Beautiful Free Things to do In Dubai (Itinerary + Maps)

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Beautiful free things to do in Dubai? Is this true? Yes, it is. Dubai is known for its luxurious lifestyle worldwide, so there are some of the best luxury tourist spots in Dubai. But Dubai tourism has a lot to offer those who want affordable trips to Dubai.

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There are many free things to do in Dubai which will not burn a hole in your pockets. These free things are worth visiting, and some have created records in world tourist attractions. So plan your affordable Dubai itinerary and include some of the must-visit, most visited, and top-notch attractions in Dubai for free.


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Let’s look at beautiful free things to do in Dubai and learn about them. Affordable Dubai Itinerary guide with the most visited top attractions in Dubai.

Dubai Fountains – Dubai Mall 

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The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, at the center of Downtown Dubai located in Dubai Mall with the backdrop of the world’s tallest building. So visiting this place covers your three attractions from your Dubai itinerary planner. You cover the top 3 attractions, Dubai fountains, Dubai Mall, and the view of Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world with this tour. 



The fountains come to life every 30 minutes from 6 pm daily. The colorful, illuminated jets dance to the tunes or range of melodies. With the backdrop of illuminating Burj Khalifa, these fountains look more stunning. You need to book the front-row seats, but you can witness it for free behind that.  Dubai fountains are the best free things to do in Dubai and should top your Dubai itinerary too. 

Many luxury restaurants and hotels surround this area to book your dining out or hotel stays. 

HOW TO REACH – Metro, Bus, Taxis. Dubai Mall is well-connected from every location of Dubai and is the central spot Downtown. 

Pointe Fountains – Palm Jumeirah

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Experience another wonderful attraction of Dubai at Palm Fountain at The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah, the biggest fountain in Dubai and the world, with a beautiful backdrop of the famous Atlantis Hotel building.


The first show starts at 7 pm, and the last show begins at 11:30 pm.


The first show starts at 7 pm, and the last show starts at 1 am.

Each show’s duration is approximately 3 minutes long, each performed every 30 minutes.

HOW TO REACH – You can take a walk to Dubai Internet City Seaside Metro Bus Stop, then take the line 85 bus to Infotech, Dubai Internet City. Walk to Palm Gateway, take the Palm Monorail to Atlantis Aquaventure, then take a walk to The Pointe. The best way is to reach is to take a Taxi directly to this spot.

Dubai Marina Tour

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Dubai Marina is the second most famous neighborhood in Dubai, after Downtown Dubai. It is renowned for its luxurious lifestyle, entertainment options, shopping malls, stunning luxury skyscrapers skyline, luxury Yachts moving around, water promenades, and much more. Walking across the bridges over Marina makes a perfect thing to do in Dubai with a glimpse of one of the best buildings in Dubai. Dubai Marina skyline with water features and luxury yachts make Dubai’s perfect photogenic or Instagrammable hotspot.

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Walking across Dubai Marina – Pic Credits – Pixabay

You can witness many free entertainment shows, on water promenades during peak tourist seasons and many times in the evenings. 

HOW TO REACH – Metro, Tram, Taxi, Bus

Dubai Beaches – JBR or La Mer Beach

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Hotels at JBR, Dubai

The location of Dubai on the Persian Gulf of the United Arab Emirates makes it a perfect beach destination. So enjoy the stunning coastline with white sands, clear blue waters, blue skies, and a warm sunny climate. Therefore visit the most vibrant Dubai – JBR Beach and La Mer beach is the perfect way to spend your time here. JBR Beach has many beachside activities for free like free gym, garden, play area, beach entertainment shows(during tourist season), skyline view, and other exciting entertainment activities.

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La Mer Beachfront

La Mer Beach has colorful beachside buildings with nautical theme décor.

HOW TO REACH – JBR Beach is easily accessible by tram and taxi. There is no metro or tram for La Mer beach, so either you go there by public bus or taxi.

Bluewater Islands 

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Bluewater Islands – Ain Dubai view

Bluewaters – a man-made island is famous for its vibrant lifestyle, entertainment options, stunning view of Dubai Marina, and JBR skyline. Home to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, it is also a shopper’s paradise, housing unique retail and dining concepts. A bridge connects Bluewaters to JBR beach, where you can walk down and admire the beautiful view. This pedestrian bridge is the spot from where you can witness the beauty of JBR beach and Ain Dubai – the world’s largest Ferris wheel.

HOW TO REACH – Take the tram to JBR Beach from where you can walk down through the bridge or taxi.

Dubai Souks

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Since ancient ages, Dubai is famous for trading between the east and west as ships used to stop here. Since then, the ports of Dubai have had fabulous ancient markets with a wide range of commodities available. Today, Dubai has preserved these antique styles of Souks as it is, and you can find a wide range of products at wholesale prices.

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The most popular is Gold Souk here, where you can find precious Yellow metal hanging all around. Not only gold, but you can also find Spice & Textile souk here, which is the perfect shopping arena for food and textile lovers. These souks are not only for shopping but also the perfect tourist place to witness the culture, traditional trading style, and ancient historical architecture.

HOW TO REACH – Public boats (Abra), Bus, Metro, and Taxi.

