What to do in Dubai for free? Confused, aren’t you? With a reputation for over-the-top luxury, the cosmopolitan Mideast Sheikdom is hard to relate to ‘free things’. But believe it or not, there’s plenty to do without spending a dirham.
Here’s a quick list of 11 free things to do in Dubai.
1. Free Experience Of Dubai’s Culture And Heritage
Exhibits of potters, weavers, and practitioners of other traditional crafts, and demonstrations of pearl diving make the experience of Dubai’s culture and heritage at Al Shindagha one of the best free things to do in Dubai.
Where: Al Shindagha Area, near the mouth of Dubai Creek
When: Saturday – Thursday 08:30 am – 10:00 pm; Fridays 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
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2. Free Entry At Camel Museum
Also in the Al Shindagha Area, the Camel Museum is another free place to visit in Dubai. Different sections in the museum are dedicated to the history of camels in UAE, the relationship between camels and Arabian people, the camel racing, and the camel anatomy. It also houses an auditorium for presentations.
Where: Al Shindagha Heritage Village
When: Sunday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
3. Free Yoga Classes
There are a lot of options for free things to do in Dubai for the fitness freaks. But the best among those is the free yoga class from Friends Of Yoga. Spread over 5 locations across the city, these 1-hour classes will keep up your fitness routine while on the Dubai trip.
Where: Deira Creek, BurDubai Creek, Zabeel Park, JLT Park, and Internet City
When: Daily; 5:30 am – 6:30 am, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
4. Free Movie Under The Stars
You wouldn’t like to head out on a Sunday evening to watch a movie while on a trip to Dubai; now, would you? But since it is free and you get to watch it under the blanket of stars, it becomes one of the must things to do in Dubai for free.
Where: Pyramids Rooftop Complex in Wafi complex
When: Sundays; 8:30 pm onwards
Check out what movie is currently playing before you head for this rooftop theatre.
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5. Free View Of Dubai Aquarium
Why spend 70 Dirhams to go inside the aquarium when you can view the main tank for free from outside the entrance in Dubai Mall! The home to the world’s single largest acrylic panel in the massive aquarium puts it next on our list of places to visit in Dubai for free.
Where: Outside Dubai Aquarium
When: Any day; Any time
6. Free View Of The Dubai Fountains Display
One of the most popular free things to do in Dubai is to watch the beautiful display of the fountains outside Dubai Mall, dancing in sync with a musical soundtrack.
Where: Outside Dubai Mall
When: 3 – 4 minutes; every 30 minutes
Tip: Being very popular, the fountain is surrounded by a large crowd. Try and be there early to catch a good spot for the best view.
7. Free Entry To The Jumeirah Beach Corniche
The Jumeirah Beach Corniche is a recent entrant in the list of free attractions in Dubai. It offers 800 meters of beach front, jogging track, showers, children’s play areas, and shaded picnic areas. The 14 km long corniche runs from Dubai Marine Beach Resort down to Burj Al Arab Hotel.
Where: Next to the Dubai Marine Beach Resort
8. Free Wandering Through The Old-Style Gold And Spice Souks
The bustling old souk in the Deira district is one of the popular places to visit in Dubai for free. The old market is famous for the glittering wares of the gold merchants, spices of all kinds, exotic frankincense, and the pashmina shawls. No, you can’t buy any of these things for free. But that doesn’t mean that wandering through the market costs you either.
Where: Northern side of the Deira Creek near the Ras Metro Station 1
9. Free Car Gazing
If you do not want to spend money on visiting car museums, yet want to view the best hot rides in the town, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence is the place to be. With the locals showing off their over-priced cars, the restaurant-lined waterfront promenade tops among the places to visit in Dubai for free car-gazing.
Where: Along The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence
When: Evenings; especially on Saturday nights
10. Free Pehlwani Wrestling
Also among the best things to do in Dubai for free is watching the local wrestling. Every Friday, hundreds of laborers of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi origins gather around to watch the brave men wrestle for glory.
Where: Deira (sandlot behind the fish market)
When: Fridays; 5:00 pm onwards
11. Free Dance To The Peppy Numbers
A shabby-chic environment, leather sofas, and oversized lampshades – these are the traits attributed to the Societe Dubai. Visit the newly-opened nightclub on a Friday night and enjoy the best hits from ‘80s and ‘90s. And yes, the entry is free!
Where: Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina
When: Fridays; 10 pm – 3 am
So you know that Dubai is not all about grandeur. These free things in Dubai will ensure that your trip doesn’t put much of a burden on your pockets.
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