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, as well as splendor and luxury. What to do in two days in Dubai? Surely, it’s not long enough to get to know the city well. This is why I would recommend focusing on the most popular tourist attractions such as the world’s tallest building, the famous Burj Khalifa.
WHAT TO DO IN TWO DAYS IN DUBAI?
My visit in Dubai was nothing else than a coincidence. I wanted to go 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 visited many incredibly beautiful places as included in this 3 week Sri Lanka itinerary. Below you can find a list of top-rated tourist attractions in Dubai. Don’t miss out!
With a total height of 828 metres, 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 takes only 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? Absolutely! The view from the top pretty much blew my mind.
I would suggest to book a ticket to the Burj Khalifa well in advance. Its price depends on the entry time. The cheapest ticket to the 124 and 125 level for an adult is AED 129. The ticket price to the 148 level is considerably higher and no less than AED 359. 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. Follow the signs in the building and you should get there with no issues.
WINGS OF MEXICO
Wings of Mexico is a sculpture designed by a Mexican artist that stands close to the Burj Khalifa. For the author, the sculpture represents the possibilities of human interaction and creation. For some people, it’s just an Instagram-worthy spot. I won’t lie to you. I came here to take some cool pictures for my Instagram. Couldn’t say no to myself as the Burj Khalifa looks beautiful with those wings. How do you find this place? Is this something you would like to see? If yes, it’s best to get there by following the google maps directions.
Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world by total land area. It’s worth to pop in here, and have a look at extraordinary window displays. The shops are quite fancy, but you are more than welcome to go shopping here too. Just don’t forget to stop at Dubai Aquarium, the main attraction of the building. It has a capacity of ten million liters, and comprises over 33,000 marine animals, including 400 sharks. Impressive, right? An entry fee applies to Dubai Aquarium, but you can see quite a bit of it from the outside for free.
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 during the day, 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. Just make sure to arrive a little bit earlier to find a convenient spot before the show begins. Enjoy!
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city of exclusive skyscrapers, built along a 3-kilometre stretch of shoreline. It’s worth to visit this place during the day, and at night to see all those buildings and yachts glittering in the dark. The best way to get there is to take a red metro line from the Burj Khalifa. This journey should take you no more than an hour. If you’re planning to visit Palm Jumeirah, the artificial archipelago, Dubai Marina will be on your way, so you can see both in one go. Definitely another cool thing to do in two days in Dubai.
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 how the city looked 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 pass by some 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!
These are the top-rated tourist attractions in Dubai. Are you going to spend two days in Dubai or maybe more? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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