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5 Cool Things To Do in Old Dubai For Less Than AED 5

Looking to explore Dubai on a budget? There is so much you can do in this city without having to splurge! From visiting museums to exploring the Dubai Creek area, here are 5 of our favourite things to do in Old Dubai for less than AED 5…

1. Check out the funky street art in Karama

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Ever walked around the inner lanes of Karama? The place is filled with super cool street art, from murals of lions to geometric art. Alternatively, another great spot in Old Dubai to check out awesome street art in Dubai is the Dubai Street Museum in Satwa!

Price: Free
Where: 18b Street, in Karama

2. Hop on an abra across the Dubai Creek

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Definitely one of Dubai’s best attractions, the abra rides across the Creek are a must! For just AED 1, you can snap up the picture-perfect views, watch the birds fly overhead and just sit back and enjoy the ride to the other side of the Creek.

Price: AED 1
Where: Dubai Creek, Deira

3. Explore the souks in Old Dubai

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As soon as you hop off the abra at the Deira Old Souq station, all the souks will be within walking distance from there. Head to the Spice Souk to check out all the different spices, herbs, and nuts. For shopping, the Old Souk has some really cool accessories and handicrafts – don’t forget to bargain! And the Gold Souk is great if you want to buy gold, look around, or see the world’s largest gold ring!

Price: Free
Where: Gold & Spice Souk, Deira

4. Take a tour of the art galleries in Al Bastakiya

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The Al Bastakiya area, also known as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, is home to lots of cool art galleries, as well as cafes and museums! One of our favourites is the Mawaheb Art Gallery, where you can find art created by people of determination. Now is a great time to visit as Sikka Art Fair kicks off this weekend. Expect the entire place to be filled with art, music, film and loads of fun.

Price: Free
Where: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

5. Visit the Dubai Museum

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Take a trip to the Dubai Museum to see how much Dubai has grown over the years, from the era of pearl divers to the metropolitan city it is today. While you’re there, you can also visit some of Dubai’s lesser-known museums like the Dubai Coffee Museum or the Coins Museum!

Price: AED 3 for Dubai Museum, free for Dubai Coffee Museum and Coins Museum
Where: Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort

Looking for more cool things to do in the area? Here are 5 things to check out in Al Bastakiya, or if you want to explore more museums, here are 5 museums in Dubai that you need to visit