Madinat Jumeirah Souk with the backdrop of Burj Al Arab

Fine Dining at Anar Persian Cuisine Restaurant in Dubai 
Souk Madinat Jumeirah – A famous tourist attraction in Dubai

The Arabian town with the perfect amalgamation of old and new, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a fine shopping and dining destination with the backdrop of iconic Burj Al Arab. Here you will find a very rustic and vibrant atmosphere, incredible scents, and a mix of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops besides man-made canals. You can see Arabian gondolas or boat rides on these canals to explore the whole area. Gondola boat rides are at an extra cost. You can also explore this area by walking too.

Fine Dining at Anar Persian Cuisine Restaurant in Dubai 
Have your favorite drink with superb views at Anar


Al Seef Historic quarters

Al Seef Cultural district

Explore the glorious past of the Middle East in the alleys of Al Seef, Dubai. This newly constructed heritage district of Dubai beautifully showcases the amalgamation of history with the modern world. Experience the meeting of old with new on the banks of historic Dubai Creek in the Al Seef district. An excellent way to pay tribute to our ancient past.

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HOW TO REACH – Taxi, Metro with Al Fahidi & Burjuman stations as nearest dropping point. You can also reach by Abra or water taxi ride, Public boats, Yacht or Dhow cruises, and Self-drive.

Dubai Water Canal Broadwalk & Waterfall

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Dubai has opened the Dubai Water Canal, stretching from the old Creek and passing through the Design District and Business Bay to join back in the Arabian Gulf. The waterfall on the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge is an essential attraction in the water canal due to its special illumination with a view of Dubai’s downtown skyline comprising the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa.

There are many things to do here, walk on the Broadwalk for the beautiful view, bike across on special cycling tracks, and admire the architectural marvel of the unique 3 bridges.

HOW TO REACH – Taxi or You can take a ferry from Al Gubhaiba to the end of the water canal, where the Dubai Canal water taxi station is located. You will have the best of view and ride from the public ferry.

JBR The Walk

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Street art at JBR The walk

JBR The Walk is the most dynamic 1.7 km stretch of Dubai city. This walk is one of the most popular hangouts for youngsters, party lovers, foodies, and nightlife lovers. All over this 1.7 km walk, you can find the best luxury cars parked over, street-side restaurant chains, funky décor, street-side entertainment artists, roadshows, and many exciting bars, cafes, etc.

Take a video tour of JBR The Walk

The evenings here are most popular among tourists, and you can see all the metropolitan crowd here and doing all sorts of fun.

HOW TO REACH – Tram and Metro, Taxi

Laser and Light show at Dubai Festival City Mall

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In Dubai Festival City, IMAGINE showcases the record-breaking, ever-changing immersive laser, light, water multi-sensory extravaganza with soothing musical tunes. The show starts after sunset on all days.

HOW TO REACH – Taxi or Public Bus

Al Qudra Deserts and lakes – Dubai Tour Guide

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Visiting Dubai then visiting desert activity should be in your itinerary too. The Desert is the natural landscape of the UAE with beautiful shaded dunes and camels all around. 

You can drive down to explore the desert landscape in many places near Dubai. Many tour operators also offer desert safari tours, which are very popular and top things to do. But if you don’t want to spend on safari tours, drive down to the nearby desert at Al Qudra desert, where you will also spot some lakes. Al Qudra desert is perfect for overnight camping under the stars too.

HOW TO REACH – Self-drive or book desert safari tours to nearby places

Dubai Itinerary Map

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  • Fountains are located at the most visited and top attractions of Dubai. So with the fountain shows, you are covering the exteriors of an architectural marvel, like Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, or Atlantis buildings.
  • Fountains shows are free and run daily after specific time intervals. For correct timings, refer to their official websites.
  • There are many restaurants, cafes, and hotel stays besides these attractions. So if you are looking to eat out or stay in Dubai, staying or eating out near these attractions is also worth it.
  • All places have ample parking space – so if you are driving, follow the designated parking slots on Google Maps.
  • Metro, bus, and trams connect the top attractions.
  • The one-way Metro ride would not cost more than 10 AED for one person. Primarily within 3 to 6 AED, you reach most of the places.
  • Dubai beaches are open to the public and are free to enter. Many changing rooms, world-class toilets/washrooms, and prayer rooms exist.
  • On specific days like the National day of UAE, New Year’s Eve, and some particular celebrations, fireworks are top attractions.
  • Some of these attractions are best to visit during sunset time due to the glittering skyline with the sun’s setting.
  • You can test your bargaining skills at old souks.
  • Taxis are safe, and you can see them through apps like Uber, Careem, or RTA.
  • Suppose you are using Metro, bus, trams, and public boats many times, then better to buy a multi-day public transport pass from RTA. Only one pass – NOL card works on all public transport.
  • Winter is the best time to visit. But if you are staying in summer, visit these places during the evenings and nights.  
  • There are many observation decks and private boat rides with dinners, museums, and attractions entrance tickets at these locations. So you can book these attractions at extra cost.
  • Dubai tops the list in the safety of women and other things too. So late-night outings would be safer for solo travelers too.
  • I recommend including historical and cultural attractions with modern architectural tours for a complete glimpse of Dubai and its lifestyle.


I hope you loved reading my article on beautiful free things to do in Dubai and can now plan your affordable Dubai itinerary. Plan your Dubai tour with this Dubai travel guide and include some of the top attractions in Dubai in your Dubai bucket list travel planner. Hope you would have a great Dubai vacation also, follow my other Dubai posts for making your Dubai trip itinerary.

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