Stopover Essentials: Dubai

With its extravagant shopping malls and dazzling high-rise buildings, Dubai is a fantastic place to visit and explore… even if just for a brief stopover. Though these hours can sometimes be lengthy and tedious affairs, Dubai has more than enough to fill your time – and that’s just the airport!

If you’re inclined to get out and stretch your legs, crane your neck and explore Dubai’s dazzling city streets, here are some of the essentials things to see, do, eat and uncover.

Dubai City

Cast your eyes on the tallest building in the world
Burj Khalifa is 828 meters high and quite a remarkable sight to behold – from the top or the bottom. At the top you will have amazing views of the breathtaking lights of Dubai city. Don’t have time to climb? Luckily the breathtaking fountain at the bottom is just as impressive.

Dubai Tallest Building

Shop ’till you drop
This city does not do things by halves – Dubai is home to some truly spectacular shopping malls, including the world’s second biggest – The Dubai Mall. This mall isn’t just for shopping though, it also is the home to the renowned Dubai Aquarium and even a high-adrenaline theme park. The grand Mall of the Emirates will also suffice your entertainment needs, with multi-level shopping facilities and family-friendly leisure activities.

Dubai Mall

Have your Khuzi and eat it too
Dubai is known as one of the best places to eat in the world. Emirati cuisine is on the rise, and for good reason! From delectable breads and pastries to fragrant rice dishes and delicious coffee, the food is not to be missed. Keep your eyes peeled for Cheebab, a thin pancake filled with cheese and topped with date-syrup. Khuzi, the national dish of the UAE, should definitely be on your list too. Sit down and dine with the locals to be fully immersed in the country’s rich food culture.

Dubai Coffee

With its extravagant shopping malls and dazzling high-rise buildings, Dubai is a fantastic place to visit and explore… even if just for a brief stopover.

Head to the desert
If you have a little more time, take a 4WD trip to the desert. Dubai is literally surrounded by desert, so whoever you are in the city it is always nearby. Hire an experienced driver to take you through sand dunes and peaks as you sit back and take in the incredible landscape.

Dubai Desert

Cruise along Dubai Creek
Hop onto a traditional dhow and set off for a relaxing cruise down the river – in style. Both day and night cruise options are available, offering a different view with the changing light. There’s even an opportunity to indulge in a buffet-style meal as you soak up the desert sunset.

Dubai Creek Cruise

Skiing in Dubai?!
You wouldn’t think it would be possible to ski in Dubai – but it is! Ski Dubai, located in the famed Mall of the Emirates, is the Middle East’s largest indoor ski resort and offers five ski slopes, lessons for all ages, a viewing platform and even a real life penguin petting zoo. Strap on your ski’s and take a break from the heat of the street.

TripADeal offers Dubai stopovers on several of their trips. Just check the Important Information of the deal to see if a Dubai stopover is available – and start planning your visit today!

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