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Top Attractions In Dubai For Free

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...

Red Dunes & Camel Safari with Sand boarding, Falconry, and BBQ

clock Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Visit a camp in the Lehbab desert for the time of your life!
  • An afternoon trip to the desert lasting 6-7 hours with dinner included.
  • Multiple cultural activities and adventure sports to be enjoyed.
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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...

Abu Dhabi Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • A sightseeing day trip to Abu Dhabi.
  • Group trip by air-conditioned coach with multilingual driver/guide.
  • Insight into the culture, heritage, and history of the Capital of the UAE.
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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...

Dubai Fountain Show and Boat Ride

clock Duration: 30 minutes
  • A boat ride during the Dubai Fountain show.
  • A unique viewpoint from on the water.
  • A light and music show to remember.
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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...

Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque Visit

clock Duration: 4-5 hours
  • A sightseeing tour covering the old and new parts of Dubai.
  • A walking tour and coach/minibus tour with multilingual guide.
  • Cross Dubai Creek by 'Abra " (water taxi).
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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...

Abu Dhabi Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai

clock Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • A day trip to Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates.
  • The trip encompasses top attractions of Abu Dhabi, such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace and the Heritage Village.
  • The guided tour...
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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...

Dinner & Traditional Show in the Desert: 5-Hour Tour

clock Duration: Between four
  • A several-course dinner in a bedouin-style camp in a desert at the outskirts of the city.
  • Entertaining performances, such as belly dance and tanoura shows, are part of the experience.
  • A camel ride or a henna tattoo are some...
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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,...

Miracle Garden and Global Village Shopping Tour Dubai

clock Duration: Up to 10 hou
  • Miracle Garden is an attraction out of a fairy-tale where visitors admire various objects and patterns entirely made of flowers.
  • Dubai's Miracle Garden displays tens of millions of flowers and boasts the longest wall of flowers in the...
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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...

Dubai Flora and Fauna 4-Hour Tour

clock Duration: Four hours
  • This entertaining activity is an introductory tour of flora and fauna of Dubai.
  • Miracle Garden of Dubai exhibits tens of millions of flower species and boasts the world's longest wall of flowers.
  • Butterfly Garden consists of 9...
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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...

Dubai Desert Sunrise Camel Trek with Breakfast

clock Duration: Around four
  • The desert tour near Dubai introduces the golden desert at sunrise.
  • A refreshing stay with the breakfast at a Bedouin camp is part of the activity.
  • Travellers enjoy exceptional panoramic views from the back of a camel.
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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...

Parasailing in Dubai

clock Duration: 15 minutes
  • Parasailing over the Persian Gulf reveals stunning vistas of the city of Dubai.
  • Participants entertain themselves on the state-of-the-art boat with music.
  • While parasailing, travellers admire various iconic attractions from the...
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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.