Everyone knows that when you come to Dubai there’s lots to see and even more to do, but some people are looking for things to do that are a little more off the beaten track. With holidays fast approaching and plenty of visitors on the horizon here are a few ways to spend 48 hours in Dubai that the tour companies wont show you.
Land at Dubai Airport and hop on the Dubai Metro to Noor Bank Metro Station. Cross over Sheikh Zayed Road and hail a cab, ask the driver to take you to Kite Beach.
Take a stroll along the beach to the SALT food truck and enjoy their breakfast offerings on the sand. Spend a little time enjoying the ambiance of the early morning beach goers and kite surfers.
Head back to the metro station and ride it to the Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa station, from here take a walk down Emaar Boulevard where you can see the magnificent Dubai Opera, The Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains – enjoy a different view of them from the Burj Park and avoid the crowds outside the mall.
Hail a cab and head to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, spend a hour or two strolling around the lake and take some time to stop at the view points and see the flamingos and cranes nesting.
Call a cab to pick you up and direct him towards Al Fahidi Historical District. Once there find your way through the winding back roads to the Coffee Museum and take a look around, sampling the different coffees.
Enjoy a lunch at Local House Restaurant where you can try a camel burger – if you’re feeling adventurous.
Take a walk down to Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood where you can visit a variety of museums including the Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum, the Camel Museum, Horse Museum, Juma and Obaid Bin Thani House, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and the Coin Museum. From here a short wander through the souq and along the creek offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a few souvenirs.
As the evening draws, rush hour will start. Take a little while to enjoy a coffee or tea at Creekside Cafe while the madness calms.
Depending on the time of year, head down the creek for the sunset, take an abra (a small boat used to cross from one side to the other) and travel over to the Deira side, here you can wander the gold and spice souqs.
Jump back on the abra and head back to the Bur Dubai side, hail a cab and head to Special Ustad Kebab for a delicious Iranian dinner at one of the city’s oldest surviving eateries.
After dinner jump on the metro and head to the Emirates Towers Metro Station and cross over the road, head up to the Level 43 Sky Lounge in the Four Points Sheraton for stunning views and delicious cocktails. Take in the Dubai skyline and views of the Burj Khalifa.
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Once your night draws to a close be sure to head to Al Reef Lebanese Bakery in Jumeriah and get a cheese manakish – it’s standard Dubai practice.
Jump on the metro and head down to Dubai Marina, make your way to the Address Dubai Marina where you will find Bistro Des Arts, the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast and a stunning view of the water.
Head over to Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz – most taxi drivers will know where it is – and take a stroll through the warehouses that are home to some of the city’s quirky galleries. Exhibitions change regularly but there are also quaint creative spaces where you can grab a coffee, like A4 Space, and catch up on a little reading or work you might have.
While you wander the galleries stop for lunch at Hapi, a simple spot for great food cooked to order. Don’t forget to grab a cup of their famed bone broth while you’re there!
After lunch hop in a cab and head up to the Dubai Butterfly Garden where you can wander around and enjoy a little bit of nature no matter the weather.
Make your way to Dubai Festival City for some dinner where you can enjoy traditional Emirati food at Al Fanar, or a whole host of other cuisines in one of the many newly opened restaurants. If you’re a collector of badges or T-shirts Festival City is also home to Dubai’s Hard Rock Cafe.
From the mall you are not far from the airport, so when it’s time to make your way back you won’t be far off.