of tours, on absolutely any wallet. So every day we had our schedule, we tried to visit as much as possible. One of the most economical options for excursions - this is an independent tour of the Big Bus Tour. The bus arrives every hour for a stop next to the hotel.
In Dubai and Sharjah we traveled by taxi or by public bus, also by subway. The metro scheme is quite simple. Unfortunately, the subway is only valid in Dubai, and further on your choice: a taxi or a bus. What else can you say about transport in Dubai? Well, probably, it's important to mention that if you come to the shopping center, or just walk-see, then be prepared for the fact that in the queue for a taxi you can stand an hour, or even two.
In general, our trip lasted only one week. This, of course, is not enough for beach holidays, excursions and shopping, but we tried to catch everything. The main disadvantages of living in Sharjah are, first of all, that women have to wear closed clothes. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi such problems do not arise, but again there is more rest. Therefore, out of two evils everyone chooses what is more convenient for him. By the way, I also wanted to mention, there were no problems at the customs house and we did not have visas when we were flying, although we are two unmarried women.