Let’s get thrifty
Emma Pearson rounds up 50 things to keep you occupied in Dubai – without spending a single fils
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.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary