Places to Visit in Dubai without Paying a Penny

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Places to Visit in Dubai without Paying a Penny

Dubai has become a top tourist destination with buildings and skyscrapers that are engineering marvels, theme parks, beautiful resorts, and more. This city is evolving continuously and Burj Al Arab, the previous stellar attraction, has been taken over by Burj Khalifa. It is home to the largest gardens and shopping malls worldwide.

Dubai suggests over-the-top comfort and traditions amid deserts and futuristic islands. However, there are ample things to do here that doesn’t cost a Dirham. They are as enjoyable as the extravaganzas that visitors must pay for.

We elaborate on some of them below

Go On A Tour Of A Museum

Dubai has several museums that don’t have any entry fee. An example is the Dubai Coffee Museum that houses centuries-old roasters, pots, and grinders from the world over. Close to it in Al Bastakiya is the Coin Museum. This place is worth a trip even for those who aren’t specialists in numismatics. Visitors who are more into literature are going to like the museum built as a tribute to Al Oqaili, the poet. This building in the Al Ras region in Deira is amongst the most exquisite heritage houses of Dubai.

Enjoy A Walk In An Art Gallery

The culture of Dubai is abundant in several beautiful art galleries, and several are free. An excellent starting place is Alserkal Avenue, the central hub in Al Quoz. This place hosts many exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and screenings. Their website has all the present and upcoming events. Art aficionados are also going to like the Majlis Gallery and XVA Gallery in Al Bastakiya.

Enjoy A Free Movie

Some places across Dubai screen movies for free. They are excellent places for those who like movies, particularly the exaggerated and ridiculous flicks or B Movies. There are many admirers of such movies who feel they don’t get the exposure that they deserve. Cinema Akil screens several thought-provoking art house flicks and biopics across the year. Akil website has all the information on the cinemas. The complimentary pop-up outdoor cinemas across Dubai make an excellent spot during the colder month.

Beach Fun and Frolic

The elaborate pay-to-enter resort beaches churn out deep house and Balearic beats and sunglass cleaning after a dip. However, the city has several excellent public beaches. The one at JBR has been a favorite amongst tourists. Tourists should reach there early for getting an excellent place in the sand.  Another one that deserves mention is Kite Beach. Its name come from the popularity of kite surfing here. Those who prefer quiet time on a beach would like Al Sufouh Beach. It is quiet and has gorgeous views.

Witness the Dancing Fountains

Dubai Fountain is a classic. It’s the most exceptional choreographed fountain system worldwide that will leave you mesmerized with its water routines to the tunes of soundtracks. The fountain performs to the tune of different soundtracks at intervals of 30 minutes between 6 pm and 11 pm. A spot that offers an excellent view of the fountain is the massive balcony of the Apple store in Dubai Mall.

Bird-Watching Free Of Cost

While the zoo offers incredible wildlife, you can also enjoy it very near to you in Dubai. Those who are still thinking the name is“Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.” It is home to 20,000 birds that belong to 67 species and is acknowledged for its splendid group of flamingos. Those who wish to see them must climb to any of three observation hides around the boundary of the sanctuary. The observation hides are open to visitors from 9 am to 4 pm except on Fridays, and there is no entrance free. Visitors can also borrow binoculars free of cost.

Free Desert Fun

There are paid desert safari packages that include camel rides, photo session in Arabic costume, belly dancing, and more. The morning desert safari is the perfect option who want to save time and avoid the rush. However, tourists to the city can have their own fun time in the sand. An excellent place is the Al Qudrapart that is a drive of about 30 minutes from the city. Visitors who bring a bike can enjoy restful cycling on the Al Qudra Cycle Track. Another good activity here is Sandboarding. A glance of the graceful and sociable Reem Gazelle and wild oryx will make your day.

Freebies For Ladies And Gents

Lady tourists in Dubai have free access to the city’s top pools on specific days in a week. A case in point is the renowned Barasti beach bar. Ladies can enjoy free pool time and unlimited Frosehere on Sundays and Mondays.

The city also has several ladies’ nights for enough free drinks for a week. A popular place is Miss Independent with unlimited wine on Wednesdays from 7 pm till midnight

There are freebies for gents also in the form of gents’ nights with complimentary drinks, free pool, dinner deals, and more. Qwerty offers a couple of free drinks on Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm.


Tourists in Dubai have several opportunities for memorable moments and fun time for free. The spice souk, the gold souk, the Hatta pools, fossil rock, the Al quadra lakes, the list is endless.

Kiran is a writer and an entrepreneur who love to travel and explore new places. She travels across the world like UAE, Bhutan, UK, India and other countries.

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