Dubai is the second largest city of the United Arabic Emirates that was established as a fishing village in the early 18th century, and has transformed into a metropolis over the last 100 years. Nowadays, Dubai is well-recognized for overwhelming skyscrapers, huge investments, splendor and luxury. What to do in two days in Dubai? Surely, it’s not long enough to get to know the city well. Therefore, I would recommend to focus on the most famous tourist attractions such as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
My visit in Dubai was nothing else than a coincidence. I aimed to travel to Sri Lanka in January 2020 and it turned out that the cheapest flight to Colombo is from Warsaw with Emirates, via an 18-hour layover in Dubai. I decided to give it a go and this is how I spent New Year’s Eve in Dubai and explored the city too. I also made it to Sri Lanka in one piece and discovered the island step-by-step as included in this 3 week Sri Lanka itinerary. Here are the top-rated tourist attractions that you have to see in two days in Dubai.
With a total height of 828 m, the Burj Khalifa remains the tallest building in the world since 2009. The construction was completed within 5 years at a cost of $1.5 billion. The building is spectacular, and the accomplishment of its structure in such a short time is unbelievable. Surprisingly, it only takes 77 seconds to ascend its 124 and 125 level. If you are a thrill seeker, you can reach the 148 level too. Is it worth to get to the observation platform of the Burj Khalifa? I think it is. The view from the top is absolutely amazing.
It is advisable to book a ticket to the Burj Khalifa in advance. Its price depends on the entry time. The cheapest ticket to the 124 and 125 level for an adult is 129 AED. The ticket price to the 148 level is considerably higher and no less than 359 AED. I settled on getting to the 124 and 125 level as the other option was too expensive for me. The visit to the 148 level is definitely a luxurious experience. The entrance to the Burj Khalifa is in Dubai Mall. Simply follow the signs and you will get there with no issues at all.
WINGS OF MEXICO
Wings of Mexico is a sculpture designed by a Mexican artist that is located close to the Burj Khalifa. For some people, it’s just an Instagram-worthy spot. For the author, the sculpture represents the possibilities of human interaction and creation. I won’t lie to you. I dropped by just to quickly capture the immensity of Burj Khalifa with those beautiful wings. They match perfectly, don’t they? How do you find my Instagram photo? Would you go there and take a picture too? It’s not a shame to be an Instagram victim from time to time.
If you are heading to the Burj Khalifa, you will be walking through Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world by total land area. You can have a look at extraordinary window displays, go extra fancy and purchase something for yourself. You can also have a look at Dubai Aquarium with a capacity of ten million liters, comprising over 33,000 marine animals, including 400 sharks. It’s impressive! Entry fee applies to Dubai Aquarium but you can see quite a bit of it from the outside free of charge.
The Dubai Fountain is the largest musical fountain project in the world and it’s held daily at the base of the Burj Khalifa, near the Dubai Mall. The evening show is the most spectacular. It begins at 6:00 pm and it’s on every half an hour until 11:00 pm. There are also two shows in the daytime, at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm, and for a change, at 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm on Fridays. You can watch this amazing show of water, light and music for free. So be sure to arrive on time, find a convenient spot and watch the performance.
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city of exclusive skyscrapers, built along a 3-kilometre stretch of shoreline. It’s worth to drop by during the day, and at night to see all those buildings and yachts glittering in the dark. The best way to get here is to take a red metro line from the Burj Khalifa. This journey should take you no longer than an hour. If you plan to visit Palm Jumeirah, the artificial archipelago, Dubai Marina will be on your way. Good news is that this is another thing that you can do in Dubai for free.
Palm Jumeirah is a series of artificial offshore islands in Dubai. From above, it takes the form of a palm tree. It’s also the most popular man-made archipelago, located not too far from Dubai Marina. Once you catch a metro to Palm Jumeirah, keep your eyes peeled for the one and only, luxurious Atlantis hotel. It’s just stunning! Make sure to take a seat in the front of the train as Dubai metro is fully automated and there’s no driver at all. You can admire the views while having this pleasurable journey. I enjoyed this ride big time.
This district is called historical, even though it has been completely renovated. Al Fahidi reflects the city before the skyscrapers. Frankly speaking, it’s lacking a bit of authenticity but is still worth a visit. You can have a look at architecture traditional to this region and stroll around the stone alleys. You will be passing by art galleries, exhibitions, installations and… Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Coffee. Try a delicious hummus there. You may be asked to wait in a line to get seated but trust me, it’s absolutely worth it!
Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Coffee
These are the top-rated tourist attractions that you have to see in two days in Dubai. What would you like to see in two days in Dubai? Let me know by leaving a comment below!