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From Frankfurt, Germany I take the plane to Dubai where I have 24 hours to explore the city. The start and end point of my tour is the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Depending on the location of your accommodation you might want to do the tour in a different order. I mainly used the metro to get around and sometimes a taxi which is pretty cheap in Dubai.

1.  Dubai Mall & Lake Burj Dubai below the Burj Khalifa

The Dubai Mall was the first stop on my sightseeing tour. I think you can spend already three days only exploring the mall and its surrounding. It is huge, based on total area even the largest one in the world. Inside the mall is the world largest aquarium, an ice rink, more than 1.200 shops, an indoor theme park and much more.

2. Sunset beach next to Burj Al Arab

I guess this is one of the most famous photo subjects of Dubai, but also the beach itself is very nice.

What to do in Dubai in one Day
What to do in Dubai in one Day

3. Marina

The Marina is without doubts a special place and a Must-See when you are in Dubai.  Along the water promenade there are many nice restaurants with fair prices. I ordered lunch with desert and a drink and paid about $25.

What to do in Dubai in one Day
What to do in Dubai in one Day
What to do in Dubai in one Day
What to do in Dubai in one Day

4. A taste of old Dubai – Abra water taxis across the Creek

You should not miss a tour with the Abra water taxis across the Creek. The crossing takes about 4 minutes and costs only 1AED (about $0.3). On the other side you can visit the old souks (markets).

What to do in Dubai in one Day
What to do in Dubai in one Day

5. Cruise along the Dubai Creek

6. Dubai Fountain – Water & Light Show at Burj Khalifa Lake

The Dubai Fountain is the largest water fountain in the world and takes place every evening from 6pm in an half-hour rhythm. The last show starts at 11pm.

Other things you could do and see in Dubai. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time for it.

  1. Visit Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. Handy hint: It is cheaper when you reserve the tickets to the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck in advance.

  2. Mall of Emirates – One of the largest and latest malls in Dubai. Here you can even go Skiing and Snowboarding.

  3. Get to know old Dubai. Visit the Heritage House, the Al-Ahmadiya School, the Heritage & Diving Village, the house of Sheik Saeed Al-Maktoum and the Dubai Museum in the old fortress Bur Dubai.

  4. Desert Safari

  5. Big Bus Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing. The tickets are quite expensive but include the entrance to many sights. You can choose between 24 hours, 48 hours and 7 days tickets.

  6. Wild Wadi Waterpark next to Burj al Arab Hotel.

  7. Shopping

How to get around?

The cheapest way to get around in Dubai is by metro. A day ticket costs about $6.50 and you can get almost everywhere.  However, to some places like the Sunset Beach you need to take a cab which is also quite cheap in Dubai.

Some useful vocabularies

Hello – As-salám aléikum

Good evening –  Masá al-chéir

Goodbye – Ma’a-s-saláma

You’re welcome – Áfwan

Please – Min fádlak

Thank you – shókran

Yes – Na’ám

No – La

I don’t understand – Ma’fahémt


Cheap Flights:

My top choice is You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class. 

Hotel Deals:

I would recommend checking out It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500.000 hotels. Other sites I check are and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb – Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.

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What to do in Dubai in one Day

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2 Responses to "What to Do in Dubai in One Day"

  1. Rachel  March 24, 2015

    Awesome! I have a day in Dubai starting in a week on my trip around the world! I’m Tweeting this post as well. Cheers fellow traveler!

    • universaltraveller  March 27, 2015

      Thank you Rachel. I am sure you’ll like Dubai 🙂 My favorite place is the water promenade at Marina. Enjoy your travels around the world and maybe our paths cross one day 🙂 Tim


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