If you are on a flight with a stopover at Dubai, there is nothing as exciting as a quick visit to take in the sights of this glittering city. While planning your journey, check if your country is on the list of visa-free countries. Otherwise, you can apply for transit visa online. Dubai boasts of several ancient and modern attractions. A few of these are given below.
Desert Safari Dubai:
The desert safari is a must if your Dubai stopover is more that 6-7 hours. With an airport pick-up by the tour operator, you can relax and enjoy the safari. Just half an hour into the ride and you are in the desert, transported into another world of ancient Bedouin culture and heritage.The contrast of the ultra-modern cityscape of Dubai and the stark, majestic, and isolated sand dunes will awe you. There are camel rides, sand boarding, sand skiing, dune bashing, sumptuous barbecue dinners, belly dancing and many attractions to suit every group.
It is the largest mall in the world in area. With 1200 shops, there are many attractions for all age groups. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, with about 300 species of marine animals, is a great attraction for the younger age groups. With Cinema multiplexes, restaurants, a Dinosaur skeletonon display and the Souk featuring jewelry and accessories stores, it is easy to lose track of time here. So, choose the places you want to visit to make the best of your time.
Your stopover at Dubai is incomplete without a visit to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa and also the tallest freestanding structure in the world with the highest number of occupied floors. It overlooks the Dubai Fountain, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Mall, etc. The highest observation decks in the world on floor 124 and 125 have breath-stopping views. It is also possible to buy combo tickets for the Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa to avoid wasting time standing in line.
Dubai Miracle Garden:
For a nature lover, a visit to the Dubai Miracle Garden will please the most. From mid-November to mid-May, this garden, full of scents and colors, comes to life. The 150 million flowers are arranged in different shapes, arches, and patterns. Disney Avenue with Mickey and friends, hearts passage, floral castle, etc. are all heart stealers with their floral structures and myriad colors. The Dubai Miracle Garden is a very family friendly place.
Dhow Cruise Marina:
For a relaxed evening with a sumptuous dinner, go for the Dhow Cruise Marina. Cruising gently in a traditional wooden dhow along the Marina, a manmade canal, enjoying the splendor of the night view of Dubai will fill your heart with joy. The dhow is decorated beautifully and is equipped with modern amenities. The panoramic skyline of the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, the 5-star hotels, Palm Jumeirah with the Hotel Atlantis, etc. are the attractions on this route.
Global Village Dubai:
This is one of the most significant tourism projects of the UAE. There are pavilions from many countries, identified by a famous landmark of that country. Good food, handicrafts, performances, exciting rides, and souvenir shopping make it a wonderful place to explore and spend your time.
JBR Open Beach:
A leisurely walk on the beach is one of the best ways to iron out the kinks after a long flight. Of all the beaches in Dubai, the JBR Open Beach is the biggest and the best. Clean facilities, open-air markets, snack stalls, etc. are some of the attractions you can experience here. There are stalls to rent bikes or scooters if that is what you fancy.
This is one of the major ports of the UAE. This creek divides the city of Dubai into two: Deira and Bur Dubai. It also acts as a commercial lifeline facilitating tourism as well as trade and commercial activities. The moving yachts, dhows and the ships in this port make it a picturesque place to spend the evening. There are eateries and musical shows to round up your evening.
Stopover in Dubai can be fun if you plan it well. Do not forget to drink plenty of water and dress in conservative breathable clothes and to carry some warm clothing for the cool early mornings and nights. COVID-19 safety measures are followed stringently everywhere, and the tourists too are expected to follow them. Make the most of your stopover at Dubai.