After Sri Lanka’s cheap living expenses, I reached Dubai. The place was rather expensive so I skipped touristy things like sand duning and desert trips, spending most of my time reading.
Dubai’s travel costs
In April 2013, Dubai’s exchange rate was around 3 dirhams to 1 Singapore dollar.
I changed my dirhams at Changi Airport before flying out to Singapore.
I figured that having some Dubai cash in hand before landing is a good idea since my plane arrive past 11pm.
|Total spent (dirhams)||# of days||Daily average|
Duration: 5 days
Photos taken: 451 photos
Books read in Dubai: Several books from Song of Ice and Fire
Best dish: Shawarma! [I didn’t expect to see that many reincarnations of this dish for the rest of my trip but I did in Greece and Istanbul.]
Favorite part about Dubai: Air-conditioning
Biggest surprise: Dubai felt very familiar. It was like Singapore but with a lot of heat and sand. The place was eerily clean and the buildings in the CBD were shiny metallic.
Worst experience: Receiving a note under my door on my first night. I didn’t mention it in my blog posts because it felt too scary then.
Biggest rip off: Dubai 3G price. It was so expensive that I refused to buy 3G for my phone.
Biggest regret: Staying in Dubai for so long. Accommodation price in Dubai was really crazy. I booked an AirBnb accommodation and that took up 70 percent of my total spending.
Round-the-world pre-trip expenses