" Travel while you are young & able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be "
" If package tour is not your cup of Chinese or English tea, not to worry ! Set yourself free, learn the ABC of traveling free & easy ! Backpacking is like drinking a cup of Bombay tea with milk, pleasant & tasty ! The tale of a 68 year old backpacker sipping & enjoying a cup of Boh tea at a Malaysian home "
" My 14 days free & easy solo visit to United Arab Emirates (Dubai & Abu Dhabi) & Oman (Muscat) from 8 - 21/1/2018 - my first visit to UAE & Oman; my last visit to Middle East countries was in Oct 2008 to Jordan & Syria "
|Map of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Middle East|
|Map of Oman, Middle East|
Think of these in Dubai - Dessert Safari, Old Souk, The Palm, Burj Khalifah, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Musical Fountain, Persian Gulf, Global Village, Miracle Garden, stylish skyscrapers, a global city, business hub of Middle East, Arabic food, Arabian folk tales, Arabian nights, English widely spoken and many more tourist attractions in Dubai and the mention of these interesting places are strong enough to enthuse you to fly to Dubai and see with your own eyes ..... though it took me years to decide to visit Dubai but for this exploratory visit to UAE, I like to thank Singapore Airlines & Backpacker 16 Hostel (Dubai) for providing a senior citizen the opportunity (an economy air ticket & a decent place to slumber) to backpack & do a 14 days free & easy visit to United Arab Emirates including Oman with ease and without much fuss !
For tourists who enjoy outdoor sports & adventurous, try the Dessert Safari tour package (150dhm offered by Backpacker 16 Hostel) from 3 - 9pm; this should be an exciting trip ie seeing the sand dunes, taking a camel ride, watching an Arabic belly dance show & savoring a typical Arabic style BBQ buffet dinner !
In my day trip to Abu Dhabi from Dubai & using public buses I fulfilled my dream of visiting the two gems of Abu Dhabi ie the Emirates Palace Hotel & the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Due to the closing of a backpacker hostel in Abu Dhabi in January 2018, my original stay for 3 nights in Abu Dhabi was cancelled last minute ! Traveling time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is approximately 2 hrs.
Border crossing from Dubai to Muscat, Oman at Hatta was smooth & straight forward as for Malaysians entering from Dubai to Oman, it was visa free so just be a good citizen of the world and queue up to go through the immigration protocol & luggage checking at both the border checking points. However, there was a new exit fee of 35.25dhm imposed on all foreign tourists by the UAE border cross point at Hatta .
My 3 nights stay in Muscat was a pleasant one and using public buses, I was able to visit the Muttrah Corniche, Al Alam Palace, National Museum & Port Sultan Qaboos. In Muscat I stayed at Al Hadow & Majestic hotels (2 star). Travelling time from Dubai to Muscat is approximately 6-7 hrs.
Food wise, using my travel cooker, I made my own meals at the hostel's kitchen and relaxed most of my time chatting with fellow backpackers in my room sharing & exchanging our travel experiences and day trips in Dubai & nearby places !
Total overall expenses incurred in UAE & Oman (14 days): Rm4,272 (US$1,057)
Airport shuttle bus (KL) : Rm8 x 2 (seniors)
Rapid KL trains : Rm2.10 x 2 (seniors)
Bus (Dubai > Abu Dhabi): 25dhm x 2 return
Boats : 5dhm
Mono Rail: 30dhm
Hafilat Bus Card (Abu Dhabi) : 20dhm
Food & groceries (own prepared meals) : 150dhm
Entrance fees: 3dhm (Dubai Museum) + 45dhm (Miracle Garden) + Free admission for seniors above 65 (Global Village)
Metro: 340dhm (Rm375)
2) Total expenses incurred in Oman (4 days): 49.60 Oman Rial + 90dhm = Rm654 (US$162)
Al Hadow Hotel, Muscat (1 night) - 12 Oman Rial (Rm125)
Majestic Hotel, Muscat (2 nights) - 15 OR x 2 = 30 OR (Rm312)
Long distance bus: Dubai>Muscat return - 90dhm
Departure Tax (Hatta border): 35 dhm
Muscat city bus: 2 Oman Rial
Taxi (Muscat): 3 Oman Rial
Food: 2.60 Oman Rial
|Burj Khalifah, Dubai|
|Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai|
|The Dubai Fountains|
|Global Village, Dubai|
|Miracle Garden, Dubai|
|Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai|
|Old Souk, Dubai|
|Dubai Gold Souk|
|Dubai Spice Souk|
|Dubai Old Souk Station|
|Souk Al Bahar, Dubai|
|Jumeirah Open Beach, Dubai|
|Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall|
|Mall of Emirates, Dubai|
|Ski Dubai, Mall of Emirates|
|Grand Souk Deira|
|Heritage House, Dubai|
|The Souk, Dubai Mall|
|Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai|
|The Beach, Dubai|
|Pier 7, Dubai Marina|
|Marina Promenade, Dubai|
|Raffles Hotel, Wafi, Dubai|
|Dubai Healthcare City|
|Dubai Festival City, Creek|
|The Palace Downtown, Dubai|
|Dubai Burj Plaza|
|Atlantis The Palm, Dubai|
|Dubai International Airport|
|Dubai Fountain Lake|
2) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
|Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi ( UAE )|
|Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi|
|Abu Dhabi Corniche|
|Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi|
|Etihad Square, Abu Dhabi|
|Marina Eye, Abu Dhabi|
|Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi|
3) Muscat (Oman)
|Muttrah Corniche, Muscat - Oman|
|Jalani Fort, Muscat - Oman|
|Muttrah Old Souk, Muscat - Oman|