How I spent 72 hours in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Middle East. It is so popular that some people think it is a country. Dubai is a city in UAE. I think a visit to the Middle East region is not complete if a visit to Dubai is not included.

Dubai attracts several tourists from different parts of the world, and I can understand why. The city is modern and blessed with beautiful skyscrapers. It also has a marina which is lined with residents, malls, and a boat can be rented for a cruise. I spent four days in Dubai and here is a list of how I spent my days:

Day 1

  • Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is beautiful. It is filled with several flowers, and it is a perfect spot for pictures. I recommend visiting it in the morning right after it opens because there are fewer crowds in the gardens.


  • Global Village

Global village opens at 4 pm. There are several stalls in the global village, and the design and food sold in those stalls mimic some countries in the world.

India and Africa (we will not discuss the fact that a whole continent only had one stall named “Africa”) stood out to me the most because of the beautiful design.


  • Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is probably the biggest mall in the world. The mall houses the Dubai aquarium and several shops. I did not pay for the aquarium because there was a beautiful display of fish outside the aquarium. That was good enough for me.


  • Burj Khalifa Lights at Night and Fountain Night show

These occur every 15-30 minutes outside the Dubai mall. It is very advisable to wait till its dark out so that you can enjoy the light sow and fountain night show.


Day 2

  • Burj Khalifa Observatory

I visited the 124 and 125th floor of Burj Khalifa. Views of Dubai from the observatory are indeed breathtaking. The ticket cost about $30, and if you are interested in seeing more sights of Dubai, an upgrade to the 148th floor is available for $115 more.


  • Hop on Hop off Tour 

The best way to see the city in a short period is the hop on hop off bus. The bus offers the red route, blue route, and green route. I took the red route which also goes to the gold souk and Deira creek. A ticket for the Deira creek cruise is included in the 2-day hop on hop off ticket.


  • Dubai Marina Cruise- Perfect way to end the evening.

I met up with my good friend Glory (@gloryosei) and her sister, Simi (@sinmiblaq) for this activity. We rented a boat for $190 for 1 hour 45 minutes, and we got food and drinks before boarding the boat. The boat took us on a cruise on Dubai Marina, and we saw the gorgeous sunset. It was such a blissful experience. The boat company’s name is Blue Lagoon Adventure and they can be found at the Dubai Marina Mall.


Day 3

  • Taste of Dubai

My visit to Dubai ended at the taste of Dubai. I spent an evening enjoying great music and good (overpriced) food at Dubai’s amphitheater. It happened between March 8- March 10. I had such an amazing time, and the ticket cost 90 AED ~ $25.

I spent a short period of time in Dubai but it was worth it. Every moment was exciting and every place I visited made my day.

I think Dubai is a cool place and worth a visit.

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