Disclaimer – I am a travel PR and Dubai Tourism a client of mine and I was a hosting a media press trip. This is not a promised blog post and all thoughts and opinions are my own
Dubai is the ultimate city of contrasts and the perfect place for some much-needed vitamin C during the winter months. I know four days seems like a really short time but because Dubai is quite compact it’s easy to experience some of the iconic spots, enjoy time relaxing and get out into the desert to watch the sunset.
To help with trip planning I’ve put together my four-day guide to Dubai and included all of the bits I love and that shouldn’t be missed!
How to get there?
Dubai is around an 8-hour flight, but this is sometimes quicker depending on the direction of the wind. Emirates is the main airline to Dubai and operators out of most UK airports and can be as cheap as £383 depending on when you travel. When I travel to Dubai I tend to fly on the daytime flight from Gatwick, this departs around 9am and arrives into DXB by 8.30pm that evening. It’s worth knowing that Dubai is currently four hours ahead.
Where to stay?
There’s absolutely no shortage of amazing hotels in Dubai but depending what you want from your trip will impact where you should stay. For this trip I stayed at the new Address Fountain Views which is in the heart of Downtown Dubai and the infinity pool looks directly across at the Burj Khalifa. The perfect place to get the shot for the gram!
Downtown Dubai is centrally located making it easy to get around. If you don’t fancy jumping in an Uber then the Metro is a great, affordable option.
The Address Fountain Views is stunning, cloud comfortable beds, enormous bathrooms and all the latest blockbuster movies available to watch at no extra cost. Rooms are from around £220 per night but it’s worth shopping around online to find the best price.
What to do?
Dubai is a city of absolute contrasts, in an amazing way. There really is something for everyone and every interest.
If it’s your first visit there are a few things which are an absolute must!
Burj Khalifa At the Top Sky Lounge. Tickets to the Sky Lounge are a little more expensive but totally worth it since it gives access to the 148th floor. The lounge is absolutely beautiful, and you’re provided with endless cups of Arabic coffee and tea.
Dubai Old Town with the spice souks and traditional abras across the creek is another must visit. The spice souk is an assault on the senses from the smells and colours. Everything from saffron to cinnamon to dried rose buds. I highly recommend trying the chocolate covered dates!
If you’re looking for a more traditional experience in Dubai, then the Al Marmoom Bedouin experience is perfect. Al Marmoom is a desert conservation area within the dunes, and it gives guests a real insight into how Bedouin life was. The late afternoon/evening experience starts with a camel ride through the desert. Camels are surprisingly comfortable, almost like riding an armchair.
Following the camel ride, I was taken to the desert camp which has been developed to showcase how Bedouin people traditionally lived. The Bedouin people navigated via the stars, as part of the experience we had an astrology teach us about the stars.
Have you ever wanted to pretend you’re a Bond girl or Bond villain speed through the ocean on a speedboat? Well, in Dubai anything is possible. Take a Hero Odysea Boat Tour past all of the icons of Dubai include the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and the Burj Khalifa.
I was absolutely living my best life on the two-hour tour and 100% felt like the ultimate Bond girl speeding through the waves.
Although I have a boat license you don’t actually need one, the amazing guides show you the ropes and how to drive the boats. I did the signature boat tour and would definitely do it again when I next travel to Dubai.
No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the Dubai Frame. Unlike the Burj Khalifa it’s not quite as high but, it does give you an amazing view of both the historical ‘Old Dubai’ and the more developed modern, ‘New Dubai’. Plus, it’s super cheap! Tickets are only £10. If you’re not a great fan of heights, maybe don’t walk along the glass walkway which runs through the centre of the viewing platform.
These are just a few of my top ‘first time’ experiences but, Dubai has so much to offer and you can literally be out of your hotel from breakfast right through to going to bed.