8 great activities to try in Dubai for under AED20

We’re in December – perhaps the most expensive month of the year. With money kept aside for gifts, festive meals and New Year’s Eve parties, near empty wallets could be a reality for most of us… In an attempt to help both you and us have some fun on a budget, we have shortlisted nine great activities for under AED20.

1. Take an abra ride
This is hands down the best way to explore old Dubai. Take an abra from either side of the creek for just AED1 and soak in the sights and sounds of the souks and cultural spots. Make sure you take a stroll through the Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Textile Souk and the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood – it’s a great way to learn about the nation’s history and is completely free of cost.
Price: AED1
Where: Dubai Creek

2. Visit Dubai Museum
First used as a fort of defence and then an arsenal of artillery and weapons, the area officially opened as a public museum in 1971. Entry to the museum, that boasts everything from traditional keepsakes and, of course, a vast amount of information about the nation’s rich culture and past, is just AED3. Once inside, you can enjoy guided tours that are free of charge.
Price: AED3
Where: Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai
Contact: website

3. Have dinner at Al Reef
This bakery is infamous for its manakish. The flatbread can be topped with anything- yep; cheese, zaatar, meat, you name it, you can have it. Pair your topping of choice with an equally tasty fruit cocktail and you’ve got your best pocket-friendly meal.
Price: From AED10
Where: Al Wasl Road
Contact: +971 4 394 5200

4. Spend the day at the park
With BBQ pits, a jogging track, boat rides and a mini cricket pitch, it’s safe to say that Zabeel Park has more than enough to keep you entertained for the day.
Price: AED5
Where: Zabeel District
Contact: website

5. Catch a free movie screening
Drop the traditional cinema experience for an outdoor screening at Alserkal Avenue instead. Cinema Akil brings films, documentaries and animations from across the world to the city for you to watch for free – yep, it’s completely free of charge.
Price: Free
Where: Alserkal Avenue

6. Check out Women’s Museum
Along with learning about the multifaceted lives of Emirati women, visitors can also check out the art work created by female artists from across the UAE. Don’t forget to drop by the café that sells textiles, jewellery and artisan gifts designed and made in the nation. Entry is AED20 per person.
Price: AED20
Where: Gold Souk

7. Enjoy a BBQ at Mamzar Beach Park
With the weather cooling down, it’s time to get the BBQ pits heating up and Mamzar Beach Park was made for just that. Along with BBQ facilities, the park also offers beach sports, bicycle rentals and swimming pools. Entry to the park is priced at AED5 per person or AED30 per car.
Price: From AED5
Where: Al Mamzar
Contact: website

8. The Dubai Fountain 
The floating platform at the Dubai Fountain allows you to see the water spectacle up-close (like really close…only 9 metres away) for just AED20 per person.
Price: AED20
Where: Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, Downtown Dubai
Contact: website

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