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  • The Museum parking area and nearby public parking areas are available (relatively few)
  • Do not self drive to museums and heritage sites as they are located in crowded old city areas and parking is a scarcity there; you are rather advised to use public transport.
  • Wear easy to slip in and out footwear as many places would need you to remove your footwear.

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Dubai has always been a dream destination for many but the kind of glitz and glam associated with this enticing land, often makes it look pricy enough only for the well-heeled. In truth however, there are innumerable choices for the budget traveller in Dubai -all you need to do is explore a little!

Even on a strict budget, you can enjoy the waves splashing against your feet at the Burj Beach, which has a free entry.  The same goes for Al Mamzar Beach Park with affordable food joints, priced at AED 5 per entry. For some extra fun in the water, the water park - Dreamland Aqua park is the right place at AED 135 for adults and AED 85 for kids. 

Those preferring rides and amusement can hit parks like Safa Park, Mushrif Park and Creek Park along with Al Nasr that has ice skating too. Another place to enjoy could be the zoo – Al Ain Wildlife Park which charges just AED 15 for adults and AED 5 for kids; after all, a zoo is always hours and hours of fun. Feeding a turtle at the Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah or an Armadillo at Posh Paws are some other interesting options you could consider.

The Al Bastakiya Quarter, Old Dubai houses many museums and art galleries that have free entry. Dubai Museum, forts like Burj Nahar, Deira, Naif Fort, and Al Fahidi Fort are good choices for the budget tourist. One of the best things to do is to take an Abra ride - a traditional wooden boat for AED 2 from Old Souk or Bur Dubai Abra stations. When it comes to desert safaris, an afternoon to evening trip is best, with a roller coaster ride in the sand dunes, camel watching and a scrumptious dinner for a minimum of AED 200.

If you wish to stay indoors, go rock climbing at Play Mania, Mirdiff City Centre and Adventure HQ, Sheikh Zayad Road where a half hour climb costs AED 50; head for bowling at Switch Bowling, Ibn Battuta and Bowling Centre, Sheikh Zayad Road, which charge around AED  10 for a game or  AED 60 per hour. Chill out for two hours at Dubai Ice Ring, Dubai mall for just AED 55. As we said earlier, having fun in Dubai doesn’t always have to mean spending a lot of dirhams – you just need to look for all the right places.