The city of Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates in an Emirate also called Dubai and is one of the major economies in the Middle East. The city’s main income now comes from tourism, however if you did not think there was much to see or do in Dubai, then think again. Follow our tips for how you can easily spend 24 hours in this unique city and find plenty to occupy yourself.
One of the main pastimes in Dubai is the shopping, however it is the experience that is unique rather than the stores themselves, which are all familiar to those who have shopped in other worldwide cities. Some of the unique shopping experiences on offer in Dubai include Souk Madinat in the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, where you can travel by water to and from the various shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, the Mall of the Emirates even includes an indoor ski slope with real snow in case you want a break from shopping. For a different shopping experience, visit the gold souk, where it is possible to haggle for gold, platinum and diamonds.
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Eating and drinking.
Eating and drinking will be part of any 24 hour visit to Dubai and it is possible to eat a variety of cuisines, from cooking by chefs with Michelin stars in the top hotels to the more traditional street food that is served in areas such as Al Dhiyafah Road. Places here will serve you with fresh grilled meat and fish as well as traditional salads. Due to the fact it is a Muslim state, alcohol can only be served in hotels, but the large number of hotels and bars within them means that it is not hard to find. On Fridays (the holiest day for Muslims), many city restaurants hold ‘champagne brunches’ where alcohol and food are available to consume to excess.
Other things to do.
Although it is a hotel, the 7 star Burj Al Arab has become something of a legend as not only is it the World’s tallest hotel, but it is also renowned for its opulence. However, if you are not a guest, then the only way to have a look around is to eat in one of the restaurants. For further examples of the extravagance on offer in Dubai, visit one of the reclaimed islands that the state is in the process of developing with luxury accommodation. Although Dubai prides itself on being a modern city, there is one part of the original city left. The Bastakia Quarter contains many old buildings and streets that are now home to art galleries and cafes. In addition, the textile souk also offers something of the more traditional Dubai. No visit to Dubai would be complete without a visit to some sand. Whether it is a public beach such as Al-Mamzar or a beach that charges a fee such as the Jameira Beach Park. Alternatively, take a visit out to the desert on a four wheel drive safari. The main sporting pastime on Dubai is golf and there are some famous and stunning golf courses if you want to practice your swing.
So, anyone with 24 hours to spare in Dubai will definitely find plenty of things to do and even if you have longer than that, you will be struggling to fit it all in.
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