Ready to explore the UAE without spending a single dirham? Whether you’re up for a road trip to the mountains or a day exploring cultural attractions in the UAE, here are 10 totally free things to do in the UAE right now…
1. Jebel Hafeet Hot Springs
Fancy going on a road trip to the UAE’s second highest peak? The view overlooking Al Ain is totally worth it – especially if you reach the summit by sunrise! In addition to the sky-high views, Jebel Hafeet is also home to the Green Mubazzarah hot springs – definitely one of the top attractions in UAE to visit for free.
Where: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
2. IMAGINE show
Every day, from sunset onwards, you can watch two incredible IMAGINE shows at Dubai Festival City Mall – A Child’s Dream and Star Dancer! Blending together lasers, fire, water and music, this free award-winning show is not to be missed.
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai
3. The Founder’s Memorial
Ready for a day filled UAE culture and history? The Founder’s Memorial offers visitors the chance to learn more about the late Sheikh Zayed, the former ruler of the UAE. Through art, nature, words and stories, you will get a glimpse of what a great leader he was and the influence he had on this country and the rest of the world.
Where: Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
4. Hatta Dam
Fancy going on an adventure? Round up your friends and make your way to Hatta! Engulfed by mountains, this stunning area is an awesome camping spot – and it’s totally free to visit. If you’re happy to fork out AED 60, you can even go kayaking at Hatta Dam.
Where: Hatta, Dubai
5. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE, and one of the most beautiful in the world! From the grand architecture to the intricate details inside, everything has been designed to perfection. The best part is, no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always leave stunned by its beauty.
Where: Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi
6. Jebel Jais
Want to stand on top of the tallest mountain in the UAE? Measuring 1,934 metres above sea level, the view from Jebel Jais mountain is absolutely incredible. Definitely a must-visit. Make your way to the viewing deck at sunrise or sunset for the best views.
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
7. Sharjah Art Foundation
If you’re a big fan of art and design, a trip to Sharjah is a must! The art scene in this city only gets better day by day. Make sure to visit the Sharjah Art Museum and the Sharjah Art Foundation, there are so many art exhibitions, installations and events to check out – all for free!
8. Souk Al Qattara
Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs, gold, spices, carpets or even hand-made local accessories, the UAE is home to some really cools souks! Check out the traditional handicrafts market Souk Al Qattara, which happens every weekend in Abu Dhabi. There are also some great souks in Dubai to visit including the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Khan Murjan souk.
Where: Al Qattara Fort, Abu Dhabi
9. Al Marmoom Camel Racing
Fancy watching camels racing each other, with robots on their backs? Make your way to Al Marmoom Heritage Village and sit back and relax as you watch hundreds of these magnificent animals race around the track. This hidden gem is one of the most unique attractions in UAE, and it’s totally free to enter.
Where: Al Ain Road, Dubai
10. Dubai Coffee Museum
Even visited the Dubai Coffee Museum? Located in Bastakiya, this museum is a classic concept that lets you learn all about the local and international history of coffee, understand how coffee is roasted and brewed, and even taste different styles of coffee.
Where: Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai
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