There’s literally so much to do and so many places to see in Dubai that you’ll be on your toes for days and still not be able to explore it completely. To me, Dubai is one destination where you can live for weeks and still feel like there’s more to see and explore. Well, then think what if you have just 24 hours in the city?
Where should you go, what should you see, and what should be your checklist of things to do and places to visit in Dubai if you don’t have enough time. We’ve put together our ‘favorites’ list of must – see places and the best things to do in Dubai. You just need a bottle of water, rented taxi and some snacks to go!
Halt 1: Unravel History At Dubai Museum
A round and winding walkway in the recuperated Al-Fahidi Fort takes you to the Dubai Museum. In its courtyard stand some of the amazing pieces of African and Asian antiquities that were traded with Dubai.
A glimpse of how Dubai looked back then during the years of inception can be witnessed. You will find an exclusive collection of historical pieces, including Arab houses, markets, waterway visions, land scenes, and alike inside the museum.
It can be explored completely within 30 minutes. For every tourist, a quick visit to the Dubai Museum is mandatory!
Address: Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi Street, Ali Bin Abi Thalib Street, Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 600 560000
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Thursday; 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays
Ramadan period: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday-Thursday; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays
Admission fees: Adults: Dhs 3; Children: Dhs 1
Halt 2: Make A Quick Stop At Jumeirah Beach
Move to Jumeirah Beach that is half an hour drive from Dubai Museum. For a truly relaxing getaway, you need to cover Jumeirah Beach.
A leisurely promenade along the waterfront and the third-largest hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab, as the backdrop will make for an amazing memory. Relax on the stretches of soft white sand and watch the sunset, if you have time.
Address: Jumeira Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 4 348 0000
Halt 3: Meena Bazaar Or Gold Souk (Pick One Or May Be Both)
Meena Bazaar is a 20-minute drive away from the Gold Souk. Both bazaars are lined with numerous big and small jewelry shops selling jewelry at a considerably cheaper rate.
At Meena Bazaar, you can find everything from colorful cloth materials and handbags to spices and gold, etc. It’s akin to an intriguing trance – just don’t forget to bargain!
Address: Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Operating Hours: Saturday to Thursday between 08:00 GST and 23:59 GST, Friday from 14:00 Gulf Standard Time until midnight.
Gold souk is also the perfect shopping destination that should be on your list of places to visit in Dubai. The variety of jewelry found in this place is unmatched. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be surprised by the dainty jewels lining the buzzing boulevard.
Address: 54 Al Khor St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 56 191 9003
Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Saturday to Thursday
Halt 4: Satiate Your Retail Cravings At Dubai Shopping Mall
You’ll see shopping malls after shopping malls without getting bored of them. Perhaps, those who have a fetish for luxury and designer brands should definitely take a halt at the Dubai Mall, also the largest mall in the world.
It is one of Dubai attractions where all entertainment zones, restaurants, and souvenir shops are located. Though there are many malls in Dubai, but this one’s a must visit mall, for it offers everything under one big roof. Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Zoo, Ice Rink, KidZania – you find it all in this place.
Address: Centre Near – Financial Centre Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 800 382246255
Halt 5: Dance To The Tunes Of Dubai Fountains
No list of things to do in Dubai is complete without a mention of the majestic Burj Dubai-Fountain show in Downtown Dubai.
If you still have enough energy left, don’t forget to catch the live action of fountains of Dubai. It should take you no longer than 1 hour. The captivating water, music and light spectacle delights numerous visitors every day.
Address: Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 800 382246255
Dubai Fountain Show Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday; 1.00pm and 1.30pm; 6:00pm – 11:00pm every 30 minutes
Thursday to Saturday; 1pm and 1:30pm; 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Which of these sightseeing spots in Dubai would you like to explore? Do share with us!
If you have more than 24 hours, then there are a lot more places to visit in Dubai. You can read our recommendations: An Offbeat Trip To Dubai: Top Experiences