How To Do Dubai In A Day


Dubai is at city where luxury marries culture. It is a rich, soul-satisfying experience that can be heavy on the wallet but worth it on all accounts.

From culture-soaked souqs to adrenaline-pumping bucket list activities to mouthwatering delicacies, Dubai boasts of a memorable and worthy stay. So if you’re in the city, be it a short weekend getaway or a 24-hour layover, there’s plenty to see and do in Dubai.

The best part about the city is that with one quick cab ride you can travel from one end of the city to the other in about 30 minutes.

So here are 5 suggestions on the best ways to see Dubai in a day through the ideas of a local.


Where: At the Top, Burj Khalifa, photo: @burjkhalifa + @secretsquirrelfood

As soon as you hit the city, a visit to At the Top, Burj Kalifa is a must. The tallest building in the world has an incredibly scenic, panoramic view that just can’t be expressed with words. At 828 metres, the breathtaking view will be devoured by tourists. If you’re afraid of heights, well, then, do steer clear of this one.


Where: Skydive Dubai, photo: @skydivedubai + @skyhubdubai

One of my bucket lists has always been to skydive. And I did do it…. in Toronto. As much as I enjoyed it, I craved for a view to crash towards. It is said that skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah is very, very satisfying. So for the adrenaline junkies, this is the view to die for.


Where: Gold Souq, Photo: @paperplanesj

One of the cheapest places to find gold in the world would be this Gold Souq with over 300 traders. The market price constantly changes but you can always haggle any extra costs. Dripping with gold, this souq demands a visit, even if you’re not in the market to buy gold.


Where: Desert Safari, photo: @meli.baribar

A trip to Dubai is just not complete without a desert safari. You can enjoy dune bashing in 4X4 wheelers. There are several tour travels that provide dune bashing trips. If you do decide to dip your feet in the sand, how about get your butt on a camel? Camel riding is just about the most fascinating tour you can enjoy. It’s a truly Arabian experience and this trip to the desert might take about half a day, depending on what activities you choose.


Where: Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, photo: @atlantisthepalm + @masha_theone

Staying at the most luxurious hotel in the world, like Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, offers guests a slew of entertaining and outrageous activities. For instance, how about a swim with sharks or a cuddle with dolphins? Atlantis offers it all. From dolphin scuba dive to sea lion discoveries to scuba dine. Yup, Japanese restaurant Nobu, located at Atlantis, allows visitors to dine with a spectacular view of the Ambassadors Lagoon. How’s that for top-notch? So if you check-in at the Atlantis the Palm, you know what’s out there for you.