7 things to do in Dubai for AED40 or less
African salsa night
The Soul Art Centre and Hangry Hanger host an African Salsa Night every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. Aside from being free, it’s a great way to work up a sweat, destress and improve your dance moves.
When: 8pm – 11pm, every Thursday
Where: Hangry Hangar, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 56 440 6022, website
Bowling at Al Nasr Leisureland
The bowling centre at Al Nasr Leisureland is only one of the most affordable bowling outlets in the city – a game costs just AED20 – it’s also one the city’s oldest and is the only licensed alley in Dubai. So, if you feel like bonding over drinks and a game that isn’t billiards or cards, Al Nasr Leisureland is the place for you.
When: 9am – 3am, Monday to Saturday, 9am - 12am, Sunday
Where: Oud Metha Road
Contact: +971 4 337 1234, website
Karaoke at Ten Street
Two words, free karaoke. That’s all you need to know. We’re just kidding, it’s also worth noting that you can sing your heart out for free every weekend from 12pm to 2am. The hot Buffalo wings and smoked ribs are great too (not free, but great none the less).
When: 12pm – 2am, Friday and Saturday
Where: JBR The Walk
Contact: +971 4 399 8993, website
Rock climbing at Rock Republic
If your idea of fun is scaling a 4.5 meter high boulder wall, then be sure to head to Rock Republic this weekend. For just AED30 guests can climb said boulder wall that spans across 250 square metres from 9am to 11am every Friday and Saturday. There’s a Friday wake up session too. It costs AED10 more but includes shoe hire. If you want to give it a go, head to Rock Republic between 9am and 1pm.
When: 9am – 1pm, Friday wake up session, 9am –11am, Friday and Saturday
Where: Dubai Investment Park 1
Contact: +971 4 882 9361, website
Swimming at Hamdan Sports Complex
For just AED25 you can show off your impressive swimming skills in Hamdan Sports Complex’s Olympic size swimming pool. It’s the perfect way to get in shape and since it’s indoors, you don’t have to worry out the heat or getting sun burnt. If water sports isn’t your thing, you can go to the complex’s gym and unwind at the sauna for just AED35.
When: 6am to 10pm, daily
Where: Exit 611, opposite Global Village
Contact: +971 4 306 2666, website
The open air museum is perfect for culture vultures. Its home to a traditional souk, a number of Bedouin tents that serve guests both dates and coffee and a number of daily live shows. The main courtyard hosts a number of cafes that sell everything from karak to authentic Emirati dishes like jabab bread, kabsa and lagimat - making it the perfect spot for food enthusiasts too.
Where: Heritage Village, Shindagha
Price: Free Admission
5D/7D cinema experience at the Dubai Dolphinarium
If you fancy getting lost in an unrealistic adventure then this virtual experience is for you. If you're a bit confused as to what 5D/7D is, allow us to enlighten you. It's basically 3D footage combined with a variety of physical effects which allow you to become a part of the action – you get to shot targets, get splashed by water and can actually feel the wind blow – it’s like a 4D VOX cinema experience only this time, you get to shot stuff. Tickets start from just AED25 per person.
When: Monday to Saturday
Where: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1
Contact: +971 4 336 9773, website