Dubai in a Day
We flew emirates on our trip to Vietnam. We did not intend to spend time in Dubai, but then we ended up with a one day layover on our return along with free hotel and meal vouchers for the inconvenience. Despite having just traveled for 24 days, I was not ready to go home yet, and so I have never been so happy to have a delayed flight.
We got into Dubai around 5 AM. I do not sleep well in planes, so even though I wanted to take advantage of our short amount of time in Dubai, I knew it would be best if I caught a few winks first. So we slept at our free airport hotel until about 10 AM, grabbed some breakfast at the hotel buffet, and then set off to explore.
Our hotel was walking distance to the metro, and so we bought a day pass and tried to use it as much as possible. It was the most beautiful and international public transit experience I have ever had. There were amazing sculptures all throughout the stations, and a gazillion different languages being spoken all at once.
Our first stop were the souk's or markets.
Next we went to see the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Nearby there is a mall. I am not a mall person, but this mall must be experienced. This mall includes an aquarium and an indoor snow park with skiing. There were also a ton of women in burkas that were loaded up with purchases from Burberry and Armani which I thought was fascinating.
From there, we took a short cab ride to see the Burj Al Arab which allegedly is the most luxurious hotel in the world. We took a stroll down the beach and enjoyed the same sunset that the billionaires do.
Then we took the metro back to the Mall of the Emirates to catch the dancing fountain show.
Then we headed back to our free airport hotel for the night and caught a few more hours of sleep before completing the rest of our flight back to DC.
I don't think I would have intentionally planned a stopover in Dubai, but I'm really glad we had this unintentional one. We got to experience a really unique corner of the world and it only cost us about $8 (what we paid for our two metro passes).