10 Awesome Things to Do in Dubai That Are FREE (or Just a Dirham!)

1. Sip on a cup of delicious Chai Karak

Tea lover? We’ve found two AWESOME little backstreet cafeterias that serve up Chai Karak for just AED 1! Head down to Duniya Al Sham and Koukh Al Shay Cafeteria behind 2nd December St. for the best dirham ever spent. (Still thirsty? Check out our shortlist for the 10 best spots in Dubai for Chai Karak!)

2. Take an Abra across the Dubai Creek

A classic pick that NEVER gets old, swap the road for the waves and enjoy a AED 1 ride across the Dubai Creek in a traditional Abra boat. Great for sightseeing and exploring the city’s rich historical neighbourhoods, it really is one of Dubai’s best cultural experiences.

An abra crossing Dubai CreekVia Instagram/ bulka

3. Indulge in authentic Chapati

If you head down to Quraishi Bakery and you’ll find traditionally baked breads, even Chapatis being serving up for AED 1. If you’re looking to explore a little hidden gem for authentic eats, this is the place to go. (Still hungry? Check out Dubai’s most popular Indian restaurants for your next meal out.)

Save on drinks! If you’re looking to enjoy a night out that’s both affordable and fun, our top picks for cheap & cheerful clubs are just what you need.


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4. Snack on a (legendary) bag of Chips Oman

For Dubai residents who grew up here, Chips Oman is just about as nostalgic as things can get. Best of all, these iconic snacks can still be bought for just AED 1 from most stores (they taste even better than they did in our youth!)

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A video posted by Muscat Memes (@muscat_memes) on Jan 15, 2017 at 5:24pm PST

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5. Enjoy a McDonald’s vanilla cone

We don’t know about you, but the vanilla ice cream cone from McDonald’s is still one of our favourite guilty pleasures (and we’ve got a lot of favourite dessert spots across Dubai!). Another blast from the past, these AED 1 vanilla treats are the perfect cure for all those hot and humid summer days.

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6. Watch a record-breaking show

Ready to witness a multi-sensory show like no other? We’re big fans of Festival City’s new attraction thanks to its free entry and jaw-dropping effects. Expect to see water, light, fire and pyrotechnics illuminate the sky at IMAGINE (it’s seriously impressive!)

7. Get fit without buying a gym membership

If you’re looking to exercise but aren’t willing to pay those hefty gym fees, Al Barsha Pond Park is the place to go. A free-to-use running track, courts and pitches are just some of the things on offer that require no cash…so no excuses!

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Al Barsha Pond Park

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8. Fla-mingle with nature

One of our favourite spots in Dubai for wildlife watching, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 270 different types of birds. Perfectly suited to the whole family, this free-to-enter sanctuary makes for a truly stunning escape from the city (don’t forget to pack a picnic basket!)

Flamingos at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in DubaiVia Instagram/@ caro_la30

9. Watch a movie under the stars

Now that the weather’s cooled down, why go to the cinema when you can watch movies outdoors… for free! We’re pretty much regulars every Sunday at Movies Under the Stars; comfy beanbags, tasty snacks and no booking needed are what keep us coming back for more. Get all the must-know details like timings, location and more.

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Movies Under the Stars

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10. Soak up the sun in JBR

One of the city’s most popular tourist hotspots, there’s plenty to do at The Beach in JBR that doesn’t require any cash. With beautiful sandy shores, an outdoor gym, running track and volleyball court (all for free!), it really is a great place to spend the day with friends.

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