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1. Posted by wilko84 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hey Guys,

I'm considering stopping off in Dubai for a few days en route to Thailand and Oz.

Could anyone reommend any backpackers hostels? Apart from the beaches, the snow dome and the building sites (which I'm interested in)... are there any other attractions that anyone would recommend?



2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

I stayed in the YHA Dubai which was fine. It's a little bit out of the centre towards the airport. they do a nice breakfast and can organise tours to the desert.

dubai creek is worth a wonder around and take a boat trip down it, and try and do a 4wd drive tour to the desert and meet the bedouin people.

3. Posted by redearth (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I have a 18 hour stopover in Dubai. Would it be a problem for me to leave the airport and go around the city centre? Someone mentioned that it could be a problem leaving the airport. Do they allow it?

With limited time, what are the must-sees in Dubai?
Burj Al-Arab
Gold Market
Spice Market
Dubai Mall

Anything else?


4. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

"With limited time, what are the must-sees in Dubai?
Burj Al-Arab
Gold Market
Spice Market
Dubai Mall

I would recommend the desert safari - it's best done in evening and the tour takes about 6 hours! gold market and spice market is also worth a see! The shopping malls are amazing but if you get time then its worth a visit.
As far as i am aware, they do let you out of the airport and you shouldn't have problems.

Have a nice time.

5. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 9y

Take the "Big Bus Tour" it leaves from Wafi City, (about 5 - 20 mins from the airport depending on traffic) its a hop on hop off system so you get to see all the things in the list!

No hassel leaving the airport, as long as yuo do not require a visa, most europeans do not need one, but check first as there is talk of Brits needing one soon!

The YHA is a way out but there is little choice of cheap accomodations in the city itself.


6. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

Does an european (EU) need a visa?

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting aitor

Does an european (EU) need a visa?

have a look at the following site for visa information:

If you have a Spanish passport, then according to that site you do require a visa but it can be got on arrival for up to 60 days. If it is the same for a Spanish passport to an Australian passport, well you will not need to pay anything for that visa.

I reckon depending on which countring from the EU that you were from, you may require a visa prior to arrival. For example if you were from Romania which unless I am mistaken is now considered part of the EU, well you do require a visa that isn't issued on arrival without prior arrangement, but more economically stable places like UK, Spain, France, Germany etc wouldn't have problems.

[ Edit: Edited on May 4, 2007, at 3:54 AM by aharrold45 ]