Dubai was definitely an unexpected highlight when I first visited in 2013, and since then I’ve already travelled back I loved it so much! While it’s quite common for many travelers to stopover for a few days to break up there long haul flights between destinations, Dubai is definitely not a city that can be explored in a few short hours let alone a few days.
During the time I’ve spent in Dubai, I was lucky enough to have discovered many of the wonders and treasures Dubai has to offer…
This was my absolute biggest highlight while I was over there. Camel riding, sand 4WDing driving, belly dancing, BBQ dinner, sand skiing, sunset …Need I say more?!
Click here, to see my Desert Safari experience
Burj Khalifa & Burj Al Arab
Burj Khalifa is pretty amazing…and stunning! This manmade skyscraper can be seen in the horizon wherever you are in Dubai, and it does still remain the tallest building in the world! You can to enjoy the view of Dubai’s entire skyline at 360 degrees from the observatory at the very top. Tickets can be purchased online (it’s cheaper) but you can also purchase tickets at the bottom of the observatory located in Dubai Mall. *tickets at the most popular times i.e.. sunset often need to be booked ahead in advance.
Note* For sunset tickets, you will need to book a few months in advance as they are the most popular times and book out that far ahead!
Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most luxurious 7 star hotels…and sits out in the Arabic Gulf with a Heli pad on top..you could only imagine the price to stay here per night, but alas, while that might not be an option you can still enjoy its presence if you head to Jumeirah public beach or Madinat Souk.
Watch the sunset & Fountain show
The fountains are located just outside of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. The Fountains are the world’s largest choreographed fountain and it is really spectacular to watch as water shoots to heights of up to 500ft in the air and performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary music. It’s also really beautiful if you watch the sunset here before the fountains start for the evening shows.
Daily except Friday: 1:00pm & 1:30pm
Friday: 1:30pm & 2:00pm
Daily: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
(Every 30 Minutes)
Shop til’ you drop
If you love shopping, Dubai has it all plus more! Whether you head to Dubai Mall or Mall of Emirates, you will find no shortage of designer labels as well as a unique brands and Arabic dining cafes. And even if don’t like shoppimg? well, there is still enough entertainment to satisfy…Dubai Mall is also home to an ice skating rink and aquarium and Mall of Emirates has got Ski Dubai,yep, all inside the Dubai Mall!
Gold & spice souks
The souks are a great way to experience Dubai’s market culture and enjoy some bargains, but you must haggle the price! The gold souks are a popular attraction for many looking to purchase some gold but the spice markets are just as intriguing and well worth a visit. Here you’ll be able to pick up some unique and exotic spices and herbs.
For a more ‘traditional’ Dubai experience, if you are there on a Friday, many of the city’s restaurants and hotels throw their doors open for what can be called a ‘champagne brunch’ or ‘Friday brunch’. Pay and get free-flowing champagne and alcohol plus a wide selection of buffet foods. And food you would only dream of! I went to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and was mindblown at the amount of freshly made food available and of course the 6 star service…your glass will never be empty!
Located at the top of the Palm Jumeirah (the artificial island The Palm), Atlantis is a must see. A very popular tourist spot and resort to stay all year round, and there are plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages. You can visit the Lost Chambers (aquarium), swim with the dolphins and seals, check out the Aqua Water Park or if you are an adventure seeker, take a helicopter flight, skydive or scuba dive and get up close and personal with the marine life..including sharks!
Indoor Ski Resort
Yes, you can ski and snowboard in Dubai! It’s the largest indoor ski park in the world and there are a few different ‘slopes’ that vary in difficulty to cater for those more experienced and others who are beginners. You don’t need to worry about packing jumpers and ski equipment either as it is all catered for inside.
In terms of transport and getting around in Dubai, the Metro is a great way to get from one point of the city to the other, and fast. Although catching cabs is relatively affordable, Dubai traffic is insane and gets heavily congested, especially during peak hours. So to avoid sitting for hours in traffic, the metro is cheap, efficient and a very affordable way to get around Dubai and mix with some of the locals and daily commuters.
Souk Madinat is gorgeous! It’s not only a great place and explore the little markets inside full of unique trinkets and souvenirs to take home and plenty of fine dining restaurants and entertainment, but it’s also here you can really marvel over the majestic Arabian architecture and enjoy postcard views of Burj Al Arab!
Shops: 10:00 – 23:00
Restaurants: 8:00 – 2:00
Day trip to Abu Dhabi
Get out of Dubai for a day and visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). There is also rich culture and heritage here and a bit of something for everyone! You’ve got Ferrari World, Yas Island (F1 track), Sheik Zayed Mosque, Palace of Emirates, Al Lulu Island as well as white sandy beaches to enjoy …. It’ll take approx. 1 1/2 – 2 hours by car to reach Abu Dhabi from Dubai depending on traffic conditions and the day..
Dubai Creek is the foundation and legacy of Dubai’s existence and still remains one of the more ‘local’ and cultural parts of Dubai , away from the metropolis Downtown and Marina of Dubai. The creeks extends through Diera and Bur Dubai and here there are actually loads of activities to enjoy. You can book night time boat cruises that slowly cruise down the creek while you enjoy dinner on board or you can grab a water taxi or a wooden dhow to get from one side of the creek to the other for a more local experience. This area is also close by the Souks and Dubai Museum in the Al Bastakiya district.
Sail through Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is a breathtaking waterfront estate which boasts luxurious boats and yachts, jaw dropping sky scrapers and plenty of shops, fine dining and entertainment. It’s the world’s largest artificially build canal and the cluster of buildings you can see from miles away! You can take a leisurely stroll through the Marina and enjoy the amazing views or you pay and take a boat through for a short tour of the marina..
Go to the beach
You can almost guarantee you will score plenty of warm days and sunshine in Dubai, so it’s really the perfect place to hit the beach, relax, go for a swim and soak up the warm weather. There are many public beaches across Dubai to enjoy.
Eat like crazy!
Dubai is home to the most amazing food…enough said!!!