How to make the most of a two-day stopover in Dubai

September 9, 2019

Dubai is a worldwide flight hub and if you travel a lot, chances are you will be spending a stopover in the Emirate sooner or later. In this Emirate, futuristic skyscrapers meet traditional markets and shopping destinations built for retail therapy. However, how and what are the things to do in Dubai in a two-day stopover? You will need to make sure that you plan your stopover ahead of time because there is just so much to see and experience in this city. You can wander through luxurious shopping malls and hotels, spend the afternoon at the white sand beaches of Jumeirah, or visit some of the world’s finest restaurants.

Getting around Dubai

Aside from taxis, there are other transportation in the city including the metro and buses servicing destinations across Dubai. To use the metro and the busses, you have to own a Nol card which can be purchased in metro stations.

For first time visitors, the best way to see most of what the city has to offer and see Dubai best places is to go on hop-on, hop-off bus tour. While you are sitting on the bus you are getting some interesting information about the Emirate and you can get off at the stops that interest you. In the end, you are getting really good value for money.


Dubai is a real paradise when it comes to shopping. Whether it is the newest fashion, latest gadgets, gold and spices, this is a city where you can find everything.

One of the most interesting malls to visit in Dubai is the Mercato Mall. The inside and outside design of this shopping mall was inspired by the Italian market squares with the stylistic elements from the Renaissance architecture. Here you can easily spend the whole day wandering around.

The Mercato Mall has around 140 stores where you can buy everything. From Jewelery to clothing from famous international brands, as well as electronics, luxury chocolates and much more.

Best of Sightseeing

  • The Walk at JBR: The Walk is located along JBR Beach. It is where you will find a lot of restaurants serving different cuisines, stalls with fresh juices and gelato counters. This is indeed a very nice place to spend the day.
  • Palm Islands: these islands are man-made islands in the form of massive palm trees connected to the beaches of Dubai. On the island, you will find luxurious hotels like Atlantis The Palm. Palm Islands is surely one of the best places to see in Dubai.
  • Dubai Marina: Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city along a stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. Here you can take a yacht tour on the canal, admire the beauty of the skyscrapers, go to the beach and visit one of the many great restaurants in the area.
  • Burj Khalifa: when visiting Dubai, even just in a stopover, it is a must to go up the most iconic building of the city. Enjoy a stunning view of the city and beyond from the highest building in the world.

Dubai is a modern city rising from the desert, this is a city of stark diversity. In just two days, you can shop, sunbathe, ride a camel, and much more.