It maybe hard to believe that the glitzy and glamourous Dubai has free things you can experience; but there are plenty that won't cost you a dirham! Pepper your Dubai itinerary with these freebies and make your trip to Dubai more affordable. Here are our top picks for the best free things to do in Dubai 2022.
Visit the Coffee Museum in Dubai
Coffee lovers, raise your hand! The Dubai Coffee Museum is a unique place to dive into all things coffee—from the history of coffee to international techniques and flavors, coffee books and documentaries to explore and even centuries-old coffee pots and other coffee-making tools. Plus, the baristas here know their brews—so feel free to ask any questions you have about beans or brewing, they’ll have a wealth of knowledge to share with you if you’re interested.
Ride an abra
Not quite free, but at just $0.30 USD, it may as well be! Riding an abra is a must-do in Dubai, so we’re glad it’s affordable for just about everyone. This is Dubai’s traditional ferry system to cross the Dubai Creek, so get a taste of history (and a convenient form of transportation). Cross the creek at either the Deira Old Souk abra station or the Al Sabkha station, to the Dubai Old Souk station or the Bur Dubai station.
Wander through the Al Fahidi historic district
Ready to explore more of Dubai’s history and culture? Treat yourself to a stroll through the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. From traditional buildings to tea houses, museums to art shows, markets and more, there’s a lot to see and do in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood—and you won’t have to spend a dime to see most of it!
Or flash-forward to the modern era at Alserkal Avenue
Lean more hipster than historical? No worries. Dubai’s under-the-radar Alserkal Avenue is where the locals hang—with art galleries, pop-up shops, cafes and coffee shops, event centers and more, there’s always something going on, and much of it is free to explore. See what life looks like in Dubai now and enjoy a day at Alserkal Avenue.
Take a day to explore The Dubai Mall
This is indeed totally free…if you can resist over 1,200 shops that are housed inside this enormous mall! The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the WORLD, housing an impressive collection of shops and restaurants, plus an aquarium, movie theater, ice rink, a virtual reality park and more. Not enough shopping for you there? You can also check out the Mall of the Emirates, which also has tons of shopping and entertainment—even if you’re just window shopping.