In this article and the video vlog embedded below, we are going to showcase 4 things:
- Cebu pacific piso fare
- Dubai transit visa on arrival
- Best Luxury Hotel Accommodation for only Php1,800+
- What you can do with your layover time
Plus ways on how to connect to Europe as low as Php5,000+ from Dubai.
1. Cebu Pacific Piso Fare
This is actually our second time transiting to Dubai via Cebu Pacific Airlines and the reason why we prefer to connect to Dubai is because of the Piso Fare offered by Cebu Pacific and affordable connections to another country in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and even in Russia. You can go to Amsterdam, Italy, France and other parts of Europe for as low as Php5,000 roundtrip going back to Dubai if you are lucky? Did you know that we only got the round trip ticket from Manila – Dubai to Manila for only Php3,750 pesos each? yes that’s right. We first booked our one way ticket last December 24, 2018 because Cebu Pak offered the year end piso sale so make sure to grab that opportunity. Sometime the return back ticket is a bit costly so if that’s the case, you can just book one way and look for another timing from the same airlines or from different company. This is ideal if your planned schedule is more than 6 months to 1 year from now. We got our return ticket just last June 2019 because of another sale.
2. Transit Visa on Arrival
Our objective is to go New Delhi, India for some business holiday purposes while connecting to Dubai. So if you a transiting to another country nearby like in Europe, Africa, Russia and so much more, do you need to apply for transit visa? the answer is NO, provided that you have the following condition:
a. You have a 3rd party connecting flight out from Dubai in more than 8 hours time
b. You have a hotel reservation ticket
c. Valid Passport
Make sure you bring all these copies with you when you go to the Airline Check-in counter because they will ask for your VISA in Dubai. Just mention that you will just transit going to another country and if that country requires a VISA, make sure you have a copy with you so they can give you your boarding pass.
Once you arrive in Dubai International Airport, just go to the immigration assistant desk nearby the Immigration gate and tell them that you will apply for transit visa. They will ask you few questions about your destination country, date and time, how long you will stay and if you have a reservation hotel ticket in Dubai. Once everything is clear they will let you go to the Marhaba Service to apply for the transit visa which require the approval from the immigration officer. They will ask you the same question and you have to pay for the transit visa fee amounting 63 Dirhams or Php884 Pesos either cash or credit card. After few minutes, you will get your transit visa then can clear the immigration gate and you can stay in Dubai for maximum of 48 hours. Last year, we got our transit visa on arrival for FREE coming from Armenia going to Dubai because we used a UAE based airlines which was Fly Dubai and the visa fee was waived.
Our connecting flight going to India is more than 24 hours so we need to relax and sleep in a hotel after our late arrival in Dubai. We just rented the taxi going to our hotel for only 40 Dirhams. The metro railway is also much cheaper that is only ranging from 5 dirhams to 15 dirhams each depending on the distance. Just make sure the hotel you book is near the metro station but if you are in a family of 2 or more, it’s better to use taxi instead so you don’t need to walk.
3. Best Hotel accommodation in Dubai
Did you know that we booked our hotel accommodation ticket right after the immigration told us to go to Marhaba to process our Transit visa? yes, because we are worried that it might not get approve and will just stay in the airport until our next flight. So i used my booking.com account and search right away the hotel that is available and luckily we found one that was really nice and affordable called Star Metro Deira Hotel Apartments. There is a free wifi in the airport so you can book anytime using your mobile phone. The price is only P1,800 + taxes which is cheaper already versus the other hotels in Dubai plus the amenities and benefits you can get when you book there.
They have a huge room that you will live like a king with your own kitchen, living room, dinning area, bathtub, and so much more. They also have a big swimming pool and gym that you can stay they longer. At the ground area, there area a lot of shopping area and soviner area to buy cheap items. In front of the hotel is a mall that you can unwind and just 3 minutes walk is a metro station that you can go around Dubai.
4. What you can do in Dubai for 8 to 48 hours
If its your first time transiting to Dubai, its a must and recommended to visit Burj Khalifa, the highest building the World. To go there, you can ride the metro rail and drop in Dubai Mall station. At least take your instagramable photo in front of Burj Khalifa and its ideal to go to Dubai Mall Fountain area to do that. You can also go up to experience that at least once in your life time in my separate vlog. We went there last year.
Another place to visit is Burj Al Arab, the third tallest hotel and the only 7-stars hotel in the world. You can stay their cheapest suites starts at $1,000 and the royal suites starts at $24,000 per night.
You can also visit and try the Dubai Creek Fary for only 1 Dirhams then go to Dubai Museum to visit and know the history of Dubai. You can also buy gold in Dubai Souk. The gold there is affordable comparing to what we have in malls so if you plan to buy your wedding ring or any other accessories, its a best time to buy it there. It’s like 30% to 60% cheaper comparing to our local prices. Take picture as well in the Dubai Frame since that is one of a kind architurural design. Other places to go if you have more time are Jumeirah Beach, Ride a camel and try the desert dinner tour package, Old Dubai and few more other know tourist spot.
Check out our next upcoming vlog and blog to our next destination New Delhi, India and see the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world via Emirates Airlines. See you all.
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