Best Things to do in Dubai in 2 Days
The jewel of the Arab world, Dubai has extraordinary attractions that attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
This ultramodern destination is a complete package where you can find everything from a manmade island, the tallest structure of the world, vibrant nightlife, and incredible desert safaris.
It is unbelievable that this city was once a pearl diving and small fishing town. With so many countless things to do, no amount of time seems enough in this city, but if you are traveling to Dubai for a couple of days and still want to see some of the most outstanding attractions here, we have a list of the things that you must surely do when in this city.
Read on to know more.
Day 1: Visit the stunning downtown area of Dubai
The downtown area of Dubai is home to some of the most record-breaking structures; that gives a glimpse of the modern aspects of the city.
Your first stop for the day is the famous Dubai Mall. This mall is so huge that it is next to impossible to cover it in a single day. It has several eateries and plenty of entertainment options such as VR Park, an ice rink, KidZania, and an aquarium among others. The mall also has more than 1200 shops consisting of both local and international brands such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Bvlgari. This is a paradise for all the shopaholics.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Your next stop has to be the Dubai Aquarium. This award-winning aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. A beautiful glass tunnel takes you inside the aquarium, where you can see some of the most exotic aquatic animals such as piranhas, sharks, manta rays, stingrays, colorful fishes, and a terrifying crocodile. You can also feed the sharks or try cage snorkeling if you are up for some excitement.
The majestic Burj Khalifa is right next to the Dubai Mall and is one of the best things to do in Dubai.
Hop on to one of the fastest elevators and go to the 124th floor or the 148th floor for a magical experience.
Once you step out, your eyes gets a treat to an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of the entire city. The contrast between the golden sands of the desert on one side and the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf on the other is a sight to behold. The multimedia presentation gives you all the details about the history and construction of this architectural marvel.
In the evening, you can visit the Dubai Mall and watch the fabulous Dubai Fountain in all its glory. It is one of the largest choreography fountain systems in the world that shoots water at a height of more than 500 feet into the air. This one is a fantastic blend of music, lights, and water and is a treat to the senses. You can listen to Arabic or western music playing in the background.
Post that, you can visit the Souq Al Bahar, an Arabian-style resort that contains over 22 restaurants; with gorgeous views of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa and unwinds with some drinks and dinner.
Alternatively, you can explore the Dubai Marina area that has some great restaurants, classy boutiques, and shopping malls. You can find a nice spot in one of the restaurants facing this waterfront development and relish a delicious meal.
Day: 2 Explore the charming old areas of Dubai
The old areas of Dubai will give you an insight into the bygone days of the city and an authentic experience of the Arabian lifestyle.
Commence your day by visiting the delightful historic neighborhood – Al Bastakiya Quarter. Nestled between Dubai Creek and Bur Dubai district, this charming place is dotted with cafes, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The sand-colored buildings here are made with palm fronds, mud, teak, coral, and gypsum and have wind towers on the top.
The Arabian Tea House and Dubai Coffee Museum are ideal places to stop by for a quick break and indulge in some refreshments.
If you are a coffee lover, you will find many impressive artifacts; and paraphernalia related to coffee and its history here. Visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort to learn more about Emirati traditions, culture, and history. A visit to this place is a must in your 2 days in Dubai itinerary.
Dubai Creek and Souk
Creek holds a lot of historical significance in the city as it was used for trade and to transport merchandise in the olden days. You can cross this saltwater creek in a traditional water taxi called ‘Abra’ for just 1 dirham. The creek is surrounded by colorful souks traditional markets. As you wander down the narrow lanes of the Spice Souk, the delicious aroma of spices lingers in the air. It is the best place to buy souvenirs such as dry fruits, herbs, teas, and other spices. Visit the Perfume Souk and the Textile Souk to buy essential oils, footwear, traditional garments, and more. The Gold Souk is the most popular one, and you will be tongue-tied with the amount of; gold jewelry, precious stones, and diamonds available here at reasonable prices. Be sure to haggle with the vendors here and compare prices to get the best rates.
Evenings are the perfect time for the best desert safari Dubai experience. The golden expanses of Arabian sands are waiting to be explored. Your evening starts with a thrilling dune bashing experience that feels like a roller-coaster ride in the desert. You can try other activities such as quad biking, camel riding, and sandboarding. Click amazing pictures of the sun setting into the horizon.
You are in for a lot of fun activities once you retire to the Bedouin style campsite in the heart of the desert. You can click pictures in Arabic costumes, get your hands painted with beautiful henna designs, and smoke shisha pipes with different flavors.
After all the exciting activities, it is time to settle down for some fabulous live entertainment. Witness the captivating performances of the Belly dancers and Tanura dancers. Conclude your evening with a lip-smacking BBQ buffet dinner consisting of a variety of starters, main course, and desserts. This is one of the best ways to end your second day in Dubai.
Constructed in the 20th Century, the Grand Mosque is the biggest in Dubai and is also very frequented by the locals.
You can find authentic Islamic architecture, intricate carvings, and inscriptions from the Quran on the spotless white exterior walls of the mosque.
Though they do not allow Non-Muslims inside, you can soak in the beauty of its splendid domes; and minarets that tower over Bur Dubai making it one of the best sights in the evenings.
Dubai Heritage Village
Located at a few minutes’ walk from the Bur Dubai abra station at the Al Shindagha Neighborhood, the Dubai Heritage Village gives you a sneak-peek into the ancient days of the city when it was a fishing and pearl diving region.
Take a stroll through the village, and you will find traditional houses, handicraft and art exhibits, several food stalls selling yummy local food, and a souk.
A great way to witness the lifestyle of the ancient dwellers.
Dubai has many more awesome attractions such as Ski Dubai, Dhow cruise, Dubai Miracle Garden, Global Village, Jumeirah Beach, Palm Islands, and Aquaventure Waterpark among others. But it will be virtually impossible to see everything in 2 days. The above itinerary is ideal for covering the best spots of modern and old Dubai. But the city leaves such a lasting impression on its visitors.
We promise you that you would want to return again and again.
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