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How to Spend 2 Days in Dubai

How to Spend 2 Days in Dubai

Two days in Dubai let you branch out beyond the essential desert and city tours. Delve deeper into Dubai’s sands and Bedouin culture, dive headfirst into its 21st-century architecture and theme parks, and up the pace with the extreme sports the city does so well. Here’s how to make the most of a 2-day stay in Dubai.

 

Day 1: Essential Dubai

**Morning:**Sightseeing in Dubai is best in the relative cool of morning, so begin today with a guided city highlights tour or a hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore more freely. Take photos of the ultramodern must-sees such as the Atlantis, the Palm, and Burj Al Arab, and delve into old Dubai, where wind towers and souks huddle around Dubai Creek.

**Afternoon:**Devote the afternoon to Dubai’s entertainment heavyweights. Stay cool in the sun courtesy of the pools and chutes at the Wild Wadi or Atlantis’ Aquaventure water parks, or head for IMG Worlds of Adventure for white-knuckle rides and virtual-reality experiences.

**Night:**Most Dubai desert tours take up the afternoons and evenings, when the desert looks and feels extra romantic. After a 4WD dune drive, group tours make tracks for Bedouin-inspired camps to enjoy camel rides, sandboarding, henna art, and other traditional activities. A barbecue dinner and live entertainment usually provide the finale before convenient transfer back to your hotel.

Day 2: Let Rip or Kick Back

**Morning:**Rise early for a sunrise seaplane flight offering phenomenal bird’s-eye views of Dubai’s skyscrapers glowing gold at dawn. Follow your aerial exploits with another burst of adventure, this time in the desert. Join a quad bike or buggy expedition and feel your adrenaline race as you roar across the dunes.

**Afternoon:**To escape Dubai’s afternoon heat, head for one of its indoor attractions—air-conditioned oases out of the sun. All ages love watching the sea life at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, while skiing in the winter-like world of Ski Dubai makes for an adventurous and quirky alternative.

**Night:**Go all out for your final night in Dubai. Prebook evening admission to the 124th-floor observation deck at the Burj Khalifa for floodlit city views, or ramp up the luxury and height at the 148th-floor SKY observatory. For a meal to remember, dine in one of the city’s ultra-glitzy hotel restaurants or take a dinner cruise on Dubai Creek or the Dubai Marina.

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Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket, Dubai

Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket, Dubai

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Throw yourself into the action of Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai with an entrance-only, all-day ticket. Part of the Atlantis The Palm resort, the Aquaventure Dubai boasts impressive water rides and adventures fit for all ages. Enjoy the attractions as you wish: career down corkscrew chutes, ride through shark tunnels, watch the little ones at the new Splasher’s Island area, and unwind on the lazy rivers. Then enjoy admission to The Lost Chambers, the Atlantis-themed aquarium containing 65,000 marine animals across 21 exhibits.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Admission Ticket: IMG Worlds of Adventure

Admission Ticket: IMG Worlds of Adventure

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Secure your entry in advance on a date good for you with this all-day pass to Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure. Prebook to savor the anticipation of a visit and ride the shuttle from many Dubai hotels to this mega-entertainment park. Then, enjoy the white-knuckle rides and attractions at the five family-friendly zones independently. Upgrade for fast-track access to selected rides or for a combo meal package.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
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$94.55
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

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Discover the beauty and customs of the desert on this Dubai desert safari. Leave Dubai in a comfortable 4x4 with a guide, and enjoy an exciting mix of traditional and modern desert adventures. Ride a camel, surf a sandboard down the Dubai sand dunes, and relax at a desert campsite as the sun sets. Get a henna tattoo, watch a ‘tanoura’ folk dance, and top off your trip with a delicious barbecue dinner, including shawrma station, and exotic belly dancing show under the stars as you sit around the campfire.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore Dubai at your own pace on a double-decker, open-top Big Bus Dubai tour. Admire top Dubai attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, and Old Dubai, and hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to visit souks, malls, and museums as you please. Choose from a 1-day Classic, 2-day Premium, or a Deluxe 5-day unlimited attraction pass. Tickets include an array of extras like a Dubai Creek cruise, admission to Dubai Museum, shopping discounts and more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.40
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Burj Khalifa Level 148 'At the Top SKY' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

Burj Khalifa Level 148 'At the Top SKY' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

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Gaze out over Dubai from the Burj Khalifa’s highest observatory with this ‘At the Top SKY’ ticket. Savor coffee at the plush SKY Lounge and ride a special elevator to Level 125, situated above the public ‘At the Top’ deck. Revel in the views from here and then visit Level 148, home to the world’s highest open-air observatory at 1,820 feet (555 meters)up. Breathe in the staggering outlook, see the life-size videos and finally, chronicle the story of the tower at the fascinating ground-level SKY exhibition.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Self-Drive Desert Buggy or Quad Bike Experience with Transport from Dubai

Self-Drive Desert Buggy or Quad Bike Experience with Transport from Dubai

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Rumble and roar over the sands of Dubai on a quad bike or desert buggy experience. With an expert guide, hop inside an air-conditioned vehicle and travel into the desert. Then, climb aboard your chosen transport — an open-top desert buggy with automatic gears or a quad bike — put on the supplied helmet and goggles, and after instructions, take off on an exciting ride. Follow dusty tracks and zip across plains in convoy behind your guide. Stop halfway for a soda and photos before zooming back to base.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00
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Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket

Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket

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Throw yourself into the aquatic fun of Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai with this all-day entrance ticket. Head inside and enjoy the rides and pools at leisure — there’s something for all ages and tastes. Plunge down the terrifying Jumeirah Sceirah, drift along the lazy river, take a spin on Tantrum Alley, and ride a tube into the fast-spinning bowl of Burj Surj. Children will adore the splashy fun of the Dhow and Lagoon; and when you want a break, relax at the wide range of restaurants, shops and cafes.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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