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Dubai | Low budget travel tips and free sights

Big bigger Biggest! Dubai in three words. Literally and figuratively. The largest skyscraper, the largest golf course, the largest fountain, the largest marina, the largest theme park, the largest ski hall (!), the largest shopping center with undoubtedly the largest Appie and of course the largest airport in the world. In height or in width, this city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has only one size. And one price, namely very expensive. Now I can imagine that you have this special place in the Middle East off your bucket list, even if you're not a millionaire. especially in the Dutch winter it's the perfect sun destination.

Also read: Must sees in Dubai | The most beautiful places + bucket list activities!

Fly for next to nothing

The cheap way starts with booking your plane ticket. A simple search on the internet will yield you plane tickets for next to nothing. Return tickets of 250 euros are no exception. When you arrive at Dubai International Airport, you can immediately drop off your bags in Al Sharqi, a great one budget hotel just outside the center of Dubai. Rooms from 25 euros per night. Includes shuttle service to the sun-drenched beaches.

Also read: Skyscanner | How to save (a lot of) money on flights

Free Things to Do in Dubai

Dubai Museum

To immediately get into the atmosphere of this ancient city, you can buy the imposing for two euros Dubai Museum visits. This museum, formerly Al Fahidi Fort, can be found in the middle of the old center of Dubai. Near the museum is the Iranian mosque, also a cheap (even for free) worth a visit.

Visit the Dubai Museum for free
Visit the Dubai Museum for free

Free sunbathing at Palace Beach

Many beaches are private or belong to a hotel. But not all. Do you want to sunbathe and don't feel like paying tens of dirhams for it? Then go to Palace Beach† Free entrance, located between the very expensive palaces of wealthy sheiks. Have you rented a car? No problem, at Palace Beach you can park free† You will find this photogenic beach with clear blue sea along the road from Madinat to Dubai Marina. Click here for location on Google Maps.

Free sunbathing on Palace Beach with a great view
Free sunbathing on Palace Beach with a great view

Burj Khalifa from a distance

Of course you can't go home without taking a picture of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Exactly 829,84 meters high. No, you don't necessarily have to go inside to admire the magnificence of the building. A visit to the observation deck can easily cost you more than 25 euros. If you have not reserved in advance, you will already lose 80 euros at the entrance. A lot of money for a panoramic shot.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world,
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world,

The building is at its best when viewed from a distance. The sun reflecting off the thousands of windows, the peak touching the blue sky, to capture this beauty you don't have to shell out any money.

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The Burj Khalifa is best viewed from a distance for free
The Burj Khalifa is best viewed from a distance for free

You can just stroll around and view and capture the tallest structure in the world from all angles for free. Et voilà, free the most beautiful memories of the city where everything is bigger than big.

Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is arguably the holy grail of the must-sees in Dubai. It is the largest and most expensive fountain show in the world that you can see every day. Every evening from 18.00 p.m. the show starts every 30 minutes. The fountain can spew up 83.000 liters of water simultaneously, reaching a height of 150 meters. The fountain has a length of 2 football fields together and has a total of about 150 million cost. BIZARD right? It is not for nothing that there are always a lot of tourists here to see this.

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How cool is this shot from above?! This way you can really see how big the fountain is!

Cheap Dubai Attractions

Crossing at Dubai Creek

For less than a euro you can get on a traditional Arab boat for a crossing at Dubai Creek† On the deck you can relax in the old-fashioned Persian beanbags and enjoy the characteristic view of the port of Dubai with the glittering skyscrapers in the distance for over half an hour. Breathlessly watching Dubai's skyline from your lazy beanbag, nothing wrong with that!

Cheap but very nice - a low budget trip on Dubai Creek
Cheap but very nice – a low budget trip on Dubai Creek

Cheap shopping in Bur Dubai

Do you want to shop but don't feel like destroying your entire budget right away? Then browse the dusty markets in Bur Dubai, an ancient neighborhood in Dubai. No cars, but traditional shops and loud stalls where you can buy souvenirs and eat an affordable snack for a few dirhams (1 dirham is 20 cents). Try Bayt Al Wakeel, for example, a restaurant that hangs high over the water with its terrace. Forget the noodles and choose one of the authentic Arabic dishes such as the lamb or the creamy hummus. Now only a perfect sunset and dinner is complete. To get to Bur Dubai you have to make the crossing from Dubai Creek.

More Dubai tips?

When you are in Dubai you will be immersed in the wealth, Luxury en beautiful sights that the city has to offer. We can imagine that you get the most out of your world trip or want to go on holiday in Dubai. That is why we have of course also written a blog with all must sees en bucket list activities for Dubai for anyone who wants to spend a little more. For example, how about a Skydive above one of the palm islands? You can read all about it in the blog: Must sees in Dubai | The most beautiful places + bucket list activities!

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