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Free Things To Do In Dubai

Dubai, with all its glitz and glamour, might seem like an overwhelming place to visit for tourists traveling on a budget. But despite its reputation as an opulent city, it's definitely possible to explore Dubai even with a limited budget, for as long as you know the cheap things to do in Dubai.

Dubai may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you'd be surprised to know that there are several free things to do in Dubai on your trip. Depending on the kind of traveller that you are, you'll surely find something amazing to do even without spending a single cent. For instance, if you love museums, there are free museums in Dubai that you can visit, such as the Beit Al-Rekkab Camel Museum and the Dubai Coin Museum. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Dubai that are definitely worth your time, such as the Dubai Fountain, Gold and Spice Souk, Jaddaf Dhow Ship Building Yard, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, and many more.

Although winter is the best time to visit Dubai, there are a few attractions that are worth checking out if in the summer. One of the free things to do in Dubai this summer is to stroll around the Dubai Mall, which is the world's largest shopping mall and where you'll find the biggest indoor aquarium. For those who are visiting the city with their kids, one of the free things to do in Dubai with kids is to visit the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, where you'll find different species of plants and animals, including hundreds of beautiful flamingos!

So check out this list of free things to do in Dubai if you are visiting the Middle East city soon and you don't want to go beyond your travel budget.

Free Attractions in Dubai

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Gold and Spice Souk

Located to the North and South of Dubai Creek in Deira, the Old Town, the Souks offer a glimpse into the past with hundreds of merchants offering their wares at competitive prices. But you don’t have to buy, just window shop as you admire the silk pashminas, the gold jewelry, the scent of the fresh spices, the hustle and bustle of local life as it must have been centuries ago, minus the mobile phones!

The Gold Souk literally is a...

Skip the line Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Tour

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • This is an exploration of a 200, 000 meters square theme park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with this skip - the - line Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tour.
  • A thrilling experience as you ride the various sizes of roller coasters as well as viewing of live 3D shows, a carousel and lots more of fun.
  • It is also an all - ages
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Al Fahidi Historical District

Feel like you stepped back in time to when the UAE was made up of sheikdoms and where Bedouin lived as herders, farmers, and fishermen. Otherwise known as Al Bastakiya, the historical district is the oldest standing residential area in Dubai and offers an insight into what Dubai looked between the 1600’s up until the 1970’s when the UAE was born.

Al Fahidi is the last quarter, or district, on the Arab side of the Gulf to...

Legoland Dubai Tickets

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  • Legoland amusement park is a themed area for a great family day out.
  • Legoland Dubai has over 40 entertaining rides, attractions and performances.
  • The on-site shop has the largest collection of Lego toys in the Middle East.
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Dubai Mall

The ultimate entertainment, lifestyle and shopping destination in Dubai, Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world measuring in at 5.4 million sq ft and containing 1,300 stores over 4 levels but you don’t have to spend any money to walk it, witness it, and window shop!

Step foot in the gigantic 10,000 sq ft sweet shop and see if you can stop yourself from drooling! See the 150 million years old dinosaur display and then go...

Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance

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  • A combo ticket allowing its holders to visit the Dubai Aquarium and the Burj Khalifa, two of the top attractions of the city, for a privileged price.
  • Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, surpassing the next tallest structure for almost 200 meters.
  • Dubai Aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species, including
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Beit Al-Rekkab Camel Museum

Learn all about camels at the House Of Camels small but insightful museum in the historical district. From camel anatomy, camel racing, and how camels have played their part in agriculture, the military, and even in traditional medicine, you’ll discover the long history of camels in the Emirates and the fascinating relationship between them and the Arabian people.

The museum building is actually a former camel stable used by...

Skip the Line:Burj Khalifa - The Lounge 152 ,153 and 154 Floor Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • A trip into the tallest building in the world with an admission ticket into three main floors - 152, 153 and 154 floors of the building.
  • An interesting tour with three different experiences in the famous lounge - Tea in the clouds, the Bubbly sundowner or Cocktails under the stars.
  • A perfect exploration suitable for all
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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

At the mouth of the Dubai Creek, you can sit in one of three wooden bird hides with a pair of binoculars (which are provided) and watch flamingos and 67 other species of birds feed and take flight. As well as the Greater Flamingo you might get to see Grey Heron, Greater Spotted Eagles, Kingfishers, Spoonbills, Broad-billed Sandpipers, Pintails, Avocets, Marsh Harriers, and other species.

