Let’s get thrifty

Emma Pear­son rounds up 50 things to keep you oc­cu­pied in Dubai – with­out spend­ing a sin­gle fils

Time Out Dubai - - THINGS TO DO -

Head out­side Be­come one with na­ture

If you have an­i­mal fans in tow, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary is home to wet­lands fea­tur­ing salt flats, man­groves and la­goons. Flamin­gos are the area’s stars, al­though more than 60 species of bird and 500 types of flora and fauna can be spot­ted here. To get your wildlife fix – and a mo­ment of peace out­doors – it re­ally can’t be beaten, es­pe­cially if you’re be­ing thrifty this month.

→ Free. Open Sat-thu 9am-4pm. Ras Al Khor Road (04 426 6822).

Catch a race at Mey­dan

Fancy at day at the gee-gees with­out fork­ing out a for­tune? Dubai Rac­ing Club of­fers free gen­eral ad­mis­sion to a lim­ited sec­tion within the Mey­dan Grand­stand with a large number of seats avail­able – and with great views too. The rac­ing sea­son is cur­rently un­der­way, so make a date in your diary for a fun night out. → Thu 6.30pm & Sat 4pm, un­til Fri April 12. Mey­dan Race­course, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairac­ing­club.com (04 327 2110).

Dally along the sands at La Mer

If you have a pen­chant for laz­ing the day away on the sands then you can’t re­ally go wrong at La Mer. The sprawl­ing new de­vel­op­ment features plenty of sandy shore­line, free show­ers and quirky street art to check out. Plus there are more than 130 restau­rants and shops, plus a wa­ter­park (charge­able, un­for­tu­nately) if you’re push­ing the boat out.

→ Free. Open Sun-wed, 10am-10pm (re­tail), 10am­mid­night (restau­rants); Thu-fri, 10am-mid­night (re­tail), 10am-mid­night (restau­rants). La Mer, Jume­riah 1 (800 637 227).

Ex­plore Al Seef

Found upon the shores of the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the Creek­front de­vel­op­ment is packed with shops and restau­rants. But equally it’s a top spot to just me­an­der around and en­joy the views of the Creek. Al Seef is an area of Dubai steeped in his­tory, with a huge amount of Emi­rati culture. This latest at­trac­tion leans heav­ily on the con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments of life in Dubai in 2019, but in equal mea­sure re­flects and pays homage to the city. Well worth a visit.

→ Free. Open daily 10am-mid­night. Al Seef, Bur Dubai, www.alseef.ae.

Al Seef

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary

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