No matter if Dubai is a transfer destination or a final destination this quick selection of places to visit in Dubai in 24 hours can be essential in both cases. Following this plan, you can spend your time in Dubai as efficiently as possible and not spend precious minutes on long trips.
The activities described below are located both in the new and in the historical part of the city – your 24-hours in Dubai will be ultimately unforgettable.to be the uncharted European capital that was once the center of the great Empire. Lisbon has given the world the discoveries of famous sailors and still surprises not only with its diverse architecture, unusual landscape, but also with cultural traditions.
If you want to relax after the bustle of the airport and feel the serenity of the early morning, when the day is just beginning to gain its momentum, then head to Umm Suqeim Beach (Kite Beach) – this long sandy beach with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab Hotel is considered to be one of the most recognizable sights of Dubai. Here you can enjoy a delicious breakfast with a bewitching view of a string of skyscrapers lined up along the coastline.
If you prefer to immediately increase your adrenaline, book a desert safari in the desert: for example, it can be a jeep safari in the dunes in the early morning or a buggy ride as a passenger or driver. A wide selection of diverse safaris, tours and other activities are available on the Arabian Adventures website.
The sun is slowly rising through the sky at its zenith, the streets are getting hotter … It’s time to move indoors where entertainment is air-conditioned. For example, learn about the history and culture of Dubai, because the largest city in the UAE is known not only for its sparkling skyscrapers, luxury hotels and fast cars but also for pearl diving and bazaars.
Visit one of the few mosques in Dubai, which is open to non-Muslims – the Jumeirah Mosque. A visit to Jumeirah promises much more than just an introduction to the architecture of a religious building. Registration for a tour takes place in the Mejlis opposite the mosque: there you can enjoy a light breakfast with Arabic coffee and tea, and then go to the fountain in front of the mosque, where the local guide will demonstrate and explain voodoo – a ritual bath in Islam performed before prayers; after which he will lead you through the mosque and talk about the religion and culture of the emirate, answering all questions. There is no need to book this visit in advance, but keep in mind that it is better to wear closed clothing during the visit (you can rent it for free at the entrance to the mosque).
Despite the fact that the history of the UAE has not been even 50 years old since its foundation, all seven emirates have a rich culture and traditions dating back to the third millennium BC. Therefore, a trip to Dubai would not be complete without a visit to the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort: here you will learn about how a small fishing village turned into a world-famous futuristic skyscraper city.
Many tourists find visiting several museums in a row tedious enough, because in order to remember interesting facts and not to miss anything, it takes a lot of attention and energy. Therefore, the next stop could be the Dubai Mall, where you can shop, have a snack and most importantly visit the world’s largest indoor aquarium and underwater zoo – The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. The aquarium is home to over 30,000 different species (including more than 400 sharks and stingrays).
Of course, do not forget about the UAE’s iconic sight-seeing – the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. It is better to plan this visit in the evening, when from the observation platform of the Burj Khalifa, the eyes of the amazed public can see the bewitching view of the lights of the night city.
For tourists who want to stretch their pleasure of being on top of the tallest building in the world, various packages are provided: Bubbly Sundowner – sunset with a glass of champagne; Cocktails under the stars to enjoy the view while listening to songs by local artists; or Tea in the clouds – for those who want to drink a cup of tea, sitting on soft sofas at the windows of 152-154 floors. Please note that it is better to purchase tickets in advance, avoiding long lines.
Combine your dinner with the flagship show of dancing fountains opposite the Dubai Mall – in the evening they run from 18:00 to 23:00 every 30 minutes, so during the meal you can see several shows at once. Each “dance” is performed to various world music hits.
There are other ways to watch the show: you can see it from the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk or from the side of the traditional Abra – an Arab ship that floats near the fountains.
What about a cruise on a dau, a two-story Arab boat with an open upper and closed lower decks? The boat trails past attractions such as Dubai Old Souk and Heritage Village. And if you travel with children, be sure to visit the La Perle Theatre, which is located in the heart of Dubai – Al-Habtur City. This is the first of its kind local show with its own specially built theatre, offering the audience a half hour performance with actors and acrobats performing tricks in the water and in the air. The latest performances start at 20:00 and 21:30, tickets must be purchased in advance.
Do not miss the opportunity to explore Dubai. This metropolis offers such a wide selection of activities and attractions that they can make up for a week or even a month trip, but 24 hours will be enough to fall in love with this city.