Cheap indian restaurants and places to shop in Dubai

February 22, 2011

i m planing for dubai.i want to know the followings: 1)what will be the temprature in dubai in 1 march? 2)does dubai have beaches like goa? 3)which are the cheap markets in dubai to shop? 4)where i can find cheap n good veg. indian food in dubai?(MOST IMPORTANT) plz note:i m going to stay arond majestic hotel,so plz tell the add. of cheap rest. near to it. ...

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February 23, 2011

Salchira's answer about where to stay and eat in Dubai


You have chosen the right time to visit Dubai. This is the season when you can romp the beaches, walk the streets and enjoy the city without bothering much about the heat.

Tunisian section II [Ibn Batutal Mall] | Dubai Day# 5 (Source: Bashar Al-Ba'noon) 


Weather conditions are pleasant at the moment. However, March and April are the months for sandstorm occurrence .

For March first, you can expect a maximum temperature of about 27 degree centigrade and a minimum of 14 degree centigrade. Check below for more information.

Record: 31 | 11
Precip: 0.00
Average: 27 | 14
Precip: 0.03

 (Source: Weather Underground) 

Things to See

I have listed a couple of good beaches and few other places which you can explore while in Dubai.

1. Beaches (Recommended)

Dubai has one of the world's best beaches. This is one of the reason why Dubai has become a popular tourist destination. I have mentioned the following two beaches because it has all the facilities that an international beach has to offer. However, there are good public beaches all around the coastal strip which you can visit for free.

Jumeirah Beach Park


Jumeriah Beach Resort (Source: Sarah Ackerman) 

This is probably the most popular and beautiful beach in Dubai. The unending white sand with crystal blue waters makes the beach very appealing. The beach is also excellent for family and kids because of its shallow water and the presence of lifeguards. There is a certain fee (AED 5 | USD 1.36 per person) that you need to pay to access the beach. But, you will loads of facilities like a shower, recreation area, picnic tables, food court and more. See below for fees and timings.

Entrance Fees
- Entrance fee Dhs.20 per Car
- Entrance fee 5 Dhs. per person

Contact Number
009714 3492555

Visiting Time
- Ladies day is Saturday

Jumeirah Open Beach Park (Source: Jumeirah Beach) 

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Beaches - 1

Dubai beach (Source: David Hearle) 

This is the largest beach park in Dubai. The beautiful man made beach has swimming inlets, picnic spots, water sports and more. Lifeguards are available all around the beach. You could engage in some water sport activities, swim in lagoons, stroll by the beach or just relax at the garden under the tress.

Al Mamzar Beach Park (Deira Corniche, Al Mamzar. 4/296-6201. AED 5 per person, AED 30 per vehicle, AED 200 per day for chalet rental, AED 10 for pool. Sun.-Wed. 8-11, Thurs.-Fri. 8-11:30 )

 (Source: Fodor's Travel Guides) 

2. Palm Jumeirah (Recommended)

Palm Jumeirah

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Palm Jumeirah is one of the three man made islands in Dubai. The great engineering marvel of mankind, each of the islands is constructed in the shape of palm prongs. 

The size of this place is unbelievable! Truly a place to see and visit while in Dubai. Surprised that is not in the top 5. The Atlantis was pretty good and has it's own aquarium - pretty decent, but nothing spectuacular. The whole Palm Jumeirah area was amazing, can't believe the vastness of the expanse.. Two thumbs up!

 (Source: Palm Jumeirah) 

Al Fahidi Fort - Dubai, Tel.: 04 353 1862 (Bus: Deira, Old Souq 1)

Open Mon-Thu,Sat-Sun 8:30am-8:30pm; Fri 2:30pm-8:30pm

Dubai Museum

DSC_1830 (Source: DSC_1830) 

If you want to know about the history and culture of the city and the UAE at large, do head to the Dubai Museum. The museum will take you through the time from when Dubai was still a small fishing village to the oil rich country that we know of today.  .

With such a young country, viewing the history does not take very long, but the information really provides insight into the culture. The diaoramas are pretty funny , and if you want to take a photo next to a camel who won't bite you (he's stuffed...), this is the place. Very entertaining!

 (Source: TripAdvisor) 

Dubai Fountain

DSC_0437 (Source: Kevin Botto) 

This is the world's largest fountain with the length of more than 2 football fields put together. Visit the fountain in the evening to experience a spectacular show of water, lights and music. The music for the show ranges from Western Classical numbers to Bollywood entries. 

Go there in the evening for the most impressive experience. While it is nice during the day time hours, going there in the evening when the fountain show is enhanced with fire, fog and light it's even more impressive.

Show times will vary, check the Dubai Mall website for exact timings

Best spots to view the showings are on the bridge (come a few minutes earlier) or the far end waterfront walkway (cross the bridge, go right)

(Source: TripAdvisor) 

Shows are every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm to 11pm on weekends.

Dubai travel  (Source:Wikitravel) 


Dubai is a city which has a variety of restaurant options for vegetarians. As mentioned by you, you will be staying in Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai. Hence, I have listed few of the budget Indian restaurants in Bur Dubai location.

