So, you’ve decided to visit Dubai for the weekend. Firstly, pat yourself on the back for choosing to travel to one of the most amazing cities in the world. Second of all, how are you going to spend these 2 days? With so much to see and do, where do you start? Take a look at our pick of the best things to do in Dubai in 2 days.
If you’re a shopaholic, you won’t want to leave the city until you’ve visited the Dubai Mall. The shopping hub offers stores that stock designer brands that are available tax-free, more than 500 high-end shopping and retail establishments, not to forget the traditional souks of the Deira and Bur Dubai districts.
It also offers the Dubai Shopping Festival, an annual event that provides one of the best shopping experiences in the whole world.
It isn’t like your regular shopping mall. It isn’t only home to shops, restaurants and coffee shops; the Dubai Mall is in a league all on its own. For starters, it’s part of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
That itself is a major focus point for tourists – being able to visit a remarkable shopping mall whilst also admiring one of the world’s tallest buildings!
To add to its appeal, the spectacular mall houses an aquarium, ice-skating rink and huge cinema complex, putting Westfield London to shame.
The Burj Khalifa dominates Dubai's modern skyline, so you’d be making a foolish mistake if you failed to visit it whilst on your trip. What does the world’s tallest building have to offer?
Well, asides from it being an extraordinary building to photograph, you can take a high-speed journey in one of the world’s fastest lifts to floor 124 – the observation deck – in just seconds.
Here you can take in some mind-blowing views that may only take moments to capture, but you’ll remember t...
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, has held the largest firework display ever seen and its Sharjah Wedding Show saw the world’s longest bridal veil, so it makes perfect sense that Dubai should be the ideal location for the best hen party ever held. And that party is, of course, yours.
But planning the perfect hen party in a strange city can be daunting for even the most organised of people. So here at My Dubai Stay we thought we’d let you in on Dubai’s biggest secrets with some inside-knowledge. Here’s how to plan your dream hen party in Dubai.
Getting to Dubai
Flights to the United Arab Emirates may be more affordable than you think. You can bag yourself a return trip for the same price as somewhere a quarter of the distance away!
According to Skyscanner, 5 airlines fly between London and Dubai, with 105 flights a week and an average flight time of 7hours and 20minutes. At the beginning of 2015, the cheapest return price was a bargain at £277! So, you can stop worrying about the money and just enjoy yourself.
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Best Hen Party Activities
There is so much to see and do in Dubai, but besides from the obvious tourist attractions, there are some wonderful activities which could make your hen party trip here that little bit extra special.
Charter Your Very Own Yacht
If you’re feeling flash, why not charter a yacht for the day? You only ever have one hen party after all, (hopefully), so why not? And there is no better place to do this than the city famed for its opulent lifestyle – Dubai!
Imagine sunbathing on the bow of a boat and topping up your tan, while sipping on champagne and munching on fresh strawberries. You could take in the stunning city skyline as you glide past and then cool off by jumping into the crystal blue waters once your boat stops. Bliss!
Just be careful not to turn it into a booze cruise!
Have a Sleepover Party!
After a long day out of wining, dining and super yachts you may be a little tired. But there’s no rest for the wicked!
You may not want to hit the clubs every night, but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to curl up in bed by 9pm. There are plenty of stunning villas to rent in Dubai (check ours out here) and with their multiple bedrooms and large, spacious lounges, they make the perfect place for a sleepover party.
Take a step back in time and pretend you’re 13 again; Put on your best pyjamas, stock up on yummy treats and press play on the DVD player. You could even play some classic girly games, like Truth or Dare and Chubby Bunnies. Sometimes staying in can be just as much fun as going out.
Pick a Petal at the Miracle Garden
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Okay, so don’t actually pick a flower here as you may get told off, but you won’t want to anyway. You’ll be too dumbstruck at the awe-inspiring beauty of this floral garden in the middle of the desert. You’d be forgiven for thinking the Dubai Miracle Garden was a mirage, but you’ll be happy to know this floral paradise is very much real.
This is the perfect location for a classy bride-to-be to celebrate her upcoming nuptials with a sophisticated day out. Walk among real, fluttering but...
If you’re holidaying in Dubai this year, you’ll no doubt want to know the best places to dine out in the city.
Well look no further. Here at My Dubai Stay, we’ll share with you our top ten eateries and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of restaurants to choose from, serving pretty much every national cuisine from around the world.
Read on and find restaurants that are guaranteed to offer you unforgettable culinary experiences.
As the name suggests, this romantic restaurant is set on stilts in the middle of the sea, just off the coastline.
There’s nothing dreamier than an over-the-water dining experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and in earshot of the gentle ripple of waves as you tuck into Dubai’s finest seafood.
If you’re looking to sweep your other half of his or her feet, Pierchic is the place to go: a picturesque setting and delicious fresh seafood.
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If you’re torn between two cuisines, Nobu could be a winning choice. Why? This Japanese restaurant based at the Atlantis, The Palm Dubai Hotel, offers much more than a typical Japanese menu.
Nobu combines innovative Japanese food with Arabian influences by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, hence the name!
