City Stopovers: Dubai in a Day

Dubai is a fun city to visit because it’s so diverse and it’s in the ideal location for a stopover between flights via the east and west; we stopped here flying from Australia to the UK. Here’s how to see Dubai’s top sights in a day…

Morning: If you’re in Dubai on a Friday, brunch is a must; no matter how good your previous brunches have been, I can almost guarantee that this will be better. My Dubai brunch experience was at Nobu and you can read all about it here. However, if you’re not in town on a Friday make your way to Eggspectation, where you can start your day with a hearty breakfast. I was recommended the Bravocado dish and I can certainly back this up – it was delicious!

After you’ve fuelled up, take a stroll along Jumeirah Beach, where you can stop to sunbathe or continue along to see the Burj Al Arab. This luxury hotel is an impressive structure just to see, but you can also head inside and enjoy food or drinks for a very luxurious price.

Burj Al Arab

If you didn’t get to experience brunch in Atlantis The Palm, you can still see the beautiful building from the beach or if you have time you can visit for a morning or afternoon at the waterpark.

Afternoon: After a very western style breakfast/brunch, it’s time to have a more Middle Easter feast from Al Mallah. This is a very relaxed dining setting because it’s canteen style, but the food is very tasty, which is why it’s included in my 8 Places to Eat in Dubai list. Make sure to get the hummus because it’s incredible and the chicken shawarma is also amazing; this is a great place to share a few different dishes.   


Once you’ve had some lunch make your way to the Dubai Mall where you can step inside the World’s Largest Mall. If shopping is your thing, then you’ll be in your element, but if not, Coldstone serves fabulous ice cream, which you should definitely check out!

Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is located just outside of the Mall and is a beautiful sight to see. It’s on at different times on different days, so be sure to check the timetable here: far from Dubai Mall is the World’s Tallest Building – are you spotting the trend here? The Burj Khalifa is over 828 metres tall and has an observation deck at 555 metres. It’s great to travel up the different levels and then reach the top to an incredible view of the city.

Daytime Skyline

Nightime Skyline


After a day in a desert city, it would be rude not to explore the actual desert.A Desert Safari is a super fun way to do this because (depending on which tour you choose) it includes dune bashing, sand boarding, camel riding, dinner and a show, henna and shisha. Dubai as a city has a lot going on and the desert is a chance to take a step back and learn about the culture in a more relaxed setting. The dune bashing was my favourite part and you don’t have to drive too far from the centre before you’re in the heart of the desert.


Desert Safari

2 thoughts on “City Stopovers: Dubai in a Day

  1. Every little bit of Dubai looks truly fascinating! I’ve heard a lot about this city but have never gone there. Definitely will pay a visit and try the Al Mallah restaurant! The food looks delicious 😃 You took great pictures, thank you for sharing! ^^


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