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:

  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 a visit to the two most popular  ‘souks’ (Arabic word for market); the Gold Souk and Spice Souk. This can be followed by a a quick Abra (traditional boat ride) to visit one of the newest attractions in Dubai called ‘Al Seef District‘. This place is the perfect blend of modern as well as the and spice souk

    Al Seef Dubai is also home to one of the newest museums that has opened in Dubai known as ‘The Museum of Illusions’. If you’re not struggling with time then do pop by and give your brain a fun workout. Don’t forget to take pictures while you’re at it!

    al seef

  2. Relax and unwind … 
    Though there are plenty of beach options in Dubai, Lamer Beach would be my recommendation. Lamer is quite popular with tourists as it is an all-in-one kinda beach with plenty of restaurants, cafe’s, cinema and even a waterpark now. But since we only have 24 hours, today you’re only having lunch here while taking in all the colorful vibes the beach has to offer. 🙂lamer dubai
  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
  4. You’ve been framed …
    ‘The Frame’ is one of the new attractions that opened up in Dubai this year. I like to describe it as the place where old meets new. It is mainly a unique observation deck that lets you view both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai on each side. The skyline looks absolutely stunning from the top. You get to see glimpses of the past as you make your way up the observation deck, as well as the future of Dubai on the way back down. All I’ll say is exciting times ahead! Highly recommended particularly around 5:30pm as then you get to see the sunset as well as the stunning Dubai skyline at night…

    Dubai Frame

  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 ‘Hero’ by Enrique 🙂 …


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 Bluewater Islands in Marina. Needless to say, any trip to Dubai would be incomplete without going on a Desert Safari either. Plus, I haven’t even touched on the breathtaking side of Dubai yet known as ‘The Palm‘. But since all 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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