Best & Exciting Free Things To Do in Dubai Year-Round

Best & Exciting Free Things To Do in Dubai Year-Round

Learn about the best and exciting free things to do in Dubai.

Dubai is a world of breathtaking destinations and attractions. It is not a leading city for travel and tourism for nothing. The city as said already boasts myriad alluring places to visit, but not all go for a fee. And some of these free touristic activities are what this article is about.

Free Things To Do in Dubai

Below are some of the best in the Dubai. Dubai, a veritable tourist destination and the fourth most visited city in the world, is permeated with thrilling activities, and destinations.  There are exciting things to do at night, public beaches to visit for free, shopping malls for appreciably cheap shopping. In this article, we’ll focus on some free exciting things in the city.

Dubai Fountain – Free Things To Do in Dubai

Dubai Fountains - Free Things To Do in Dubai

Of the free things to do in Dubai, Dubai Fountain is magnificent. Located in Downtown Dubai where you have the world’s tallest building and one of the world’s largest shopping mall (Dubai Mall), Dubai Fountain is a place you can’t miss visiting.

But, whether or not it is located in Downtown Dubai, the attraction is still worth visiting in it’s own right. How is that? It is the world’s largest choreographed and tallest performing fountain, shooting water 50-story high. Its performance is accompanied by lights and music, gluing lots of people. Kindly visit this post for more on the fountain.

Dubai Trolley

Dubai Trolley - Free Things To Do in Dubai

Think about a ride with like-minded people in Dubai as you; think about frolicking around Downtown Dubai, the hub of Dubai’s glitz. That sounds fun, right? If you want this exact experience, Dubai Trolley, the top of which is open, is your perfect fit and, surprisingly, it’s FREE. Those who have taken this ride say good things about it and its management. They say the management is hospitable. This text is culled from an earlier post. For more kindly see this post.

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Dubai’s Public Beaches – Free Things To Do in Dubai

Kite Beach - Free Things To Do in Dubai

Visiting the beach is exhilarating, and strips off stress. There are some really wonderful public beaches in Dubia. Some of these beaches boast turquoise water and golden sand. While Dubai’s public beaches are free, visiting them is one of the best way to get buoyed and remain buoyant. So, for me, this idea of free-ness does not detract from them the least bit. An article about the best beaches in Dubai was recently published here on If you want to visit a public or free beach in Dubai, kindly visit the post (kindly use the penultimate link).

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Dubai’s Public Parks

Dubai Public Park

Whether you’re seeking a place for a friendly stroll, a place for picnic or a place for the kids, you’d find Dubai’s public parks useful. Good examples are Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) Park and Zabeel Park. The JLT Park is wrapped in beautiful green landscape with lakeside community areas and is located in one of Dubai’s most popular residential neighbourhoods, Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

Zabeel Park is one of the largest public park in Dubia, and is one of the first technology-driven parks in the Gulf. You could visit any of them depending on where you are or your preference. Enjoy!

Barasti Beach Bar

Barasti Beach Bar

Barasti Beach Bar is a great spot for relaxation and for exuberant fun. While they hold some really awesome events best for adults, this Dubai institution boasts a vast outdoor seating area and Dubai’s best live sport big screen. With Dubai Marina on the background, and the outdoor seating platform right on the water, there is hardly a better counterpart than
Barasti Beach Bar to be for relaxation in Dubai. Food and drinks should cost some money.

A Free Yoga Session at Marasi Business Bay


Are you in need of some physical and/or mental well-being, or you simply need relaxation? You could take a session of Yoga at Marasi Business Bay free. You got that right — a Yoga session — free — thanks for Dubai Properties.

You shouldn’t miss out as Yoga has been proven to be capable of improving brain function, reducing stress levels and the risk of heart disease, and promoting an active sense of wellness.

Free Yoga classes at Marasi Business Bay

  • Class: Swing Yoga
  • Operating hours: Every Sunday and Tuesday
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Conducted By: Piloga Instructors
  • Venue: Marasi Business Bay (See it on Google Map)
  • Class: Yoga
  • Operating hours: Every Monday and Wednesday
  • Time: 7pm
  • Conducted By: Piloga Instructors
  • Venue: Marasi Business Bay (See it on Google Map)

MOE ACTIVE – Free Fitness Classes at Mall of the Emirates


Christened MOE ACTIVE, this daily fitness classes are an initiative tailored to help you lead a healthier and happier life. By virtue of it, Mall of the Emirates (MOE) hosts a variety of complimentary fitness classes throughout the week. Exercises are diverse thereby taking you through all fitness levels and needs. Morning classes are held before the mall’s opening hours (8:30 am), from Sunday through Wednesday.

Classes might be described as top-notch as they are curated to ensure optimal results and are led by the region’s leading fitness instructors at FlyWheel Dubai. FlyWheel Dubai is one of the most popular spinning classes worldwide. Further, classes take place in the cool comfort of the air-conditioned mall.

The classes include FlyWheel (Tuesday at 8:30 AM), FlyBarre (Wednesday at 8:30 AM), Mall Walkers classes (Sunday at 8:30 AM) and Mall Circuits (Monday at 8:30 AM).

To register and book your free workout session and learn more about MOE ACTIVE, kindly see this link.

Al Qudra Lake

Al Qudra Lake

For insouciance or roving around with your loved ones, you could visit the Al Qudra Lake. This beautiful iota of the Earth was created as part of a project to green and enrich that part of the Dubai’s desert.

