What to do in Dubai in 24 hrs

January 13, 2014

From a desert landscape dotted with camel riding Bedouin Arabs to an international trading and financial center hub in 50 years, Dubai, one of the emirates among the 7 emirates that form the United Arab Emirates, is one of the modern inspiring stories of success beyond measure. Today, Dubai is home to the world beating airline - the emirates, world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa, World's first unmanned train, and one of the most beautiful manmade Island in the world - Palm Jumeirah. So what would you rather do in this fabulous city if you were to be given a chance to see it in 24 hours? Below are some suggestions.

1. Dine at the best Hotels in the world

Dubai is a city that bills itself as the tourist capital of the Middle East. In order to attract tourists, the city has restaurants that specialize in cuisines from around the world. Some of this include; Grosvenor House Hotel and the Hilton Dubai Creek with cuisines from Europe, Noble House Restaurant in the larger Raffles Hotel that serves Chinese Cuisines, Pars Iranian Kitchen with cuisines from Iran and Ravi Restaurant with Pakistani cuisines among others.

2. Play some golf at Montgomerie Golf Course

With over 200 acres of lush green grass, fourteen lakes and more than seventy bunkers; this golf course is one of the few places amateur and professional golfers can enjoy a good game of golf in Middle East. Trust me; the course looks like it grows on water rather than a desert.

3. Enjoy some desert sun at Jumeirah Beach Park

This is by far the most popular beach in Middle East. It boasts green picnic areas, an amphitheater, and children’s playgrounds. The best time to visit the beach is any other day other Friday. In Dubai, Friday is usually an off day and most people will be out on the beach having fun thus making it crowded.

4. Do some Exploration at Palm Jumeirah

Apart from the manmade islands of Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira and The World; Palm Jumeirah Island is the most beautiful. It features; water park Aquaventure, underwater tunnels, a dolphin Bay, hotel resorts and privately owned islands, restaurants, spas and bars. It is one of the few places you can drink alcohol in an Islamic country without arousing the ire of the local police.

5. End your 24-hour tour with a bottle of Champagne at the Fairmont Hotel

Like all things Fairmont, the Dubai Fairmont is as elaborate as they come. It serves the best Möet & Chandon Champagne in the world. While at it, why don't you try to network with the multi-billionaires that dine at the hotel every day?

Other things you can do in Dubai include shopping at Dubai Mall, hiking up the Burj Khalifa, as well as riding special desert vehicles in the desert. Do not leave Dubai without riding a Bedouin camel in the deserts. Seems a lot to do in 24-hours? I thought so too, but wait until you do it...it is the one place you would love to go over and over again.