Are you planning a week-long trip to Dubai and want some ideas on what to do? Here are some great ideas that I would like to share with you!
Planning and Arrival
When planning your trip keep in mind that winter is a great time to go because the weather doesn’t get sweltering hot. The city has a an electric energy to it, and it all starts as soon as you land. DXB is one of the most impressive airports in the world, almost like a giant mall with planes parked outside! Make sure to go to browse the duty free and pick up a few gifts or indulge for yourself. The other thing I recommend before leaving the airport is picking up UAE Dirhams because Taxi cabs mainly accept cash (always ask the cab for meter). There is a currency exchange in the airport, it’s reasonable but don’t exchange all your money because you can find slightly better rates and no fees at other exchanges. If you’re planning to spend some cash, I recommend the ones in the Dubai mall. There is a metro stop at the airport and I’ve read great things about it too.
Where to Stay
A great place to stay is at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers which is a beautiful and luxurious hotel and close to the airport. It has a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant downstairs and it is a five star experience with everything you could ever want. One downside with it is that it is away from the beach and night life which would cost around 50 AED and around 20 minutes taxi ride. An alternative is to stay in the one of the other Jumeirah properties in the Dubai Marina area which is more central to everything but further away from the airport.
What to Do
For things to do/see, I recommend heading to Al Mamsha St (The Walk), it’s the Dubai equivalent of South Beach in Miami. There are many sea-view restaurants, boutique stores, and a public beach. For a better beach experience I recommend Zero Gravity. At night, you can enjoy great food and a tasteful belly dance show at Awtar at the Grand Hyatt. They have a daily performance the whole night, or you can go to Al Khaima at Le Royal Meridian on Thursday night. Levantine at Atlantis is also a great experience. Of course no visit to Dubai is complete without visiting Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the largest mall and tallest building in the world respectively. They are right next to each other and the dancing Dubai fountain is in between the two, so make sure you enjoy the show, perhaps from the Armani designed lounge called Prive on top of Burj Khalifa!