About Visit Dubai
Step into the future as you explore Dubai, with its record-breaking skyscrapers, swathes of soft sand beaches and rolling red sand dunes. There’s no place quite like Dubai for a holiday to experience its intoxicating fusion of Arabian cuisine, luxurious shopping and of course, endless sunshine. Ever changing, be sure to see the city’s latest crop of new openings including the iconic Dubai Opera and thrilling theme parks.
Piers & Boardwalks
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Flea & Street Markets
Nature & Wildlife Areas
This green urban oasis is a surprising find in central Dubai and perfect for a budget-friendly dose of R&R. Ride a pedal boat on the lake, let the kids loose at the play areas, enjoy a picnic or BBQ, or just relax under the palms with Dubai’s skyscrapers as a backdrop.
Riding a public wooden ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek rewards you with some of the best views in Dubai without denting your budget: a one-way trip costs as little as a dirham. Board one of these open, motorised boats and savour the panoramic views over the minarets, wind-towers, trading boats and high-rises of the creek.
Many of Dubai’s beaches are assigned to hotels and charge an entry fee for non-guests, but this is one of the few you can enjoy without spending a dirham. Expect picture-perfect white sands and blue seas fringed by a walkway and food stands, all with direct views of the Burj Al Arab in the background. Bring your camera!
As a way to discover Dubai’s past, this engaging museum explains its history, and comes with the bonus of a very modest entrance fee. Chart the city’s growth from a humble pearl diving and fishing port to today’s metropolis, and admire the museum’s quaint setting: the restored 18th-century Al Fahidi fort, Dubai’s oldest building.
Dine out on some of Dubai’s finest Pakistani and Indian food at a fraction of the price of the city’s glitzier eateries. This indoor and outdoor, back-to-basics restaurant in the bustling Satwa district is a long-time legend for its delicious curries and its pavement tables give it a brilliant street food feel.
Horse racing is a long-standing tradition in Dubai and its Meydan Racecourse hosts a full racing season from November to March, including the Dubai World Cup. Attending the races doesn’t mean splashing the cash, either. At the weekly Thursday night meets, you can enjoy free admission to a special section of the grandstand.
This no-nonsense mall in Dubai’s commercial Karama quarter won’t win any prizes for looks or history, but it’s something of a bargain-hunter’s dream. Make a beeline here if you want to stock up with cheap clothes, sportswear, jeans, or shoes, and be ready to be invited into the upstairs showrooms stuffed with additional products.
With its minarets soaring over the Jumeirah Road, this sandstone landmark is the only Dubai mosque to allow non-Muslim visitors, making it a rare window into grassroots culture. The affordable daily tours are the way to go, and include a guided walk through the ornate interior, and commentary and Q&As into local prayer and other religious practices.
A visit to this traditional souk is a great way to discover old Dubai without shelling out on anything more than your shopping. Delve into the covered passageways to absorb the kaleidoscope of scented spices, herbs, teas, incense, and coffees; and shop for other goodies at stands selling saris, pottery and souvenirs.
A master at the Middle Eastern favourite of ‘shawarma’ (meat-filled wraps), this hip café-eatery makes an affordable and tasty pitstop after a morning or evening exploring Dubai Marina. The gourmet-style wraps are excellent for the price, so you can grab a casual lunch or dinner here without breaking the bank.
Tucked at the inland end of Dubai Creek, this free-to-visit wetland reserve draws an impressive array of birdlife, from vast flocks of flamingos to heron, egrets, eagles, and more. With two shaded hides to watch the birds strutting in the lagoons, it’s perfect for wildlife lovers who want to escape the bustle of Dubai for a while.