The lake boasts about 130 species of birds and this has been confirmed by Dr Reza Khan, a specialist of Wildlife and Zoo Management at Dubai Municipality. Birds you can find at the lake include Glossy Ibis, Caspian Plover, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Gull-billed Tern, the Eurasian wryneck, Rosy Starling, Common Starling, shrikes, Wheatears, eagles and falcons.

There’re some rules you want to observe at this destination. Barbecue, camping, campfire, dog walking, swimming, fishing, bikes, vehicles are not allowed. Violating these rules courts the fine of Dh500.

Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal

Breaking history as one of the largest urban transformations in the world, the Dubai Water Canal gave Dubai a magnificent look. The 3.2km-long waterway snakes gracefully from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf.

It comprises one shopping center, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, walkways and cycle paths thereby serving as a perfect destination for roving, sightseeing, and photography.

Palm Islands

Dubai Palm Islands

You can grace your Dubai’s visit or top-up your bragging rights with a visit to the Palms Islands. Name and architecture inspired by the palm tree, the Palm Islands have the shape of a veritable palm tree when viewed from above them. Palm Islands, also referred to as “eighth wonder of the world”, are remarkable sights on Dubai’s map. They are a group of artificial islands comprising Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali and flourish on the coast of Dubai.

The Palm Islands host a house of David Beckham’s, Burj Al Arab, 5,000 waterfront apartments, 4,000 residential villas, 1,000 water homes and 60 luxury hotels as well as a number of marinas, health spas, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, sports facilities and dive sites.

Dubai’s Cultural Heritage – Free Things To Do in Dubai

Dubai's Cultural Heritage Clothe-making

For Dubai’s Cultural Heritage, head to Al Shindagha Area on Sundays at 8:30 am – 10:00 pm and/or on Fridays 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm. This event celebrates the Dubai’s culture and progress and is manifest in the exhibits of potters, weavers, and practitioners of other traditional crafts, and demonstrations of pearl diving. Dubai’s Cultural Heritage might be celebrated by others in different ways.

The Pehlwani or South Asian Wrestling Competition Free

Asian Beach Wrestling Competition

For paying nothing, you could actually watch the traditional Kushti (Indian variant of Pehlwani) fighters (the sub-continent’s equal of MMA fighters) at Deira fish market towards the Hyatt Regency Dubai. If you haven’t seen this before, you might want to — especially if you want an insight into the ancient African wrestling described in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Every Friday evening, the wrestling venue is crowded. You want to experience what these avid eyes seek.

Gallery Hopping at Alserkal Avenue

Gallery Hopping

Originally an industrial compound hosting warehouses, Alserkal Avenue is the place you want to be in Dubai for everything art. It is home to galleries, studios and performance art venues. The now arts’ home boasts contemporary arts. You could find some notable galleries such as Courtyard, 1×1 Gallery, Carbon 12 and Green Art Gallery. Enjoy!

Le Petit Belge – Free Things To Do in Dubai

Le Petit Belge

Le Petit Belge is a Belgian restaurant-cum-bar that allows everyone to enjoy the good gritty taste of the Belgian culture. It fancies itself as not just a restaurant and bar but as the informal embassy of Belgian food and hop culture.

In May 2017, it opened its first branch in Dubai and was instantly a massive hit, thanks for its cutting-edge cuisines and buzzing atmosphere. At the Jumeirah Lakes Tower (JLT), you could celebrate Festive Ladies Night every Wednesday, all day & Friday from 8pm onwards where you would be given 3 complimentary drinks. At the Business Bay and the Motor City branch, ladies could enjoy 3 complimentary drinks every wednesday starting from 6:00 pm. On Friday, you could enjoy three complimentary drinks.

  • JLT Branch Address: Pullman Hotel, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, UAE
  • Phone: 04 24 27 794
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Motor City Branch Address: Detroit Rd, Park Inn by Radisson, Motor City, Dubai, UAE
  • Phone: 04 87 47 996
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Operating hours: Sunday – Saturday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Business Bay Branch Address: Double Tree by Hilton, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
  • Phone: 04 56 46 538
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Operating hours:
  • Sunday – Wednesday: 4pm – 2am
  • Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 2am

Visit A Dhow Yard

A Dhow Building Yard

Step out of the in-you aura of your home country into the Arabian traditional aura by visiting a dhow yard in Dubai. A dhow yard is a working boatyard where traditional Arab sailing vessels are built by hand.
The Jaddaf dhow yard is a good one to visit. It sits across the water from Dubai Festival City.

Dhows have been used across the Arabian Gulf for centuries; they were used for fishing, pearling and trading. Visiting Jaddaf dhow-building yard would not only give you the opportunity to see this traditional feat being constructed, but would give you an insight into the far past as well as immerse you in Dubai’s humble air.

Al Qudra Cycle Course – Free Things To Do in Dubai

Al Qudra Cycle Course

Are you good at riding the bicycle or you’d like to learn. Al Qudra Cycle Course, an uninterupted 85km loop, is the spot tailored for this. It’s utilized by cycling clubs, renowned athletes, and tourists visiting Dubai. Hit the path for it’s insouciant aura, and/or its grace. Tourists who have used it speak of it satisfactorily. There are resting shades with benches.

While some say the best time to ride on it is sunrise, when the views and feeling of the morning breeze are unmatched, Lina J says “We went on a weekend and rode around sunset. It was absolutely beautiful.”

If you don’t have a bike, there are no worries as Trek hires some. Riding on the course is actually nice as it is situated in the desert and you have the opportunity to see some local wildlife.


While there are many free things to do in Dubai, these might be considered as some of the best. If you’re visiting Dubai, kindly see that you read Is It Safe to Travel to Dubai. Dubai Tour Pro loves you always. Have a great day!