One Day in Dubai: What to do in Dubai in 24Hrs
What do you do in layovers- Grab a magazine, change the airports, or just sleep with your eye mask on? This time let’s do something exciting, like getting out of the airport and exploring the new city. Especially, when it’s the luxurious, ultramodern and picturesque Dubai.
Dubai has a myriad of attractions soaked in opulence and exuberance. And the long stopovers of 12-24 hours can be easily employed to at least catch up with the major landmarks of the emirate.
Although, you would not be able to see everything, yet this perfect one-day itinerary in Dubai is made to drive you through the delightful as well as thrilling places, covering the famous things and architectural feat.
Spend the morning in the shadow of the old and preserved Dubai. That’s the charm of the city- when on one side it has some record-creating architecture, on the other, it displays the small rooms and wind towers in the homes. Old Dubai is home to the traditional markets, cultural outlooks and local meals. Hire a taxi or take the Abra ride on the iconic Dubai Creek that connects the Bur Dubai to Deira. Experience Dubai’s rich history as you duck inside the Dubai Museum, meander through the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood and walk down the Dubai Heritage Village.
Traditional Gold Souks
Nobody leaves without checking out the souks. This area smells strongly of herbal and fresh spices and is a maze of walkways. Explore these spices, then pick up the handicrafts, textile and souvenirs at the traditional souks. The gold souk is brimming with over 300 jewellery shops which are the steal deal as there is a great range of designs, all at unbelievable rates, and still open to haggling.
Keep your appetite fit and fine with the light breakfast in Old Dubai. This region serves authentic dishes like Shawarma, the most eaten food across the country, camel burger, Taste Al Harees and Al Machboos. There are numerous street restaurants and eateries also offering Chinese and Indian food. Later, devour the camel milk gelato, or sip the Arabian tea and coffee.
Burj Al Arab
The tour extends gliding by the sail-shaped silhouette, Burj Al Arab, the symbol of innovative New Dubai. Standing in poise by the beach, take some breathtaking pictures of this amazing landscape and intricate design.
Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Crossing this signature destination, reach the man-made benchmark of engineering, the palm-shaped island, Palm Jumeirah. It is dotted with Dubai’s most luxurious resorts, including Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and the One&Only The Palm, Dubai’s alfresco dining areas like Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge, and play zones as Aquaventure Waterpark. Overall, it is a beehive of humming activities. The best way to scour the archipelago for the gems is to sail in a speedboat or yacht. This cruising will also take the visitors to the skyline of Dubai Marina, one of the affluent residential neighbourhood. The helicopter tour and sky diving are also available for the adventure seekers who want to push the limit. Don’t make it a lot hectic, so, unwind at the beaches and lounges around.
The place has everything from the pop-up snack centres to the exquisite restaurants. Also, the hotel giants have brought the culinary specialities from every corner of the world, so you can always find something you like. Amala, Bidi Bondi and Barca Club are few favourites to kick back and enjoy the scenes while hogging the food.
What could be the replacement of seeing the sunset from the world’s tallest building? Probably, nothing. At a height of 829.8m, the Burj Khalifa revealing its beautiful design welcomes the visitors from around the globe, making their way to the highest observatory deck at 148th floor. Squeeze inside the fastest elevator, and bask in the panoramic views of the city. The 124th and 125th floors too have the observation decks, lounges, virtual presentations and tea.
In the evening, enter the fascinating and all-inclusive family entertainment destination, Dubai Mall. Nestled in Downtown Dubai, this is a whole another level of encountering fun. The addicted shoppers can go into a spree at the Fashion Avenue which has over 200 global brands and trending outfits, along with electronics, footwear and more. Keep the energy higher as you walk in an underwater tunnel occupied with marine animals like sharks and stingrays. Skate in the ice rink, gaze at the Dubai Fountain, immerse in virtual experience at VR Park, and let your kids roleplay at the KidZania. While you are amused by the attractions, you may stumble upon the giant dinosaur ruin and the terrific looking waterfall.
With 35 best restaurants in the mall, you can be spoilt for choice. From something as Indian as Paneer Tikka to as sweet as cheesecake, the menu is wide-varying. Restaurants like Peppermill, Magnolia Bakery, Eataly, and Angelina are great options to gratify your taste buds.
This plan will fit your schedule if you land in the morning and are leaving the next day. Or you can simply choose one of these attractions to discover during the shorter layover. Or you can grab a Hop on Hop Off Bus tour for an hour or two that covers interesting and popular places. Hope you have a magical time.
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