You can experience the best of both worlds at Nobu and if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not book onto a cooking class and learn the secrets behind this much-loved restaurant chain.
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For a taste of Thailand, head to the Blue Elephant. This spectacular restaurant with its tranquil waterfall, exotic flowers and lush greenery will make you feel like you’re dining out in an authentic Thai village.
Who would have thought that you could experience a chunk of Thai paradise within the Al Bustan Rotana?!
Enjoy traditional Thai dishes that have been...
If you’re thinking of visiting the stunning city of Dubai, you’re bound to need a checklist to make sure you’ve got your essentials.
It’s a long way away from home so it’s not as if you can pop back to the UK if you forget something! Whilst ticking off a checklist may seem extremely organised, you know how the saying goes: it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Take a look at our helpful checklist and you’ll arrive at your holiday rental in Dubai with everything you need.
Culturally Sensitive Clothing
Dubai is a Muslim country so you will cause offence if you expose too much flesh. Be sure to dress in a modest manner and as a rule of thumb; aim to cover your shoulders and knees.
Whilst it’s hot outside, the air conditioning in shopping malls can feel extremely cold in comparison. Pack a lot of light garments so you can layer up and don’t rule out taking a jacket or pashmina for cooler evenings.
Of course women can wear bikinis while on the beach but it’s not acceptable to wear them in public – even if you’re on your way to or from the beach.
Bare chests are not allowed in public so men should keep shirts on at all times when not on the sand.
This should go without saying but you’d be surprised by how many people forget to pack this holiday must-have, and Dubai get's pretty hot, so make sure you pack it! Take a look at the weather at the moment!
Sunscreen is available in Dubai but it’s far more expensive than in the UK so make sure you tick this off your list before heading to the airport.
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When booking any holiday it’s important to do your research about where’s best to stay. You may like to know where the best restaurants are, which parts are the safest, or where’s the shortest walk to the beach? Well, not to worry, we have you covered.
Here are the three best places to stay in Dubai at the moment:
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If you are drawn by the glitz and glamour of Dubai’s illuminated skyscrapers at night time, then you’ll love staying in a Dubai marina apartment.
This is a vibrant and lively area, with amenities just a few steps away from its towering blocks, juxtaposed with the tranquillity of the water. This is a great place for spotting luxury yachts and the fashionably dressed elite, while prices maintain relatively affordable.
Just a short walk from the sea, the marina is well connected if you’re looking to travel around the city too. There’s a tram running right through the streets here, which connects with the Metro for links throughout the city.
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Palm Jumeirah villas to rent and apartments are the perfect location if you want to stay somewhere with a sea view. You couldn’t get closer to the beach!
Jumeirah is a stretch that lines the western coast along from Dubai Creek, and is lined with five star luxury hotels in a glamorous and high-demand resort. At the end of the beach you’ll find the Burj Al Arab hotel, but in between the huge hotels you’ll find a number of affordable, low-rise Jumeirah beach apartments, which are ideal if you are looking f...
Dubai makes for the perfect destination for a fun, boys weekend away or a girly holiday in the sun. And there is nowhere quite like it when it comes to city nightlife. Here is our pick of the best clubs and bars in the city.
Cirque le Soir, Sheikh Zayed Road
A night here is a unique experience you will never forget. It certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. The London club became so infamous that they just had to open another and Dubai felt like a natural fit.
Expect to see snake charmers, fire eaters, contortionists and sword swallowers among other performers, and drink a concoction made by some of the best mixologists in the business. Cirque le Soir takes partying to the next level; it’s no surprise that it is a favourite celeb haunt.
Chi, The Lodge, 10th Street
Chi is one of the few original clubs that is still going strong despite the big move to marina side nightclubs, and its popularity shows no sign of waning.
This huge 3,000 person capacity club is split into 4 sections – the garden, club, Black and Pub. So whatever your mood craves, whether it’s laid back drinks or dancing the night away, they have an area for you.
And Chi is the only place in Dubai to offer a Miami style outdoor clubbing experience.
Not only do they have great club nights here, but they’ve also had some amazing live performances over the last 12 months, with many more plugged in for 2015.
Kasbar, The Palace, Al Sufouh Road
You can really rock the casbah at this authentic Arabic styled club. With its bright and eclectic décor Kasbar stretches over three levels with ornate terraces overlooking its large dancefloor.
Kasbar is a favourite among locals and travellers alike, thanks to sets from amazing DJs incorporating modern clu...
Wondering what Dubai has to offer this Valentine’s Day? From the epic Burj Khalifa to the amazing Dubai Fountains, the city of gold is full of special attractions. Discover the most romantic things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Enjoy a live music extravaganza
A garden centre might sound like an unlikely setting for a night of passion but there’s method in the madness for music initiative Freshly Ground Sounds. The cities best live music event returns Valentine’s Day for an acoustic soiree titled For the Love of Music.
Taking place at the Dubai Garden Centre, the space will be transformed into a mythical open-air area perfect for couples and singles alike.
