"8 day itinerary.." Dubai Things to Do Tip by Durfun
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Hi, Your plan is great & 8 days is plenty to accomplish all that and more :-)
Just be prepared for the heat that time of the year!
The metro is good & takes you to a lot of sites & most shopping malls, except Wafi Mall, but the metro is being extended to cover that section, so it may be ready by April!
A day's unlimited travel costs only 14AED so great value when you want to hop around a lot. Do note that although Burj Khalifa has a metro stopo, it's a good 15 minute deceptively long walk to reach the ticket counter to go up the tower or Mall! So get a taxi please!
Mall of the Emirates has the metro right inside, as does Deira (north bank of the creek), Khaleed bin Al Waleed metro's Burjuman Mall, etc.
You must visit the top of Burj Khalifa - the tallest tower in the world for great views over thew city & to realise that the city is really in the middle of a desert! Buy tickets online for the hugely discounted rate of 100 AED instead of the walk-in 400 AED!
Ideally time the visit for the 1730 slot so you can see the fountains & light show start for 1830. Then you can sit on the steps in front of the fountains at ground level in the open too !
I also suggest booking afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab to admire thwe architecture, city & shoreline views, and also good views of the Palm Jumeirah & World Islands. Again, book over the internet as you CANNOT walk in this place at all!
There are many swanky bars & restaurants all over, depending on the setting, ambience, views, cuisine you are after.
Taxis are very inexpensive, and for short trips to places not on the metro it works out very cost effective when you have several passengers!
Do try the local buses as well - some bus stops are air-conditioned, and the route along Jumeirah Road is great to reach the beach for Jumeirah Beach Park & even the local free park right next to it. Note no photography is allowed at the Jumeirah Beach Park - so the free one can be a better choice. Only difference is the latter has no lifeguards. Also ensure you don't go on the 'Women only' day or Friday evening, when the beaches are packed later in the day. Early morning on Friday is fine though!
A day trip to the capital (Abu D) is a good idea - I did this myself. Start early. You can catch the intercity coach at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, frequency is every 40 minutes, fare is 20AED, duration 1.5 hours. At AD you can use local buses to reach the Grand Mosque, Marina, and Emirates Palace! I did this for my return leg, but opted for taxis to begin with. It was an adventure to mix with locals on the buses to experience what the locals do every day! There is a nice revolving restaurant (Menara) at the marina offering good views & fine drinks & desserts.
Shopping? So many venues to choose from - you can easily spend a day in one mall! Most are massive with a range of things to keep you amused & occupied just looking. Also they provide a welome relief from the outside climate as all are air-conditioned! many also have nice architectural & design features, eg Wafi Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall.
And yes, Dubai Museum is a must, so is the Heritage Village by the creek, from where you can take an abra (water taxi) to reach the exotic Spice & Gold souks across the creek.
Yes, you must do the desert safari too :-)
Address: Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Directions: Around both cities
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