Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Having said that, there are a number of activities you can experience without spending a dime. So here is our guide on 17 best things to do in Dubai for free
1) Get entry to one of the world’s largest waterparks – Aquaventure
Yes, you can get a free entry to Aquaventure water park. Sounds too good to be true? Well, you can avail this offer only during your birthday week. All you need to do is register your birthday with them at http://www.aquaventurebirthday.com/ and in no time you will be chilling in lazy river bed.
Location: Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah.
2) Have an evening stroll at Marina Walk
With yachts floating on water, long stretch of cafes and restaurants and the bright lights of city skyline, Dubai Marina Walk is definitely not a place to be missed.
Location: Marina Walk, Dubai Marina
3) Go higher than Burj Khalifa
Getting up to the world’s tallest tower might be hard on your pocket, but you can go even higher without spending a dime. Jebel Hafeet is the tallest mountain in UAE and it is just 2 hours’ drive from Dubai. You can hike it up for free for an amazing view.
Location: Jebel Hafeet
4) Movies under the stars at Wafi
Get your popcorn and enjoy a night under the stars watching your favourite movie. It happens every Sunday at 8:30 pm at Rooftop gardens, Wafi pyramids.
5) Relish the community feeling in Ripe Market at Zabeel Park
Ripe market has become one of Dubai’s great attraction over years because of its atmosphere and warm community spirit. You will experience free music performances by local artists, food trips, a range of fun and exciting activities, boot camps etc
Location – Gate 2, Zabeel Park, Dubai
When – October to April, every Friday 9 am to 4 pm
You can read more about it here http://ripeme.com/ripe-markets/ripe-market-zabeel-park/
6) Soak in the sun at Jumeirah Public Beach
Yes, fancy beach clubs are amazing but you can read the same book, swim in the same sea, get tanned under the same sun for free. Jumeirah public beach has free changing facilities as well and is located in the very heart of Dubai. The view of the glamorous Burj Al Arab Hotel add a special charm to this beach.
7) Find out some fascinating facts about Dubai
A visit to Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and old way of life in UAE. There are several free museums in the street within walking distance. You can pay a visit to Dubai museum for as low as 3 dirhams (less than 1 USD) price.
8) Mingle with flamingos in Al Qudra Lake
What better way to spend your weekend than observing flamingoes and other numerous birds chilling in their element at Al Qudra Lake. Make some fire, play some music and camp out in one of the Dubai’s most beautiful locations.
9) Watch a musical fountain show at Burj Khalifa
No matter how many times you see it, viewing Burj Khalifa spectacular fountain show never gets old. Performing a range of songs from classical to world music to Arabic, the spectacular world’s tallest fountain show is what Instagram dreams are made of.
Location: Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa
When: Daily every half an hour from 6 pm to 11 pm
10) Window shopping at Dubai’s Old Souq
Dubai Old Souq is the traditional market in Dubai where you can find a wide range of UAE’s local product such as spices, gold, perfumes etc
11) Observing the Luxury Taxi and Water taxi at Dubai Creek
It’s a perfect place to go for a long walk in. You can spot many traditional colorful local boats here. You can also take an Abra ride or a water taxi for as low as 1 AED (0.3 USD).
Location: Dubai Creek
12) Chasing the glowing man-made waterfall in Dubai Canal
Dubai Canal is a man-made canal with motion control waterfall alongside its bridge. The curtains of waterfall starts every time a boat or a yacht is passing underneath the bridge. It’s one of the most Instagrammed spot in Dubai since its recent opening.
13) Camp out in a desert
Grab some food, get your drink sorted, pack your tents and camp under the stars in a desert. Camping in any desert is free in UAE. Nearest desert from city is Al Qudra desert.
14) Go beneath the water in Dubai Aquarium
Located in the world’s largest mall – Dubai Mall, the massive aquarium is home to more than 30,000 marine life and more than 400 sharks.
15) Pay a visit to JBR
If you’re looking for street shopping, al fresco dining, fashionable boutiques or simply a leisurely promenade, make sure to visit JBR walk. Beach is just across the walk, so once you are tired of walking, take a nap under the breezy JBR beach.
16) Explore the Little Venice of Dubai – Madinat Jumeirah
If you’re looking for an experience that combines luxury and tradition, visit Madinat Jumeirah. It’s especially enchanting at night, when the canals and gardens are lit and the Burj Al Arab is glowing in the background.
17) Indulge in fire, water and light show
This show in Dubai Festival City boasts the largest water screen projection in the world and it is a combination of hologram fountains, light and pyrotechnics.
Location: Dubai Festival City Bay