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How to spend 48 hours in Dubai

by Travelbag on 13 May 2015, 12:05PM

48 hours in Dubai

Dubai, one of the emirates of UAE, is known for luxury shopping, a towering skyline of skyscrapers, beautiful sandy beaches, and world-class dining and nightlife. It’s a city that never sleeps - and you can find something magical to do here at all hours of the day or night. With its huge airport hub, Dubai is a popular stopover destination for long-haul travel routes, so it’s likely you may find yourself in Dubai for 48 hours between flights, and what a place to spend it! The city has many options for the fleeting visitor, and here are our favourite picks.

The Burj Al Arab

Day 1

Dubai Beach

Take a morning stroll on the beach

The most magical time to enjoy the beach is in the early morning when the heat isn’t unbearable and the breeze can cool you off. If you’re booking a hotel with a beachside location, the chances are it’ll have its own private beach area you can enjoy, so make the most of it and grab yourself a sun-lounger to relax on.

Brunch at The Hamptons

Live like a local expat, and visit one of the most popular beachside restaurants for brunch. The Hamptons is a modern, casual, restaurant inspired by The Hamptons in upstate New York, the decor is fun and quirky, and the food is fresh and delicious. We’d recommend asking for a table on the rooftop, where you’ll be treated to the most amazing city views right across Dubai.

Time for some shopping

The Dubai Mall is one of the biggest malls in the UAE, and is centrally located, so very easy to get to and explore. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choice of shops, but don’t let that stop you! Grab a map before heading into the mall, and you’ll be able to find everything you’re looking for. Not a fan of shopping? Don’t worry - the mall has plenty of other attractions! Try out the Olympic sized ice-rink, or seek out the famous waterfall of falling men.

Souks in Dubai

Watch the Dubai Fountains

When you’ve finished your shopping and exploring, head outside at around 6.30pm to catch a glimpse of the Dubai Fountains, they start every 30 minutes, and the show lasts for around 10 minutes each time. The fountains are inspired by The Bellagio in Las Vegas - but much bigger, so you’re bound to be impressed.

Dinner at The Fountains

One of the most spectacular places to eat dinner has to be in one of the many restaurants overlooking the fountains. There are plenty to choose from, and the best way to decide is to take a stroll around the promenade and read the menus on offer. For a guaranteed table with a view, it may be worth booking in advance, or visiting earlier on in the evening when there is less demand.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel

Most hotels in Dubai offer a beautifully large buffet breakfast, so on day two, book yourself a table at your hotel’s buffet. You’ll likely see a large spread of traditional Arabic breakfast choices, such as flat bread and humus, but also worldwide choices such as toasts, fruit, continental pastries and so on. It’s a great way to fill up for the long day ahead!

The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

After breakfast, take a taxi to the Aquaventure Waterpark, located at the tip of the Palm Dubai. It’s located in one of the city's most eye-catching (and famous) hotels, and the waterpark is a great way to spend the morning relaxing and having fun.

Aquaventure Waterpark

Early Afternoon - Head for Afternoon Tea

You can’t visit Dubai without experiencing a taste of the luxury on offer here. A trip to Dubai would not be complete without at least visiting the famous Burj al Arab. You’ll be blown away as you enter the hotel entrance, and you’ll be speechless as you witness the incredible view from the restaurant. The High Tea is a special experience you’ll never forget, and worth splashing out for whilst you visit Dubai. Not many can say they’ve had lunch at one of the world’s most luxurious hotels?

Enjoy more views of the city in the early evening

When the sun starts to set, grab a taxi over to the Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest building. It’s an incredible sight from the ground looking up - but it’s even more magical when you’re on the viewing platform looking down. The tickets are affordable and the attraction stays open well into the night - so it’s a great way to spend a few hours on your last night. The city looks so different from above - so don’t forget to take your camera.

Burj Khalifa

Interested in learning more about Dubai? Check out our Day In Dubai video

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