Free things to do in Dubai

Free things to do in Dubai

October 11, 2014
Endless deserts, impressive coastline and stunning skyscrapers, Dubai is all about the getting amazed and excited.
Free things to do in Dubai

With endless deserts, impressive coastline, and stunning skyscrapers, Dubai is all about 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 traveler 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 travelers, Dubai also features few things which are for free - things that 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 a 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 these 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.

8. Camping

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 favorite spot for tourists. Do carry plenty of snacks and beverages.

9. Beaches

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. A 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 colorful 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 artifacts 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 levels, 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 Marina Bay, Dubai's busiest neighborhood. 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 a good two to three days without spending a penny on sightseeing.

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