An expert guide to a weekend in Dubai
An expert guide to a weekend in Dubai
A Dubai vacation is every traveler’s dream. Be it culture, theme parks, architecture, nature, or shopping, Dubai is a melting pot of several contrasts. Dubai boasts of a plethora of attractions that need at least 5-6 days to cover. But if you are falling short of time, and have only a weekend to spend in the city, then here is a complete guide on the attractions that you must not miss.
A holiday in Dubai is incomplete without visiting the majestic Burj Khalifa. This architectural masterpiece is a visual treat and the view of the city’s skyline from the top is simply mind blowing. It is visible from any part of the city but the experience inside the structure is amazing.
Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain
Located near the Burj Khalifa is one of the largest malls in the world – Dubai Mall. It houses more than 1200 outlets, both branded and local so you can shop to your heart’s content. It also has an array of entertainment options such as VR Park, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, an ice rink, KidZania, and more. The Dubai Aquarium here is surely worth a visit. In the evening, head outside the mall to feast your eyes on the famous Dubai Fountain which is a magical spectacle of music, lights, and water.
Desert safari Dubai is another activity that is a must when in the city. Enjoy an authentic Bedouin-style experience replete with camel riding, shisha smoking, henna painting, falconry, and more. Indulge in fun activities such as quad biking, sandboarding, and dune bashing. Conclude your evening with fabulous cultural performances such a belly dancing, a Tanura show, and a lip-smacking BBQ buffet dinner.
Al Bastakiya Quarter
To get a sneak peek of Dubai’s past, a visit to the Al Bastakiya Quarter is a must. You pass through sand-colored buildings constructed with natural materials such as mud, palm fronds, coral, and gypsum. Wander around the winding alleys and spend some time at the cozy cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. The popular Arabian Tea House is great for a quick break and refreshments. Visit the Dubai Museum located here to gain insight into Emirati history, culture, and customs.
Dhow cruise dinner
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal that is flanked by some of the most breathtaking skyscrapers. It is a must-visit to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Dubai. Sign up for a dhow cruise marina to enjoy a bit of Arabian tradition and also witness some of the best architecture around you. The dhow cruise takes you on a fantastic 2-hour journey on the shimmering waters of the marina. You can enjoy amazing cultural performances, relish a mouthwatering dinner, and soak in the stunning sights surrounding you.
Dubai Creek and Souks
This beautiful saltwater creek divides the city into Deira and Bur Dubai. Dubai Creek is an important part of the city’s glorious past. You can take an Abra (wooden boats) ride across the creek just for AED 1. Stroll down the narrow pathways and explore the colorful and traditional markets of Dubai known as the ‘Souks’. The Gold and Spice souks are the most popular ones, but you can also visit the Textile and Perfume souk. Pick up a wide range of souvenirs including herbs, spices, dates, dry fruits, essential oils, footwear, traditional garments, and teas here.
Another iconic attraction in Dubai is the mesmerizing manmade archipelago, Palm Jumeirah. Shaped like a palm tree, this magnificent island is visible even from space. It is home to some of the most luxurious resorts, swanky apartment complexes, splendid villas, and extravagant hotels. The famous hotel Atlantis, The Palm is also situated here. You can book a helicopter tour or skydiving to see the beauty of the islands from above.
Dubai is known for its pristine beaches and one of the popular hangouts is Kite Beach. This place is perfect for water sporting activities such as wakeboarding, surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. The beach is spotless, and you can even take a dip in its clear blue waters. It also has a 14 km jogging track from where you can enjoy great views of the imposing Burj Al Arab hotel. Sit back, relax, and watch the world go by, or satiate your tastebuds with some yummy street food at the restaurants and food trucks here.
Dubai is a treasure trove of fantastic attractions and activities. Based on your interests, you can choose what you want to do here. You can surely see many places in 2 days, but we would still suggest that you plan a long holiday and make the most of this wonderful destination.