Hostels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Get to know Dubai (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dubai. To help you make friends with Dubai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Known as the most open-minded city in the Middle East, Dubai is the playground of the rich and the famous, of the royals, and all the other curious eyes that invade the city every year in search for beach, desert, and a virtually endless world of shopping possibilities. Famous for its skyscrapers and city life, Dubai is actually a mix of modernity and tradition, of concrete jungle, desert, and beach.

Within the city centre (along the famous Sheik Zayed Road), you'll encounter some of the world's finest malls (such as the Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates) that are a tourist attraction even for those less interested in shopping -- just visiting the structures itself (containing colossus such as indoor sky slopes and huge aquariums with sharks and the like) is worth it. Another "not to be missed" attraction in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building -- you can visit up to the one-hundred-twenty-third floor and, from the top, enjoy incredible panoramic views of the city, taking you from the blue sea of the Gulf to the endless beige of the desert.

The older side of town (Bur Dubai and Deira) is known for its heritage buildings and has a more typical Arabian feel to it.

To escape the city life, both desert and beach are recommended! Popular beaches include Jumeirah Beach (near the famous, seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab Dubai) and the stretch of sand in front of the famous dinning area of Jumeirah Beach Residence.

If you're into the sandy side of things, a desert safari is a must! The standard desert tour includes dune bashing inside four-by-four vehicles; a typical Arabian BBQ; camel rides; and, of course, belly dancing.

As Dubai is such a visited city, there are a lot of accommodation options; there are no backpackers hostels in Dubai in the typical sense, but instead you'll easily find a lot of smaller hotels and apart-hotels that can serve the same purpose. Budget-friendly options tend to be concentrated in the areas of Bur Dubai and Deira. Be advised that, when checking in a private double room with a person of the opposite sex, you might be asked for proof of marriage, as unmarried couples aren't allowed to stay together, as per the local customs.

Written by local enthusiast for Dubai hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Dubai hostels zararock

FAQ about Dubai Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Dubai. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Dubai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Dubai costs on average $32 for a dorm. A hostel in Dubai with private rooms costs on average $81.
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Your Packing List for Dubai

Your Packing List for Dubai

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dubai and United Arab Emirates.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Dubai Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Dubai, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
25 Total number of hostels
$32 Average dorm price
$81 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Dubai
Uninest Dubailand is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Dubai
Back Packer Top 10 is the best rated
Most Dubai hostels are located in
Al Qusais Area, Deira
3.4 Average rating of all hostels

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