Flashy, glossy, Dubai has many fun activities that you can indulge in for absolutely free. Find it difficult to believe? Well, let’s unravel this fantastic list, so you can make your vacation to Dubai enjoyable without spending a dirham. Here are our top selections for 10 free things to do in Dubai.
1. Dubai Fountain Show
The eye-catching Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain! One of the coolest free things to do in Dubai is to see the 150-meter-high Dubai Fountain. Get awe-struck watching the dancing waters sway to the music and the backdrop of vibrant lights. You’ll find Dubai Fountain in Burj Lake, next to the enormous Burj Khalifa. Ride a traditional abra boat in Burj Lake to enhance your experience.
Where: The Dubai Mall
When: Every half hour in the evenings, from 6:00 – 11:00 pm.
2. Ripe Food & Craft Market
Every Friday and Saturday at various locations in Dubai, the Ripe Food & Craft Market opens its stall. The outdoor market features many fresh vegetables by the crate, live entertainment and much more. Local food, unusual toys, take-home presents, seminars, live music, fitness classes, educational activities, horseback riding, and even a petting zoo for youngsters are available at this market. In addition, pop-up events for The Ripe Markets take place all year round at several different locales.
Where: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al Sufouh – Al Sufouh 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
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3. Love Lake & Al Qudra
Al Qudra, amid a desert with a lake, and a lush green region, is an excellent place for camping, cycling, bird watching, and other activities that will get you away from the hustle-bustle of Dubai and closer to nature.
Another neighbouring location regarded as one of the city’s most fabulous romantic destinations is The Love Lakes at Al Qudra. The two enormous lakes are shaped like intertwined hearts, and the surrounding trees are arranged to form the word “love.” This is an excellent place to set up a tent and spend the night star-gazing. There are fire pits and restrooms in the bush, which are an extra luxury and necessity.
Where: Al Qudra Lake, Dubai
4. Relax At Beaches
With quiet, crystal seas, immaculate white sand, and an Arabian sun that shines brightly, Dubai offers some of the most incredible free beaches in the world. You’ll find running tracks, volleyball courts, skate parks, and even libraries on Dubai’s beaches. JBR Beach, Kite Beach, Jumeirah Beach, Umm Suqeim Park Beach, and Al Mamzar Beach are some of Dubai’s most well-known beaches.
Where: Multiple locations
When: Depends on the beach
5. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Head to the Al Fahidi District to get a sense of Dubai’s illustrious history and to witness the times gone by before the construction of skyscrapers. This historic area, also known as Bastakiya, maintains historical structures that previously belonged to pearl merchants and has reconstructed certain areas to depict life in Dubai in the 1600s.
You can tour various museums in the neighbourhood like the Coffee Museum and Etihad Museum. You must this textile souk. And don’t forget to stop by the Arabian Tea House Cafe for a snack and a cup of tea.
Where: Al Fahidi Historical District
When: Open 24 hours
6. Dubai Aquarium
The main tank of the 10-million-litre Dubai Aquarium stretches 51 metres in length, 20 metres in breadth, and 11 metres in height. It is the biggest suspended aquarium in the world. Over 400 sharks and 30,000 other aquatic animals inhabit the aquarium. It may surprise you that entry to the world’s biggest aquarium is totally free. But it is! Get a clear view of the Dubai Aquarium from the ground floor of the Dubai mall.
Where: Unit SF – 115 – شارع المركز المالي، – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
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7. Buried Village of Al Madam
The abandoned ghost hamlet of Al Madam, hidden in the sand, and swallowed by the dunes, is located on a magnificent stretch of desert, 37 miles from Dubai. There is something romantic but unsettling about the sand-flecked air in this neighbourhood. Two rows of colourful homes with rusted iron gates and an ancient mosque at the end stand tall. When you enter the modest homes, you’re greeted with rooms painted with ceramic tiles and wallpaper in cheerful shades of blue and green. There are also nests for a few scorpions and heaps of sand that go halfway up the walls.
Where: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
8. Al Seef
Al Seef, another freshly created and renovated cultural district steeped in Emirati history, is located next to Al Fahidi District. Again, traditions and contemporary designs may be seen here, demonstrating the city’s harmonious fusion of its history and promising future. You’d also find pale structures with lovely wind towers highlighting the traditional architecture.
Where: Al Seef District at the Dubai Creek
When: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Sat-Wed); 10:00 am – 12:00 am (Thu-Fri)
9. Wander The Souqs
Dubai boasts of a mall on every corner. But several souqs meander through narrow lanes in the older portions of the city. These historic marketplaces include spice souqs, gold souqs, and even a full souq dedicated to fragrances, which are at the top of the list of free things to do in Dubai.
Where: Multiple Locations
When: Until 9:00 pm
10. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Birdwatchers can find refuge in the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Many migratory bird species reside in this wetland reserve. This includes the grey heron, flamingos, cormorants, osprey, and black-winged stilts. The public is welcome to use the sanctuary’s three bird hides without charge from 9.00 am to 4:00 pm, except Fridays.
Where: Ras Al Khor Flamingo Hide Viewing Area
Now that we’ve enthralled you with our fantastic list of free things to do in Dubai, which one’s from these are you planning to try? Let us know in the comments below.
Which free things to do in Dubai are you planning to try? Please post a comment to let us know.
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