Looking for something budget friendly and fun? We’ve got the answers…

If saving money is one of your new year’s resolutions, you’re in the right place. Here, we’re trading lavish brunches and expensive shopping trips for a more wallet-friendly idea or two.

Here are six fun things to do in Dubai for Dhs60 or less.

1. Visit the Dubai Frame


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The iconic 150-metre-high structure located in Zabeel Park has unobstructed views of both old and new Dubai. It also offers visitors a multimedia exhibition displaying the transformation of Dubai from a fishing village to the modern metropolis it is today.

Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park, Dubai, daily 9am to 9pm, Dhs50 adults, Dhs20 children. dubaiframe.ae

2. Head to Publique on Tuesday for ladies’ night

Ladies enjoy five free drinks on a minimum spend of Dhs50 on food at this alpine-inspired bar and restaurant.

Souk Madinat, Madinat Jumeirah, Tues 9pm to 1am. Dhs50, Tel: (04) 430 8550. publique.ae

3. Enjoy an Indian meal at Bikanervala

For Dhs50 or less you can enjoy a variety of delicious vegetarian Indian snacks like samosas or chaat, a full meal with a curry and roti, or Thali (an Indian-style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a platter). Finish your meal with a traditional Indian sweet or kulfi.

Bikanervala, various locations across UAE, Tel: (04) 3968813, 9am to 12am. orders.bikanervala.ae

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4. Enjoy a two-hour cruise

Impress your family or friends and head to the Dubai Creek and enjoy a buffet dinner on a dhow. The dhow cruise lasts two hours, and includes a traditional Tanoura dance and puppet show.

Bur Dubai or Deira Creek, daily, Dhs50. Tel 055 775 9552. happydesertsafari.com

5. Catch a MAX movie at Vox Cinemas

Sit back, relax and enjoy your movie at MAX at Vox cinemas. The cinema offers spacious VIP seats with armrests and extra legroom, so you can enjoy your movie as if you were watching it in the comforts of your living room.

Vox cinemas, several locations around Dubai, MAX STD 2D ticket, Dhs45. Tel: (600) 599905. uae.voxcinemas.com

6. Catch up with the boys at a gents’ night

Grab your mates and head to UBK on a Monday for their ‘Monday MAN-day’ deal where you’ll get two free house beverages between 6pm and 8pm.

UBK, Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, Mondays from 6pm to 8pm, two free selected house beverages for guys. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com

7. Get coffee and a cake for Dhs45

Visit German cafe, Brothaus Bakery Bistro and get a slice of delicious cake with a tea or coffee for Dhs45.

Brothaus Bakery-Bistro, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai 3pm to 5pm daily. Tel: (04) 369 0000. facebook.com/Brothausdubai

8. Check out a virtual reality theme park

The VR Park at Dubai Mall is definitely one for the Dubai bucket-list. You’ll get to have loads of fun at this ultimate virtual reality and augmented reality theme park and you can pay as you play, with games and experiences between Dhs15 and Dhs35.

VR Park, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 10am to 12am, Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 1am, Friday, 9am to 12am, Saturday. Tel: 800 3822 46255. vrparkdubai.com

9. Get two tacos and a beer for Dhs49

Mexican cantina, Muchachas, knows what’s up when it comes to Sunday nibbles. Head there between 5pm and 11pm to get your hands on two tacos and a beer for Dhs49.

Muchachas Mexican Cantina, Holiday Inn Express, Dubai, 5pm to 11pm, Tuesdays. Tel: (04) 327 5878. facebook.com/muchachasdubai

10. Visit Dubai’s Butterfly Garden

Get up and close with over 18,000 species of butterfly at the world’s largest covered butterfly garden. It’s Dhs55 to enter for adults and children over the age of three. Under two’s go free.

Dubai Butterfly Garden, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area, next to Dubai Miracle Garden, daily 9am to 6pm, Dhs55. Tel: (04) 422 8902. Facebook.com/DubaiButterflyGardenOfficial

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