The sparkling main attraction in Arabia’s ever-changing crown.
Whether you’re searching for a luxurious beach holiday or thrilling activities to fill time during a stop-over, Dubai has it all.
A well-known stopover destination, Dubai is popular with travellers looking to break up their journey when travelling between Europe and Asia-Pacific. Boasting the world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest shopping mall and many other attractions, Dubai has so much to offer those passing through. If you find yourself with just 24 hours to spend in Dubai, here’s how you can make the most of your time there.
As soon as you’ve landed in Dubai, head straight for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which towers 829.8m over Dubai. Looking out from the observation deck on the 124th floor, you’ll be provided with a fantastic aerial view of the city.
The view is just as enjoyable from Atmosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, where you can enjoy the highest high tea in the world. The decadent menu includes a selection of the finest patisseries, homemade English scones, mini cakes, quiches and finger sandwiches, all served on a tiered cake stand.
Once you’ve taken the elevator back down to ground level, watch The Dubai Fountain dance and shoot water up to 500 feet into the air. Set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain performs daily in the afternoons and evenings.
Next up if you want to pick up some new threads, head down to the Dubai Mall – the largest shopping mall in the world. Packed with 1,200 shops, a myriad of restaurants, a cinema, an ice rink, an aquarium and a dinosaur skeleton, the mall has everything you could ever need and it’s easy to spend hours in here.
After pounding the halls of the Dubai Mall, it’s time to rest your weary feet and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re not staying at one of the more luxurious beach hotels, Dubai has a few public beaches where you can soak up the rays. Kite Beach is popular with kite surfers, and it’s always fun to watch them or have a go yourself.
Alternatively you can treat yourself to sunbathing, cocktails and waiter service at one of the beach clubs. Hire a sun lounger or a daybed at RIVA Ristorante Bar & Beach on
Palm Island, Dubai’s first standalone beach destination. You can dine in their Italian restaurant, relax on the stretch of private beach or cool off in their climate-controlled pool.
If you fancy indulging in a spot of pampering, the One&Only Spa offers a serene escape with 12 private treatment suites and a large menu of treatments including body scrubs and wraps, massages and facials. After a day of playing at the beach, the After-Sun Cooling Wrap is a great way to sooth and re-nourish your sun-exposed skin.
When the sun goes down, Barasti Bar is a popular place to hang out and enjoy some sundowners against the backdrop of the Dubai Marina. After dark the bar comes alive with beach parties and sets from the world’s top DJs. It also has a big screen showing live sporting events, so you can catch that important game with a cool drink in hand.
For dinner there are so many restaurants to choose from, but Zengo at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, which serves innovative Asian dishes created by celebrity chefs Richard Sandoval & Akmal Anuar, is a must. If it’s Emirati cuisine you’re after, you can’t beat Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe, offering a taste of the Emirates in a fine dining setting.