The Best Free Things to Do in Dubai

Dubai is a city known for its natural beauty & unbeatable shopping. After days spent in malls, restaurants & markets, your budget may be running low. Thriftier travelers will know all-too-well how free activities & attractions can fill up hours with fun. If you’re looking for something to do but are running low on cash, then take a look at our list of the best free things to do in Dubai.

Head to the beach

Dubai has tons of beaches with absolutely no entry fee. The busiest of them all is Kite Beach. Here you'll see hordes of kite surfers and there are always crowds. However, if you want something quieter to give Al Sufouh Beach a try. It’s a bit hard to find but the view and serenity are worth it. Go for something affordable and rent a Hyundai Accent. It'll be all that it costs to explore the beautiful beaches of Dubai all day.

Rent a Hyundai Accent

Picnic at Khazzan Park

Small but pleasant, Khazzan Park is the ideal place for a picnic. Retreat from the afternoon sun to the shaded areas of Khazzan Park. Kids will love the nearby playground. The position is perfect for using Khazzan Park as a rest-stop between shopping & sightseeing.

Watch the Dubai Fountain

The dancing Dubai Fountain is a must-see for all. Set upon the majestic man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, this downtown spectacle opens each night at 7 PM. If you’ve got some cash to spend, take The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride for front row seats to the largest choreographed fountain in the world. Otherwise, climb in your speedy drive car rental and head to the epicenter of development in Dubai. You’re rewarded with a light and water show shooting higher than a 50-story building.

Speedy Drive Car Rental

Visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Within the grounds of the Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is over 20,000 birds across 67 species. Head to the outskirts of the city just at the mouth of Dubai Creek and find one of the three viewing spots. Three ideal viewing areas have been set out for visitors to see the massive flocks of flamingos and other birds. Entrance is free and you can even lend a pair of binoculars as well.

Camel racing with robot jockeys

Al Marmoom Racetrack may be a hot spot for gamblers but you don’t need to visit and place a bet. Tourists can enjoy an entire day at the track watching one of the strangest things seen to the western world. You’ll not only be watching highly-competitive camel racing but the jockeys aren’t even human. Seated upon each camel is a tiny robot jockey. To locals, this is nothing strange but visitors will be captivated all day.

Having fun on a budget

High-end activities and luxury living are in abundance in Dubai. Yet, if you’re saving money for a few select holiday experiences and are looking for a way to fill your time, you won’t be disappointed. You can get by with a little money and a rental car. Nothing more is needed to see the full splendor of what Dubai has to offer.

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