Around 3 years ago I was lucky enough to be able to visit my dream destination … Dubai! It certainly lived up to my expectations, so much so, that I travelled back and forth multiple times before finally taking the huge step of moving out here!
I know that many people may only visit Dubai for a very short period of time, and with so many great things to see and do here, I have put together a list of 5 different (and mostly inexpensive) ways to get the most out of Dubai. There are also some brilliant photo opportunities to take advantage of too!
1. Go to Costa Coffee
So you travelled all the way to Dubai and I’m telling you to go for a coffee! But a cappuccino and a slice of cake really does taste better with a view like this one.
This place is such a lovely hidden gem and I often enjoy starting a morning here. You can pay a lot of money to eat and drink at a restaurant with beautiful views like this.
This particular Costa Coffee can be found in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and unless you’re staying in the Jumeirah hotel resort this may not be a place you would think of visiting! There is a lot to do in the Souk with shops, restaurants, bars and even a theatre. It has a great traditional feel and is certainly worth a visit.
2. Take an Abra Ride
Sticking with the Souk Madinat, another thing I particularly enjoyed was taking a ride on an abra along the winding waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah. This is a bit more expensive at around AED 85 per adult and AED 50 per child, but it is a lovely way to see the huge resort and also get some beautiful photos of the Burj Al Arab.
3. Take a trip on the Dubai Ferry
The Dubai Ferry is a brilliant way to see some of the sights Dubai is most famous for, such as the Atlantis, the Palm and the Burj Al Arab.
What I love the most about the ferry is how cheap it is! There are two different seating classes to choose from and whilst Gold Class is lovely, as soon as the boat sets off you can go and stand on the deck outside, so in my opinion it isn’t really worth the extra money. Sit in Silver Class, save some money, and still get the same views!
Ferry services from Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina run 7 days a week and offer different routes to choose from, each lasting from 60-90 minutes. I prefer to jump on the ferry from the Dubai Marina as the views whilst sailing in and out of the Marina are spectacular!
4. TGI Fridays – Dubai Mall
The dancing fountains at the Dubai Mall are a must-see. There is nothing quite like standing at the bottom of the fountains to watch the display, however there are many restaurants surrounding the fountains that give an amazing view without having to stand on your tip toes to see above the crowd.
As you can imagine, some of these restaurants are not the cheapest and it can seriously cut in to your holiday spends. If you’re looking for somewhere with nice food and an even better view, then the TGI Fridays in Dubai Mall could be for you!
Ask for a fountain view table, you may have to wait a bit longer than choosing to sit indoors, however the hostess will take your phone number and call you when the table is ready so you can do a bit more shopping whilst you wait!
The table is next to a glass balcony with a really good view of the fountain display. As the display takes place every half an hour you can see a good two or three shows whilst eating your meal … Perfect!
5. Roof Top Bars
If you’re looking for something to do on an evening or even during the day with a great atmosphere and fabulous views then you should head to one of the many roof top bars in Dubai.
These bars can be found within many of the hotels around Dubai and even if you aren’t staying in that specific hotel you’re more than welcome to go eat and drink in their bars and restaurants.
Three bars/restaurants I particularly enjoy going to are ‘Uptown’ in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, ‘Level 43 Sky Lounge’ at Four Points by Sheraton and ‘The Observatory’ at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel. All three offer completely different views of the Dubai skyline, be it the tall skyscrapers, the Dubai Marina or the beaches of The Palm Jumeirah. It is a perfect way to sit and relax with a cocktail after a long day exploring the city!