Traveling the UAE in Style

When it comes to traveling, a lot of people think that it is best to set a meager budget and to stick to it. Although this is a good idea as traveling on a budget makes for a good experience and is an obvious way to save money for other traveling adventures, sometimes there is no harm in stretching the financial limit a bit further and going the whole hog. And where better place to go all out in regards to style and luxury than the United Arab Emirates?

The UAE is one of those places in the world that you can’t just travel to for a quick getaway: when you go there, you really have to go there. What this means is that, realistically, you can’t shirk on any expenses and you have to spend whatever it costs to be able to optimize fully your enjoyment whilst staying there. Continue reading “Traveling the UAE in Style”

Destination: Dubai

Never did I imagine that I would go to Dubai for vacation. But because my friend and I scored ridiculously cheap roundtrip tickets – like, $30.00 cheap – last January 2015, we just had to go. 😀

VISA

First things first. Filipinos need a visa to go to Dubai. Based from experience, we learned there are several ways to obtain a visa:

  • The easiest way is to have someone living and/or working in Dubai lodge your tourist visa application at a Dubai-based travel agency. We just sent scanned copies of our passports, passport-sized photo, and flight details.
  • Some hotels can also ‘sponsor’ your stay and process the visa for you, but most of them require a security deposit of AED5,000 (around Php65,000!). To get the refund, you must send them a copy of your exit stamp upon your return to the Philippines.
  • Some Dubai-based travel agency can sponsor your visa if you don’t have any family or friends in Dubai, but most of the time, you also have to avail of their hotel and/or tour package.
  • Lodge your visa application through a local (PH-based) travel agency. However, we found this very expensive. The visa fee can range from Php9,000.00 (e-visa) to Php12,000.00 (hard copy).
To avoid being offloaded, make sure you have the proper visa, lodging reservation/s, tour bookings etc. to prove that you really are just going there for leisure.

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Video: Dubai Vacation

While I’m still cooking up the blog post, here’s a short video of what transpired during my Dubai vacation last September 2015.

UAE Trip 2015 from Kat Torres on Vimeo.