Dubai is a city of luxury and extravagance, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to enjoy it. There are plenty of free and cheap activities to do in Dubai, from visiting the world's largest mall to exploring the city's old souks. Here are some of the best things to do in Dubai when you're on a budget.
The Dubai Mallis one of the largest malls in the world, with 1200 stores and some of the most luxurious brands. But even if you can't resist the temptation of shopping, you can still enjoy the mall for free.
One of its most impressive features is its waterfall, which crosses four levels of the indoor mall. There's also an observation deck where you can see flamingos, and you can even attend to feed them (usually between 10 and 11 in the morning).The most popular beaches in Dubai are Marina Beach (or JBR) on The Walk and Jumeirah Beach, near the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel. Another great spot is Love Lake, shaped like a heart. You can explore the area through beautiful trails that follow the heart-shaped lakes, where you can often see several colorful birds and fish in the lake (feeding is not allowed).
In addition, there are many heart statues in the beautiful gardens surrounding the lake, perfect for a romantic evening in Dubai.
Zabeel Park, probably best known for the famous Dubai Frame, is another great place to visit for those looking for cheap things to do in Dubai. This is a great area where you can explore Dubai more thoroughly without having to spend a lot of money. You only have to pay a small fee (around AED 5 — 1.2 euros) and you can easily get there by metro.The Dubai Museum is the city's main museum. It is located in the old Al Fahidi Fort in the old town of Dubai, which was built in 1787 and is also the oldest existing building in Dubai.
Admission costs 10 AED (2.5 EUR), but children from 5 to 12 years old can visit it for free. Children under 5 years old are not allowed.One of the most traditional ways to get around Dubai is by Abra, or water taxi, on Dubai Creek. The one-way trip costs AED 1 (0.25 EUR) per person and is paid directly to the driver. This isn't a panoramic tour, but a quick way to get around between locations located along Dubai Creek.
It's also a great way to get from the old town to Dubai's shopping and business district in Deira, where the Dubai Souks (traditional markets) are located.
The Dubai Fountainsare another must-see attraction located next to the Dubai Mall shopping center and at the foot of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. This spectacular show features jets of water that dance along with music and lights.
The Jumeirah Mosqueis another great attraction that's open to non-Muslims in Dubai. It's one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai and definitely worth a visit.Finally, if you want to experience something truly unique, consider taking a hot air balloon ride over Dubai's desert and skyline. This will give you an unforgettable view of this amazing city.Dubai has something for everyone, no matter what your budget is.
From exploring its malls and souks to admiring its architecture or taking a hot air balloon ride over its desert and skyline, there are plenty of things to do in this amazing city without breaking your bank.