Top 10 Free (or Almost Free) Things to do in Dubai
Dubai is one of the cities that attracts tourists from all over the world. Sights such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab or Palm Jumeirah made it famous, and the impressive skyscrapers made it into an icon of a modern city.
Dubai may be one of the most expensive cities in the world - and if you only want to do the highlights like enjoying the view from the highest building in the world or visiting the manmade islands The World, activities can easily add up. However, you really don't have to spend much money to enjoy Dubai. Sure, food and a hotel will require a bit of investment, but if you plan your trip, you can still explore the city without spending a fortune. Winter in Dubai is particularly pleasant and there is nothing better to do than take a walk in Downtown or wander around the busy life of Deira and Bur Dubai. But let's discover more things to appreciate and experiences that money can't buy. Here is a list of top 10 things to do in Dubai that will give your wallet a break.
1. Take a walk in Downtown
This extensive center of Dubai is one of the most modern and spectacular neighborhood in the city. Built for an alleged $20 billion, with the Burj Khalifa skyscraper at the epicenter, Downtown is a place you can't miss, let alone overlook. Here you can easily enjoy a day just by simply walking around, admiring the highest building, or Dubai Fountain breathtaking show.
2. Buy some gold
Take a walk in the Gold Souk, located in Deira, the old part of Dubai. We bet you have never seen such an amount of gold in one place. From small earings to the world's largest ring - you name it and you will find it there. The place will make you feel dizzy and will take you back in time the the Arab fairy tales world. It's a must-see for every trip to Dubai to see not only the skyscrapers in the center but also the other face of the city.
3. Camping in the desert
Camping in the United Arab Emirates is becoming more and more popular and yes, it is a fantastic way to discover the country. There are many ways to spend a night, including sleeping in a car, tent or even RV. Check our section: Camping, to know more about i.e. Camping in Hatta or How to Get The Best Out of Your Camping Trip.
4. Camel race
The best way to experience camel racing in Dubai is to plan a trip to Al Marmoom during the Al Marmoom Heritage Village Festival. Camel racing attracts tourists from all over the world, who not only want to see running camels, but also learn more about one of the oldest traditions in the country. The races are very exciting and interesting, they also enable contact with the local community and its culture.
5. Street Art
Dubai is an open art gallery that no one will pass by indifferently.Street art in the form of sculptures, art installations and murals, created by local and international artists, fits perfectly into the bustling old and new districts of the city. Keep your eyes wide open, especially in Karama, 2nd December Street, La Mer, City Walk, Jumeirah Beach Road and Dubai Design District.
6. Old Town
Alright, that might not be Dubai you've seen from the travel brochures, however, it's an extremely part of the city you should not miss. Bur Dubai is a place where the city was born. You can start your walk in Shindagha District, visit the souks, definitely stroll down to Al Fahidi and continue all the way to Al Seef where the modern world is mixed with the traditional architecture.
Once you're done with Bur Dubai get into the traditional boat that will take you to Deira, where you can continue exploring the old narrow and busy streets of old Dubai. The trip will cost you 1.5 AED. It's cheap and definitely worth it.
8. Picnic at Al Qudra Lakes
It will require a little bit of effort, money and time to get there, but once you do you will enjoy your time in the beautiful scenery filled with the lakes, desert and wildlife. Here are 10 reasons why you should not skip this place.
9. Hit the beaches
No further explanations needed, right? The most popular and free beaches in Dubai are: Kite Beach, La Mer, Jumeirah Beach and JBR Beach.
10. Museums and Art Galleries
Alserkal Avenue is the first place that comes to our mind when it comes to the most artistic place in Dubai. It's filled with art galleries, performances spaces and hippest cafes. There are loads of free things to do in the area, plus there are many Instagrammable spots to enrich your photo gallery. Check out our Quick Guide to Alserkal Avenue to know more!
Another place worth visiting is Jameel Arts Center, a gallery focusing on contemporary art, and Dubai's first sculpture park, Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park.
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