The first time you visit Dubai will most likely be on a stopover like me when I went to the Philippines in February. Out of all the cities in the UAE, I think Dubai has the most things to see making it a great stopover destination.
Dubai has never been on the top of my bucket list as it’s not the kind of destination I tend to travel to but I admit that it’s a pretty amazing city to visit once in your life (even if it’s just on a stopover). It is actually really impressive when you think of how they built an entire city with immense buildings in the middle of the dessert in such a short time frame.
We arrived in Dubai at midday and had until the following morning to visit everything we wanted. Thankfully we had a friend who kindly showed us around and drove us to all the main spots in Dubai.
This saltwater creek leads all the way to the Persian Gulf and is a very busy and important area of transit. You can take a traditional abra boat made out of wood to cross over to the older parts of the city and to wander around the Old Souk also known as the Dubai Spice Souk.
This huge skyscraper in Downtown Dubai is the tallest building in the world measuring 828m! We tried to go to the top but all tickets were sold out so I would recommend buying your tickets online in advance as it’s a shame to miss out on such an incredible view from the top.
This mall is the biggest shopping mall in the world boasting over 1000 shops, lots of cafes and restaurants and practically everything you could imagine- from a big indoor aquarium to a large ice-skating rink. According to Wikipedia, it was the most visited building in the world in 2011!
Outside the mall are the famous big fountains where they hold spectacular water shows animated by music and lights every 30 minutes in the evening from 6pm onwards.
Burj Al Arab
Even if you don’t visit this luxury hotel from the inside it’s still worth seeing it from the outside along Jumeirah Beach. The beach itself is nothing out of this world but it's super pretty at sunset.
This luxury resort makes you feel as though you’re in an old Arabian town and is a nice place to have a walk around in the early evening. There are also lots of shops, restaurant and hotels to keep you entertained if you wish.
We went to Dubai Marina at night for dinner at Shades and the view was spectacular. All the lights from the buildings were reflecting in the water and it was very magical indeed.
If I had an extra day I would have loved to have gone to the dessert at sunset and also to Abu Dhabi to visit the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque but I will leave these for next time I have a stopover in Dubai.
Have you ever been to Dubai on holiday or on a stopover?
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