Dubai is a stopover for many people travelling abroad as there are several flights from Dubai that can take you to different parts of the world. If the stopover is just for a few hours, it is best to stay at the airport till it is time to board your flight. However, if you are in Dubai even for 24 hours, do not waste your time waiting at the airport. Instead, take this chance to explore this amazing city. Although 24 hours is too less to explore the entire city, you can definitely catch up with the most important places. Here are some things you can do to have an exciting 24 hours in this Emirates city.
Desert safari is one of the most interesting activities that Dubai offers. It introduces you to the culture of Dubai and also makes sure that you have a good time. Beginning in the evening, the desert safari tour in Dubai is laced with adventure, entertainment and whole lot of fun. However, this may take up half of your day, so you may not be able to fit in a regular desert safari in your 24 hours tour. In this case, go for a morning safari. While you would not be able to enjoy the activities like belly dancing, Shisha smoking and a delicious dinner during the morning safari, you can surely enjoy dune bashing, camel riding, quad biking, sandboarding and such interesting activities. The sun-kissed desert during the morning is a true delight and must not be missed.
Although the last thing you want to do in your short trip to Dubai is hang around in a mall, you must know that the Dubai Mall is no regular mall. With 1200 stores, several entertainment options and a huge food court, the Dubai Mall is undoubtedly the largest mall in UAE. Moreover, you would find an aquarium and underwater zoo right in the middle of the mall. When the heat of the city makes sightseeing in Dubai impossible, hop into Dubai Mall which will keep you busy for hours. Another thing you must not miss is the fountain show which begins after sunset. Lasting for 3-4 minutes, watching the fountain show is an amazing experience as you see the water dancing along the tunes of some lovely, melodious music.
The Burj Khalifa is a true wonder as it is the tallest building in the world. So, while you are in the city, you must not miss the opportunity to visit this wonderful icon. Located near the Dubai Mall, you can get a clear view of the Burj Khalifa from the fountain. However, if you need to see the place, you need to book tickets which entitle you to an half an hour tour of the building. The tour begins with viewing pictures and videos about Dubai and the story behind the construction of Burj Khalifa. Afterwards, you get the chance to ride in the fastest elevator to go up the observation deck on the 124th floor of the building. The observation deck is 360o and gives you a rare glimpse of the entire city of Dubai along with its desert and the ocean. As the Burj Khalifa offers such a unique experience, do make it a point to visit this iconic building.
Old City and Museum
If you are interested in knowing about the history, culture and traditions of Dubai, a visit to the old city of Dubai is a must. The old city near the Dubai Creek is a memory of the quiet fishing village that the city was once. The Bastakia Quarters still preserves its old world charm with its buildings and streets. There are several open cafes that serve delicious Arabic food here. Do not forget to visit the Dubai Museum in this area which would tell you all you need to know about Dubai’s past. Located inside the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum gives you a glimpse of Dubai’s history. An audio-visual show would give you the picture of how Dubai grew from being a desert city to the swanky city it is today. A visit to the old souk here is also a great experience.
With 24 hours in hand, you would be running around the city to take in as many sights of the city as possible. So, by the end of the day, you would be exhausted. In this case, the best way to end this beautiful day is going on a dhow cruise dinner. Sailing on the Dubai Creek or the Dubai Marina, a dhow is a traditional boat turned into a restaurant. With the upper and a lower deck, the dhow offers a peaceful ambience for you to rest, relax and have a great time with your family and friends. Moreover, you get to enjoy the beautiful views of Dubai as well as have a scrumptious dinner onboard. The dhow cruise would be the perfect climax for your 24 hours’ vacation in Dubai.
Spending 24 hours in Dubai would be a really exciting adventure as there is so much to see and do in the city. So, do make the most of it! Happy Holidays!