Stay in the Downtown area and there are hotels to suit most budgets
The Downtown area is just a 25min taxi ride from the airport and it pretty self sufficient when you stay here.
A morning trip to the Burj Khalifa get there early to get a great photo, no crowds and lovely light before 10am when the mall opens. Then head up to the top of Burj Khalifa for stunning views Book Your tickets in advance 135dhs per person.
After a long walk around Dubai mall viewing the the aquarium , ice rink and lots of shopping I suggest some time out. My favourite afternoon tea spot in al Bayt The Palace Downtown the perfect place to sit back and relax and take in the stunning views of the worlds tallest tower.
In the evening not to be missed is a walk down by the boulevard to view the the fountain show and see the boulevard light up with masses of twinkling lights. Along the way there are many places to stop and eat.
Today I suggest you can move away from the modern glitz of new Dubai and head for the Creek side and old Souk area to discover what Dubai was like in days gone by.
Just a 25 min taxi ride or you can take the Metro from the Dubai Mall station but be warned it is a long walk to the metro through Dubai mall and then on several travelators to reach the train, however it is a great way to view lots of Dubai.
It is very enchanting to spend the endless moments taking in the sights of the Old town of Dubai.
The Al Fahidid mosque is not to be missed on the banks of the Creek waters.
Take an abra ride across the creek for just AED 2 – one side is the textile souk and on the other side the Gold and old spice souk.
Grab some little gifts from the old textile souk area, great for pashminas and spices, be sure to barter the merchants in this area enjoy to engage in some haggling.
The Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi fort is also located just around the corner from the souk and certainly worth a visit, only a small museum but very informative and amazing to see how far the UAE has developed in just 50 years.
And one place not to miss a visit to the Arabian Tea House Dubai a traditional Emirati tea house the perfect place to sample real local food.
After a morning /afternoon discovering the traditional souk area there is just enough time left to head out to the Dubai desert and enjoy an evening sunset BBQ in a traditional Bedouin camp along with rides up and down the dunes, locally known as “Dune Bashing” Book your tour on one of the Desert Safari Tours with Arabian Adventures. the perfect end to a 48 hour stop over in Dubai.
After this brief encounter with some of Dubai’s favourite spots I hope you will be heading back to the airport feeling you have discovered a little of the charm this amazing city has to offer and taking lots of wonderful memories with you.
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