Dubai is definitely one of the richest as well as the luxurious and stylish cities in the world. Millions of tourists visit this city of lights every year. Although the growth, richness and style of the city may make you wonder about how much a vacation in Dubai would cost, you really do not have to worry. You do not have to be a billionaire to enjoy the wonders that the Emirate city of Dubai offers. While there are several places that you can view and visit for free, you may have to pay to enter certain buildings or monuments or places. Still, most of the top attractions of Dubai can be viewed at a nominal rate. Here we present some of the cheapest tourist destinations in Dubai.
Dubai Mall: Dubai houses the largest mall in the world, and when in Dubai, you get to visit this phenomenon absolutely free. The Dubai Mall is a place which you can visit without paying any money. However, more than 1200 stores of the mall may attract you to spend some of your hard earned money. Nevertheless, there is a lot of thrill in just walking around the mall, viewing the endless shops till your legs ache.
The Dubai Mall is also home to an in-house aquarium combined with an underwater zoo. While you can view some part of the aquarium from outside, to see the aquarium and zoo completely, you have to pay an entry fee, of somewhere around 100 dirham. However, the tour is worth the money you pay. Apart from Dubai Mall, there are several other malls in Dubai where you do not have to pay any money. The Emirates Mall, Global Village, etc. are some of the exciting places you should visit when in this Emirates city.
Dubai Museum: Another way to spend your valuable time in Dubai without spending anything is by visiting the Dubai Museum. Located inside what is known as the oldest building in Dubai (the Al Fahidi Fort), the Dubai Museum holds the relics of Dubai’s past life. From the way the Arabs lived and their occupation to their clothes and lifestyle, the Dubai Museum reflects everything in detail. You can also take a look at the artefacts and antiquities that were exported and imported with Asian and African countries during the ancient times. The highlight of the place is the 10 minutes documentary that shows the growth of Dubai in such a short span of time. If you are interested in knowing about the history and culture of this Arab city, a visit to the Dubai Museum is a must.
Dubai Fountain: The light and music show at the Dubai Fountain is one of the mesmerizing things that you will see in Dubai. You are likely to go through a host of emotions when the waters of the fountain dance on some soulful classic or world music. The rising and falling of the waters, the colours and the music together create a beautiful ambience, making you want to stay there for a long time. What’s more is that you can do this! The fountain show begins at 6 in the evening and happens every half an hour, till 10 at night. You can hang around the fountain to watch all the shows if you have time. The Dubai fountain is located just outside the Dubai Mall and is a great way to unwind after spending a day at the mall.
Burj Khalifa: Just next to the Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain is the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The mere sight of this huge building as the backdrop of the fountain can leave you awestruck. You are free to click as many pictures of this building from outside. However, if you want to take a look at the interiors of the Burj Khalifa, you need to buy entry tickets. To ensure that you save some money, you can book in advance via the internet. You can also approach a tour company to book your tickets at a nominal rate. If you book in advance, you would only have to pay an amount of 140-150 dirham. The visit usually lasts for half an hour during which you can tour the lounge as well as travel to the topmost viewing deck on the 124th floor via the world’s fastest elevator. So, if you want to enjoy the views from the top of the Burj, book tickets in advance.
Desert Safari: The desert safari is the most unique experience of Dubai. This is also the best way to visit and roam around the Arabian Desert. Although the desert safari is a paid trip, each and every part of the tour is worth each and every penny. Right from picking up from your hotel to dropping you back, the tour company takes care of everything from your comfort to your entertainment. Most desert safari tours begin in the evening time and goes on for 3-4 hours.
Once at the desert, you can enjoy dune bashing, belly dancing, camel riding and sometimes even quad biking and sandboarding. You are also treated with a lavish barbecue dinner. If you want to experience the desert during morning time, you can join a morning desert safari tour, which provides almost the same experience but with an amazing view of the sand under the sun. Some tour companies also offer luxury desert safari tours, private adventure tours, overnight desert safari tours, etc. The cost of the tour would depend on the type of tour as well as the tour company you have chosen.
Dhow Cruise Dinner: An exceptional way of sightseeing in Dubai is by going for a dhow cruise dinner. Dhow cruises are floating restaurants built and decorated inside traditional dhows. Here, you can wine and dine and at the same time watch the amazing sights around the Dubai Creek. As the dhow cruise happens during evening or night time, you can view the buildings and monuments in all their glory. On the other hand, if you do not want to spend money on dinner, you can talk a walk around the Dubai Creek. The Creek divides Diera and Bur Dubai and both sides of the city offer some remarkable sights.
Apart from the places mentioned above, some other
tourist destinations in dubai are parks, beaches, etc. While some beaches and parks allow free of cost entry, you will have to pay a small amount to go to some of these places. In short, you do not have to be a king or even a prince to visit this beautiful Emirate city. To save some money, book your flight tickets and do your hotel reservation in advance.