Top things to do in Dubai


Welcome to Dubai where there are endless activities, shopping, and sights to see. From indoor skiing, several amusement parks, the tallest building in the world, the worlds biggest ferris wheel, home to the worlds only 7 star hotel, and some unique culture clashing – It really has no limits!

There is something for everyone’s budget but that being said it does run on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Their public transportation is almost non-existnat. If you do use it it takes a good hour to go what should only be 20 minutes due to so few stops and metro lines. You will need to rent a car or use Uber to get anywhere. The city is the definition of urban sprawl. It is not a great walking city either so be prepared!

With all the expenses in mind I have decided to show some unique and cheap things to do while in the city. Everyone knows they can take a helicopter ride or race a McLaren around the auto track for a price but there is more to the city than these high ticket items too.  We spent one week here with our 6, 4, and 1 year old – You can watch our week HERE and plan your own trip!


Free  Things to do in Dubai



Outside Fountain at Dubai Mall

Skeleton of dinosaur at Dubai mall

Aquarium at Dubai Mall

Turtles at Mira Al Salam Hotel

Flamingos at Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Heritage Village

Marina Walk beach

Marina Walk trampolines

Marina Walk Fountains to play in






Most parks have a small fee to enter, around $1 per person. My absolute favorite and a MUST SEE is the first time on the list:

Global Village

Mirade Garden

Ripe Market on Fridays in Zabeel Park

Safa Park for duck feeding and boat rides



Amusement Parks


IMG World Adventure: Worlds biggest indoor amusement park. Be warned it’s for older kids. My 4 year old couldn’t even ride their carousel

Motion Gate

Bollywood Park

Ferrari world

Ski Dubai

Wild Wadi Park


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  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 18:40h, 12 April Reply

    Great suggestions for family activities – I wouod Have enjoyed these myself – especially that flower park!

  • Mariam Suliman
    Posted at 13:31h, 13 April Reply

    Personally Dubai isn’t my favorite place but once in a lifetime is ok.

  • Suzanne Cunningham
    Posted at 13:32h, 13 April Reply

    Big smile of joy on my face watching you experience life together, living everywhere❤️
    Looking forward to seeing you when I do.

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