Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai

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Dubai is well-known for its marvelous sky-scrapers, ostentatious shopping malls, imperial style five-star hotels and numerous other places where you can only dream to spend a lavish lifestyle. But, what if you want to enjoy Dubai on a medium budget, rather than spending a lot of money! You don’t have to worry though; you have got a number of things to do for free in Dubai. Yes, that’s true; here we have listed a set of Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai

Experience Dubai’s Exotic Aquarium (Inside the Dubai Mall):

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018
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The entrance fee to visit the aquarium costs is quite reasonable, however, thanks to the architectural design which also gives you an incredible view of the aquarium from outside as soon as you enter the Dubai Mall; you can observe a striking sight of it. The aquarium is encased with a massive variety of marine life including 30,000 species and around 400 sharks. This can be merged with your shopping time in Dubai and it deserves to be in Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

Free view of the Dancing Fountains (Backspace of the Mall):

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

The Dancing Fountain in the backspace of Dubai Mall is the worlds’ largest choreographed fountain system to witness. You just can’t miss the opportunity to watch, as you will be mesmerized by the dancing colorful fountains on the music of globally famed singers. The show takes place every half hour in the evening, starting from 6 PM to 11 PM.

Wander around Dubai Marina and Beach:

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

In a city that’s full of eye-striking buildings, Dubai Marina is home to some of Dubai’s latest and most fascinating constructions and attractions where visitors can loosen up in comfort and luxury along the waterfront.

Also, there are several free things to do in Dubai Marina, including walking through 800 meters of beachfront, jogging track, showers, shaded picnic areas, and children’s play areas.  The 14 km corniche runs from Dubai Marine Beach Resort down to Burj Al Arab Hotel and is a magnificent scene to observe.

Jumeirah Beach Residence, also known as JBR, is the place to see and be seen as you leisurely walk the wide boulevards lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, and boutiques. This is a remarkable place to enjoy the Walk with its mix of locals and tourists.

Apart from Jumeirah beach, the Sunset Beach gives you the perfect opportunity for snapping the ideal selfie with the splendid Burj Al Arab in the backdrop. Also, you could get a glimpse of the wonderful sunset under the sea. You can’t miss this one from Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

These are some of the cool free things to do in Dubai Marina that you should definitely experience.

Pay a visit to the Dhow Yard:

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

The Al Jaddaf dhow-building yard is situated close to Al Gharhoud and next to the Dubai Creek; this is a unique place to see how traditional dhows are made. Boats ranging from small to enormously big are repaired and it is a fascinating sight to explore and snap some photos. Today the boats operate mostly as a tourist attraction, ferrying visitors across the Dubai Creek.

Free Experience of Dubai’s Art Gallery

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

Apart from observing Dubai’s advanced sky-scrappers and supercars, Dubai has progressively been keeping a keen interest in their art and culture displaying through various art galleries particularly of the modern Middle East. The best place to start is Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, which is a hotbed of creative talent. Cultural Attractions in Dubai 

The Alserkal area was once an industrial wasteland, which now has been rejuvenated into a neighborhood of galleries, shops, theaters, venues, and restaurants. Another good place for art connoisseurs on a budget is the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, which is home to the lovely Majlis Gallery, along with the XVA Gallery. It’s really awesome if you love history and culture among Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

Watch a free movie under the stars:

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Want to see a free movie in Dubai; well you can’t pass up the opportunity to watch a movie under the open sky. There are few places around the city that offer free outdoor movie screenings during the winter. These movies are shown under the open night sky, with colorful bean bags for people to sit on. It is a perfect way to spend an economic date, isn’t it?

There are majorly three places where you can have the benefit of free movies, for instance, Wafi Mall, Rise Dubai Creek Harbour, and West Steakhouse, among others. Favorites like ‘Inception’, ‘La La Land’, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ and’ I Am Legend’ is a few movies which are played mostly in the open-air screens. What you think should it be there among Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

Enjoy the Burj Khalifa light show:

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

One of the magnificent things to do in Dubai is none other than watching the Burj Khalifa light show. The Light Up 2018 was a record-breaking choreographed laser and light show played on the Burj Khalifa encompassing as a background. The light show occurs every now and then whenever there is some special occasion worth celebrating. It can be on New Year’s Eve, the birthday of a great personality, a national event or many other occasions. If you are present in Dubai during these days, you should never miss the opportunity to watch the worlds’ greatest light event.

Join a free yoga session:

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

Tired of roaming in Dubai, need some refreshing and body revitalizing session? Well surprisingly, you can also get a free yoga session in the “Pearl of Gulf”. Situated over five locations across the city, this one-hour session will keep up your fitness routine while on the Dubai trip. Head down to the Beach South Lawn at JBR every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 to 8 AM and enjoy a free sunrise yoga class. Males and females are both welcome and there’s no need to register in advance. Mats are provided.

Walk around the spice souks and old-style gold:

Top 10 Free things to do in Dubai 2018

The bustling old souk in the Deira district is one of the popular places to visit in Dubai for free. This absolute maze of aromas and sights and sounds will transport you to the bustling Arabia of the past. While you can spend some money on gold jewelry or exotic spices, you can also just wander through this bustling market, admiring the interesting wares that range from a huge variety of gold jewelry to frankincense and pashmina shawls.

Also, get lost in the aromatic delights of the spice market as you walk its maze of shops selling frankincense, vanilla, saffron, and other wanted delights. You don’t even need to break out your credit card to enjoy this attraction; in fact, you may even be able to convince the shop owners for a free taste. You can’t say no to this and your trip cant is completed without visiting this place that is why we keep it in Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai 2018.

Watch the Wrestling Match (Pehlwani):

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One of the livelier events that you need to experience in Dubai is nothing but a Kushti or pehlwani. If you enjoy watching this rustic sport, then you need to head to the sandlot behind the market in Deira. Hundreds of laborers belonging to India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan wrestle each other in the worth-gazing wrestling match.

So there was a list of 10 absolutely free things to do in Dubai 2018 that you could enjoy without putting much burden on your pockets.

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Danish Akhtar

Hey, my name is Danish Akhtar and welcome to my website. I have been traveling the world since 2012 and finally decided in October 2015 to make this website to share my experiences around the world. I hope to not only give you tips, tricks and my personal insight for your own travel but save you time and money when you travel next
So a little about my story, I was born in Nagina, a small town in Utter Pradesh India. I Passed out from University of Delhi in 2012 and decided that I needed to get some sort of career in that I can travel the world and could earn some smart amount. So that I m here working as assistant manager in a travel company beside that writing my experience of travelling which can help people.


  1. Bilal

    Danish it is a good article. I had never heard about Palwani in Dubai until today. And yes Dubai souq such gold souq is really worth visiting.

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