Free things to do in Dubai

  • 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 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 intensions 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 to 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. Jumeirah Beach Residence

    Take an evening stroll on Dubai’s one of the most popular beaches – Jumeirah Beach. With a free entry, you can not only enjoy the stunning views but also the sun, sea and sand!

    5. 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. 

    6. 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."

    7. 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.

    There is so much more to do in Dubai for free that you can spend good two to three days without spending a penny.

    Author : Anita Jain