Dubai is known as the city of luxury. A glittering city of skyscrapers that offers every possible and unimaginable luxury in the world, Dubai is your chance to experience extravagance in its true sense.
But is Dubai only for the rich and the famous? The biggest surprising quality of this dream city is that it opens up to every tourist with the same warmth. Dubai offers the same love for both the uber rich and the economical backpacker.
If you are a vacationer looking to visit Dubai on a budget and you don’t believe us, here is a list of the best attractions and interesting things to do in Dubai in budget. We bring you attractions that are either free or cost you anything between 0 to 5 Dirhams (less than $2).
One of the best world attractions, the Dubai aquarium is the largest suspended acrylic aquarium in the world. It is filled with 10 million liters of water and is home to over 33000 exotic marine animals including rays and sharks. The Dubai aquarium is located on the ground floor of the Dubai mall. While you have to pay a small fee to see the adjoining underwater zoo, watching this colossal aquarium tank that goes up to the 3rd floor in height absolutely free is an experience in itself.
One of the best metros in the world- The Dubai Metro is the pride of Dubai. Built in less than 18 months, Dubai metro is driverless and a ride in the metro is one of the best things to do in Dubai. The cost of riding a Dubai metro starts from 2Dhs and with a Dubai metro you can cover the entire city effortlessly. The best thing about the Dubai metro is that it has a station very close to almost all the major attractions of Dubai. So once you get down from the Metro, every attraction is at a walkable distance.
Dubai museum is a must visit attraction for everyone who visits Dubai not only because it is the best source to understand the history and exponential rise of this amazing city, but also because it is one of the most engaging museums in the world. The Dubai museum is housed inside the oldest fort of the city- Al Fahidi fort and is full of rare artifacts received from excavations glorifying the humble history of this magnificent metropolis. The entry fee of the museum is less than 3Dhs.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house
A delight for the history lovers, this museum was once a palace of the rulers of Dubai. A place where some of the most iconic decisions of the city has been taken, the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house is the best way to understand the city’s transformation from a small Bedouin village to the world’s tourism hub. The highlight of the palace is its wind towers. Traditionally used as Air conditioners to cool the palace during hot months, these wind towers still stand strong as a testament to the engineering of the ancient times. The cost to see the palace is just 2Dhs.
Once the only means of trade and transportation, the Abras (water taxis) still rule the Dubai creek. These traditional dhow trading vessels made with wood and open canopy can accommodate around 20 people. Today, taking an Abra ride is more of an experience than a means of transport. Taking a ride in an Abra makes you feel like a part of history and what’s more, it cost an unbelievable 1Dhs only.
The traditional souqs of Dubai are world famous. The gold souq of Dubai at any given day has over 10 tons of gold available to trade in every possible beautiful design. Similarly, the spice souk takes you to an aromatic treat of the world’s most exotic spices. The textile and the perfume souq also are absolutely free to enter. You can buy anything if you want that too at heavily bargained prices. Even if you don’t feel like buying anything, the bustling souqs are the best places for people watching.
Sitting calmly as a shoreline of the colossal Arabian sea, the Jumeirah beach has a stunning backdrop of Burj Al Arab- the world’s most luxurious 7-star hotel built on a man-made island. The beach is clean and one of the few free public beaches in the city. While you are required to dress decently, the beach is great place to relax and unwind. The eateries nearby includes both the high end cafeterias and the street food that won’t cost more than 4Dhs to curb your appetite.
Dubai Street food
The cultural diversity of Dubai allows a wide array of food choices for the tourists and the locals. With only 15% locals and the rest 85% expats, there is an ample variety of world cuisine such as Arabic, Pakistani, Indian, European, Japanese, Chinese and more. Dubai offers a sumptuous variety of food at unbelievably low cost. While in Dubai no matter how economical is your trip, you can always buy a stomach full meal for less than 3Dhs.
The malls of Dubai are one of the best in the world and holds many great world records. Whether or not you go on a shopping spree, visiting the malls of Dubai are definitely one of the most fun things to do. The Dubai mall is one of the biggest malls in the world and houses 1200 shops, 200 cafes and 22 cinema screens. It also houses the Dubai aquarium.
The Mall of the Emirates is again one of the world’s largest shopping complexes and houses Middle East’s first indoor ski resort. Another great place to spend your time is the Ibn Battuta Mall. It is the world’s largest themed mall and is divided into 6 sections based on the explorations of the legendary explorer Ibn Battuta. Every sections depicts intricately beautiful architecture and offers an authentic feel of that country.
Money can never be a reason to not visit Dubai. A city of both the rich and poor, it welcomes tourists of all pocket sizes. This one trait of the city makes it accessible for tourists across the world. Dubai packs an exciting punch with people of all spending budgets and allows them to enjoy the best of the city at both economical and splurging budgets.