In Dubai, it’s not just about sand and camels. This glittering city in the United Arab Emirates has so much to offer, from the world’s largest, biggest, and widest, the city has always something great in store you. Dubai is known for its jaw-dropping landmarks and outstanding tourist spots, no wonder why it has become a preferred destination for most travellers from across the world.
They say the best things in life are free and travelling to Dubai is next on your checklist. Book a flight and go see these 10 popular destinations in Dubai for free!
1. City Walk, Jumeirah
Take a stroll for free in one of Dubai’s prestigious districts offering a vibrant urban lifestyle for both tourists and residents. This destination offers a plethora of high-end restaurants, luxury retail brands, and sophisticated amenities you’ll definitely love. There are also hotels and holiday homes available for everyone to experience the city up close and personal.
2. Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai brings you the world’s largest shopping mall and tallest building. This area is famous among tourists as it features world-class attractions including The Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Fountain, and The Burj Khalifa. There are also plenty of retail shops, restaurants, cafes, parks, and hotels across the area ideal for everyone of all ages.
3. Dubai Water Canal, Business Bay
A few minutes away from Downtown Dubai is the fascinating Dubai Water Canal. This mega-development in the heart of the city features beautifully illuminated walkways and pedestrian bridges overlooking the Dubai Water Canal.
You can enjoy long walks while seeing the relaxing waterways featuring the mechanical waterfall and enjoy the picture-perfect sight of Dubai’s cityscape.
4. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
For a free experience of Dubai’s culture and heritage, walk the streets of Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood. This community lets you experience Dubai’s 20th-century architecture featuring old houses and streets with shops, restaurants, as well as a museum located across the area. Once you visit this neighbourhood, you will definitely feel the true Emirati vibe.
5. Spice and Gold Souk, Deira
You should not miss dropping by to Dubai’s vibrant spice and gold souk. These spots are must-visit places to taste and experience the rich heritage of the city. Gold Souk offers some of the city’s finest gold, you can see different designs and sizes of jewelry as well as the gold shirt is there. Furthermore, few blocks away is the spice souk that you can even smell from afar. Mountains of colourful and rich scent spices are available there.
Once your souk escapade is done, take the Abra boat – Dubai’s most traditional mode of transport, across the Dubai Creek to complete the experience.
6. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Experience bazaars in traditional Middle Eastern style, Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers a distinct Arabic setting infused with modern facilities. You can enjoy cute little shops which sell a variety of touristy items such as scarfs, dresses, slippers, lamps, arts, carpets, jewellery, and a lot more.
You can also have lunch in one of the restaurants while enjoying the views of beautifully landscaped outdoors, azure waterways, and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
7. Jumeirah Beach Residence
If you want to hit the beach and chill in a trendy cafe, Jumeirah Beach Residence or famously known as JBR is the go-to place. With its serene beach vibe, you will surely enjoy basking in the Dubai heat. The area also offers luxury and class of the city with its cluster of over 300 cafes, retail shops, restaurants, and food stalls.
8. La Mer, Jumeirah
This newly launched beachfront development in Dubai is making its way as one of the premier entertainment, commercial, residential, and hospitality destinations in the city.
With its dynamic setting featuring the azure beach, a plethora of retail and F&B concepts as well as activity areas, tourists and residents will definitely enjoy top-notch offerings in a world-class waterfront hotspot.
9. The Palm Jumeirah
If you’re wondering what is happening in Dubai’s palm tree-shaped island, why not experience it.
The Palm Jumeirah is the home to some of the most exciting attractions in Dubai including the famous themed hotel Atlantis The Palm, The Boardwalk, luxury beachfront communities, high-end restaurants, shopping mall and a lot more. Also, taking a monorail ride will allow you to see the fascinating man-made island in a different perspective.
10. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Ras Al Khor
For wildlife junkies, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary offers a nice view of pink flamingos for free. With more than 20,000 birds of 67 species inhabit the area, it is perhaps the most famous wildlife reserve in the city.
At first, you’ll notice a great mass of pink feathered birds but if you look closer you can spot grey herons, reef herons, black-winged stilts, osprey, and many other species of birds. Located at the mouth of Dubai Creek, the sanctuary is open for everyone and the entrance is free.
Pack your bags! Head to Dubai now and see these amazing places for free. Happy trip!
Raniyah is an enthusiast Dubai based blogger, writes on diversified topics including fashion, lifestyle, travel, food and real estate. She’s associated with offplan-properties.ae