The best news of all is that this event is totally free. Pack up your picnic blanket, grab a partner and listen to soothing sounds under the Dubai night sky.
Rejuvenate the senses with a luxury spa package
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Glamour is undoubtedly sexy. Impress a loved one by investing in a luxurious spa experience this Valentine’s Day. The Talise Ottoman Spa is offering a superb couples package guaranteed to rejuvenate the senses and get you in the mood.
Nibble chocolate dipped strawberries and sip champagne from the comfort of your own private...
Do you enjoy the champagne lifestyle? Look no further. Dubai is the place to visit if you’re after a luxurious break. Here you can discover some of the most magical places to go for bubbly in this cosmopolitan city. What’s so special about these bars? They’re the world’s highest bars. Read on to discover where to go for a sophisticated drink.
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This bar sure lives up to its name what with it being situated on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building: the Burj Khalifa. This vast restaurant and lounge which spans across 3,000 square foot is the ultimate place to go to enjoy a glass or two of the fine stuff. Why? You’ll be an impressive 1,384 feet off the ground whilst enjoying some of the finest champagne in the city at the Guinness World Record holder. If that isn’t pretty spectacular, what is? Take in some breath-taking views as you sit back in plush chairs and watch the world go by.
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If you haven’t heard of this bar before, you’re in for a treat. Why? As the name suggests, the bar is circular which makes it a talking point amongst tourists. Voted as one of the best ten bars in the world, you’ll experience nothing but pleasure at this high-end hangout. As part of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, it’s located at th...
Are you fantatical about food? Do you pick your holiday destination based on the local cuisine? If so then you’re going to love Dubai Food Festival- the UAE’s annual feast. Running for the majority of February, it’s the perfect time to abandon that New Year diet and chow down on some serious grub.
So, what can you expect from DFF?
Dubai Food & Film
Eating food while watching films and documentaries about food- does it get any better than that? Springing up at outdoor locations across the city of gold, diners can watch short films and fictional films all focused on the joy of indulgent eating.
Just make sure you have something to graze on while watching or you’re going to get a serious case of the munchies!
Street Food Photography Exhibition
30 images depicting the essence of Dubai’s street food culture will be on show at the airport during the festival. Salivate over the delicious shots taken by New York based photographer Penny De Los Santos and tap into the cities diverse food scene.
Extremely popular in past years of the festival, Beach Canteen will return with a bang this year. Dubai’s Kite Beach will be filled with exciting pop-up restaurants many of which are curated by celebrities. With free entry it&rs...
60 million Brits travel abroad in search of fun, sun, or generally for rest and relaxation. In the past many Every year, between 50 and disabled people travelling abroad found it hard work, but now in 2014 disabled travel from the UK is catered for from the minute you book your tickets.
Each year approximately 10 million people are welcomed to Dubai, and this year you could be one of them. Dubai has something for everyone. Here's just 10 things to do for disabled visitors:
Wild Wadi is based and designed on a tale from Arabian Folklore about Juha and his seafaring friend Sinbad. There are eight gravity-defying Master Blasters that operate on a series of high-powered water jets, taking guests on an aquatic roller coaster ride, that's without the other 22 pulsating attractions, shops and restaurants.
If you’re not a lover of adrenaline rides, you have Juha's Journey. This Lazy River ride is a relaxing flow of water, which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely swim or sunbathe in an inflatable ring as you drift down the river course.
The park is wheelchair friendly, with easy access to the changing rooms, wave pool, most of the shops and the restaurants.
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If you are looking to get a few holes in while in Dubai, there is nowhere better than the Dubai Creek course. This is a stunning, green space in a desert country, with tree lined fairways and plenty of bunkers. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on four holes, several lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of the course.
Complimentary buggies are available for disabled golfers.
For an ultimate guide to Golf in Dubai, check out our cool infographic here!
High-tea is a predominately British pastime, unless you're British of course! But it's celebrated daily the world over... some will say it's just a pot of tea with a few sandwiches and scones served between lunch and supper.
High-tea has been taken to a whole new level in Dubai with a luxurious twist. Enjoy at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure, standing at 2,722ft (829.8m) making your Afternoon-High-Tea experience here, the highest, HIGH tea on the planet.
The question you're probably thinking, why shop in Dubai? Why not, it's tax free!
Dubai has some of the biggest malls in the world. One of the malls is so big it has electric taxis available to drive you from one side of the mall to the other. Most malls have something unique to offer, from massive aquariums, Olympic size ice-skating rinks, dancing water fountains, indoor ski resorts and spectacular waterfalls.
There aren't many places in the world where you can go shopping for a punnet of strawberries, a diamond ring, a designer wardrobe and then go to a top restaurant before heading to the theatre, all under one roof.
A majority of the malls have complimentary wheelchairs (on a first come basis), lifts and disabled toilets.
Aquarium ‘The Lost Chamber’
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Is Atlantis real? Plato's story of this sunken continent, of its highly advanced, well educated population from Atlantis in approximately 360 B.C is usually referred to as a fable.
On your visit to Dubai, not only will you find Atlantis, but als...
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