Dubai is a place where almost anything is possible. It likes to invite tourists to shop, to luxury resorts and to enjoy his records – the largest fountain, the tallest skyscraper or a novelty in the form of the tallest observation wheel in the world. However, for a long time Dubai was only a destination for the wealthy. Many experiences and places are suitable for the whole family with children or young couples who long for real romance. If you want to enjoy Dubai without going bankrupt, we have 10 top experiences that Dubai offers completely free for you.
1. See the Grand Bur Dubai Masjid
Grand Bur Dubai, also known as the Grand Bur Dubai Masjid, is one of the most famous places of worship in Dubai. The mosque is located in the monument zone and has a capacity of 1,200 believers. It also has the tallest minaret in Dubai, measures 70 meters and resembles a lighthouse.
The building has a rich history and was once a school or “kuttab” dedicated to the study of the Qur’an. The first students took part in the studies in 1900 and memorized the Qur’an. A new mosque was built in 1960 and rebuilt in 1998 to imitate the original architecture.
2. Enjoy relaxing on the beach
Dubai has several pebble public beaches with free entry. We recommend going to JBR beach – convenient for children, Kite Beach or Umm Suqeim beach. They offer refreshment and there are many restaurants, shops and cafés in the water.
3. Ride bike in the desert
One of the most original experiences in Dubai for free (except for renting a bike) is the ride through the Al Qudra Desert. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the beautiful 50-kilometer cycle path on the red beach. Especially riding at sunset, or the occasional company in the form of camels passing through the hot sand, guarantee unforgettable memories of Dubai.
4. Watch the flamingos in the nature reserve
You can visit the Ras Al Khor to watch the beautiful flamingos. Take your binoculars, find a quiet place and watch the pink creatures in their natural habitat. Also children will like this activity. In addition to flamingos, you can also save egrets, cormorants and fish eagles.
5. Enjoy a show at the Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is a show not to be missed. It is the largest performing fountain in the world. Its “performance” includes special lighting, splashing water and several different melodies – from classical music to contemporary Arabic and world music. The fountain has a unique design consisting of five circles of different sizes and two arches and is equipped with powerful water jets that shoot water to impressive heights. More than 6,600 WET superlights and 25 color projectors create the visual spectrum of more than 1,000 different “clusters” of water. The beam of light from the fountain is visible from a distance of 33 km.
6. Don’t miss the legendary Gold Souk
One of the largest markets with glittering jewelry in all sorts of forms. Dozens of stalls with a varied offer of souvenirs do not necessarily have to be a place where you spend hundreds of euros. Gold Souk is a place that you should definitely experience in Dubai, so at least come here and soak up the real Dubai atmosphere!
7. Smell Dubai at Spice Souk
This old Dubai souk is a living center of culture, aesthetics, sounds and especially scents. If you like cooking or tasting, this is exactly the place you want to be in Dubai. Oriental aromas of Arabic spices, oils, nuts or sweet treats will also attract you. Even if you don’t buy anything, don’t miss Spice Souk.
8. Romance at the Lakes of Love
If you are looking for a romantic place in Dubai, head to the Lakes of Love. Two lakes in the form of intersecting hearts near Al Qudra Lakes. Here you can have a picnic, for example, or just walk around with your love. Have you thought about an original place to propose your better half? So maybe you’ve already found it 😉
9. Walk along the promenade to Palm Jumeirah
Most ordinary mortals can only dream of what life would be like on an artificial island shaped like a palm tree – the Palm Jumeirah. If you want to at least experience the atmosphere of this legendary place, you can walk along the 11-kilometer promenade along the Arabian Gulf.
10. Visit the first village in Dubai – Hatta Heritage Village
Would you like to know what the first villages in Dubai looked like? A faithful imitation of a traditional mountain village, located in the mountains of Al Hajar. The mosques and houses in the Hatta Heritage Village were originally built of materials such as mud, palm trunks, cane and stone. There are 30 buildings, many of which are decorated in a typical Arabic style from the 1960s. Visitors will learn a lot about the way of life, clothes, equipment, weapons and other artifacts from the past. Get to know ancient agricultural, economic and defense systems.Photo source: Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Unsplash.com