How to Visit Dubai in 2 Days- The Best Guide for Layovers

From being a shopping haven to home to one of the manmade wonders of the world, Dubai has many facets to its personality. It is too adorable to be left out of the bucket list of any traveller. The best part is, no matter how many times you come and visit the place, it never ceases to surprise you with something new and extraordinary.

But what to do if you do not have a month to soak in the charm of Dubai, and instead just touching base with a layover of 2 days? With so many amazing things to see in the emirate, which one to select and which ones to leave? Fret not, we have compiled a complete 48-hour guide for you to make the best of Dubai.

Day 1:

  • Take the Big bus tour

Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast and hop on to the big bus that takes you through the best attractions of the city. Its super fun and the best way to see the major attractions of the city. You can get tickets for the big bus with Rayna tours and hop on to it from any of its stop points nearest to your place of stay. From the mighty Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall, diving village, Jumeirah mosque, Madinat journey walk, and so many more landmarks of the city that otherwise experiencing in a two-day trip won’t be possible.

  • Spend the evening at the beach admiring the Burj Al Arab

After a hectic day and experience fo seeing so many grandeurs at one go, its time for you to relax, and soak in the setting sun at the Jumeirah beach. The only free beach in Dubai, Jumeirah beach has a stunning backdrop of Burj Al Arab- the world’s tallest and most luxurious hotels, and every bit an engineering marvel. Moreover, to truly feel a destination, it is important to stop for a while and watch the city pass by. Jumeirah beach is the perfect place for soaking the experience of being in Dubai.

  • Enjoy sumptuous meal at any of the food streets in Bur Dubai

Not many have talked about Dubai being a foodie’s haven. While Dubai has the best of world’s fine dine, its street food is the real deal. After a relaxed evening at the Jumeirah beach, hail a cab and enjoy a 15 minutes drive to Bur Dubai- a foodie’s paradise. Don’t miss the Al Ustad Special Kabab, one of the best Kebab eateries in the city. The entire Bur Dubai area has almost all world cuisine in their local avatars. From Nepalese, Mexican, Italian to Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese; it has something to cater to every palette.

After eating a heartful, you would sure be needing a good night’s sleep.

Day 2:

  • Take the Dubai Desert Safari

No trip to Dubai is complete without desert safari. It is always better to book your tour in advance if you have an early morning or evening flight to catch then you can opt for the morning safari or else take the evening safari option with a special entertainment option at the Bedouin tent.

  • Take a trip down the memory lane of Dubai

After an adrenaline fueling ride, it’s time to explore the past of Dubai. To understand the growing phenomena of a city, it is imperative to know its past, Dubai has a glorious past. Dubai Museum in the oldest fort of Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort is a perfect destination to delve into the city’s past. The famous Bastakiya quarters is at a stone’s throw away from the museum and every bit, a must-visit. The ancient air conditioning system that kept the Arabs cool and the old houses are perfect to experience the love for engineering the Arabs had even at that time.

  • Do some shopping and head back

When in Dubai shopping is a must do. From amazing souvenirs to products from the world’s best of brands, Dubai is your home for best of products. IT is definitely a place that can bring out a shopaholic in anyone. Whether it is the Dragonmart- the biggest Chinese mall outside of China or the Mall of Emirates, there are tonnes of places for you to go and shop till you drop. If your time permits, go to Dubai mall and while shopping enjoys the biggest aquarium in the world- the Dubai aquarium and the Dubai fountain- again, the biggest musical fountain in the world.

Trips to best enjoy the 48-hour trip to Dubai:

  • The best time to visit the city is between October to April.
  • Unlike many other places, you’re not obliged to tip the waiter in Dubai. You may if you want to, but you won’t be frowned upon if you didn’t.
  • Addresses are pretty complicated in Dubai, but almost every address is near a landmark (every corner of Dubai has some of the other landmark J) So always ensure to give your cab driver proper landmarks along with the address you want to go to.
  • The best way to travel in Dubai is through Dubai metro and the cheapest mode of transportation too.
  • If you’re going with your partner, please stay away from the public display of affection. Dubai is a conservative Arab emirate and we have too many examples of tourists suffering fines and jail terms for their inappropriate show of affection.
  • Although, world’s best brands can be found in the gigantic Dubai malls if you’re not into brands, check out the souks of Dubai. They are affordable, vibrant, and has a world of varieties.

Did you pack your bags yet? (conclusion)

Dubai is the crown prince of UAE. It’s culture, diversity, electrifying environment and warm locals make it a must-visit destination. It’s hard to imagine how within a few decades a small Bedouin fishing village rose to become the entertainment capital of the world. Well, visit Dubai and experience its grandeur for yourself.

Note: Every month WoTR does a guest post with a lucky fellow traveller and blogger from different parts of the world. This post is from Chetan Jadhav, who is a lead blogger at Dubai Wikia. If you want to be featured here as our guest post in coming weeks please feel free to email me on or contact us on any of our social media handles. 

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