The common notion that the people, mostly tourists, have about Dubai is that it is a very expensive place and that money is required for anything and everything. This is nothing but a wrong notion. It is true that much money is required to enjoy some things in Dubai, but not everything. Dubai has also its fair share of things that are absolutely free to do and enjoy. So, if you are planning a weekend trip to Dubai, the following are the things you can do and enjoy without needing to spend anything at all:
1. Al Shindagha
Nothing excites people than a walk through the lanes of history, heritage and culture. Learning the history of Dubai is one of the best things you can do while visiting the city. The best place to travel through the rich culture and heritage of Dubai is, without any doubt, Al Shindagha. Al Shindagha tells us how the early 20th century saw the birth of modern Dubai. The Al Shindagha neighbourhood has some architectural marvels such as coral-clad houses, wind towers, a heritage museum and so on. Moreover, you can also enjoy a walk along the shores of the creek. It also houses the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House, which has an interesting collection of coins, stamps and photographs of Dubai in the 20th century, in display.
Location – Al Shindagha Area, near the mouth of Dubai Creek, Dubai.
Timing: Saturday to Thursday 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, Friday 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm (Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House).
2. Camel Museum
Who doesn’t love camels? They are one of the most celebrated and revered animals throughout history. Also known as the Ship of the Desert, camels are an integral part of UAE culture. Though camels are a common sight in Dubai or any desert area, as a matter of fact, how well do people know about these animals? Well, if you are a person interested in knowing more about camels, then you can visit the Camel Museum. This museum provides you with good insights into camel anatomy, the history of camels in UAE, the relationship between camels and the Arabs, all about the sport of camel racing and much more.
Location – Al Shandagha Historical District, Dubai
Timings – Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
3. Dubai Aquarium
Well, the aquarium isn’t exactly free to enter as you have to pay AED 70 as entrance fee. But you do not need to enter the aquarium to enjoy the marine life. The Dubai Aquarium housed inside the Dubai Mall, boasts of the largest acrylic panel in the world. Through this panel, you can catch glimpses of the different species of marine life the Dubai Aquarium boasts of.
Location – Outside Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Mall, Dubai.
Timing – Every day from 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight (Dubai Aquarium timing)
4. Car Gazing
If you love cars very much, no other thing excites you more than cars, especially vintage cars. The best place in Dubai to lay your eyes on the magnificent beasts of yesteryear is the Private Classic Cars Collection. It houses many a number of vintage cars and iconic models that transports you to a different world altogether.
Location – Al Serkal Building, Nasser Bin Abdul Latif, Al Maktoum Rd, Dubai
Timing – Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
5. Dancing Fountain
The Dancing Fountain is one of the top attractions in Dubai. It is also one of the most beautiful sights that people visiting Dubai can come across in their life. Watching the specially choreographed fountain dance to beautiful music would make your heart dance with joy.
Location – Dubai Mall, Dubai
Timing – Every day 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, in half-hour intervals
With health being one of the major concerns of people today, yoga and other physical activities have grown in popularity. If you are in Dubai and a fitness enthusiast and do not wish to spend more money in keeping your body fit, then head to the yoga sessions hosted by Friends of Yoga. The hour-long sessions from Friends of Yoga are absolutely free of cost.
Locations – Bur Dubai Creek, Deira Creek, JLT Park, Zabeel Park, and Internet City
Timing – Every day from 5:30 am to 6:30 am and 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
7. Jumeirah Corniche
The Jumeirah Corniche is the longest corniche in Dubai and is 14 kilometres in length. The corniche has a 5 metre wide jogging track and a cycle track. This is one of the best places to visit if you are a fitness enthusiast. The Jumeirah Corniche runs along the Dubai coastline and running along it for 14 kilometres would surely keep you in shape.
Location – Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Timing – Saturday to Wednesday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
These are all about some of the free things you can do and enjoy in Dubai. So, make sure that you have experienced all these the next time you pay a visit to the awesome city.