Three days in Dubai
Dubai is a city of past and future. In the area of the millennial desert towers of Burj Khalifa, Rosa and Almas towering. Modern shopping malls and business centers harmoniously coexist with buildings of the XIX-XX centuries. If you visit Dubai, get ready for the fact that this trip will turn your view of the East. A city that is changing rapidly every year.
How you could get here?
Dubai International Airport is located 7 kilometers from the city. You could get in center by bus, subway, taxi or transfer. The first option is a cheapest. The buses №55 and №55A are plying each hour from Monday to Sunday. The fare is 3 AED. From terminals number 1 and number 3 every 20 minutes you can get free shuttles from Dubai Resorts to hotels. There you can also take the red line metro train. Opening hours from 05:50 to 00:00. Taxi will cost 30-40 AED. Some drivers don’t speak English and no extra charge for luggage. If you are traveling with children or a large company.
Where to eat?
In Dubai, the real gourmet expanse: the multinationality of the emirate and the constant flow of tourists have brought their culinary traditions. Travelers can taste Arabian dishes, as well as Indian and South Asian. It is worth noting the excellent quality of the products and large portions.
Restaurant Al Mallah on the street December 2
It is considered to be the best place in town where you can try mana-shish shawarma and flatbreads, vegetable skewers and meatballs kyufta. The taste of the dishes is very bright and juicy. Food is also prepared for takeaway.
Cafe Firas Sweets on the street on December 2
They serve raspberry-orange portions of kunaf is the best sweets in Dubai. This is a traditional oriental dessert: soft cheese with crispy vermicelli in syrup made from rose petals and cardamom. Tourists can taste different types of kunaf.
- Pierchic Water Restaurant on Madinat Jumeirah Street
Seafood is amazing here. Oysters, ceviche or stingray fillet. The terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Gulf.
The legendary cafe Al Mahara in the tower Burj Al Arab
Here visitors are received “under water”. A large aquarium rises in the center of the room and occupies almost all the space from the floor to the ceiling itself. Cooks awarded by Michelin star.
It attracts not only high-end cuisine, but also panoramic views. The place is located on the terrace of the hotel Burj Al Arab. The menu is made in accordance with Eastern customs, but at the same time combines elements of California cuisine. In the dishes you will feel Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean notes. If you want to spend here sunset over the bay, book a table in advance.
Where to stay?
In Dubai, you can stay in hostels or in comfortable hotels. We recommend to pay attention to Orien Guest House. The interior design resembles the life of local people at the end of the XIX century. Excellent options for booking rooms will be: Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center and JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. You can choose a room on the international services of online hotel booking.
Where to go?
Spend your first day in Dubai exploring the Bur Dubai district, the historic center. This place has preserved the atmosphere of past centuries: white clay houses, snake charmers on the streets, yellowed tiles and the smell of spices in the air. Here is the Textile Market, where it will be more convenient to get on the abra, water taxi. The cost of the trip is one dirham. They sell cotton, silk, lace, sequins, buttons and more on the shelves. It is best to visit the market early in the morning or late in the evening. At this time, the air temperature isn’t more than 20 ° C. Don’t forget that bargaining in Eastern markets is a prerequisite for the buyer and seller. This is an art that the Arabs are proud of.
After a trip, visit an excursion to the Heritage Village. Historical and Ethnographic Museum occupies more than 10 hectares in the area of Al-Shindaga. Expositions are devoted to the life of the indigenous population to the location of oil fields. Visitors will get acquainted with the traditions, culture, crafts and professions of the emirate. The houses are made of natural materials: palm, clay, shell rock, wool goats and adobe brick. In the workshops they show how dishes, decorations or clothing were made. Some exhibits are over 2000 years old. Guests can take part in a theatrical production and feel like locals. Heritage Village is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 to 20:00, on Friday and Saturday from 15:00 to 22:00.
Then you can walk to the shore of the Dubai Bay, and from there get to the fort of Al Fahidi. Once it was a defensive structure of the XVIII century. The fortress has opened the State Gallery of Painting, which presents works by national artists. It is interesting to visit the permanent exhibition, which is dedicated to the production and processing of pearls.
Start your second day by visiting the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. The skyscraper reaches up to 828 meters it is more than 160 floors. The building resembles a city in a city: there are apartments, offices, hotels, spas, fitness halls, entertainment complexes, shops and parking lots are located on the lower levels. A large garden of the same name was laid out near the building, where you can relax in the shade of palm trees. If you can’t imagine a trip to another country without shopping, go to the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center of the emirate. There you will find things from world brands and products of national designers. Dubai Aquarium is a 20-minute walk from the Bur Dubai. It is the largest science and entertainment center in the world. The building consists of three floors. More than 33,000 marine inhabitants live here. The population of sand tiger sharks is the pride of aquarium employees who were able to save sharks from extinction. Visitors take a fascinating walk through the 48-meter tunnel and admire the stunning panorama of the marine flora and fauna.
Lovers of active recreation lifestyle on the third day can go on a trip on a jeep safari. This is one of those things that go to Dubai. Tours take place in the afternoon and last from 1 to 3 days. SUVs are sent to the picturesque desert of Rub Al Khali. There, until the sunset, they perform virtuoso turns on dunes and conquer stately ridges. Then the guests admire the stunning sunset on the hillside of the Arabian hills. With the onset of the evening, a string of jeeps goes to the Bedouin village for the night. A visit to this place gives the sensation of an Arabian tale. Travelers are greeted with traditional drinks and dates. After this dinner, you can ride a camel or admire the stars.
Some tourists prefer sandboarding. The company Desert Rangers organizes the high-speed descents in the desert. For example, from the sand dune of Big Red, whose height reaches 91 meters. You can get to it on the Hatta Road. The best time for skiing is morning, from 9 to 11 o'clock. Wear light and tight-fitting clothing and don’t forget glasses to protect your face from sand.
If you want to take a break from the heat, go skiing or snowboarding, go to Ski Dubai. This is the first winter resort in the East. The famous ski complex of the emirate works all year round and is equipped at the level of the best centers of Europe.
Still, most travelers travel to Dubai to bask in the sun and sunbathe. Water temperature usually reaches 30 ° C. Most often, tourists relax on the beach Jumeirah. But we recommend going to Al-Mamzar or Kite Beach. There are fewer people and a large selection of water activities. The beach is protected from the storm by large boulders. It will be interesting to those who are engaged in diving: in the waters of the Persian Gulf there is a diverse underwater world.
Discard the usual tourist route. Improvise in the new city. Let the streets of Dubai guide you and share your story. Look carefully around, listen to the sounds, to understand how Dubai lives.