20 Things to Do in UAE for Less Than Dh20

Published May 14th, 2017 - 03:31 GMT
Whether you are a lover of nature or someone who likes museums and a cultural stroll, the UAE has it all at less than Dh20 ($5). (Pexels)
Whether you are a lover of nature or someone who likes museums and a cultural stroll, the UAE has it all at less than Dh20 ($5). (Pexels)

What kind of tourist are you? We have a list of fun places to visit for all kinds of tourists, whether you are a lover of nature and animals or someone who likes a cultural stroll in the UAE; all of that without breaking your wallet.

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For the outdoorsy ones

Zabeel Park

Zabeel Park is perhaps one of Dubai’s greatest recreational offers in terms of greenery close to the city centre. Head there to cool off and have some fun this weekend be it the barbeques, the playgrounds, the amphitheatre’s atmosphere or to see the Dubai Garden Glow nearby. 

Location Near Jafiliya Metro Station Cost Dh5 per head Timings Sunday to Wednesday, 8am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday and official holidays, 8am to 11pm Contact 04 398 6888

Abra Ride

If you want to the beat the heat without having to drive all the way to the beach, why not go for an Abra ride instead? It's definitely an enjoyable experience.  

Location Bur Dubai (Creekside) Cost Dh 1 per ride Timings Daily, 5am to 12am (midnight)

Jebel Hafeet

Stare in awe at the UAE’s natural beauty as you drive, cycle (or perhaps, if you have the strength, walk up) to the top of UAE’s second highest peak.

Overlooking the Oman border and the beauty of Al Ain, explore the many forts, museums and tombs in the surrounding tourist paradise while you’re at it.

Location Al Ain Cost Free Timings Head up there anytime you want

Hatta Pools

Want to find yourself in the middle of a windows-wallpaper-worthy backdrop? Look no further than good-old Hatta. The drive’s worth it as you wade feet-first into the pristine green-blue waters that form the center-piece of the gritty rocks around them.

Do make sure to carry your Emirates ID and other verification documents with you since the pools are technically in Oman. Explore the rich, well-preserved culture of Hatta on the way too, by visiting the Heritage Village if it’s open.

Location Hatta Cost Free Timings There are no particular restrictions

Sharjah National Park

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Enjoy greenery for as far the eye can see as you stroll through over 100 acres of Sharjah’s largest Park and take in the beauty of all the flora and fauna around you. 

Location Al Dhaid Road, Sharjah Cost Dh 2 per head Timings Daily 8am to 10pm (on weekdays 1 to 4pm, the park remains closed though) Contact 06 545 8996

Al Mamzar Park

Relax under the trees in the serene park or enjoy the calming blue of the beach. 

Location Al Khaleej Road, Al Mamzar, Dubai Cost Dh5 per head Timings Sundays to  Wednesdays 9am to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday or public holidays 9am to 10pm; Ladies Days – Monday and Wednesday Contact 04 296 6201

Saruq Al Hadid Museum

Learn about the Arabian Peninsula’s Iron Age at the newly-opened museum in Dubai’s Historical District - a confluence of the past and the present.

Location Shindaga District, Dubai Cost Dh 20 per head Timings Sundays to  Wednesdays 8am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday 8am to 2pm Contact 04 353 9090

Hailing culture fans

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House

This is the place to be if you want to gain an in-depth insight into the history of Dubai as you explore the residence of a former ruler of Dubai (the grandfather of the present ruler). While retaining the old charm of a residence, the house has also been converted into a museum with an impressive collection of exhibits.

Location Al Shindaga, Bur Dubai Cost Dh 3 per head Timings Saturday to Thursday 8pm to 8.30pm; Friday: 3pm to 9.30pm Contact 04 393 7139

Al Ain Classic Car Museum

Automobile enthusiasts have to head to Al Ain's Classic Car Museum. Check out cars you don't see anymore and meet like-minded individuals from the Classic Car Club that manages the venue.

Location Al Faida Complex, Al Ain City Cost Dh 5 per head Timings Saturday to Thursday 9am to 5pm; Friday: 4pm to 8pm Contact +971 50 623 1323

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Walk the streets and experience old Dubai just across the Metro Station which proves Dubai’s prowess as a modern city. Al Fahidi retains its 20th Century architecture and quaint little ways; in the process, transporting you back to a way of life centred around the creek and community.

