10 Best Economical Family-Friendly activities in UAE You Can’t Miss on Your Next Holiday

by Forever Tourism Blogger - 23 Aug 2022

The UAE is a fun place to visit as a family and you can easily spend a few weeks here without getting bored. It’s also a great place to live in if you are looking for family-friendly activities. There are a lot of fun outdoor activities you can do in Dubai and the UAE in general. Indoor activities are also just as fun, especially if you have the right equipment.

As an international city, Dubai has many things to offer tourists, but this can make it a pricey travel destination. The extravagant and luxurious things to do in the city are known around the world and anyone visiting Dubai on a budget will have the most fun doing the popular cheap activities & free things to do in Dubai, although these are not limited to being only budget-friendly activities when staying in this city (visitors who aren’t worried about sticking to a strict budget can also enjoy all of these famous things to do in Dubai!). There is something for every type of traveler and/or tourist no matter what kind of trip they’re planning or hoping for as you’ll find below that nothing is too good for visitors of this breathtakingly beautiful city!

We all love to travel and we all want to travel with our entire family. But it is often not possible because of the cost it entails. But that doesn’t mean that we should not travel with our family. So, here are some of the best economical family-friendly activities in UAE that you can’t miss on your next holiday.

1.Dubai Fountains

Located beside the iconic Dubai Fountains and near the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa – the Dubai Fountain is by far the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Out of all the places to visit in Dubai, it is one of the most popular because visitors get to enjoy both impressive fountains as well as a free light show that always seems to have some sort of theme on display for every given month or event. Seeing these two never-ending water features play hypnotizing music surrounded by thousands of people from all over the globe creates a truly amazing atmosphere that is especially great for city breaks. Get your camera ready because you will be taking an awful lot of pictures! These shows must be seen live, so between travel and sightseeing, make sure you fit them into your schedule when visiting Dubai

2. Dubai Mall: Aquarium and Waterfall

The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls! It’s home to 1200 stores and many luxury brands, but you don’t have to buy anything from there unless you’ve got some extra money or a burning desire for a new watch or those expensive shoes. Yes, it’s much more than a place where people can freely spend their money. What we love most about this unique mall is its amazing aquarium. Hidden behind the waterfalls on the ground floor of the mall, this huge aquarium features some impressive marine life. An educational and entertaining experience for all ages! However, be sure not to miss the aquarium’s other incredible feature – it’s an ‘underwater hotel’ where you can even swim with sharks and rays! The only downside – is you have to pay an admission fee (approx 30 USD)

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a very lively place and, like most places in Dubai, it wakes up after sunset. The Dubai Marina Promenade offers some 7km of walkways, and it’s one of the most beautiful places one shouldn’t miss while in Dubai. It’s completely free to visit! Most shops and restaurants are located here. Don’t miss the dancing fountains at the entrance to the Marina Walk, right beside Dubai Marina Towers Shows. The shows take place every 20 minutes in the evenings and also during the day on the weekends. Good to know that weekends in Dubai are on Friday and on Saturday (see more: facts about Dubai). There are festive parades during Christmas – New Year holiday period, music festivals, boat parades etc.. So make sure to check in advance if anything special is happening when you are there,

4. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Worth mentioning among free things to do in Dubai is Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a breeding ground and essential habitat support for an incredible diversity of migratory birds, stunning flamingos in particular which you can spot during daily feeding sessions. You can stay around till 11 AM or so at the sanctuary watching all the bird action.

5. Dubai Beaches

There are plenty of beaches in Dubai to choose from and it would be impossible to do them all justice here, so we recommend checking out our guide to the best Dubai beaches if you plan on visiting any time soon. Nevertheless, here are a few beaches that might appeal to different types of beach-goers: Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Dubai for tourists because it’s located just behind the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel. It has great views across to Palm Island and features some nice cafes, restaurants and water sports options along its stretch. The Marina Beach (or JBR) at The Walk is not actually a beach but more like an area that’s set up for sunbathers near The Walk shopping centre. It’s not as lively or family friendly as Jumeirah although there are plenty of sun loungers if you want a quiet day on the beach without too much happening around you.

6. Traditional Markets in Dubai