The problem with Dubai is, you need a month to see and do it all. We can’t say we’ve been there that long, but we’ve been there 3 times, each time as layovers en-route to Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Kathmandu and beyond. Each time we’ve had a blast. Each time we’ve done the same favourite things as well as added some experiences and tours. Here’s our round-up on things to do in Dubai to help you plan your Dubai trip.
We will most certainly be back to sample more, including the beaches and water parks and to experience more of the great quality accommodation, food and service that make Dubai such a stand-out destination. We’ll also take more tours, there are loads to take out of Dubai into surrounding areas.
Dubai is not, at all, our usual sort of destination, a lot of people stick their noses in the air and won’t even consider visiting Dubai. We were surprised how much we loved visiting, every time. Yes, I found the excess hard to take after leaving the tent villages of the earthquake victims in Kathmandu. It upset me. However, Dubai is what it is and everywhere in the world has something unique and fascinating to offer. This post relates to personal experience and opinion only, please double check facts for yourself as things change fast in Dubai.
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Where to Stay in Dubai
This is a little tricky because much of it is personal taste. There are some hugely luxurious coastal resort hotels for holidaymakers but there are also thousands of options within the different areas of the city and on The Creek. It really depends on what you want to get out of your trip. For the ultimate Dubai experience, try looking at Atlantis the Palm or Burj al Arab on Jumeira Beach, you’ll need a fat wallet but it would be an experience never to forget. Did you know The Atlantis has water rides, shark encounters, a teen and kids club and more? This is a bucket list item to tick off, check it out at our link above.
We tend to go for apartment-style hotels for stopovers of a few days. They include kitchens and washing machines, that makes life easier. They are towards the more budget-friendly end.
The Golden Sands series of apartment hotels in Bur Dubai are popular and usually have swimming pools. They are away from the coast but in a central area. We’ve stayed at a couple of their apartment hotels and they’ve been pretty good value.
Consider transport options. As a family of four we generally find taxis are easier and cheaper than the Dubai metro. If you’re not sticking to a Budget luxury cars and transfers are easy to arrange.
Getting Around Dubai
When we visited, Dubai had two metro lines, red and green, which covered most of the tourist areas in and around the city.
The red line heads south as far as Jebel Ali. Tickets are per zone.
For tourists you can buy a red NOL card which allows travel on all metro, bus and tram networks.