How to Spend 24 Hours in Dubai

Dubai | © Thais Kelly
Thais Kelly

With so many different things to see and do in Dubai, 24 hours is hardly enough time. However, as this international hub sees many people on short layovers, Dubai has more than enough to provide visitors with 24 hours packed with fun and unforgettable experiences.

Quick Picture of the Burj Al Arab

When visiting Dubai, a picture of the Burj Al Arab is a must. The best way to get this famous photograph is to drive down to Sunset Beach, where you can get fairly close to the 7-star hotel, as well as get to see the beautiful Dubai Beach. The beach is a great way to relax for a minute, truly letting the Dubai air sink in while people-watching and getting a better understanding of Emirati culture.
Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim


Sunset at the Dubai Fountains

Las Vegas eat your heart out: Dubai has taken your famous fountains and made them bigger and better. These are the world’s largest choreographed fountains and go off every half hour, between 6PM and 11PM every night. This is one of the best spots in the city to watch the sunset. They are located at the Dubai Mall, so you don’t have to travel very far. The fountains are synchronized to Arabic music, Micheal Jackson hits, and even opera. Although 24 hours is probably not enough time to go up the Burj Khalifa (at least, not if you want to do anything else), you can get great views from here.


Rest Your Head at The Palm Jumeirah

The final must-see attraction in Dubai is The Palm Jumeirah. This man-made island imitates the shape of a palm tree and has an array of hotels to stay the night. For those looking to spend a little more, Atlantis The Palm is one of Dubai’s landmark five-star hotels, located at the island’s crescent, with a waterpark attached to it, should visitors have some time to kill in the morning before they leave. The hotel also hosts some household restaurants like Nobu and Ossiano, for an evening drink. Other hotel options are Fairmont The Palm and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, massive resorts with their own private beaches.

Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, +971 4 426 2000

Fairmont The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, +971 4 457 3388

Jumairah Zabeel Saray, Crescent Road,The Palm Jumeirah, +971 4 453 0000

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