July 31, 2011

Inexpensive Places and Things to Do in Dubai

Beyond Dubai's posh city image is a long list of places and activities available for the savings conscious. Below is my own list along with some approximate fees:

TOP CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

1. Ride the abra at the creek - AED 1, one way
2. Cross the creek with the water bus - AED 2, one way
3. Ride the metro train from end to end - AED 8, one way
4. Visit the Dubai Musuem - AED 3
5. Take a peak at Dubai's culture at Heritage and Diving Village - No entrance fees
6. View photographs of Dubai's past at the Sheikh Saaed Al Maktoum House- AED 2 
7. Visit the Deira Gold Souk
8. Check the Deira Fish Market early in the morning
9. Bike/ jog/ skate/ swim/ get a tan at Jumeirah open beach
10. Sit by the beach at JBR, watch watersports enthusiasts (parasailing, windsurfing...)
11. Watch Dubai Mall'snightly dancing fountain shows
12. Visit Dubai Mall's aquarium - viewing from outside is free
13. Have shabu shabu dinner at Deira Twin Tower's fastfood balcony
14. A swim and barbeque at Jumeirah or Al Mamzar beach park - AED 5 per person
15. Check the art galleries at The Gate Village of DIFC
16. Take a night drive to The Palm, a right to Atlantis and back to the end of the left frond
17. A jog/ stroll/ picnic at the parks (Zabeel, Creek, Mirdif, Safa) - mostly AED 5
18. Ride the monorail at The Palm
19. Ride the cable car at Creek Park
20. Check the Global Village during the Dubai Shopping Festival


Then for an added fee are other adventures:

OTHER TOP THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

1. Go up the 124th Floor of Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building
2. Chill at Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates - the world's largest indoor ski
3. Explore The Lost Chambers at The Palm Atlantis
4. Take a dhow cruise along the creek
5. Conquer your fear at Wild Wadi's Jumeirah Sceirah, Burj Surj and Tantrum Ali
6. Slide down a shark-filled lagoon at Aquaventure's The Leap of Faith
7. Witness amazing dolphin acts at the Creek Park's Dolphinarium
8. Go on a desert safari or dune bashing, then relax before a belly dancing show
9. Bring a kid to Kidzania at Dubai Mall
10. Buy (The Entertainer, Cobone, Gonabit, Groupon, YallaBanana, Gulfnews) complementary or discounted buffet brunch/ dinner vouchers at go to one with your partner or some friends ^-^

The latter list do mean a bit of spending, but in Dubai options to getting on discounted rates (mostly at half price) are getting more. For three years now, we have buying The Entertainer discount books. And now, online discount voucher sellers have multiplied : Cobone, Gonabit, Groupon, YallaBanana, Joy Offer.

tags: Must Do in Dubai, Do's and Don'ts in Dubai, Top Places in Dubai, Top Things to Do in Dubai

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