You have just 24 hours to spend in the entertainment capital of our world, Dubai. In 24 hours, you need to get the very best of all that Dubai has to offer. Let’s be honest with you – it’s a tall order. Dubai is simply scintillating; an unbeatable adventure in time and space, a traveler’s delight and a poet’s eternal rhapsody. To squeeze all of that into 24 hours is not easy but we’ve done it for you. Check out our list of 24 hours Dubai thrills, chills and spills and tell us what you think!
Before You Land In Dubai
If you want the best value for your money, make those 24 hours in Dubai work for you. Plan ahead and make the necessary bookings ahead of time. For example, if you plan on getting the view from the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck, be sure to book your tickets online in advance. Follow the guidelines we’ve laid for you here in this article. Map your route beforehand and be clear as to which sights you’ll manage to squeeze in, and which to leave out.
The Start Of Your 24 Hours – Hot Air Balloon Ride
Start your Dubai in one day adventure with a hello to the desert, the city skyline and the coastlines via a hot air balloon ride. An early morning hot air balloon ride is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular desert, the oases, the Heritage Village, and the Dubai coastline. Arm yourself with a telephoto-lens-enabled camera and you will enjoy the kind of views you’ve only dreamed of. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel after a continental buffet breakfast. Time to get ready for the next item on your list of things to do in Dubai.
We’ve provided a list of fantastic attractions to see and things to do here. Based on where you’re staying in Dubai, you can choose to see the attractions nearest to your hotel.
Bus Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour
This is one of the best ways to see Dubai if you’re strapped for time. Sign up for a city bus tour in advance so nothing’s left to the last minute. Dubai’s tour buses are capacious, fully air-conditioned with commentary delivered in multiple languages. The hop-on-hop-off tour will take all over Dubai, spending time at the most important landmarks. You’ll be able to view the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain, and the Burj Khalifa, the Jumeirah Mosque, the Burj-al-Arab and others. If this is your first time in Dubai, you’ll find this tour very informative. The city tour takes about 4 hours to complete, which will put you towards lunch time.
The Burj Khalifa
If you don’t want to opt for a city bus tour, hire a taxi and visit selected landmarks. The Burj Khalifa stands at a height of 828 meters, dominating the Dubai skyline. Take the elevator up to the 124th floor, where the Observation Deck awaits you. This is the highlight of your entire trip, right here. Enjoy a scintillating view of the whole of Dubai, its coastlines and manmade marvels.
The Dubai Fountain
Take a few minutes to enjoy the fabulous Dubai Dancing Fountain, constructed on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. Stand in awe as every few minutes the fabulously choreographed music, light and water show begins, and the water shoots up to 500 feet in time with the music. Classical music, pop songs, classic songs, Arabian music – everything gets a chance to make the water dance to its tune.
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is right next to the Burj Khalifa, so you can get to it right quickly. The Dubai mall has 1,200 stores and 160 eateries. The piece-de-resistance is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo where you can come nose to nose with a host of exotic marine creatures. The Dubai Mall is also home to the Dubai Ice Rink, the SEGA Republic theme park and many entertainment venues.
Break for lunch
Spend about 2-3 hours on the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain and break for lunch. Enjoy a great meal at one of the Dubai Mall’s many restaurants and eateries. If you have made bookings for a desert safari or a cruise, go right ahead. If not, check out these other attractions.
The other places you simply must check out in Dubai are the following:
Dubai Eye (Ain Dubai):
Touted, with good reason, as the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel, offers a spectacular view of the entire city, coastlines and desert from the top. The entire trip to the top and back takes 48 minutes, and you’ll savor each one of them.
The Dubai Canal is a visual marvel that connects the Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf. The canal passes through Sheikh Zayed Road, through Al Safa Park and Jumeirah. Three lovely bridges have been constructed over the Sheikh Zayed Road, under which lovely expensive yachts can pass.
The lovely manmade palm islands are a visual treat and a miracle of construction. The shape of the islands is so distinct that it can be easily spotted from outer space. The best way to take a good look at the islands is via a dhow cruise.
A single day is just not enough to appreciate the magnificence of Dubai. We suggest getting done with the city tour or the sights plan by evening, and taking an aerial tour of Dubai. Obtain the best possible perspective of the city’s famous landmarks, especially the Palm Islands, World Islands, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Eye and many, many more. You’ll get luscious views of the amazing desert, which glows red in the sunset.
If you’re not an early sleeper, check out some of Dubai’s vibrant nightlife, or take a walk along the Jumeirah Beach Resorts Promenade. You can even go on a night dhow cruise, and enjoy the sights of the brilliantly-lit coastlines