Endless deserts, impressive coastline and stunning skyscrapers, Dubai is all about the getting amazed and excited. The UAE’s biggest city remains architecturally and geographically unparalleled. Dubai is a perfect getaway for holiday and business travel. It offers everything for a traveller looking for adventure and exploring a city full of dazzling monuments and local culture.
Before you plan your trip to Dubai, make sure you get your Dubai Visa on time. Despite being one of the top shopping destinations in the Middle East for Asian, European and American travellers, Dubai also features few things which are for free - things which don't cost an arm, a leg or even a dirham in Dubai. So, leave your wallet at home and experience the shopping capital without spending a penny!
1. Dubai Fountain
Located at Burj Khalifa, the stunning Dubai Fountain Show is definitely worth a visit. The length of the fountain is 900 feet (more than 2 football fields’ length) and the height is 500 feet. With over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment, the fountain features more than 6,600 lights with 1,000 water combinations.
2. Dubai Gold Souk
When in Dubai, do visit the gold market! Though the city is a gold hub consisting of many gold souks across the city, the best place is Gold and Diamond Park. No matter if you have intentions to buy gold or not, a visit to the gold souk will surely mesmerize you. Don’t miss a view of the world’s largest gold ring worth USD 3 million – The Najmat Taiba ring by Kanz Jewelry displayed at Deira Gold Souk.
3. Visit shopping malls
Explore the shopping heaven of shopaholics by visiting the various malls across the city. Shopping malls like Mall of Emirates, Burjuman Centre, Mercato Mall, Wafi Mall, Mall of Arabia, Deira City Centre, Jumeirah Plaza, Al Ghurair Centre, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Mall and Festival Centre are few of the top shopping malls in the city.
4. Bastakiya Quarter
There is no cost to walk through the historic quarter of Dubai, a fascinating representation of what Dubai looked like at the beginning of the 20th century.
5. Dubai Camel Museum
Hidden behind Sheikh Maktoum’s palace is one of the city's more offbeat attractions, the Dubai Camel Museum. This small house is a testament to the passion that Emiratis have for their beloved "ships of the desert."
6. Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Right in the heart of the city, Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing nature preserve. The sanctuary is home to over 500 Greater Flamingos and the pretty pink flamingos steal the show in winter. Avid birdwatchers can also spot more than 270 species in this salt flats, lagoons and mangroves.
7. Aquaventure on your birthday
Yes, you read that right! Aquaventure at Atlantis provides one free entry ticket during your birthday week. All you got to do is register your birthday on their website and get a free pass.
With vast deserts and secluded spots in Dubai, you could pitch your tent and enjoy a fun camping experience. You could also camp by Al Qudra lakes, a favourite spot of tourist. Do carry plenty of snacks and beverages.
You could take a walk down one of the many public beaches in Dubai. Build a sandcastle, have a small picnic or even go for a swim. Few of the popular beaches are Kite beach, JBR beach, Umm Suqeim Park Beach, Al Sufouh Beach etc
10. Bur Dubai Grand Mosque tour
An epitome of Dubai’s cultural and religious heritage The Dubai Grand Mosque is a must-visit to gain an insight into Emirati life. You will be shown around by an expert guide from the Islamic Information Centre. Experience the Islamic traditions and culture during this tour.
11. Free Movie Under The Stars
Watching a movie is generally not something one would do during a holiday in Dubai, but when you get to watch it under an open sky and for free, why not?
Pyramids Rooftop Complex in Wafi complex plays movies every Sunday evening for you to enjoy a one of a kind movie viewing experience.
12. Free View Of Dubai Aquarium
If you don't have the time, budget or don't wish to visit the Dubai Aquarium you could just view the main Aquarium from outside at the Dubai Mall. Catch a glimpse of all the colourful and exotic fishes.
13. Coffee museum
A must-visit for all coffee lovers. Learn about the history of coffee and check out the coffee-related artefacts such as books, coffee pots, antiques, old advertisements etc. They also showcase various roasting techniques. Don't forget to try out their coffee at the cafe, it definitely is worth it.
14. Hiking at Hatta
Surrounded by Hajar mountains, Hatta is the perfect place to go hiking in Dubai. With five routes available of different difficulty level, you could pick a route according to your ability. Explore Dubai’s largest national park on foot.
15. Walk along the Dubai Marina Walk
The is plenty do to and view at Marina Bay, Dubai's busiest neighbourhood. Marvel at the dazzling skyscrapers as you take a walk at this 7km long waterfront stretch. The Marina is lined with restaurants, malls, pop-ups, spas and a lot more
There is so much more to do in Dubai for free that you can spend good two to three days without spending a penny on sightseeing.