Dubai’s International Airport is one of the world’s biggest and most important airline hubs. From Dubai you can fly to over 260 different destinations on six different continents. If you want to get out of the airport though, consider planning a stopover in Dubai.
Most airlines flying through Dubai will allow you to book an official stopover or at least let you book a extra long connection. If you are flying with Emirates, you can book a Stopover Package for Dubai directly from the airline. The stopover packages offer deals on transportation, hotels, and tours.
If you aren’t flying Emirates or booking one of their stopover packages, consider Dubai airport transfers when planning your stopover. You’ll want to make sure you have a taxi to pick you up or get you back in time to catch your second flight.
Now that you have a stopover booked and have made arrangements to get to and from the airport, it’s time to plan the fun.
The Burj Khalifa building currently holds the record for the tallest building in the world at 2,716.5 feet tall. While the building has a total of 160 stories, visitors are permitted only up to the observations decks on floors 124th to 148th.
If you can, plan a stopover in Dubai for dinner and make reservations for At.mosphere. The restaurant sits on Burj Khalifa’s 122nd floor and offers incredible views.
2. Go Shopping
At the base of the Burj Khalifa building you will find the Dubai Mall, one of the biggest shopping malls in the UAE. With over 1,000 shops, you could spend all day here! To maximize your time, grab a map at the entrance and plan out your shopping trip.
Some other shopping options include City Walk, filled with boutique shops and the Mall of the Emirates, famous for indoor skiing.
3. See a Bit of Old Dubai
A stopover in Dubai should be about more than the glitz and glamor of the city. If you have the time, see a bit more of the city’s culture and history by visiting the Al Fahidi neighborhood. This historic neighborhood has beautifully preserved Arabic architecture, narrow alleys, and traditional squares.
Stop by the neighborhood’s top sight – the Dubai Museum. Housed in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, here you can learn a bit about the country’s history. Also, don’t miss visiting the area’s many famous souks (traditional markets).
If you have the time, you can even take a traditional dhow boat down the Dubai Creek.
We’ve only just scratched the surface of what you could see and do on a stopover in Dubai. Don’t be surprised if you start planning your next trip to Dubai before you even make it back to the airport.