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Your Most Exciting Transit in Dubai!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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Wondering how to spend your time, waiting for the connecting flight at Dubai airport?

If you have more than 12 hours to pass, please don’t just snooze away! You’re in the fastest growing transit hub buzzing with a world of activities. Even after your jet-lagged sleep and lounging, you can still grab a good couple of hours to explore this desert marvel. Ensure you get a transit visa and the required local currency before setting out.

To experience the best of Dubai’s transport system, you should travel via a mix of the Abra (water taxi), Metro train and Taxi.

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Head to the Dubai Creek

Book a taxi for a drive from the airport to Dubai Creek, the soul of Dubai's cultural heritage. This could take around 10-15 minutes provided it is not during the rush hour. The creek region helps you appreciate the historical significance of the maritime trade (fishing and pearling) that laid the foundation for Dubai’s development. You can take a ride on the traditional Dhow or Abra (water taxi) down the creek for a splendid view of the gleaming buildings and antique souks.

Charter an Abra to Al Bastakiya

For a personalised trip, you can charter an Abra (water taxi) from the creek and alight at the Old Souk Abra Station, to reach the Al Fahidi Street. The Bastakiya Quarter down the street, houses the Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and Spice Souks. This 19th century heritage site is the city’s most picturesque district declared as historical conservation area by the Dubai Govt.

Grab a Bite

The Al Fahidi neighbourhood is quite a treat for foodies who’d love to dig into delicious Emirati cuisine. Don’t miss out on heavenly Shawarmas (meat rolls), juicy grilled Kebabs (marinated meat cooked on a skewer), exotic Camel Burgers and Choco Camel Milkshakes (shakes made from camel milk).

If you are a veggie lover, you can try the yummy vegetarian food from XVA Café. For meat lovers, restaurants such as Bastakiah Nights, Al Bait Al Qadeem, and Pharaoh Cafe & Restaurant offer fabulous multi-cuisine dining experience.

Metro into the Dubai Mall

From Al-Fahidi metro station, take the red line train to reach the Burj Khalifa station where the Dubai mall is situated. It just takes 20 to 25 minutes to reach Dubai Mall, the 10th largest shopping mall in the world. You can spend some time at the Aquarium, Underwater Zoo, Ice Rink and SEGA Republic theme park.

Don’t miss Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower with a whopping 124 floors, whose entrance is through the Dubai Mall. Enjoy the panaroma from the 1,821ft top viewing deck basking in the surreal beauty of Dubai.

As you are winding up your Dubai layover, get ready for the real visual treat, the “Dancing Fountains” at 7.30pm. Sip your evening tea, mesmerised by the music and water dance at the lake.

Back to the Airport

The taxi ride to the airport usually takes around 30 minutes but could go upto 1 hour during peak hours. So make sure, you start to the airport earlier and be ready for your connecting flight atleast 3 hours before the scheduled time.

The key to enjoying your transit is to keep your baggage light and cover sightseeing spots according to your available time.

How would you spend your transit time in Dubai? 

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:04