The best things to do in Dubai that won’t cost you a single dirham. Dubai is well-known for its glitzy shopping malls, its over-the-top luxury destinations, and of course, the glittering gold souks brimming with necklaces and bangles. But don’t let this worry you. If you’re holidaying in Dubai on a budget and want to save some of your money to spend on any of these things, give our list of 10 fun things a shot. Completely free and fun, these sure won’t let you down.
Watch the Awesome Dubai Fountain
The Dubai fountain has “shooters” that spray water in the air in many different combinations and patterns, which can make the water seem to dance. Some shooters can spray the water at more than 150 m. In addition to the “dancing water” at the Dubai Fountain Show, there is also light, which makes an even bigger effect. The beam of the light from the fountain can be seen from over 30 km. And just because choreography and light are not enough, there is also music that accompanies the performance.
Stroll Through Old Arabia at Madinat Jumeirah Complex
Anyone passing by Dubai, no matter how short their stay is, needs to check out Souk Madinat Jumeirah during their visit. This attraction perfectly merges modernity and culture in one place. Souk means market in Arabic, and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah mimics a traditional Arabic market in its architecture, creating a historic atmosphere mixed with contemporary restaurants and bars.
Visit the Popular Camel Museum at AL Shindagha Heritage Village
Al Shindagha is the oldest part of Dubai (together with Al Bastakiya), established in the 1830s. This peninsula is situated on the Northwest shore of Dubai Creek and borders Bur Dubai. This is where many South Asian workers live. This neighborhood has more in common with Cairo or Tunis or even India, then with the modern part of Dubai and western cities.
Here you can find the Heritage Village, a historical area with refurbished old residential houses in Middle Eastern style -built in sandstone and clay, and arrangements, museums, and installations that show life before oil -including camels and bedouins when Dubai was a fishing village. You can also find the historical areas of Fishing Village and Diving Village here. Al Shindagha is also where you find the home of the older relatives of the Al Maktoum ruling family, like Sheikh Zayed. Here you also have a nice view of Deira, Bur Dubai and the new skyline in the far distance. The busy Shindagha tunnel connects the old part with Deira under the creek.
Watch Free Movies Under the Stars at Pyramids Rooftops in Wafi Complex
What adds a cherry to the top of one’s Dubai vacation – watching a movie under the stars on a rooftop and that too for free. The Pyramids Rooftop Complex in the Wafi Mall in Old Dubai has got one covered. It’s a weekly event and takes place every Sunday. So sprawl out and relax on the beanbags that they lay out for every Sunday movie night. One can also carry their own pillows and blankets to cozy up to their outdoor cinema experience.
Cheer for Glorius Pehlwani Wrestling at Deira
While India and Pakistan are filled with plenty of akharas, where wrestlers are trained in the traditional style of mud wrestling, the ex-pats in Dubai are not spoilt for choice. All they have is a tiny makeshift field that they clear of stones to make the wrestling pit with water and using their feet to meld it into the earth.
Fighters step up from among the crowd, waving their hands above their head, dancing and hopping on one foot. They are then matched depending on their skill level, after which the men change into brightly colored loincloth tied in the traditional way.
The two opponents face off in a series of grappling matches, with the aim of pinning an opponent to their back. The first touch the ground of the mud pit in reverence and lather their opponent in mud across their backs and chest to get a better grip.
A Walk through the Gold and Spice Souk at Deira Souk is Must
In your trip to Dubai, you will be delighted in wandering the Gold and Spice Souks: Luscious markets located in the Deira neighborhood of Dubai. Walk with me now to take in the sights!
So what about the Spice Souk? That fragrant market is just a few blocks from the Gold Souk, and features romantically narrow alleys and mounds of rainbow-colored herbs, along with kitchen wares like utensils.
Fitness Freak? Go for Free Yoga Classes across Dubai!
Fitness enthusiasts in Dubai can head to free classes to celebrate the Dubai Fitness Challenge.
The classes are available at multiple time slots throughout the day, with most of them being in the peak morning and evening hours so that maximum people can benefit from the offering. The classes offer workouts across various formats like HIIT, Boxing, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga, Dance Fitness.
Watch Camel Racing at Al Marmoum Camel Race track on the Dubai Al Ain Road for Free!
Deep in the Dubai desert sands at Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, you can find a modern-day version of the old tradition of camel racing.
The sport is a pastime that originates in the region and has a whole community of avid local followers. Dubai’s biggest camel race track is located next to Al Marmoom Heritage Village and the Al Lisaili area. From the grandstand, you can be a part of this heart-pumping, crowd-cheering sport that has been integral to Emirati life for centuries.
Feed the Turtles at Mina A’Salam every Wednesday and Friday!
The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project in Jumeirah aims to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles and eventually return them to their natural habitat. To promote awareness and better understanding of the issues with this endangered species, the project allows the rehabilitation enclosures to be open to the public at all times at the Mina A’Salam hotel. There are also scheduled feeding sessions of Wednesday at 11 am for a chance to feed the turtles yourself.
This is a fantastic thing to do with the kids. They love being up close with the creatures and actually get to feed them with lettuce and carrots as the starter, then on to ‘stinky squid’ as little M calls it. The best part is it’s FREE!
Head to Mushrif Park in International Village that has 13 Playhouses perfect the Toddlers
Spread across 13 acres of land, Mushrif Park is rated among the best parks in Dubai, and there is a good reason for that. There is an interesting variety of things to do in Mushrif Park for people of all ages, which makes it popular among families and singles alike.
Public parks in Dubai are developed as family recreational spots. However, when it comes to the activities they offer, one can witness considerable variation from park to park. For now, let’s look at all the fun activities in Mushrif Park that you can enjoy.
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