What would you say or do if anyone tells you that there are a lot of freebies to be taken even in Dubai? The first obvious expression or thing you would say or do is give the person a questionable look. And that’s because whenever we think about Dubai, one thing persists and that’s the expensive and luxurious lifestyle that people live here. Right from the restaurants that you visit to the hotels you stay in, the taxis to visiting any attraction; all of it seems very expensive. And then there is a person who tells you that there are a lot of free things to do in Dubai.
But it’s not just a person who says this, we too know a few things that would fall in this category. And we assure you, by the end of this blog there will be a lot of activities that you will love to do. And we also would like to tell you that your perspective towards Dubai would definitely change a bit.
Note: But to do the free-of-cost things in Dubai, you will have to make a note of the time they will happen and a few more things. We will be determining each of those things in this blog.
Here are 8 famous things to do in Dubai that will cost you free in 2023
1. Alserkal Avenue
Location: 17th St – Al Quoz – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday (10 am to 7 pm) (The timings might change on festivals)
This place has been termed as the best “free of cost” attraction of Dubai by many travelers. It is the best place if you are traveling alone and want to explore new things. This is a hub of contemporary art and a perfect place for artists. The avenue flaunts a huge and alluring collection of artwork from around the world which is kept on presentation.
From oil canvases to performance spaces, this is a multi-purpose area and a very happening place too. So, take out some time and visit this place that has no entry fee. You can also enjoy the food here but sadly that would cost a bit.
2. Visit Dubai Coffee Museum for Free
Location: Historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Villa 44 – Al Hisn St – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday (9 am to 5 pm) (The timings might change on festivals)
As many unique things you see in Dubai, they too have crazy places that are dedicated to a sector of travelers. If you are a hardcore coffee lover, then the Dubai Coffee Museum is going to be the perfect place for you to visit. And the icing on the top is that it’s free (unless you plan to drink a glass of coffee.)
The coffee museum is set up in one of the heritage hubs of the city. Also, you can ask your coffee-related doubts about the officials in the museum and they would tell you to the best of their knowledge. But the bigger thing to ponder upon here is whether; are there any other coffee museums anywhere in the world.
3. Dubai Gold Souk
Location: Gold Corner Building, 3rd Floor – Gold Souq – Deira – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday (9:30 am to 9:30 pm) (The timings might change on festivals)
Now what will be your reaction if we tell you that there is a place in Dubai that is a “free visiting place” and is filled with gold work everywhere? You probably will shrug it off? But don’t Dubai Gold Souk is the place where almost all the gold makers and sellers have a shop. It is one of the most secure places because you get to see gold everywhere.
But if you are just a visitor it will not cost anything, not even a single Dirham to enter, check, and come out of the place. You can buy some gold items from here too.
4. Riding an Abra
- Dubai Creek- Deira Old Souk abra station- Dubai Old Souk station
- Dubai Creek- Al Sabkha station- Bur Dubai station
Wherever in the world you go, yachting and cruising is expensive and people usually omit it from their to-do list. The same is with Dubai but they have found an alternative to that. Abra is the alternative. It is one way to commute in water but let me tell you, it is not for free. But the cost for riding an Abra to the above-given routes. You can take any of those and just to inform you, Abra is the traditional way of commenting here, it’s their ferry system.
5. Jameel Arts Centre
Location: Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Monday (10 am to 6 pm) (Closed on Tuesdays and holidays)
If you are an artist or love to explore this side of yours, then come straight to Jamel Arts Centre that is a hub for visitors. You will see many travelers enjoying the artwork that’s displayed at the centre. Whenever you get bored of looking at the artwork, have a look outside the window. The building is situated on the waterfront. But what’s more important about the place is that it is free of cost for the visitors. You don’t have to pay a Dirham to enter.
6. Visit the United Christian Church
Finding places to visit in UAE for free can be easy, but when it comes to finding the freebies in Dubai, things can be tricky and at times difficult too. One of the free things to do in Dubai is to visit the United Christian Church and offer your prayers here. This is one of the most important pilgrim sites in Dubai for Christians.
Location: Dubai Evangelical Church Center – Jebel Ali Village – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: Friday (7 pm to 9 pm) & Sunday (9 am to 12:15 pm)
7. Pray at the Grand Mosque
Also known as the Grand Bur Dubai Masjid is an important place for all the locals. If you are looking for a grand and beautiful mosque in Dubai, you will find a lot of them. But one of the best among them is the Grand Mosque. It is a very important religious and cultural heritage of the city. Worshipping here and enjoying the beautiful architecture of the mosque is not going to cost you any penny.
Location: Opposite Dubai Museum, Near Rulers Court Office – Ali Bin Abi Taleb St – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: Monday to Sunday (Open 24 hours)
8. Click some pictures with the Burj Khalifa
Who doesn’t know about the magnificent creation of man in Dubai which is known as Burj Khalifa? It is one of the most astonishing sites in the city that has no rival to date across the world. Although, there isn’t anything that you can do inside the building for free. But yes, on the outside, you can click a few pictures for your social media and that’s something you can do for free.
So how many of these do you think will interest you? And as we have already mentioned there are a few limitations to some of these activities. So, refer to the official sites or talk to someone trusted to know the exact thing during your trip. But other than that, all the activities can be enjoyed with a lot of zeal. And you can see the diversity in the activities we have mentioned.
Therefore, next time when you visit Dubai do mention these things to do so that you also get a chance to experience something cheap or free in one of the most expensive and luxurious places on earth.