48 Hours in Dubai
Dubai has become a top tourist destination over the last decade. It would seem that nothing is
impossible in this glitzy destination; Indoor skiing in the desert? Check! The tallest building in
the world? Check! If you can dream it, Dubai has probably already built it.
I think that 48 hours is just enough time for you to explore the extraordinary way of life in Dubai. You’ll be able to live the jet set lifestyle, climb skyscrapers, stroll through luxurious malls, try your hand at adventure sports, and tantalise the taste buds in any number of top class restaurants.
So, if you want to find out what makes Dubai so special and probably the most futuristic place on the planet, then follow my awesome 48-hour guide. It’s amazing how much you’ll be able to see in such a short space of time, I guarantee you’ll never get bored!
You should start your first day with a bang, so get ready to explore the lofty heights of the Burj Khalifa. It’s the tallest building on the planet. Take the super quick elevator to the 124th floor where you’ll be able to get the best view of Dubai from the observation deck. After you’ve marvelled at the jaw-dropping views, head down to The Jetty Lounge at The One&Only Royal Mirage. It’s difficult to describe how special it feels being on the luxurious and elegant beach front as you feast on world class cuisine, it’s an absolute must do in Dubai! A foodies’ guide to Dubai will always include The Jetty Lounge.
After lunch has settled, take a short stroll over to the largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall. If you’re a shopaholic then you’ll be in paradise. If, like me, you don’t like spending your days in high-end shops, don’t worry because this is more than just your average mall. Inside you’ll find an aquarium and zoo – they don’t do things by halves in Dubai! With over 54 million visitors a year, the mall is actually the most visited building on the planet.
As you leave the largest mall in the world, you’ll be able to watch the largest dancing fountain ever created. The Dubai Fountain performs three times a day for excited crowds. Think Ocean’s Eleven when they’re standing by the Bellagio fountains in Vegas, but much bigger and better.
At times the city can be quite overwhelming, so one of my favourite things to do is hop on a traditional water taxi – it gives you the chance to sit back, relax and float along the Dubai Creek. It might be a simple activity, but it’s one of the best and gives you a different view of the city.
After a packed schedule we all deserve a bit of luxury and a good meal. No one does it better than Zuma, a seriously chic restaurant. The contemporary Japanese food will blow you away – you MUST try the tuna tartare and eat as much of the Korean chilli lamb as possible (just typing that makes my mouth water).
Day 1 is over, so get your head down in one of the world’s most iconic hotels, Burj Al Arab. I’m pretty certain you’ve all seen a picture of the building, which is completely made of glass that looks like a sail. I couldn’t believe the level of luxury here; every guest is completely spoiled! Each of the 200 rooms comes with your very own private butler. You should try it at least once.
Start your morning with a hearty breakfast from the top chefs at Burj Al Arab to set yourself up for a busy final day. Then move over to Bastakiya – a great little place to visit, because it gives you an idea of what Dubai used to be like long before skyscrapers dominated the landscape. We decided to take our time exploring the old neighbourhoods (and you should too).
After taking in the local scene you’ll be more than ready for a sumptuous lunch, so what better than to eat at Olea, which was voted the 4th best in Dubai by TripAdvisor! Here you can feast on delicious local food, be wowed by the exceptional service and chat about the amazing morning you had. Being a vegetarian myself, I loved the menu because there are so many options for people like me. It isn’t the cheapest restaurant you’ll eat in but you’ll get value for money.
There’s still time for one more mall! The Mall of the Emirates is another popular destination for the shoppers among us. Remember I said that you could ski in the desert? Well, this is where you do it! Ski Dubai has created the biggest indoor ski slope on the planet. It wouldn’t be Dubai if it wasn’t the largest ever created, would it? Even if you’re an amateur you can still try your hand on the slopes, and you don’t need to bring any of the gear with you because it’s all provided.
After seeing the old and new of Dubai, head back to the hotel to freshen up. Put on your best clothes and make your way to the Barasti Bar for dinner and tasty cocktails. I love this place because the bar overlooks Jumeirah Beach, and even though it’s won countless awards it feels extremely laid back. You can lounge on the wooden deck in one of the beach beds as you look out onto the stunning views.
That’s a very special 48 hours in Dubai. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets today and in no time at all you’ll be having an amazing weekend in one of the most spectacular places in the world.