If you have just a couple of days to spend in Dubai, then make the most of the opportunity. Though it is quite a little time to explore the whole of Dubai, you can certainly get acquainted with the splendours of this extraordinary city. Dubai offers a plethora of experiences varying in adventure, culture, opulent dining scenes, extravagant attractions, and exquisite luxury recreational leisure.
This short trip of yours will certainly spark your interest in returning for more exciting experiences once you are familiar with all that Dubai has to offer its tourists.
This 2-day Dubai itinerary shows what you should do and where to go in Dubai if you only have two days to spend in the city.
Day 1: Arabian deserts and the Persian Gulf
On your first day in Dubai, leave behind the actual glitz and glamour of Dubai and explore the raw natural beauty of its surroundings. The deserts of Dubai are truly spectacular and are a great place to get away from city life. The day you arrive, depending on the timing, you can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride in the golden desert, gear up for a Dubai desert safari tour with desert adventures like dune-bashing, quad biking, and more, or even opt to spend your first night in Dubai under the starry Arabian skies in the middle of the desert in Bedouin styled camps.
A desert safari tour in Dubai is the best way to get a glimpse of Dubai’s past eras and traditional hospitality.
Alternatively, you could fuse a scenic getaway to the gorgeous shores of the Persian Gulf and enjoy sublime refreshing moments viewing the city skyline and the warm Arabian Gulf waters. One of the best places to admire Dubai’s fabulous water views and city skyline is from Bluewaters Island, which also has the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
The Ain Dubai offers a splendid perspective of the gulf water and shoreline from different perspectives. Jumeirah Beach is also a favourite beach destination to explore a variety of recreational activities and watch the sunset with a silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in the scenery. Unwind your first day amid gorgeous vistas taking time to soak up the serene ambience and get acquainted with the beauty of this fascinating emirate.
Day 2: Explore the city’s splendours
Dedicate the second day of your trip to a thrilling city tour of Dubai that will allow you to see the best monuments, architectural marvels, and unique attractions. The best decision would be to take a Hop-on Hop-Off Tour of Dubai, which allows you to get off and explore all the major attractions.
You get to view the Bedouin settings at Dubai Creek and modern architecture at Dubai Downtown. The other way would be to shortlist which places you would really want to visit on your Dubai holiday. It is best not to cram your day with all the sightseeings and attractions and focus only on those that interest you the most.
The major points of interest you ought to include in your one-day city tour are dispersed throughout Dubai but you can club them area wise and explore the way it suits you the best.
Dubai Downtown area
Nobody wishes to leave Dubai without standing at the foot or on top of the towering Burj Khalifa. Dubai Downtown area lets you experience the modern magnificence of Dubai with three absolutely enticing attractions – Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and the Dubai Mall. You can very well spend the last day of your Dubai trip strolling, shopping, and dining at your heart’s content at Dubai Downtown.
Dubai Mall alone has a plethora of recreational attractions waiting for those who would not want to splurge on a shopping experience.
Dubai Creek region
If you wish to spend your last day in Dubai in a traditional ambience, Dubai’s old-world charms at the shores of Dubai Creek would be your best choice. Meandering through Dubai’s rustic shorelines on a dhow cruise Dubai creek experiences offers a fantastic view of Dubai’s past era.
If you want a closer look, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and the Dubai Souks offer a stellar picture of how Dubai’s local lifestyle used to be before it became a global city. This heritage area is intensely preserved to give visitors a look into Dubai’s traditional way of life.
The Al Seef district is another spot you can explore and unwind amid modern amenities. Lastly, head to Dubai Frame at Zabeel Park from where you can view the spellbinding vistas of old and New Dubai.
Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina Area
If you are an adventurous traveller and want a taste of the thrills Dubai has in store for you, head to Palm Jumeirah Dubai for the ultimate fun day of your Dubai vacation. If you love a good adrenaline rush, then skydiving at Palm Dubai is a not-to-miss adventure for you.
The view of the sprawling palm tree-shaped artificial island you experience as you soar in the air is what makes this place a favourite hotspot for skydiving enthusiasts. On the ground level, you can spend your day with water fun and adventures at Aquaventure water park, meet and swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay, and even try diving with sharks and stingrays at Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Palm Jumeirah is also quite famous for its water sports activities and there is a myriad of them that you can enjoy. Dubai Marina is another happening hub of modern Dubai where you can try out the world’s longest urban zipline and even splurge a bit on yacht cruises.
Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina are also the finest places in Dubai for those seeking a luxury Dubai holiday.
2 days in Dubai for a vacation is not a lot of time but it is ideal enough to discover the highlights of Dubai city.
However, if you know exactly what you want to do in those two days and explore the highlights of Dubai city, it may very well become the groundwork for your long stay Dubai vacation in the future which you would definitely consider once you have got a whiff of Dubai’s mesmerizing splendours.