Dubai, the playground for the rich and famous, seems like it would be one of the most expensive cities in the world to travel to. However, Dubai has a lot to offer even for those of us who are watching our wallets. Here is our list of budget-friendly things to do in Dubai that will soothe your fear of missing out.
1. Ride the Dubai Metro
The Dubai Metro is not only the cheapest and the fastest way to travel almost everywhere in Dubai, but also one of the most comfortable means of transportation. The best thing is that the stations are located in close proximity to almost all major tourist attractions.
2. Eat Your Heart Out
Dubai’s multicultural aura can be seen in the sheer variety of food it offers, making it a rightful foodie heaven. Be it on 2nd of December Street, a mile-long stretch packed with street cafes designed for every palate, or the exciting local markets.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss out the cultural extravaganza that is Ravi restaurant in Satwa, Dubai.
3. Up Your Instagram Game At The Bastakiya Quarter
Historic Bastakiya predates the big towering skyscrapers that are synonymous with Dubai. With traditional wind towers, and lavish courtyards, Bastakiya’s unique architecture makes it a great spot for unique Instagram pictures that’ll make you the envy of all your friends.
4. Explore The Old-World Charm Of The Dubai Creek
For a taste of old Dubai, head down to Dubai Creek which has managed to retain its old-world charm. With a wildlife sanctuary at the seawater inlet end, several market stalls selling fabrics and trinkets, and yachting clubs lining the banks, the area is one of the more authentic Dubai spots to get a true feel of how the city used to be.
Insider Tip: Cross the Dubai Creek on an abra, a traditional wooden ferry. For a more authentic site-seeing experience, hire one for an hour.
5. Watch The Sunset Over The Stunning Dubai Marina Walk
Surrounded by high-end boutiques and some great outdoor seating cafes, the Dubai Marina walk is a beachfront paved walkway with plenty to do. However, there’s nothing quite as stunning as witnessing the sunset over the architectural masterpieces that make up the Dubai skyline.
6. See The Jaw-Dropping Burj Khalifa
No trip to Dubai is complete without getting a glimpse of the stunning feat of architecture and engineering that is the Burj Khalifa. Currently the tallest building in the world, the Burj looks breathtaking both during the day and once the city lights come on.
7. Discover A Piece Of Heaven On Earth At The Dubai Miracle Garden
Home to over 45 million natural flowers of numerous exotic species, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a respite from the Dubai desert, and holds the title of the world’s largest flower garden.
8. Visit The Awe-Inspiring Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque is the city’s largest mosque with an abundance of rich history of Islamic culture. An impressive example of modern Islamic architecture, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most photographed buildings in Dubai and is accessible to people of all faith through an organised tour.
9. Sunbathe at Jumeirah Beach
With the stunning backdrop of the mighty Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah beach is your chance to soak up the sun and take it easy on the white sandy coastline. If you’re looking for something a bit more action packed, you can also enjoy an array of exciting water sports at the palm-fringed Jumeirah Beach Park.