I would like to tell you briefly how I managed to go to the United Arab Emirates for an inexpensive tourist package. Yes, we did not live in fashionable Dubai, but in Sharjah, but it fit perfectly into 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! Since the city beach can only rest in Dubai, but living in Dubai is the most expensive, if compared with other emirates. There are only seven of them. We, we will tell so, have chosen a variant easier. Not far from our hotel there was a Lebanese restaurant, which we were very recommended to visit, which we did and did not regret a bit. All the subsequent evenings we had supper there (since there unrealistically delicious seafood at very low prices, and the atmosphere itself is not obtrusiveness).
At the reception of the hotel sat a Russian woman who has been living in the Emirates for 15 years, helped and told us everything. She also had 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. There was a guide on the bus, and she was entertainingly telling about all the sights.
In Dubai, Sharjah traveled either by taxi or by public bus, and already by Dubai were traveling by subway, the metro scheme is quite simple (getting lost, in my opinion, it's difficult there ). 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 for shopping, 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. And another important point, when you eat from one emirate to another in a taxi, they have some extra charges to the total cost, keep this in mind!
In general, our trip lasted only a 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 (every time one has to bother whether they are dressed in a vulgar way). 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 flew - two unmarried women. In general, the trip we liked, pompous and cognitive!