Let’s not beat around the bush; you’re looking for the best hostels in Dubai, and we’re here to deliver the crème de la crème of hostels in the “City of Gold”.
In this ultramodern city that’s home to great nightlife, luxury shopping and artificial islands, you’ll also have the chance to sleep in modern, comfortable accommodation. Most likely you will arrive to the Airport with your flights by Emirates. From here you simply take the metro.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Get around Dubai: The fastes, easiest and cheapest way to get around is the Metro line. It connets the Airport with Burj Khalif and many main spots. It is so easy. For your first trip from the Dubai International Airport to the city center, I recommend buying the Golden Ticket. This allows you to take the first wagon with the best views to the city. It just costs a fraction more than the regular ticket.
Working Mens Hostel in Dubai: We had a look but we couldn’t find a decent working hostel that we’d recommend. Dubai Youth Hostel is an affordable, centrally located option worth checking out.
To finish off, we want to let you know about Dubai Beach Hostel which offers shared dorms exclusively for budget-conscious backpackers – great!
The hostel owners sum it up beautifully:
“A place where exchanges and good vibes punctuate the daily life of the hostel: you can enjoy discovering the culinary specialties of many countries, play cards, chess, ping pong, and get to know all the good things about Dubai from the very first days.”
The thing is, it doesn’t stop there! Other services to look forward to, include:
Access to a gym & swimming pool
Balcony w/ views of Bluewaters Island
Shared kitchen & dining table
The best bit? Easily the balcony. It offers a 360 degree view of JBR beach, with seating and shisha. Nice.
Other freebies include free internet access, lockers and towels.
As for the rooms, let us mention again that there are only shared dorms available here.
They include one 12-bed that is mixed, and two 8-bed dorms; one for men and one for women. All have air conditioning.
And guess what?! There are privacy curtains on the bottom bunks creating private bed space! This is the only hostel we could find with this included.
Location: Very close to all of your needs including a supermarket, tramway, bars, restaurants… you name it!
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels! We think, it might not be worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there. Why?
For Dubai Hostels, the quality can differ a lot and some amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Also, take the location into account. A metro connection is just useful and cheaper to have as well. Imagine taking a taxi every time you want to go back to your hostel? That’s gonna cost good money in Dubai.
That being said, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Dubai:
Open Hostelz.com with full list of budget places to stay in Dubai
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
If you’re interested in comparing affordable hotels, have a look at Saffron Boutique Hotel and Fortune Classic Hotel.
The best cheap hotel nearby Dubai Airport is ibis Styles Dubai Airport Hotel. It is only a 5 minutes metro ride away, and we paid only $60 for a spacious Private Double Room.
It is the perfect hotel in Dubai for a layover.We stayed here as well for one night, when our Emirates Flight arrived late at night. The rooms are sound-proof, therefore you will sleep like a baby and have good rest.
I have no doubt you already know this: Dubai is not cheap. In fact, it made me feel three times smaller when I was there. Everything is big, majestic, new, impressive. Not to say, intimidating. I was looking for things to do in Dubai on a budget.
Here are my favorite cheap things to do in Dubai:
1. Sky Views Observatory (from 15€ only)
This is actually my absolute best tip. It is unique, cheap, and super cool. What else do you want?!
Instead of going up the Burj Khalifa, you can explore the Sky Observatory, take the Sky Glass Slide and walk the Sky Edge Walk.
Before you run and buy your ticket, I have bad news: The thrilling air-walk experience actually costs much more! It costs more than 160€ – bummer!
For 15€ you have the Sky Views Observatory and one outdoor glass slide – NOT the air-walk like in the photo and video below.
However, still worth it and super cool! Just do not be disappointed about the air-walk 🙂
Let us do one of the best FREE things to do in Dubai: The Fountain Show in front of Burj Khalifa.
The Burj Khalifa light show runs every 30 minutes on Thursday, Friday, Saturday through until 10.45 PM. On weekdays every hour from 7.45 PM. This schedule subject to change, so please always check it before you go.
I am adding here a video for you to see what to expect.
4. Walk inside the Mall (FREE)
Do you want more free stuff? Enter the worlds biggest mall, the Dubai Mall.
Personally, the idea of visiting this mall already bored me. I should visit a mall as part of sightseeing?! Come on…But this is Dubai, and this is no ordinary mall, of course. I was impressed.
The two biggest highlights are:
The Ice Skating Rink
The Aquarium with Manta Rays and sharks
You can get a good idea of the mall in around 2 hours. Just keep walking and consul the map so you won’t get lost. There is also a part that is designed as an Old Market, the Souk. You can also find the skeleton of a Dinosaure here. Dubai is just a different level. The food court is really good, too. Prices are a bit cheaper here, so worth it get your breakfast or lunch here,
I really wanted to enter the Aquarium, but the queue was more than 1 hour long…That was a pity. The entrance costs around $30. You can buy the entrance ticket beforehand, but there is no ticket to skip the line, unfortuntately.
The Ice Rink costs ±$30 for 90 minutes. On their official website you can get a discount of 15%, quite nice. You have to book a specific time slot. I recommend to actually go there and when you want to enter, you can book the ticket online on the spot – and compare the price for save a few dollars.
5. Just check sights to Activities
Since Dubai is changing all the time, and new things come up, I recommend to check the following 3 activity sites:
Last but not least, here is another video of 25 things to do in Dubai UAE. Some inspiration for you!
All 3 Dubai Hostels put on a Map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Dubai hostels on a map. Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Burj Al Arab
The Dubai Mall
Dubai Miracle Garden
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The Dubai Fountain
Dubai World Trade Centre
Qusais Madina Mall
Friendly reminder, I added my favorite cheap things to do here, too.
(You can activate/ deactivate different layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here)