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Things to do in Dubai if you have a Dubai Airport Layover or Extended Dubai Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Dubai Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Dubai.LayoverIdeas.com.

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Although DXB Dubai International Airport is located outside of the city centre, the train gets you into the heart of things quickly and efficiently. There's lots to see and experience, so take advantage of any extra time to see what you can.

Dubai Museum

A must-see for anyone interested in the social history of the Emirate (and indeed the country). The museum's archaeological section includes artefacts that point to civilised settlements dating back to the third millennium BC. The al-Fahidi fort has examples of traditional reed houses. A modern extension built underneath the fort showcases Dubai's history using the latest technology, complete with authentic sights and sounds.

Visit the desert

A visit to Dubai would not be complete without a trip into the desert. These excursions offer a taste of the true heartland of Arabia. The majesty and tranquillity of the desert can be experienced through a choice of exciting safaris and tours. Leave time to use the gym and/or swimming pool back at DXB Dubai International Airport to cool off and freshen up before your flight.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa (until recently called Burj Dubai), at 828 metres and 160 floors is the world's tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei. The observation deck at the 124th floor is the 2nd highest in the world after the Shanghai World Financial center. The visitors' entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall.

City view from the water

Abras (essentially small ferries) afford a very picturesque view of the city from the water (not to be missed). Abra stations are located along the Dubai Creek and abras set off regularly round-the-clock. The cross-river trip costs AED 1, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station. The Waterbus is another option for tousists who want to go by boat but avoid the abra crowd (or the heat); as part of Dubai's public transport system, a Red ticket or any Nol card is required for the Waterbus journey (can be purchased at the Waterbus station).

Retail therapy

Dubai is practically synonymous with shopping. The best things to buy in Dubai are textiles, electronics and gold, electronics is believed to be much cheaper while textiles and gold offer a wide range of selection. Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are the two largest malls and are easily accessible by public transportation. The ancient “souks” or markets (where haggling is expected) offer a romantic setting for the purchase of spices, antiques, rugs, and silverware.

A note of caution: The United Arab Emirates might seem relaxed but the laws are still very different from most Western countries and are strictly enforced. A simple kiss in a public place, having an alcoholic drink in the wrong place or even losing your temper could land you in jail. Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender travellers should be particularly careful as homosexuality is a criminal offense with possible deportation. Avoid all public displays of affection. Women should avoid revealing outfits.

Dubai Attractions

Dubai Desert Safari: BBQ-Falcon Experience-Sandboarding

Dubai Desert Safari: BBQ-Falcon Experience-SandboardingFrom:
USD 50.00
Escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai for the evening, and enjoy multiple activities on a 6-hour desert safari. Drive across the sand dunes by 4WD vehicle. Watch the sunset over the desert sands. Go to a desert camp for a barbecue dinner, and much more.

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Dubai Desert Safari with Burj Khalifa (Ticket Only)

Dubai Desert Safari with Burj Khalifa (Ticket Only)From:
USD 100.00
The Burj Khalifa is the building that everyone talks about, a true icon representing the growth of Dubai. After a visit to the impressive structure, enjoy a Dubai Desert Safari with barbecue dinner and a show.

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Private Dubai Tour with Optional Burj Khalifa Ticket

Private Dubai Tour with Optional Burj Khalifa TicketFrom:
USD 101.80
Enjoy an exclusive private tour of Dubai with your very own tour guide. Learn all about Dubai's past and present. Take a ride on a water taxi over Dubai Creek. Opt to top off the tour with a visit to the Burj Khalifa.

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Heritage Desert Safari from Dubai

Heritage Desert Safari from DubaiFrom:
USD 150.00
Explore the wildlife of the Dubai Desert in exciting 1950's Land Rovers. View a live falcon training session and dine in an authentic Bedouin camp located inside the private retreat of a local Royal family member. A unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Dubai: 75- or 90-Minute Sightseeing Boat Tour

Dubai: 75- or 90-Minute Sightseeing Boat TourFrom:
USD 57.00
Hit the open water as you embark on a thrilling speedboat tour of Dubai. See the skyline of this extraordinary city from a unique perspective, and take in such iconic sights as the Burj Al Arab, the Atlantis Hotel, and the Palm Jumeirah.

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Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo TicketsFrom:
USD 50.98
See two of Dubais most significant monuments with a combined ticket to the Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa. Ascend the Burj Khalifa for panoramic views. Then, discover marine life from around the world at a unique, underwater zoo.

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Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 148 and 125

Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 148 and 125From:
USD 96.29
Enjoy incredible views of Dubai from the 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, during a 90-minute premium experience. Get access to exclusive observation decks, lounge in luxury and enjoy personalized attention.

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Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124From:
USD 33.99
Witness unforgettable, panoramic views over Dubai from the observation deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Let your jaw hit the floor as you are elevated up 124 floors to fantastic 360-degree views over the Arabian Gulf.

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Last Updated: 13 Jul 2020