How to spend a fruitful day in Dubai

by Keith Yuen

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is rather like an independent city state and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing at an unbelievable pace in the tourist and trade sectors especially.

The only way you can get into this amazing city is via Dubai international Airport. The largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates. The airport is famous for its duty-free shopping. However, the prices in the airport’s duty-free stores are usually the same or higher price than what you can find in the many malls of the city.Once you passed through the customs, you will be captived by the beauty of the interior design of this spectacular airport.


I understand many people (including myself), usually Dubai is a transit place and will not spend too many days in this super hot city! (you know what I mean by “hot”). So right now let me introduce you what are the things you can do in Dubai within a day! 🙂

1) Visit the highest building in the world – Burj Khalifa (Before Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower overtake as the tallest)

How wonderful to experience the tallest building in the world! From the moment you arrive at the attraction everything is organised with such fine precision. Staff were very friendly and there waiting time was not long for the lifts. The lift was very fast in an amazing speed and before you knew it you were there at the top! 🙂 The views were breathtaking in every direction and you could stay as long as you want. One tip – book your tickets well in advance or else you could be disappointed. I booked mine 2 weeks earlier in Singapore via online bookings. When I showed up on the day there were signs everywhere saying that every session was sold out for the next day or so, so thankfully I had booked it way in advance or else I would not have been able to go up the tower. Overall a breathtaking and an amazing experience – highly recommended or I should say a must do when you visit Dubai! 🙂

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Even taking a full photo with the tallest building in the world (at the moment) is difficult. haha

2) The Dubai Creek

Don’t miss out the traditional side of the country by visiting the Dubai Creek! Trading by sea has been a part of Dubai’s history for hundreds of years and the dhows that continue to ply the waters of the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean still load and unload cargo at the dhow wharf. Just strolling along this waterfront is fascinating with cargo piled into the wharf with no security – it wouldn’t last long in many other parts of the world. Spend some time absorbing the sights and smells of an historic trade.

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3) Dress up like an Arab man – try a thawb or thobe

The Thawb is the traditional local Emirati and other Arabs wear in the Middle East. The thawb is a long flowing robe, which is used as daily wear by the Arabs and is made of cotton or silky wool. The style of the thawb varies slightly among the various regions within the Persian Gulf. The sleeves and the collar can be stiffened to give a more formal appearance. You can wear a thawb and a keffiyeh, it is comfortable in the hot weather.

The thawb is also worn over male tourists with shorts and sleeveless shirts if they are visiting a mosque that is allowed for visit to tourists.For formal occasions, local Emiratis and other Arabs put a long black robe around the thawb, called a besht, to make the wearer more formal.


4) A stroll along the Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a district in Dubai. Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.

In order to create this spectacular man-made marina, the developers brought the waters of the Persian Gulf into Dubai Marina, creating a new waterfront. There is a large central waterway, excavated from the desert and running the length of the 3 km site. It also includes almost 8 km of landscaped public walkways.

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The Dubai Marina Walk is an incredible place to enjoy a stroll along the man-made marina while admiring the stunning architecture. My favourite building is the twisted looking building – Cayan Tower. There are also some wonderful restaurants, cafe’s, and shops that are sprinkled along the walk as well as the fancy yachts moored at the marinas around the walk.

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I enjoyed the marina walk both during the day and especially in the evenings. This is a wonderful place to stretch the legs, ride a bike, take some exercise or just sit, relax, and people watch while having a beverage.

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5) Have a fun afternoon and evening at the desert safari

Nothing can be more exciting and relaxing than going on a desert safari in Dubai. Embark on a thrilling journeys deep into the heart of the desert, driving through spectacular dunes and dramatic desert terrain. You can explore the unique desert surroundings in a four-wheel-drive or on foot with the help of a safari guide. You could conquer all the most popular activities such as photo with falconry, camel treks, horse riding and experience the modern day thrill of sand-skiing.

At sunset, experience a traditional dune dinner in a comfortable Bedouin encampment and dine on grills, fresh salads, Arabic sweets and selected beverages. There are also options to enjoy the aromatic shisha, or have your hands painted with intricate henna designs, while being entertained by a belly dancer accompanied by Arabian music.


Full coverage on a separate post… 5 Things To Accomplish In Dubai Desert Safari Treats

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” – The Dhammapada

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Dubai Holidays February 4 - 2:56 pm

Dubai is the fun place. The camping on desert safari is outstanding and unforgettable. There are so many places to visit and shop around. No place like Dubai.

Alex June 16 - 10:41 pm

Dubai is the most popular tourist holiday destination for Uk travelers.

kathy Kathleen October 30 - 12:35 pm

Hello Keith Yuen,
Really nice post. The photographs are really looking wonderful. Yes, I agree that Dubai is a one of the best stunning place where everyone should visit at least once in life. I have plans for a trip to Dubai on coming holiday seasons and from your post I got some ideas about some ideas that I must try at Dubai. Already completed dealing with a travel agency like Citadeltours for providing travel service. Hope I will have great memory from there.

Alex November 27 - 9:29 pm

Dubai is the most favorite holiday destination for uk travelers

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Really nice blog and all the photographs are looking wonderful! Dubai is the most popular destination in Middle East. Dubai is one of the beautiful destination where everyone should visit atleast once in a life. There are various places to explore and lots of activities can do here.

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Valenica Abbott February 8 - 5:14 pm

I’ve never been to Dubai before but it’s definitely on my list of places to go to. Although my partner has no interest in going there at all….. but I’m sure we’ll make it there one day though

Shofey September 30 - 6:39 pm

That’s a great blog and looks like you had a great time in Dubai, pictures look amazing, I also have these sights in my mind for my tour.

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Dubai, capital of the Emirate of Dubai, is the largest and the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It is known as the Business hub of the Middle East because of its strategic location which helps bridge the gap between major leading cities such as London, New York, Singapore.

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Thanks for such a descriptive and informative topic. Travelling really removes our monotony and freshens our minds. Enjoyed reading the article above, really explains everything in detail, the article is very interesting and effective. Thank you and good luck with the upcoming articles.

Akhi Reza January 17 - 8:55 pm

Hi Author,
Wonderful sceneries of Dubai.
Your photography is amazing . Great shots, the first and last are my favorites.

Akhi Reza January 17 - 8:57 pm

Hi Author,

Such a great article and post! Stunning photos you shared that beautiful place.You shared great experience with us. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Keith Yuen February 15 - 4:35 am

Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

iolanta ZAKHAROVA February 17 - 3:15 pm

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Rahul Kumar Sharma April 14 - 4:23 pm

Burj Khalifa top view always looks very stunning, and great photography.

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Lovely attraction of Dubai. Thanks for sharing


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