With a reputation of being one of the most luxurious cities in the world, it’s hard to imagine there’ll be any free things to do in Dubai. But contrary to the belief, there are a lot of things to do in Dubai that are either completely free or are unbelievably cheap to afford.
While there’s no denial that Dubai is an expensive oasis in the desert, there are various cheap things to do in Dubai that help make your trip exciting and worthwhile without digging a hole in your pocket. Here’s an exclusive list of the best free Dubai things to do that is sure to make your trip more enjoyable.
1. Visit the best neighborhood of Dubai- The Bastakiya Quarter
Bastakiya quarter is the oldest inhabited place of Dubai and the buildings here date back to the late 1800s. It is the world of wind towers, art galleries and pretty much everything the old Dubai was made up of. Take a stroll here to see the humble beginnings of Dubai restored and kept safe to reminiscent of its glorious past. Bastakiya quarter contains Majlis gallery and the very famous Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
2. Experience the vibrancy of Dubai- The gold and spice souks
There’s no better place to experience the energy and vibrancy of the city of Dubai than to visit the two of its most popular souks- the gold and spice souks. The gold souk is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dubai and the market has on an average 10 tons of gold for trade every day. The spice souk offers scintillating aroma of spices even from a distance and has a collection the best of world spices and condiments to offer. What’s more, there is no one looking down upon you for bargaining. Other than these you can also go to textile souk and the perfume souk. These places are great for people watching too.
3. Relax on the beach- Spend a day on the Jumeirah beach
They say no vacation is complete without a relaxed beach day out, and rightly so, when you have a beautiful white sandy beach with a backdrop of the mighty Burj Al Arab, who won’t relax at the beach. The best part is that there’s no fee to enjoy this clean, well maintained beach. Before hitting the beach remember that Dubai is a conservational city and decent dressing is the minimum requirement of the city, even at the beach.
4. Take a peaceful stroll- Visit the Safa Park
Known as one of the best parks in the UAE, Safa Park is located in a massive 64 hectares and contains three beautiful lakes with over 200 species of birds. For a minimum entry fee, you get to enjoy the largest park in Dubai more than 16,000 varieties of trees and bushes. Apart from small gentle rolling hills, you get little forest areas too for adventure trails. You can see many people coming here for bird watching. Lush green grassy lawns cover 80% of this massive park. The park also has a waterfall that goes into the largest lake that also offers boating activities. One of the best Dubai things to do, visiting the Safa Park can actually help make your evening refreshing and allow you admire the nature in a peaceful way.
5. Visit one of the biggest mall in the world- The Dubai Mall
The Dubai mall is your place to be if you want to witness the grandeur of over 1200 shops, 120 restaurants, 14000 car parking spaces, 21 cinema screens, an almost every international brand under the sun. the Dubai mall also has the world’s largest suspended acrylic aquarium that houses over 33000 marine species. The mall has the world’s largest candy store ‘Candylicious’ and makes for an ideal day out for shopping.
6. Watch the Dubai Fountain- the world’s largest themed water fountain
The Dubai fountain is the world’s largest themed water fountain with 6,600 LED lights and 25 colored projectors. The fountain is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft. (roughly the height of a 50 storey building. The spectacular show of the Dubai fountain can be witnessed from Dubai mall every Saturday to Thursday 1pm and 1.30pm; 6- 11pm every 30 minutes and Friday 1.30pm and 2pm; 6- 11pm every 30 minutes.
7. Understand Dubai’s history- Visit the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort
Dubai museum is one place that speaks volumes about the history of the humble beginnings of Dubai when it was no more a small Bedouin village. The Dubai museum is one of the most uniquely maintained and life like depiction of the life of the people of Dubai in the Bedouin era. Not only is museum a treat to visit, but also the Al Fahidi fort where it is housed. The fort is the oldest fort of Dubai and is the perfect place to know about the how it served as a protection for Dubai from outside forces. While the visit to Al Fahidi fort doesn’t cost anything, the Dubai museum entrance fee is a negligible 3AED.
No wonder Dubai has a magical charm that attracts millions of tourists every year to the city but that does not mean you have to be a millionaire to visit Dubai. Some of the crème de le crème places of Dubai may be expensive but your trip need not be. Many of the best places to visit in Dubai with family are either free or have a minimal entry fee. So no matter whether you are on a shoe string budget or a luxury vacation, Dubai is one destination that will always be affordable for all pocket sizes.