Dubai, with its high-rise architectural marvels, its swanky Jaguars, BMWs, Lamborghinis and its luxurious resorts, might make you think that it is way beyond your frugal travel budget. But, for every luxury hotel, there’s a quaint hostel in Dubai. For every Lamborghini there’s the good old metro line, for every high-rise there’s a historical enigma awaiting you in Dubai. So, while planning your travel itinerary, add these 19 things to do in Dubai that’ll cost you less than 50 AED:
1. Jumeirah Mosque
How Much: AED 25One of the two mosques in Dubai open to non-Muslims, the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque is located on the Jumeirah beach road. Guided tours are conducted daily (except Fridays) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sharp. These tours help visitors gain an insight into Islamic life and culture of the region as well as answer your questions, if you have any. Although prior booking is not required, it is suggested that you reach the mosque at least half an hour in advance as the registration process might take some time. The entrance fee also includes some light traditional Emirati snacks. Wearing modest clothing is recommended, but, traditional clothes can also be borrowed from the mosque.
2. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House
How Much: AED 3A historically significant building, this is the former residence of the former ruler of Dubai - Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. A beautiful piece of Dubai’s past, this house is located in the historic Al Shindagha district, near Dubai Creek. No longer serving as a residence, the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House now hosts exhibitions which are divided into 9 categories- history of the house, coin collection, historical documents and marine life, to name a few. It is open to visitors between 8 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday and from 3 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Fridays.
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3. Dubai Fountain
How Much: Free!Captivating and colossal, the Dubai fountain is one of the most famous attractions in Dubai. And, it is completely free! Located outside the Dubai Mall, right at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, this musical fountain started operating in the year 2009. The fountain shows are held daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., every half an hour. Each show lasts for about 5 minutes, so reach the venue accordingly. There are also special afternoon shows which are held at 1 p.m., 1.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. If you don’t mind spending a little bit, there’s a new viewing platform near the fountain, entrance to which costs you AED 20. The views from here, we have been told, are surreal, to say the least!
4. Al Khazzan Park
How Much: Free!
Open 8 a.m. onwards till late in the night, the Al Khazzan Park is the best place to have a quiet little picnic in Dubai! Housing an attractively painted blue and white water tank dating back to the 1980s, this park boasts of landscaped gardens, an open air pavilion, kids’ play area and a café that serves scrumptious food. What more could we possibly want?View this post on Instagram
5. Gold Souk
How Much: Free, if you don’t buy anything!Yes, that’s an actual image from Dubai’s Gold Souk! When you visit the souk, you won’t be the only one visiting just to experience all those glitters and be stunned by the huge variety and massive designs - there will be thousands like you! A lane lined with shops selling gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, pearls, precious gems and a lot more, that’s Gold Souk in a nutshell for you! A unique experience to have in Dubai, do head over to the souk even if you don’t wish to buy any gold. Nowhere else in the world will you find that much gold in one single lane!
6. Al Fahidi District
How Much: Free!Step into a part of history at the Al Fahidi District in Dubai. Ancient buildings, charming cafes, picturesque souvenir shops, informative museums, a bustling creek-side and plenty of Instagram-worthy photography opportunities, the Al Fahidi District is a historical neighborhood where time stood still. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is located here; maybe you could drop by there and sign up for a guided tour of the Al Fahidi District, or you could explore it on your own. Also known as Bastakiya quarters, some museums you can visit while exploring the district include the coffee museum and the coin museum.
7. Dubai Museum
How Much: AED 3Located within the restored Al Fahidi Fort, make sure you check out the Dubai Museum on your trip. Built in the late 1700s, the fort is one of the oldest in the city and the exhibits it hosts within its walls speak of a Dubai that was thriving over hundreds of years ago. Old photos of Dubai, traditional weapons, traditional fishing boats, scenes from the daily life of people back then and utensils and pottery they used, the museum showcases a fascinating part of history that has been, unfortunately, overshadowed by the modern marvels of mankind.
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8. La Mer Beach
How Much: Free!
Shop, chill, play, sunbathe, eat, repeat! A relatively new addition to Dubai’s coastline, La Mer Beach is located at Jumeirah and boasts of a picturesque shoreline dotted with cafes (ranging from pocket friendly to ‘burn a hole in your pocket’ type!), showrooms, souvenir shops, food carts, games, beach beds and a lot more. For a ‘wind in your hair, sand in your toes, joy in your heart’ kind of a day, pack a beach towel, a book maybe, some sunscreen and head over to La Mer! Did we mention that the beach has free Wi-Fi?!View this post on Instagram