Dubai offers so much to see and do that you could not possibly cover it all in 24 hours – but you can certainly get an exciting taste.
Get up as early as possible so that you can take a walk around the old city before the temperature gets too hot. The Bastakia neighbourhood is one of the last remaining areas of Old Dubai where you can see buildings designed in the traditional style. There are plenty of lovely cafes and art galleries to wander into.
You can also pay a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque, which is a stunning example of Isamic architecture and the largest in the city. Take a look at the beautiful Arabic calligraphy within the interior and take a guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of Islam. Also, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts tours of the older areas of the city.
Check out the view from the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. The top floors are offices and private residences, but you can go to the viewing area two thirds of the way and enjoy a stunning panorama of the Arabian Gulf and the desert. You can see so far that you will be able to peer at the horizon and see the curve of the earth.
You’ll save money at the viewing platform by purchasing tickets in advance rather than buying them on the door. If you would rather enjoy the view with a cocktail in hand, head to Atmosphere which is the bar two floors below.
The afternoon is also a great time to enjoy Dubai’s world class shopping. The huge amounts of cargo that pass through this port and the low tariffs mean that you can find a dazzling collection of goods at a very low price. Check out the Dubai Mall, which is the largest in the world and also contains an indoor aquarium and an ice rink. It is right next door to the Burj Khalifa.
In the evening, make sure you pay a visit to the Dubai Fountain. This iconic attraction has a jet of water that shoots up to 150m, the water dancing to light and classical Arabic music. It is the largest dancing fountain in the world and the show takes place every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm.
An amazing evening experience in Dubai is an evening desert dune tour. You’ll be taken in a 4×4 to the beautiful, surreal and remote desert dunes outside the city where you can enjoy an Arabian barbeque under the stars. Seeing the desert in the evening and watching the sunset and twinkling stars is so much more pleasant than in the baking heat of the day.
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is a popular stopover hub where many flights travel through – so you might find yourself with a 24 hour layover in this exciting city. Make the most of it and enjoy everything that exciting and beautiful Dubai has to offer.