1. Rangoli, Bur Dubai (Recommended)

Bur Dubai, Dubai (Meena Bazaar) | Tel: 04 351 5873

Price: Dhs1-50 (USD 0.27 to 13 USD)

The Rangoli serves Gujarati buffet and a la carte dishes. The decor is not that great but the service and food is good. The restaurant has been highly reviewed by the visitors in Time Out Dubai.

This is what the visitors had to say:

I thorougly enjoyed the gujarit cusine and have recommend friends and family. One thing i want to learn is how they make the sabudana khichdi - sabudana are soft but not sticky. I will glad to get any tips on this one.

 (Source: TimeOutDubai.com) 


Re: reasonable eating places in Bur Dubai
17 June 2009, 5:11
If you like vegetarian food, try Rangoli in Meena Bazar. Their evening buffet is also very good.

reasonable eating places in Bur Dubai (Source: TripAdvisor) 

2. Rupee Room (Recommended)

Dubai Marina, Dubai, Tel.: 043905755

Price range: $20-$30

Cheap eats with fantastic eats. It is at a mere 20 minutes distance from the Majestic hotel and is considered to be one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai. A couple of reviews:

Had a voucher through the entertainer at this restaurant. Thought we would check it out and boy we were not disappointed. The service right from the start was excellent. The food was simply amazing, some of the best I have tried in a long while. It was that good that we decided to go back for a second time

Rupee Room Restaurant (Source: TripAdvisor) 


Excellent Food & Service in a fantasic location. Dubai Marina. Live Music adds the cherry on the cake. I visited Rupee Room with my friend Aman. We both were treated as special guests, as I was a visitor in Dubai from New Zealand.

The food was great, service was excellent & atmosphere was superb.

The Rupee Room (Source:Dubai Eating) 

Po Box 45068, Dubai, Tel.: +971(4)3511466

Average price : USD 1 to 15 USD

Great alternative and a haven for veggie lovers. Definitely recommended! And pretty cheap to boot! Some reviews:

Just by the Arabian Courtyard Hotel is one of Dubai's cleanest, most authentic, independent Indian vegetarian restaurants. This establishment is a firm favourite with the Indian community, and for good reason. The food here is stellar, although it can get too spicy if you don't alert the waiter.

Puranmal in Bur Dubai (Source: TimeOutDubai.com) 


2day I visited their Bur Dubai newly opened Restaurant and it was a wonderful experience We were 3 Adult & 2 Child had their Thali food , Along with Samosa / Sandwiches & Pani poori etc. taste was absolutely homely a bit spicy but manageable. for this all i paid 85 5 !! not a bad deal ... I wish Puranmal all the best & hope they should fly high by keeping this homly indian touch.Regards, Ashok , Sameer , Honney.

Puranmal (Karama) Restaurant (Source:Menupages.ae) 


Dubai has become shoppers' paradise especially during Dubai shopping festival. Listed below are the places where you can get cheap buy. However, be sure to haggle in these shopping centres.


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Here, you will not get the comfort of shopping malls but you are sure to get good bargains. The shopping district where you can get everything from garments, shoes, sunglasses, souvenirs and more. 

There are several little shops in this shopping district that sell everything and anything!!! An excellent stop to make before going home to get all those little last minute nick naks you always wanted!

 (Source: Shops in Karama, Dubai - Shopping - VirtualTourist) 

2. Gold Souk and Spice Souk (Recommended)

Gold Souk and Spice Souk

Bracelets at the Dubai gold market (Source: Joi Ito) 

A historic market place where you will find golds glittering all over the market. Bargaining is a must here. Make sure you have a knowledge of current gold prices when you shop at this place. Nearby is the spice souk, an enchanting collage of exotic spices from the Arab world.

Bus: Deira, Old Souq 1

3. Al Sabkha Souk (Recommended)

If you have electronic goods in mind, do visit this place. You can get all kinds of electronic items whether it's mobile phone, i pod, computers and accessories for all. Visit this market place armed with your bargaining skills.

Neighbourhood: Al Sabkha Rd, Dubai

 Open Hours: 7a-noon & 5p-7p Sa-Th, 5p-7p F


Here's an interesting event that's happening in the month of March.

1. Dubai World Cup (Recommended)

Dubai World Cup

Discreet Cat's return to racing delayed (Source: James Wood) 

Dubai World Cup is the grandest horse racing event in the world. If you would like to witness horse race in an Arab World, you could experience it on March 26th 2011. The event happens at Meydan  Racecourse. For more information visit their website

Well, these are my touristry recommendations for your visit. In case you are extending your holiday and thinking of visiting nearby places, we would be happy to assist you with that as well. And of course, accommodation at those destinations, some nightlife and the likes.

Hope you have a wonderful time in Dubai!



Answered by My life is all about keeping in touch with my personal self. I spend my time painting, cooking, surfing the net and of course travelling. Salchira Mrong Marak

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