Dubai is one of the world’s newest and most talked about travel playgrounds. The city’s transformation from desert to major destination began just a few decades ago, yet Dubai now boasts the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, and some of the planet’s most luxurious shopping opportunities. Entertainment here ranges from indoor snow skiing to camel racing. Many of these activities come with extravagant price tags.
Top 7 Free Things to Do in Dubai 2018
1.Watch Dubai’s Dancing Fountains
Next door to the mall, Dubai’s famous dancing fountains are billed as “the world’s largest performing fountain.” This free attraction resembles the Las Vegas Bellagio show with 6,000 lights and 50 color projectors.
The shows run about five minutes in length and are staged from 6-11 p.m. and sometimes during midday periods. Go to the Waterfront Promenade just outside the mall.
2.Visit The Rooftop Gardens at Wafi Pyramids
Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens quickly makes the itineraries of budget travelers because it hosts the “Movies under the Stars” events that are popular and free each Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The outdoor theater features beanbag chairs and access to food and beverages.
There are other entertainment venues here that will require money. But it costs nothing to soak in the atmosphere.
This is also a place for splurge dining. Scores of good restaurants offering Italian, Asian, and Continental cuisine .
3.Window Shop at the Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall, in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, is the world’s largest mall. That fact in itself makes this a worthy tourist destination, and it costs nothing to survey the vast shopping areas.
Inside the mall, your visit will require some planning. This is a shopping center of 5.4 million square feet, with 1,200 stores that attract 54 million annual visitors. The numbers are astounding, but the list of “bests” and “biggest” are under constant dispute from other malls around the world.
4.Explore the Gold Souk
Gold Souk literally means gold market, and you’ll see a variety of products rarely matched elsewhere. The location is 54 Al Khor St.
If you’re thinking about buying, do your research before arrival. Not every advertised “deal” will work to your benefit. The government does regulate the products, so worry less about authenticity and more about price. Bargaining is common, but knowing the true market value of a piece before buying is essential.
5.Hit the Beach at Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach is home to some of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels. Guests pay extravagant fees to enjoy top-tier services and the soft sands of the nearby beach. But there’s a public portion of the beach that does not require a five-star hotel stay for admission. It’s free to use.
6.Explore Al Fahidi (Bastakiya) Historical District
Al Fahidi (also commonly called Bastakiya) is a historic district in the heart of Dubai that brings a glimpse of what this area looked like prior to all the high-rise construction of the past few decades.
The neighborhood originally was about twice its current size, but half was demolished to make way for development.
7.Browse the Food and Craft Market at Zabeel Park:
This market (Time Square Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, Saturdays from 9 a.m. -3 p.m.) allows visitors to meander among scores of artisan stalls, where some of the area’s most talented craftsmen are represented.
Many visitors arrive here not knowing exactly what they’ll find, and they wind up purchasing items that were unfamiliar but enticing.