There is no shortage of brilliant things to do in Dubai but we wanted to find things you can enjoy for free (or practically free). I like to ensure that my mid-week activities are largely free of charge and our weekends we can spend a little bit of money as a family.
- Nad al Sheba Cycle Path
This activity is not suited for brand new family members but it is certainly a great day spent if you have a sitting baby or a child on a scooter and bike. This old camel track has been transformed into a fabulous family-friendly cycle park with your choice of three distances designed for both cycling and running.
The park has great changing facilities and if you go on a clear day or at night, it has amazing views of Downtown Dubai’s skyline.
- Feed the turtles at Madinat Jumeirah
Not only does this experience get your children closer to nature, it’s also a great way to start educating them about conservation, rehabilitation and research. The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project in Jumeirah is rehabilitating sick and injured turtles with the intent to return them back to their natural habitat. Take the kids on a Wednesday at 11.00 where you can enjoy a turtle talk and feeding session. The turtle enclosure is open to the public at all times at the Mina A’Salam hotel.
- Kite beach
Without a shadow of a doubt our favourite public beach in Dubai. This is such a brilliant place to take the family, to relax or get fit. We recommend a trip with your visitors as you have stunning up close views of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab. Kite surfers give you hours of entertainment but if you are not keen on water sports, then you can enjoy the beach library, shops and quirky food trucks for lunch.
- Play Houses in Mushrif Park
This park has no shortage of wonderful attractions but I particularly wanted to focus on the International Village. 13 model play houses from around the world provide a great opportunity for children to explore and learn about different architecture from around the world. Once you are finished at the play houses, you can lose yourself in the forest of Ghaf trees and play in the children parks. There are paid tickets for a host of other attractions inside the park too from camel riding, equestrian centre and the relatively new Aventura Nature Adventure park.
- Pink Flamingos at Ras Al Khor
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Bur Dubai and its free to visit. It is the perfect home for birdlife with the pink flamingos being the main attraction. Right now is one of the best times to go (September through to March) as migrating flamingos visit the wetland reserve which is simply breath-taking to see. Feeding times are 09:30 and 16:00 and that is when you will see the biggest flocks.
Take along your own delicious picnic to any of the above attractions and fill your little ones bellies with great home prepared food to keep your costs down. Remove the detachable silicone bases from our organic bamboo bowls and plates and make them travel friendly!
Do you live in Abu Dhabi? No worries, we have you covered in our earlier blog post here.