This natural sanctuary covers 6.2 sq km and...

Zipline Experience in Dubai Marina with Private transfers

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is more than an amusement park, it is the World's longest urban Zipline measuring 1Km in length and an incline angle of 16 degrees travelling 80Km per hour.
  • A 5 - star experience of one of the steepest and fastest Ziplines located at the top of one of the Amwaj Towers and is 170m above ground level.
  • A unique fun -
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The Dubai Fountain

Located beneath Burj Khalifa which is the world’s tallest building, you’ll find the world’s tallest choreographed fountain system on the 30-acre manmade Burj Lake. A feast for the eyes, the fountain, which only opened in 2009, is a mesmerizing show of light, water, and sound with the water pulsating, or ‘dancing’, in-sync to classical music, Arabic music, and Western Pop music by the likes of Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Whitney...

Burj Khalifa Observation Deck Admission in Dubai

clock Duration: 1 to 2 hou
  • A visit to the most popular attraction in Dubai that stands at 1,483 feet (452 meters) above sea level making it the tallest building on the planet.
  • A ticket that takes you into the observatory deck (124th floor) giving you a 360 - degree view of the city and its surrounding desert, oceans and sites below.
  • This Is also an
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AlSerkal Avenue Art Galleries

AlSerkal Avenue, located in the Al Quoz district, is an eclectic, culturally diverse area with more than 60 art galleries, pop-up design shops, and creative concept spaces including a small black-box theatre and intendant cinema. Anyone and everyone who love the arts, whether that’s painting, photography, design, film, fashion, or music will find plenty to see and do here with exhibitions, workshops, studio’s, lectures, screenings, talks,...

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Skip the Line Ticket

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • One of the largest indoor Aquariums in the world.
  • More than 33,000 aquatic animals with over 140 species.
  • An incredible walk-through glass tunnel.
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Baristi Beach and Pool

Experience the world renowned Baristi beach bar and club that has it all. With Dubai’s Marina in the background you can start off the day by swimming a lap or three in the pool and then soaking up the sun on a super comfortable sun lounger with umbrella either by the pool or on the beach, switching between cooling down in the pool or in the sea as much as you want! Top tunes are pumping out from morning until night thanks to the clubs...

Skip the Line KidZania Dubai Ticket

clock Duration: 1 day
  • A perfect option for your child to explore their creativity and independence with this ticket - the KidZania Dubai Ticket
  • An interesting tour experience for your kids where they will be chanced to dress and play - act real - life professions by dressing up like them: Pilot, Chef, police office, beautician or out of the numerous job
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Jaddaf Dhow Ship Building Yard

This isn’t a museum but the last working shipyard located in the extensive marina along the Dubai Creek where traditional dhow building and repair work takes place using basic tools and teak and sheesham wood along with the traditional boat building and carpentry methods that have been handed down from generation to generation. It’s pot luck on what you’ll get to see, depending on what vessels are being worked on at that time but...

Go Dubai Explorer Pass with At The Top Burj Khalifa

clock Duration: 60 days
  • This is a complete overview of all Dubai top sites including exploring the top of Burj Khalifa and the Atalantic Aquaventure Waterpark with this discounted 30 - days Dubai Explorer Pass.
  • A ticket that comes with an itinerary of picking at your own discretion the list of tours, museums, theme parks, attractions and places you will
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Dubai Coin Museum

Learn about the different currencies that have been accepted in Dubai and across the region from historical times to the modern day including the link between the monetary system of the British Empire and India and the countries in the region before independence and the formation of the federation at this small but interesting museum. Arranged in well-lit display cases, interactive touch-screen displays keep visitors engaged as they discover...

Skip the Line Ski Dubai Penguin Experience Ticket

clock Duration: 40 minutes
  • Travellers engage in entertaining interaction with the penguins in the Ski Dubai complex.
  • Visitors learn the basics of interaction with penguins and watch a film about them.
  • People befriend with penguins under the supervision of the qualified staff.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Dubai

There are many things you can do for free in Dubai like booking free entry into some Dubai museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.