Dubai One-Day Itinerary
A popular transit city in the UAE, Dubai is conveniently located for travelers looking to cut costs on flights to the other side of the world. If you have flown with Emirates, you will be more than cognizant of this. More than being a common location for OFWs looking to build their lives, the country is booming with accessible tourist spots perfect for a day’s worth trip.
On my last trip, I happened to have an unanticipated emergency day-long layover in Dubai. I took the opportunity to explore the city alone; to my surprise, it was a smooth-sailing adventure with no hiccups along the way.
Before anything else, you must be aware of the transportation system in Dubai. The great thing about the country is that the metro will take you almost anywhere you’d like within the city! It is accessible, cheap, and easy to navigate.
If you’re going to be using the metro for an entire day, hopping in and out of it, it would be as easy as getting a day pass. You can also use the day pass for the trams and buses. Currently, this is priced at 20 AED or approximately P275. Once you have purchased the day pass, you may avail of its validity until the end of the day, midnight, of its purchase.
Please note that this is for the Standard Class; if you’re considering traveling in Gold Class, expect the price to be doubled. However, the recommendation would be to avail of the Standard Class since it is cheaper and there’s not much of a significant difference between both if you’re just a regular person casually traveling.
You can buy the day pass—or any other Nol Card—directly at the metro stations. There are booths there for purchase. If you want to avoid person-to-person interactions, there are also machines to purchase them from. Be sure to prepare the payment in cash.
Suppose you do not intend to use the metro or are looking into making short interval trips between your metro rides. In that case, Careem is the most popular taxi booking service application in Dubai. Much like Grab, this will take you from point A to B as swiftly as possible. It’s fairly easy to navigate since the application is similar to what you would see in most transportation mobile applications in the market. The prices are fairly affordable, especially if you are traveling with a group of people.
Quick Places to Visit
Stroll around the Dubai Mall and Fountains
Dubai Mall is considered the largest mall establishment globally. Once you step outside the Dubai Mall station at the metro, it takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes of walking until you reach the mall itself. While it can be a long walk, it surely is worth the effort, especially because of the view you get to experience while you go through the tunnel-like façade of the entryway. You can enjoy the view of high-rise buildings as you are leisurely walking (or standing on the walking escalator).
It is easy to spend a couple of hours inside the mall itself. The number of shops inside the mall would give you many options, from high-end to street fashion purchases. Once you’re exhausted, a portion of the mall is also dedicated to dining options. One of the great things about Dubai is the diversity of food options brought by its even more diverse working population.
If you’re looking to spend a bit of money seeing insane wildlife, there is a large viewing aquarium inside the mall.
While you can see it from afar, you can also enter the 10-million-liter indoor tank. The prices to enter will vary depending on what experience you want to encounter; however, expect to pay an average of 230 AED or approximately P3,200.
The fountains are located a little outside the actual mall but within the Dubai Mall Complex. You can locate them close to the Burj Khalifa visitors’ entrance point, connected to the establishment. It’s best to visit the fountains during their daily shows from around 6 pm until 11 pm. There are also a few daytime shows. However, nighttime shows are much more sought after due to the elaborate lighting used.
When you think about Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is almost always on top of peoples’ lists—for good reason, of course. This staggering architectural piece has a total height of 2 722 feet, making it the tallest building in the world. Since its opening in 2010, it has enticed significant attention from travelers all over because of its remarkable recognition as a skyscraper. The building itself houses some of the most expensive apartments in Dubai; there is also a hotel inside of it.
If you want to reach the top, you can purchase tickets for the observation deck ranging from roughly 150 AED to 370 AED or approximately P2000 to P5000. The actual price depends on what time slot you choose.
Transportation is relatively easy if you come from your hotel to Burj Khalifa. Simply take the metro and alight at the Burj Khalifa Station. If you are already inside the Dubai Mall, the viewing deck’s entrance is already located inside it. If you want to get closer to the establishment itself, it will take a lot longer—you can either book a taxi from Careem or take a walk for this.
Additional Areas to Visit: Souks and the Dubai Creek
If you manage to have excess time in the morning, there is also the option of visiting the souks. This is simply a term for traditional Arabic markets in Dubai. You can find them close to Dubai Creek, which makes it easier to squeeze in the itinerary. A wide array of souks is available to stroll around in textiles, gold jewelers, spices, perfumes, and more. This will be an exquisite experience for anyone looking for more cultural exposure in Dubai, as it is located in the older parts of the city.
From here on, it would be easy to walk to Dubai Creek, where you can surely take numerous strikingly blue photos overlooking the skyline and waterways of the city.
Even if you’re traveling solo, Dubai is guaranteed to be a laidback city to navigate because of how accessible the locations of (most) tourist spots are. Additionally, if you happen to get lost, the innumerable Filipinos everywhere will certainly lend a helping hand.
The number of stunning skyscrapers alongside the city’s exquisite look will pique your interest if you’re looking for a more urban experience in your next long layover!
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