Visiting Dubai can often mean simply passing through for a short time on transit as part of a longer journey, but this doesn’t mean you should simply hide away in your hotel; Dubai has an abundance of varied attractions that are well worth visiting even on a tight schedule.
From shopping to sunbathing with a little fine dining in between, those arriving on flights to Dubai are in line for a treat on even the shortest of stays.
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Kicking the day off with a champagne breakfast isn’t a bad way to ease into a day in Dubai, and many hotels offer champagne brunch with bubbly served alongside luxury buffets in similarly lush surroundings. You’ll only be able to enjoy a full champagne brunch on a Friday however, as despite being the holiest day of the week for Muslims, restaurants and hotels across the city have chosen this day to throw these lavish breakfasts for hordes of eager guests.
After indulging in a lavish brunch, you’ll be in the mood for browsing the shops. Dubai has some of the best shopping in the world in some of the plushest malls such as Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Not only will you find a range of top quality retail outlets and world-class brands, but also some out-of-this-world extra features – one mall even features a boat ride through a series of canals inside the mall itself.
With Dubai’s many indoor attractions it’s easy to forget that it has some stunning beaches and year-round sun. Grab your swimming costume and head out to one of the many sunny beaches and forget about your jetlag (or excesses at breakfast). Gaze at the incredible Dubai skyline as you bathe, including the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. Camel fans can even take a trot along the beach; one hump or two?
Traditional Dubai is an enriching experience away from the modern glitz and glamour of the burgeoning tourist industry. Dubai Heritage Village is a traditional coastal settlement where visitors can view the local crafts by weavers and potters by day, and enjoy musical entertainment and food in the evening. There are plans for a diving village which would transform the area into a modern-day reconstruction of old Dubai complete with pearl diving treasures and marine wildlife exhibits.
By now you’ll be in need of an unwinding evening and Dubai will leave even the most selective diner spoilt for choice. From delicious Lebanese street food to 7-star opulence, those on even the tightest of budgets will not be disappointed by the range of food on offer. Top pick for street food is the Al Dhiyafah Road with its mouth-watering Lebanese, Iranian and Indian cafes, and while there are too many luxurious restaurants to mention, the Burj Al Arab is the choice of the super-rich.