It is possible to find yourself in Dubai for just a day while flying from one country to another for your holiday. However, instead of spending your time at the airport or maybe staying at the hotel near the airport, why not get out and explore the beautiful and glamorous city of Dubai.
Although one day is too less to cover everything that the city offers, it is enough to see and enjoy some of the most special ones. One thing to remember before you prepare your itinerary is to know whether you need a visa and apply for the Dubai visa online. With this note, let us look at some of the Dubai tourist attractions that you can see in one day.
Morning Desert Safari
Before the Emiratis moved into the city, they were basically desert dwellers. So, it would be ideal to begin your tour from the humble beginnings of the Arabs. The best morning desert safari would be one that offers a hot air balloon ride, which not only gives you the opportunity to get an aerial view of the vast desert but also see its glorious sunrise. Once you are back on land, you would be able to indulge in some adventurous sports like dune bashing, quad biking, sand-boarding, and camel riding. The desert safari ends on a high note with a typical Arabic breakfast served with aromatic Arabic coffee, which would give you an energy boost for the entire day.
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After the energizing desert safari, head straight to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, one of the most important places to visit in Dubai. This is surely one of the best times to visit the building as the crowd is much less during this part of the day. With the entrance tickets to the Burj Khalifa, you would be able to access the museum which would tell you all you need to know about the construction and development of this huge building. Then, you would be whisked to the observation deck on the 124th floor in a really fast elevator. The observation deck gives you a 360o view of the entire place including the city, the desert and the ocean. The view is mesmerizing and something you should not miss.
The heat during the day in Dubai can be unbearable, even during the winter months. Hence, the cool interiors of the Dubai Mall would be the best place to visit mid-afternoon. You can choose to walk through this enormous mall, do some shopping (you have 1200 stores with some of the best international brands around the world) or check out the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (on its 2nd and 3rd floors). There are also several entertainment zones for kids and adults like Kidzania, SEGA Republic and the Ice Rink. The mall also has an amazing food court where you can enjoy a delicious lunch of your choice.
Dubai Museum and Bastakiya Quarter
After lunch, it is time to explore the past of Dubai, with a visit to the old part of the city. Flanked by Bur Dubai and Deira on either side, the Dubai Creek is part of the history of the city. It is here where the Arabs settled once they moved from the desert. One of the most significant places in Bur Dubai is the Dubai Museum which is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort. Here you would be able to glimpse at the life of Arabs before oil was discovered. Their occupation, dressing style, markets, houses, etc. are displayed through some interesting exhibits. An audio-visual presentation at the end of the tour would show how the city has grown from a simple shipping village to the huge metropolis. You can also take this chance to walk around the Bastakiya Quarter, which is the oldest neighborhood in the city. This part has not been affected by the modernization and development of the city and you would be able to enjoy simple, yet elegant sand-colored houses with huge courtyards and wind towers. Most of these houses have been transformed into art galleries, museums, and cafes. You can grab a bite and a cup of coffee before you visit your next destination.
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Take an abra from Bur Dubai and travel to Deira to check out the traditional souks of the city. The most important among these is the gold souk which is home to more than 300 gold stores that sell gold, silver and diamond jewelry. Then there is the perfume souk where you can buy the Arabic attar and several other traditional and modern fragrances. Next to the perfume souk is the spice souk where you can buy spices of all kinds. These souks are also a great place to buy things like shawls, footwear, souvenirs, and gifts. One thing to remember while shopping in the souks is that you have to bargain before you arrive at a price. This works for gold souk too. Even if you do not want to buy anything, walking through the souks is a unique experience and gives you an idea of how it was in the olden days.
After your shopping expedition in the souks of Dubai, all you would want to do is give your aching legs a break and relax. You can do this by booking yourself a dhow cruise dinner on Dubai Creek. You get to sail on a luxurious dhow-turned-restaurant and enjoy drinks, food and an amazing view of the city. The dhow cruise offers a scrumptious buffet dinner with both Arabic and international dishes. While you enjoy the dinner with a glass of wine, you can check out the glittering building of Bur Dubai and Deira. Also, a Tanoura dancer would entertain you with a marvelous performance. All in all, the two-hour long cruise is a great opportunity to sit in one place and enjoy your surroundings, after a really hectic day of running around, before you head to the airport to catch your flight.
Dubai sightseeing for one day becomes interesting in these places. Now as you know about what to do in Dubai in one day, make sure that you make all the arrangements beforehand, like booking your entrance or tour tickets, in order to save money as well as precious time by not waiting in queues.