Location Bur Dubai, Dubai Cost Free Timings Al Fahidi’s always open to visit but make sure you pick a time which enables you to visit the nearby shops and museum Contact 04 515 5000

Sharjah Arts Museum

Art admirers, this is your place to be over the weekend. Sharjah’s Art Museum features not just a permanent gallery of paintings by famous artists from the Middle East but hosts a variety of workshops on a regular basis as well.

Location Al Shuwaihiyeen, near Al Corniche post office, Sharjah Cost Free Timings Saturday to Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday 4pm to 8pm Contact 06 568 8222

Qaryat Al Torath Heritage Village

This heritage village offers you a chance to see traditional practices and handicraft-making at work. 32 stalls at the station also gives you the opportunity to take these home as souvenirs. Make sure you head there and contribute to keeping Bedouin tradition alive.

Location Al Ain Cost Dh 5 per head Timings Daily, 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 10pm

Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of few mosques of its scale that welcomes non-worshippers, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands testament to the vision of the man it is named after, a vision of both splendor and majesty. One of Abu Dhabi’s cultural landmarks, the mosque is a must-visit for anyone who’s every stepped foot in the UAE.

Location Between Maqta, Mussafah and Shaikh Zayed bridges Cost Free Timings Saturday to Thursday 9am to 10pm, Friday 4:30 pm to 10pm Contact +971 2 419 1919

Gold Souk

When you walk into the streets of the Gold Souk - Dubai, all that glitters probably is gold or maybe a precious stone. If you’re afraid you haven’t tested out your haggling skills yet (the good-humored kind, don’t become the despicable customer), this is the perfect place to do so.

Location Deira, Dubai Cost It’s free until you start buying Timings Saturday to Thursday 10 am to 10pm, Friday 4pm to 10pm

Jumeirah Mosque

A centre for cultural learning, it is the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslims six days a week. The architecture is beautiful and evocative of the Fatimid style. In order to take a guided tour, make sure you arrive a little earlier into the daytime. The tour also includes traditional food.

Location Jumeirah Beach Road Cost Dh20 (includes a tour and some refreshments) Timings Daily 9 am to 5pm except Friday, tours start at 10am Contact 04 353 6666

For the Animal Admirer

Dubai Zoo

The oldest zoo in the Arabian Peninsula makes for a compact trip to see wildlife since it does not cover the usual expanse of a zoo. While it is slated to be integrated into the new Dubai Safari, the zoo is still a brilliant place to go and if you have kids, they will love it. 

Location Jumeirah 1, Dubai Cost Dh 2 per head Timings All days except Tuesday from 10am to 5.30pm or 6 pm depending on the season Contact 04 349 6444

Sharjah Desert Park

The Sharjah Desert Park is a 4-in-1 package as visiting the site does not just mean you visit a botanical park but a natural history museum, a wildlife centre and a children’s farm as well. Get familiar with Arabian flora and fauna at this beautiful venture by the Environmental and Protected Areas Authority of Sharjah.

Location Al Batayeah, Al Dhaid Road, Interchange 9, Sharjah Cost Dh 15 per head Timings Sunday to Thursday 9am to 6pm; Friday 2pm to 6 pm; Saturday 11am to 6pm Contact 06 531 1501

For a City Stroll

Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk

Take your time along the beautifully illuminated walkways and pedestrian bridges that overlook the Dubai water canal and enjoy the sight of the mechanical waterfall. It’s a perfect place to take photos and just enjoy any cool evening. The Wi-Fi is really good too.

Location Near Business Bay Metro Station Cost Free Timings  Between 8pm and 10pm are the most recommended, but otherwise, it’s always open.

Masdar City

The city of the future’s…already present? Masdar is custom-built to advance sustainable development and its centre-piece is the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Open to all visitors throughout the day, your journey there will begin in a pod-like unmanned vehicle; the PRT. Enjoy as you explore a city by science, of science and for science - the city of the future. 

Location Near Abu Dhabi International Airport Cost Free Timings Sunday to Thursday 8am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm Contact 02 653 3333

Shaikh Zayed Bridge

A marvel of both engineering and architecture, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge makes for a better visit by foot than by car. Enjoy the sight of subtle coloured lights illuminating the bridge with a design intended to evoke the image of undulating waves and sand-dunes. The signatures of the UAE.

By Nikitha Vincent

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