Dubai on a Budget: 8 Free Things to do in Dubai

The glitzy and glamorous Dubai is surely one of the richest locations in the world. The unique structures and modern architecture have only increased its brand value, making Dubai holiday one of the most expensive ones. However, this does not mean that Dubai is not a place for people on budgets. While there are travel agencies or companies that offer budget holiday packages, there are also several free things that you can do in the city. Here are some of the most popular things that you can do in Dubai without spending any money.

Explore the Souks

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While the malls of Dubai are exciting and enormous, there is something about the souks of Dubai that you would not find in the modern shopping malls. Vibrant, colorful and chaotic, the souks of Dubai are a different world, one removed from the opulent city of Dubai. Explore the traditional markets with a visit to the Gold Souk, Perfume Souk and Spice Souk in Deira, and the textile souk and old souk in Bur Dubai part of the town.

Of course, you would have to shell out money if you want to buy something from the souks. However, the best part is that the souks give you the chance to buy unique things at half the price. Wherever you go, do not forget to bargain before you make the payment. This is true even for the gold souk. On the other hand, even if you do not buy anything, you would surely enjoy walking along the lanes of the souk and taking some interesting pictures to flaunt on your social media handle.

Have Fun at Kite Beach

Dubai is home to numerous beaches, although most are private beaches owned by hotels. If you want to avoid paying money to spend time at one of the private beaches, Kite Beach is surely the best free beach in Dubai. Located on the Jumeirah Coastline, this is the largest public beach of the city. This is also the place where you get the best views of Hotel Burj Al Arab.

In order to save money, you can get your own blanket or loungers so you do not have to rent one. While there are several cafes, restaurants and food trucks along the beach, you can also get a picnic. As the day turns into evening, walk towards the Burj Al Arab to Sunset Beach, where you can witness a phenomenal sunset. Kite Beach regularly hosts several free activities including live entertainment, yoga and fitness events, volleyball, etc. You can surely spend an entire day on the beach without being bored.

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Witness the Splendid Dubai Fountain Show

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Just outside the Dubai Mall lies the enormous, 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. While it is the perfect spot to view the marvelous Burj Khalifa, the lake is most popular for its amazing fountain show. Every evening, from 6 to 11, the Dubai Fountain puts up a splendid performance, every 30 minutes. During the show, the fountains dance to the tunes of music composed by world-renowned musicians. The synchronized moves of the fountain are a sight to see, and would definitely leave you mesmerized. One of the highlights of the show is when the fountain leaps to 500 feet in height. The best part is that the show is absolutely free and you can watch it as many times as you want if you do not mind sticking around for such a long time.

Explore the Bastakiya Quarter

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If you want to see a different side of Dubai, you must visit the Bastakiya Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city. Home to narrow alleyways, sandstone buildings, and the wind towers, the place was constructed in the 1600s and was home to Persian merchants. Although old, Bastakiya Quarter has been restored and preserved well. While some of the buildings are private properties, many of them have been converted into museums, restaurants, hotels and art galleries. You can explore the place on your own or be a part of one of the group tours if you want to know about it in more detail.

Visit the Coffee Museum

coffee museum at bastakiya quarter

One of the must-visit museums at the Bastakiya Quarter is surely the Coffee Museum. It is conveniently located in one of the villas of the neighborhood. Here, you would not only get the chance to see the interesting exhibits of the museum but also see the interiors of an ancient house. The Coffee Museum would give you an insight into the history of coffee and also a glimpse of the artifacts related to coffee, including a 300-year-old coffee pot. You would also witness different methods of roasting and grinding coffee beans. As the aroma of coffee is all over the place, you would surely yearn for a cup of brew by the end of the tour, and you can enjoy the same at the museum’s coffee shop. You can also buy coffee-related souvenirs at the gift shop.

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Enjoy Bird Watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

A place that nature lovers and birdwatchers would love in Dubai is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Located at the Cape of the Dubai Creek, this wildlife sanctuary is a haven for migratory birds like great egrets, black-winged stilts, osprey, grey herons, cormorants, etc. However, the star of the sanctuary is definitely the flamingo. Come winter and you would see a sea of pink flamingos at the flamingo hide, one of the three hides at the place. Apart from this, the sanctuary is a wetland reserve containing salt flats, mangroves, lagoons, and intertidal mudflats, etc. You can enjoy the beauty of the place as well as the birds at this wildlife sanctuary without paying any entry fee.

Let Your Hair Down at a Night Club

Dubai is known for its amazing nightlife. The city is dotted with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and party places. Moreover, they all come with a price tag. However, if you are a woman, you can easily find a nightclub that offers free entry (as well as few drinks) almost every day of the week. Most nightclubs have Ladies Night either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or sometimes on other days of the week as well. The best thing to do would be to check online or call the nightclub beforehand so that there is no confusion.

Celebrate Your Birthday at Aquaventure Waterpark

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Aquaventure is one of the best waterparks in Dubai and one of the most expensive too. However, it is possible to get free entry to the waterpark and access to all its rides and slides on your birthday and six days following it. All you need to do it register your birthday on their official website and you will get a voucher that would give you access to the waterpark for free during your birthday week. With the cost of a ticket to Aquaventure Waterpark so high, it would definitely be a great birthday celebration.

With these free things to do in Dubai, you would surely be able to enjoy your Dubai holiday without thinking too much about spending money. If you want to experience the city of Dubai in detail, it would be best to go for a long holiday and get the 30 days multiple entry Dubai visa, which would give you the chance to stay in the city for a month.

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