10 Things You Can *Actually* Afford to Do When Visiting Dubai! Jen Bouchard September 7, 2016 Middle East, Travel Guide 1 Comment Dubai has no shortage of amazing things to do, which makes choosing only ten kind of tough. It’s also a destination famous for its priceyeness, but there are plenty of attractions and activities that visitors don’t need a massive travel budget to do. So if you’re lucky enough to experience the wonderland that is Dubai, be sure to check out these stunning sites and exhilarating experiences that you can actually afford. Delight Your Senses at the Spice Souk Stroll between sacks of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon…any spice you could possibly imagine, really. Friendly shopkeepers will help you select the perfect sachet to take home. With all of the colors and textures, this place is heaven for amateur and professional photographers alike. Up Your Bling Game at the Gold Souk Located near the spice souk, Dubai’s gold souk is the place to go for all things accessories. Layer on ornate bangles or drape yourself in a silk scarf – this is the place to find a stellar souvenir. Take a Desert Tour Image via Flickr -CC BY 2.0 – Ajay Suresh If you feel like you need to get away from the big city for a day, take a desert safari tour, complete with dune driving, camel rides, and a fully outfitted campsite with food prepared on site. Hit the Slopes in a…Mall? Image via Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0 – Petr Kadlec You can do just about anything in Dubai, even ski or snowboard indoors. The Mall of the Emirates has an indoor ski slope complete with tons of man-made snow. You need to see it to believe it! Grab a Bite to Eat at the Burj Al Arab Most of us can’t afford to stay in this luxury hotel, but you can enjoy the stunning architecture and state-of-the-art amenities (and people watching – let’s be real) while lunching at one of Burj Al Arab’s top-notch restaurants. Enjoy the Intricacy of Jumeirah Mosque Located just south of the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah is the only mosque in Dubai that allows non-Muslims to enter to take in the intricate painting and ornate décor. If you’re planning to enter the mosque, be sure to dress modestly as a sign of respect (long sleeves and long pants or skirts, as well as head coverings for women). Get Wet at Wild Wadi Waterpark Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – Sarah_Ackerman This state-of-the-art waterpark is comprised of 30 water rides and play areas for travelers of all ages. Take a relaxing float down the lazy river or get your adrenaline pumping on the 100-ft water slide. Go Underwater at the Dubai Aquarium Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – Matt Lowe Unlike any aquarium you’ve ever seen, Dubai’s version has over 33,000 animals and 140 different species. Walk through glass tunnels or take a tour in a glass bottom boat. Thrill seekers can even dive with the sharks. Take Time to Smell the Flowers…45 million of Them Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – Srilatha Sharma Located in Dubailand, Dubai Miracle Garden is home to elaborate, whimsical topiary displays (think hearts, rainbows, stars…) that change with the seasons. Look Way, Way Up at Burj Khalifa The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, is one of Dubai’s most famous sites. Once you admire the structure, you can purchase a ticket to go up to the observation deck, which offers fantastic views of Dubai. Have you visited Dubai? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.