Dubai in 24 Hours …

Last week’s Friday magazine had an interesting section that got me thinking. Readers were asked to share their thoughts on where to take guests during a 24-hour stopover in Dubai. It was quite fun reading about the different suggestions. However, I missed my chance to say something there, but that’s ok coz I’m going to blog about it today. 🙂

It’s no secret that I love Dubai and take great pride in that! Though the location is such that I’ve constantly got guests stopping over in transit, I don’t mind that too much as it only gives me a chance to show off all the fantastic attractions Dubai has to offer. Here are my top recommendations if you’re here just for a day:

Note: I’ve listed the attractions based on the route as we only have a day after all. Might as well make use of time 🙂 … 

  1. A taste of culture …
    Since it’s most important to get a cultural feel of the city you’re visiting,my first suggestion would be the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding. Not only will you get to learn about the local customs and traditions, you can also experience a traditional breakfast as well. Pre-booking is advised. This can be followed by a a quick Abra (traditional boat) ride to visit the two most popular ‘Souk‘ (Arabic word for market); the Gold Souk and Spice Souk.

    Gold Souk
    Gold Souk. Photo credit: Sharmin Zargar
  2. Relax and unwind … 
    Though there are plenty of beach options in Dubai, Kite Beach would be my recommendation. It’s not only popular with the Kite Surfers but also with those with a passion for water activities. It’s quite spacious too in case you’re looking to skip the crowd. Don’t forget to have a quick bite at Salt (known for their burgers) and karak chai (tea) at Filli-tea while you’re there.

    Kite Beach
    Kite Beach. Photo credit: Sadia Zakaria

    Salt, Kite Beach
    Salt, Kite Beach. Photo credit: Sadia Zakaria
  3. Smile, you’re on camera …
    This is where tradition meets luxury. Madinat Jumeirah is a luxurious resort with highly impressive architecture. It consists of hotels, spas, dining options, a souk and a theatre. It also provides great views of Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel which is shaped to mimic the sail of a ship. Hope you got your camera along coz this would be the perfect photoshoot opportunity for your trip!

    Madinat Jumeirah
    Madinat Jumeirah. Photo credit: Nabeel Zuberi

    Burj Al Arab
    Burj Al Arab. Photo credit: Nabeel Zuberi
  4. Seeing is believing …
    Palm Jumeirah
    is the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree. Heard of the famous landmark Atlantis The Palm? This is exactly where it is. Impressive isn’t it? I love taking my guests for a drive on the Palm Jumeirah with my running commentary ‘We are now driving on the trunk of the palm ….‘ as we make our way around the area. 🙂

    Palm Jumeirah
    Skydiving over Palm Jumeirah. Photo credit: Sadia Zakaria

    Atlantis The Palm
    Beautiful sculpture inside Atlantis The Palm. Photo credit: Nabeel Zuberi
  5. What a view!
    The final stop for the day would be Dubai Mall (the largest mall in the world). Not for shopping today though but rather for dinner with an awesome view. Dubai Mall is also home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world which is simply breathtaking. It also has two observation decks should you wish to go all the way up! Right outside Burj Khalifa is the Dancing Fountain show area, where there are daily performances every 30 minutes evening onwards. What an absolute beauty! My personal favourite is ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston 🙂 …

    Burj Khalifa
    Burj Khalifa. Photo credit: Ahmed

    Dancing Fountains
    Dancing Fountains. Photo credit: Ahmed

While those are my chosen activities for a day in Dubai, there is still so much more left to explore. Lets see, there’s the Global Village, Ski Dubai, Miracle Garden, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai Parks & Resort, Dubai Opera and of course any trip to Dubai would be incomplete without going on a Desert Safari. But since these activities require at least a few hours of your time, I would suggest you book a trip for at least a week to make the most of your stay in Dubai. It might also be worth mentioning that November to March is the best time to visit Dubai as the city experiences great weather during those months. It can get pretty hot from June – August.

Thank you Dubai for being such an amazing city to live in. Can’t wait until all the exciting  new attractions are launched.

Which are your favourite tourist attractions in Dubai?

Until the next, post, Let’s Keep it Strictly Lighthearted!

31 thoughts on “Dubai in 24 Hours …

  1. Love it!
    I want to go check out the souk and abra! 😘 too hot right now!

    There are SO many things to do in Dubai nowadays – we definitely live in an amazing city!

    We have a petting zoo as well by the way … plus cycling and breakfast at Al Qudra with a sunrise 😎

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