A Frugal Wayfarer's Dream: 7 Ways of Travelling Dubai on the Cheap

by Zaara 29, Nov 2018

Dubai is a place that is on many people’s bucket lists. Most of those people talk about how expensive it is to travel to Dubai. Luckily for you, there are ways to travel Dubai frugally. Check out these tips, which will help you to have a successful and affordable trip.

1. Ride a bike or use the metro

Riding a bike is a cheap and easy way to get around Dubai. There are plenty of places to rent bikes for as little as 15 dirhams (the equivalent of 5 American dollars) for 30 minutes. This is a great way to see the city in a new way – just make sure to wear sunscreen! The metro is another quick and efficient way to get around Dubai. The Dubai metro has the cheapest tickets in the world and provide stops all around the city.

2. Seek out the free entertainment

Dubai is home to many young artists that are always willing and able to showcase their talents. One place to check out is the Archive Dubai. The Archive Dubai is a community centre and a library that offers free exhibits and open-air concerts. Another place to look into is the Scene Club, which offers free monthly movies.

3. Have groceries delivered

Eating out every day in Dubai can get very pricey very quickly. One of the best ways to avoid this is by grocery delivery. Using a grocery delivery service, you will be able to have food delivered to you at the place you are staying. This will allow you to be able to cook a couple of your meals while staying in Dubai and help you to keep things frugal.

4. Enjoy street food

If you are looking for something to eat other than the food you have had delivered, you always have the option of exploring the many street food options. At a majority of the carts, meals will be less than 8 American dollars. The 2nd of December Street is going to be the best location to find the cheapest, most authentic street eats.

5. Enjoy the beach

The Jumeirah Beach park is the place to go to enjoy a day at the beach. The park is family friendly and includes a fast-food cafe, shady areas to relax in, and sun loungers. This park has an entry fee of only 5 dirhams per person.

6. Dubai Museum and the Al Fahidi Fort

Entrance into the museum is an affordable 3 dirhams for adults and 1 dirham for children. Once inside the museum there are plenty of exhibits to explore. The museum offers a free guided tour that you and your family can take part in.

7. The Dubai Canal

The Dubai Canal gives you one of the best views of the city. Sitting or just walking along the waterfront will give you breathtaking views of all the magnificent skyscrapers that fill up the sky. The Dubai Canal also features artistic looking bridges and colourful waterfalls. The best part is that the walk around the canal is always free.

With these options available to you and your family, you will be able to enjoy an amazing trip to Dubai without it costing you an arm and a leg. Exploring these free and affordable options will give you a well-rounded yet affordable experience of Dubai.


Which are the most affordable Dubai boat rental services?

  • Banana Boat Ride at Luxury Yachts

  • Desert Road Cruise

  • Marina Canal Dhow Cruise

  • Dubai Fountain Traditional Abra Lake Boat

  • Luxury Glass Mona Lisa At Dubai Marina

Which are the cheapest hotels in Dubai?

  • Easy Hotel Jebel Ali

  • OYO 367 Eureka Hotel

  • Grandeur Hotel

  • Ibis One Central Hotel

  • Asiana Hotel

  • White Fort Hotel

  • Queens Hotel

Which are the most affordable resturants in Dubai?

  • Dampa Seafood Grill resturant

  • Shri Krishna Bhavan

  • Al Damyati Express

  • The Little Bali

  • Calicut Paragon

  • Allo Beirut

  • Saigon

Which are the cheapest museums in Dubai for visit?

  • Dubai Coffee Museum

  • Coin Museum

  • Museum dedicated to poet Al Oqaili