Dubai is the fastest-growing transit hub in the world, and has one of the nicest airports. The Dubai International Airport is located roughly 5 km outside the city, which makes it a very accessible destination for those on a Dubai stopover.
Many nationalities can enter the UAE without a pre-arranged visa, making it easy to leave the airport and spend the day exploring Dubai. Click here for detailed information on obtaining a UAE visa while on a Dubai stopover.
An ideal 4 hour Dubai stopover itinerary (you need a minimum 8 hour gap between flights)
1. Seaplane Flight over Dubai
Enjoy a seaplane tour of Dubai’s amazing skyline from the air. The 40 minute flight is a unique and special experience covering iconic sights like Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, World Islands and the Historic Dubai Creek. It’s the ideal way to see the city especially when you are short of time on a stopover
2. The Burj Khalifa
Don’t miss the chance to scale the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Standing 828m tall, views from At the Top, Burj Khalifa are impressive. We suggest you pre-book your tickets to avoid the time-consuming queues.
If you have another 4 hours to spend…..
1. City Tour of Dubai – Best of New and Old Dubai
Dubai Creek has been the centre of trade for centuries. Explore the souks of Old Dubai to learn about the trading routes and customs. Visit The Bastakiya Area and Al Fahidi Fort that reflect the classic architecture of Arabia. The traditional Abra boat crossing from Deira to Bur Dubai is always a Dubai holiday highlight. Tick off the world-renowned impressions of the future: the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab, and Dubai Mall.
Other must-do authentic experiences to consider if you have a 24-48 hour Dubai stopover:
1. An afternoon in the Desert
A desert safari in Dubai is the number one activity for most international guests. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is far closer to the city than most visitors realise making it easier to include in your Dubai stopover. While Dune bashing can be incredibly fun, it’s not for the faint hearted. We recommend an authentic wildlife drive followed by sunset sundowners at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa.
2. Cruise along the Marina
Discover Dubai and its unforgettable landmarks from the sea. In this yacht charter experience enjoy views of the Palm Island Jumeirah and cruise to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. Pass around the Palm and take a picture of the famous Atlantis Hotel. Yachts of different quality and size are available so consider working with a reputed operator. Meals can be served on board.
So the next time you’re passing through Dubai, take advantage and enjoy an exciting day or days in the world’s most dynamic cities with a Dubai stopover.
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