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...

Burj Khalifa 124 and 125 Tickets

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  • The world's tallest building.
  • The world's fastest elevator.
  • 360-degree panoramas from the 124th and 125th floor.
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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...

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets

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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...
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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 Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

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  • The Aquaventure ticket entitles visitors to have fun at one of the top entertaining facilities in the Middle East.
  • Aquaventure disposes of various slides, falls and tunnels for those wishing to feel surge of adrenaline.
  • For...
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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...

Slope Session for 2 Hours at Ski Dubai

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  • An opportunity to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the desert city.
  • Visitors may choose a run that corresponds to their skills in skiing or snowboard in a Freestyle zone.
  • All necessary equipment is available at Ski Dubai.
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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...

Dubai Miracle Garden Tickets

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  • The admission ticket to one of the newest extraordinary attractions in Dubai, the UAE.
  • Miracle Garden is a botanical complex exhibiting millions of flowers in surprisingly imaginative ways.
  • In the garden, visitors have an...
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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...

The Green Planet Dubai: Unique Indoor Rainforest

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  • The Green Planet is a large biodome housing an intriguing world of flora and fauna.
  • Some residents of the Green Planet are toucans, snakes and a few sloths.
  • The biodome is home to the world's largest indoor tree among a vast...
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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,...

Laguna Waterpark Dubai

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  • The ticket entitles visitors to enjoy their time at leisure or infused with excitement at one of the newest top attractions of Dubai.
  • Various slides offer entertainment to people of all ages.
  • Laguna Waterpark has a lounge area...
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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...

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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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...

Ski Dubai Penguin Experience

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  • 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...
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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...

Burj Khalifa Observation Deck Admission in Dubai

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  • 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 -...
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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.

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