Really only got 1 day in Dubai? If you’re extra-pressed for time, here are our suggestions.
Do the first day of the Dubai in Two Days itinerary, which spends a morning picking out the very best souks and traditional historic attractions in the old city, combined with an afternoon exploring the futuristic attractions of Downtown Dubai, including a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Do the morning section of day one the Dubai in Two Days itinerary, exploring the old city, then do the afternoon section of day two in the same itinerary, visiting the iconic Burj al Arab and the extraordinary Madinat Jumeirah, before heading back to the old city for a dhow dinner cruise. (You can link the two by catching the metro from BurJuman station in Bur Dubai to Mall of the Emirates station, then picking up a cab for the short ride across to the Burj al Arab.)
If you’d prefer to just concentrate on the modern city and its two most iconic landmarks, combine the afternoon section of day one in the Dubai in Two Days itinerary (Downtown and the Burj Khalifa) with the afternoon section of day two in the same itinerary (Burj al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah), rounded off with a dhow dinner cruise, which will at least give you a peek at the old city before you leave.
Al Ain in 1 Day … Explore the oases, mudbrick forts and markets of the UAE’s only major inland city
Discover Dubai’s Exotic Souks … Hunt for gold and frankincense in the labyrinthine Deira bazaars
Dubai for Kids … Ten of the best things to do with children in the city
Dubai in 2 Days … Seeing it all (nearly!) on the ultimate city tour
Dubai Skycrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road … Where signature skyscrapers reach for the clouds
Dubai Walking Tour … The oldest part of the city is Bur Dubai, great to explore on foot
Dubai’s Upmarket Jumeirah District … Suburban heaven, local style
Futuristic Dubai … Take in the iconic (and quirky) real estate on a showstopping, self-guided tour
Highlights of Old Dubai … Dive into the past in Dubai’s historic old city
Indulge in Downtown Dubai … Home of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa
Sharjah in 1 Day … A taste of the traditional Gulf
Shopping in Dubai: Souks and The City … Crunch your credit-rating in Dubai’s stupendous array of old-school souks and dazzling modern malls