For backpackers and others looking for budget accommodation, there
are youth hostels in Dubai (two), and also Sharjah, Fujairah (Fujeirah),
and Khorfakkan. To join the Youth Hostel Association, membership costs
150 dhs (you can do this at the youth hostel) or you can stay as a non-member
at a higher rate per night. Maximum length of stay is supposed to be
only 3 nights.
The UAE government website said several more hostels were planned for
2000 but there doesn't seem to be any further information available about
that, or any more youth hostels.
Rates were correct as of June 2007 (according to UAE YHA website). Accommodation
costs have been spiralling upwards in the UAE and especially Dubai through
2006 and 2007 so check with hostel for latest prices.
Booking is not easy - getting an email response seems to be a rare thing,
and online booking is allegedly being set up (but has been like that
for a year or two). A phone call is your best bet.
Maximum stay is 3 days, reception is open 24 hrs per day, alcohol and
smoking are not allowed.
UAE Youth Hostel Association Contact
UAE Youth Hostel Association, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel +971-4-2988151 or +971-4-2988161
PO Box 94141
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
UAE Youth Hostel annual membership fees
Individual membership 150 dhs
Family membership 300 dhs
Group membership (up to 20 persons) 1000 dhs
Prices for UAE youth hostels (as of 01 June 2007)
AED per night
Dubai Hostel A
Dubai Hostel B
Dubai Hostel C
Breakfast buffet 10 dhs per person from 0700-1000
Lunch buffet 40 dhs, standard meal 20 dhs per person, from
Dinner buffet 40 dhs, standard meal 20 dhs per person, from 1900-2100
Buffet meals only for groups of more than 15
A standard breakfast is included in the room rates for Dubai
Dubai Youth Hostel Tel +971-4-2988151
Located in Al Ghusais area (on Al Nahda Rd between Al Mulla Plaza
and the Al Bustan Center)
Facilities include A/C rooms, coffee shop, tennis, 24 hr TV lounge
with satellite television, laundry, swimming pool, internet and even
horse riding (at least that's what their website says). Charges are
50-165 dhs per night (including breakfast) depending on
have two or three beds.
There are three hostels at the Dubai location, cleverly named Hostel
A, B and C. Hostel A is the new one, and the most expensive, with reasonably
comfortable rooms including own bathroom, TV, fridge.
There is a public bus service with a stop outside the hostel - cost
is 1-2 dhs for buses to most places in Dubai.
Taxi fare from airport is about 30-40 dhs.
The UAE YHA website says catch bus 401 from Dubai International
Airport Terminal 1, (not 402 - it goes to the other side
of Dubai Creek) to the Al Sabkha bus station in Deira and then bus number
13 or 17 (both follow same route to Al Qusais bus station) to the hostel.
This would take you a couple of hours or more with the heavily congested
traffic in that part of Deira, Dubai.
A better alternative is bus 34 from Al Rashidiya, past the
airport and up Al Nahda Road past the youth hostel to Al Ghusais (Al
Qusais) Industrial Area. Approx every 30 mins between 0730 and 2200.
exiting from Terminal 2, take a taxi, it should only be a few minutes
and less than 30 dhs.
Single women may feel a uncomfortable staying in the youth
hostel in Dubai on their own. It's not your typical European alpine
retreat full of young Swedish backpackers.
Sharjah Youth Hostel Tel +971-6-5225070
On the main road to Ajman near Al Muroor roundabout in the Al Sharghan
Beach is about 500m away.
Accommodation in rooms with 3, 4 or 5 beds.
Fujeirah Youth Hostel Tel +971-9-2222347
Near the beach.
Accommodation in rooms with 4 beds per room.
Khor Fakkan Youth Hostel Tel +971-9-2370886
On the Corniche next to the Al Khaleej Club, near beach.