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Your guide to a relaxing weekend in Dubai

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Dubai is the glittering gem of the United Arab Emirates, where extravagance finds new heights. With its iconic skyline, luxurious resorts, and vibrant culture, Dubai offers an unparalleled experience for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a foodie, a culture enthusiast, or a relaxation aficionado, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic city. Whether it’s fun, sunshine, or shopping, the Dubai city breaks can chase away your blues.

Some experiences can make your weekend in Dubai unforgettable and joyful.

Day 1: Deep dive Dubai’s local rendezvous spots

Dubai’s allure lies in its ability to seamlessly blend tradition with modernity, offering an extraordinary weekend getaway. On day 1 make the most of your Dubai city break by navigating the modern and cultural landmarks of the city. Start your day by slowly lounging at the beaches near Burj Al Arab and the fascinating Burj Khalifa. Add variety to your vacation by visiting the charms of Old Dubai such as Deirah and Dubai Creek, before returning to modern life at the Dubai Mall.

Beachtime & Breakfast with a View at a Local Café


Start your day with breakfast overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Embrace Dubai’s sunny weather by spending your morning at one of its pristine beaches. Whether it’s the vibrant JBR Beach with its bustling promenade or the tranquil Kite Beach perfect for water sports enthusiasts, there’s a beach for every preference.

Many hotels and restaurants along Jumeirah Beach offer stunning ocean views. Nobody knows a city better than the locals. Trust where the crowds are and head right in for a sumptuous breakfast in a charming cafe as you seep in the extravagance of this city. Sikka Cafe at Al Hudaiba is a popular choice among tourists in Dubai and locals alike. Their food is close to home and most guests have applauded the friendly service. Choose from great breakfast options, but don’t forget to enjoy Arabic coffee and indulge in traditional Emirati breakfast dishes like balaleet (sweet vermicelli) or regag (thin Emirati bread).

Head to the 124th floor at Burj Khalifa

Keep the Burj Khalifa on the first day of your stay in Dubai. Head to this iconic building in the early hours when the crowd is less. You could spend an entire day at the ground floor itself replete with opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and meals for the rest of the day. But if you’ve got the budget, climb to the 124th and 148th floors of the observation decks of the world’s tallest building for an unparalleled vista of Dubai’s skyline.

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If you plan to visit Burj Khalifa in the evening, a ride on the 146’s observation terrace offers some of the most beautiful views. Stop by for a relaxing tea or dinner session in sky-high lounges.

Explore Old Dubai & Enjoy Lunch at a Quaint Cafe in Downtown Dubai

Experience Dubai’s soulful side with a visit to Old Dubai where the rich heritage of the city is preserved. Enter the Dubai Museum to gain a cultural understanding of the city through interactive displays and art galleries. This is also your chance to indulge in an elaborate photo session for iconic shots of wind-tower architecture. Wander through the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, exchanging conversation with locals at the traditional gold souks, spice souqs, and other antique shops. Enjoy sumptuous street-side snacks sold on the bustling streets of Downtown Dubai by the numerous vendors of this cosmopolitan city.

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An Evening at Dubai Creek with Dinner at the Dhow

Next, sail aboard a traditional dhow (wooden boat) as you watch the sunset in the gulf. Don’t miss a traditional abra (water taxi) ride across Dubai Creek, offering a glimpse into the city’s maritime past. As you lounge across the Arabian waters, feast on a delectable buffet dinner while enjoying breathtaking views of Dubai’s illuminated skyline.

End the Day embracing the chaos of Dubai Mall and watch the Dubai Fountain Show

Before calling it a day, return to the glitz of the modern city at Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls globally. Make a quick shopping stopover at the vast array of shops, from high-end boutiques to quirky local stores. You could also enjoy a quick stop-over to the mesmerizing Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Don’t forget to take a free selfie with the famous Dubai Dino, located centrally in the mall. Witnessing the real fossils of Diplodocus longus- Dinosaur is one of the most extraordinary experiences that the world’s largest shopping mall offers.

Stop by to while way at the Dubai Fountain, a mesmerizing display of water, music, and light choreographed to Arabic and international tunes. The fountain, located at the base of Burj Khalifa, offers free shows in the evening, captivating audiences with its spectacular performances.

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Day 2: Leisurely weekend getaway from Dubai

Let the adventurous outdoors of Dubai and beyond unfold for you on Day 2. The Emirates offers so many options for you to choose from for a vacation that suits you best. You can spend your Sunday in the city exploring attractions such as Dubai Miracle Garden and the amazing waterparks such as Aquaventure or yet another day at the world’s largest shopping mall. But a short drive from Dubai city promises an adventure of a lifetime!

Dibba Musandam

A laid-back holiday at Dibba Musandam is a favorite weekend activity for UAE residents. Dibba Musandam is a picturesque coastal town in the Musandam Governorate of Oman, nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. 

It only takes about a one-hour drive from Dubai to reach the rugged mountains of Dibba Al Fujairah in the Fujairah Emirates and the quaint historic town of Dibba Al-Hisn in Sharjah. Dibba Al-Baya is the gateway to the Musandam Peninsula. It is only a 2-hour drive from Dubai and requires you to cross the UAE-Oman border. This getaway can be your tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy outdoor adventures such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, and dhow cruises along the coastline.

Jebel Jais Adventure

Discover the natural wonders of Jebel Jais on foot with a network of hiking trails that meander through rugged terrain, verdant valleys, and ancient wadis. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging trek, there’s a trail suited to every adventurer. 

Feel the rush of wind against your face as you soar across the sky on the world’s longest zip line. Jebel Jais Flight offers an exhilarating experience, spanning over 2.8 kilometers in length and boasting jaw-dropping speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. 

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Keshta and UAE Desert Safari

Embark on an exhilarating desert safari adventure for an adrenaline-fueled afternoon. Experience dune bashing in 4×4 vehicles, camel riding, sandboarding, and traditional Arabic entertainment at a desert camp. Remember to capture the stunning desert sunset against the golden sands.

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End your Dubai Holiday on a Hot Air balloon

As the sun sets casting its warm hues across the desert, create memories that will last a lifetime on an exclusive adventure. Gently ascend into the sky to witness the breathtaking views of Dubai’s iconic skyline, shimmering skyscrapers, and vast desert landscapes stretching out to the horizon. Ending your holiday with a hot air balloon ride is a magical way to conclude your weekend in Dubai. It’s the perfect way to reflect on your experience and bid farewell to this remarkable destination.

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