The city of Dubai is an exciting destination; with tons of places to go and interesting things to see it may be hard to tackle it all while on a brief trip. If you’re here for only 48 hours follow this itinerary to experience as much of this beautiful city as you can!
Upon your arrival in Dubai it’s wise to check into a hotel that meets your needs. If your visit to Dubai is travel and experience based it might be best to book cheap hotels to save cash for other excitements that the city has to offer. Inexpensive hotels in Dubai with prices as low as USD $45.00 include Al Jawhara Gardens Hotel and Hotel ibis Dubai Al Rigga. If what you seek is something pricier, you might want to check into hotels like Ivory Grand Hotel Apartments or Address Montgomerie.
Top of the Morning at the World’s Tallest Building
On your trip to Dubai, you dare not exclude a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on Earth. The Burj Khalifa stands at a whopping 2,716.5 feet and is decked with over 160 stories of fine architecture, making it a definite must-stop in Dubai.
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
While at Burj Khalifa you might want to head to the 122nd floor to At.Mosphere for breakfast. It’s best to make reservations for an impressive window view while you enjoy a wide range of cuisines from all over the world.
Experience old Dubai by taking one of the oldest modes of transportation; the famous Dubai water taxi, in which you can get a great view of old and new Dubai. Visitors may even opt for inexpensive five-minute rides across the Al Khor Creek in traditional ‘abras’.
For lunchtime, you might want to stop at the restaurant Dubai Creek Marina located on the Boardwalk which offers tasty seafood cuisines.
Dine in fine style at Al Dawaar – Revolving Restaurant & Lounge where you can choose among great international dishes while enjoying the view at the only revolving restaurant in Dubai.
Enjoy the Atmosphere at 40 Kong
If you’re anything like me, you’ll figure that after dinner the night is still young and you might want to check out 40 Kong, a rooftop, cocktail lounge open every day from 7:00 PM – 3:00 AM. You might want to book in advance as this trendy spot may get busy.
Location: The H Hotel, One Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
On your second day, you’ll need to make the hours count so make every stop worth the trip! You’ll surely have no regrets with this loaded list of fun activities.
Grab a Bite at IHOP
We’re sure you’ve heard of this international pancake house before. Stop in to enjoy breakfast at this cozy, family-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating. IHOP offers American cuisines from 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM.
Location: Level 1, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stroll Through the Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall offers a wide range of activities from indoor theme parks like SEGA Republic, located on level 2 of the mall, to visiting the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which houses thousands of aquatic animals. Whatever you choose to do at the mall, make sure you don’t leave before going to see the Dubai Fountain, which is the largest choreographed fountain system on earth. It uses lights and music to enhance the beautiful water shows so you won’t be disappointed.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Explore the beautifully conserved natural reserve of 87 sq. miles where the desert ecosystem is carefully maintained. Plus you don’t have to worry about getting bored as this great venue offers camel rides, quad biking and even live belly dancing shows for you to enjoy and watch the sunset.
Dinner at Serafina
If you’re a lover of Italian food you might like to make a stop at Serafina which is a great spot for groups, large or small. Plus, this restaurant offers a great view of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Location: Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Things to Avoid in Dubai
The Islamic religion is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates but other religious practices, with the exception of Judaism, are accepted in Dubai; making the city one of the most liberal locations in the Middle East.
Women are urged to dress modestly in public, fully covering arms and legs. Public food consumption is not allowed during the holy month of Ramadan but luckily, hotels bypass this by screening off restaurants, allowing foreign guests to have a meal without getting anyone upset.
Although you and your special someone might plan to take a trip to Dubai, remember to avoid PDA, as even holding hands in public is considered inappropriate.