Top 17 Things To Do In Dubai For Free

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 and in no time you will be chilling in lazy river bed.

Location: Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah.

Aquaventure : Pic credit -Time Out Dubai


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

Dubai Marina Walk : Pic credit – Charter World


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

Jebel Hafeet : Pic credit – Visit Abu Dhabi


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.

Movies Under The Stars At Wafi : Pic credit – Time Out Dubai


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

Ripe Market in Zabeel Park : Pic Credit –


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.

Jumeirah Public Beach : Pic credit – Trip Advisor


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.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood : Pic Credit – Dubai Culture


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.

Flamingos in Al Qudra Lake : Pic credit – UAE Interact


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


Musical Fountain in Dubai Mall : Pic Credit – Gray Line Tours


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

Dubai Old Souq : Pic credit – Dubai Online


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

Dubai Creek : Pic credit – Get Your Guide


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.

Dubai Canal : Pic Credit – Adventure Emirates


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.

Overnight camping in 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.

Dubai Aquarium : Pic credit – Cappmea


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.

JBR Walk : Pic credit –


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.

Madinat Jumeirah : Pic credit – Madinat Jumeirah


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

Light and Fire Show : Pic Credit – Time Out Dubai

Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


  1. I didn’t know there’s so much to do in Dubai. It also looks like Dubai is such a man-made city much like Singapore. I’d really want to check out the Little Venice of Dubai!

  2. I’ve only ever been to Dubai on stopover so this is great to read. I’d like to go to those mountains and see views higher than the Burj! The marina walk and movies under the stars also sound very appealing!

  3. I have to admit one of the reasons that’s stopped me from going to Dubai so far, is by just how expensive it is. However saying that, I would love to visit and as you’ve pointed out there are some great free activities to do as well. It’s definitely a place I should experience.

  4. You know these flamingos at Al Qudra lake are so hard to find, I went bird-searching a few months ago and they were nowhere to be found. LOL. We are also supposed to have flamingos at Ras Al Khor bird sanctuary and again I went bird searching and found out that they don’t let you enter the park, only the ‘observation deck’ in one corner. Where are all the birds flying off to from Dubai? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. oh really.. I have been there 2- 3 times. First 2 times we saw so many flamingos… recently we went we dint see any but we actually dint look for any..but that’s sad if no flamingos… i love them . .:)

  5. We had a lot of fun when we visted Dubai. Great write up on things to see and do – for free. I didn’t know you could get into the waterpark free on your birthday. πŸ™‚

  6. I have always heard that Dubai is expensive, so great to see a list of budget-busting free activities! I’m particularly drawn to the undulating roads at Jebel Hafeet, Ripe Market – I loooove markets – and the old souq! Also, delighted to learn about the flamingos at Al Qudra Lake, had no idea these were in Dubai at all!

  7. Dang, there are so many free things to do in Dubai! I’ve heard it can be an expensive destination, but all these free things sure help! Note to self: Go to Dubai for birthday next year….

  8. Although we are more on the classical and traditional side of things, Dubai is a very interesting ultramodern city. We would love riding the water taxi and shopping around the old district. Before the financial crisis of 2007–2008, Sheila and I had plans of living here.

  9. Wow it’s great to see there are some free things to do in such an expensive city. I don’t think we are going to be camping in the desert any time soon but the free birthday entry to Aquaventure sounds awesome. Walking along the Marina looks great as well. What an outrageous looking city.

  10. I really appreciate this post. It’s a combination of clean writing, great suggestions and beautiful photos! I had no idea you could do so much in Dubai for free. White I understand getting to Dubai and paying for a hotel is expensive, you’ve made it more accessible once you get there! Great post.

  11. We have been living here more than a decade now and still there are always new things that we can do here. This city is truly amazing.. This post gives us some new insights and we will surely try the things we haven’t done yet.. A superb read..

  12. Finally! A Dubai post that doesn’t feel so stagnant. I am in love with the idea of watching a movie under the stars. I had no idea there was a Little Venice at Dubai! This is amazing! Definitely pinning this!

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