Spending a casual weekend or a short layover in Dubai? Gear yourself to tick off the best-reviewed attractions in the shortest while. The city has a versatile set of attractions, from the sky-piercing architecture to the endless stretch of Arabian desert that cover the needs of all kinds of travelers.
Amongst the cornucopia of choices, here is the most practical 2 days in Dubai itinerary:
Day 1: Downtown Dubai
Visit the Dubai Mall
One of the largest malls in Dubai, the complete entertainment destination, and home to the world-class Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall will give you the complete vibe of the rich city under one roof. Get your shopping bags filled with attire, footwear, and other items from the world's covetable brands. Continue reveling in its state-of-the-art facilities, such as dining options, KidZania children’s club, a mega multiplex movie theater, huge dinosaur skeleton, indoor waterfall, and an indoor ice skating rink. Logically, it is difficult to cover all the fun zones in one day, but you must visit the record-breaking Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. It features a 10-million liter water tank with 140 marine species, a walkthrough tunnel, 40 display tanks showing various ecosystems, and activities like shark feeding and cage snorkeling.
Ascend the Burj Khalifa
Any Dubai itinerary feels incomplete without mentioning the megastar, Burj Khalifa. Dubai is known for its unparalleled architecture — and the world's tallest building is an exemplary feat. Soaring at staggering 828 meters, the building will allow you to cruise on the fastest double-deck elevators, watch the city through high-powered telescopes, set off on a virtual reality experience, step on the glass-floor with a twist, sip beverages in a gorgeous lounge, and taste the best food at amazing restaurants. But before everything, hike the 148th floor and marvel at the ever-growing skyline from the public observation deck.
Be dazzled by the Dubai Fountain
Adjacent to Burj Khalifa, lies the most astonishing and the largest choreographed system in the world, Dubai Fountain. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to immerse yourself in the breathtaking water, music, and light spectacle. Held every 30 minutes in the evening, it looks enchanting from the boat on the Burj Lake. Or you can grab a space on the Boardwalk and bask in this spell-bounding performance on the famous music.
Day 2: Desert, Old Dubai, and Marina
Raise your adrenaline at Morning Desert Safari
Start your next day by witnessing the stunning sunrise in the Arabian desert. Book the Dubai desert safari in advance with a reliable operator and you would be given a luxurious pick-up and drop off services. Hit the desert in style on the robust 4*4 vehicle and put on the seatbelts before the thrilling dune bashing. After an exhilarating session of it, hop on the hot air balloon and watch the sun rising over the desert from 4,000 feet above. You can upgrade the tour with sandboarding and quad biking options as well. Catch your breath after the heart-thumping hours in the beautiful camp where you have your delicious breakfast and admire the eluding charm.
Meander through Old Dubai
It's time to discover more about the ancient Dubai, a period before oil was discovered and high rises were built. So, take the metro to Old Dubai, the historical side of this cosmopolitan city. You would stop on the Deira side which has an extravagant Gold Souk. There is an array of stores where you will find authentic jewelry and varied designs. On the other side of the Creek (the prominent waterway), is the Bur Dubai, where you will stumble upon another collection of souks, selling textiles, perfumes, spices, rugs, carpets, souvenirs, and more. And you will be excited to know that all these souks invite friendly haggling. If you aren't spending much time browsing the souks, pay a visit to the oldest residential quarter in Dubai, the Al Bastakiya Quarter. It has homes with wind towers, museums, art galleries, cafes, and tea house.
Soak and swim in Jumeirah Beach
At the shore of the Persian Gulf, runs a stretch of white sand beach with a plethora of activities and amenities, called Jumeirah beach. Here you can kick back on the loungers, play water sports, and stroll on The Walk. The Walk is a mile-stretched podium, flanked with stalls and restaurants selling great food, ranging from American to French. The beach is studded with resorts, hotels, stores, and malls for a longer stay.
Cruise alongside the Dubai Marina
One of the fanciest neighborhoods in the city, Dubai Marina boasts towering apartments, unique architecture, al fresco dining, fashion brands retail, sandy stretches, and smart cafes. There are several ways of sightseeing, but the tourists' favorite is the dhow cruise marina at night. You’ll be treated like royalty on-board this two-hour luxury dinner cruise. Relish a catered buffet featuring the most palatable menu, relax in the upper or lower deck, enjoy the live shows, and check out the spectacular nightlife of the lively city. There is no better way to bid goodbye to Dubai than in its trademark opulence.
So, there you go — these few attractions and things to do will help you enjoy the maximum of Dubai in 2 days. Search for a great deal on the packages, learn about the culture, pack your bags, and fly to Dubai to revel in the miracle.