48 Hours in Dubai

Dubai is a desirable business destination and luxury playground that entices visitors from around the globe to explore its architectural marvels, looming large over the desert. The city is opulence personified and has some of the most pristine hotels, experiences, and tastes on the planet, and is perfectly accessible as a prime business destination from Europe, Africa, Asia, and of course the Middle East.

There is also plenty to do in the desert oasis, with theme parks, luxury brand malls, adventures on the sea and in the desert, and of course many reasons to unwind and enjoy excellent dining and drinks, shopping, and memories.

Dubai is part of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) which of course centrally located between Africa, Asia, and Europe and boasts modern airports which are easily accessible by charter flights, and ports accessible by private yachts.

Here are some of the best ideas on how to spend 48 hours in Dubai.

Day 1: Morning

The best time to visit Dubai is in the winter months between November and April but decadent high-teas and breakfasts and brunches are very common throughout the year at the many excellent beach clubs, hotels and resorts in Dubai.

Caesars Palace Dubai offers a wide selection of gourmet food

The Sultan’s Lounge at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm is one such beautiful destination. Coya, located at the Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah 2, offers excellent a la carte flair every Friday, or try a range of celebrity chef’s outlets at Caesars Palace Dubai.

Expo Dubai 2020 - no visit to Dubai in the near future should skip past visiting the mammoth-sized international expo. Aside from the huge sprawling range of inviting complexes (covering 4.38 square kilometres) showing off so many countries (192 in total), the Expo also offers glimpses into why Dubai might be the right destination for your business and investment. The evening shows are entertaining and many country pavilions make use of some amazing tech and gadgets.

Photo Credit- Expo Dubai 2020 - Offers an exciting number of exhibitions 

Day 1: Afternoon

The Burj Khalifa remains the tallest building in the world (585m) and heading to the highest levels of this marvel, means booking in “At the Top” - to the Burj Khalifa SKY on level 148. The VIP Lounges are located on the highest floors 152, 153 and 154 and open from 4 pm, during the sunset hours. It is officially the tallest lounge on earth!

Burj Khalifa is best viewed from the VIP Lounges on floors 152-154

You can also explore “a one-of-a-kind entertainment, hospitality and tourist destination, and home to the first and only floating hotel in Dubai” by stopping by the QE2 which is now permanently docked at Dubai’s Port Rashid. The famous liner also offers hotel rooms and suites, nightlife venues, tours and a theatre!

The Royal Suite in the hotel was once reserved for the British royal family and offers sublime luxury with a spacious bedroom, large private veranda with stunning views and superb service.

Don't forget the luxurious horse racing at the Dubai World Cup - which takes place in March every year at the Meydan Racecourse.

There is also equestrian polo at Desert Palm Resort during the polo season (October and April).

Photo Credit: Burj Khalifa VIP Floors

Day 1: Evening

If you are feeling adventurous and outdoorsy, then take up one of the many luxury desert safaris. These packages offer a high level of service, Range Rover driven experiences, and fine dining in the desert oasis.

Trips could include a luxurious drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, followed by exquisite food and a stay at a luxury resort. Enjoy a 6-course fine dining menu with entertainment provided around the glamping site or resort with acrobatics acts. There are endless options for that memorable luxury night in the Dubai desert.

Palazzo Versace Dubai is one of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in Dubai

Depending on where you are staying, a night in at some of the finest and most expensive hotels in the world might be all you need. With prices ranging from $3-20K per night, some of these options below will offer excellent dining and drinks, spas and an enticing night of glamour.

The Palazzo Versace Dubai is among the most expensive hotels in Dubai and is “a true symbol of the Versace lifestyle, with high-quality Italian furnishings, designed and tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the hotel.”

There are 215 rooms and suites and 169 residences, with eight restaurants and bars! Some of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai are:

  • The Bulgari Resort Dubai – $3,117 per night
  • W Dubai – The Palm – $7,350 per night
  • Four Seasons Resort Dubai – $9,528 per night
  • Burj al Arab – $10,890 per night
  • Atlantis the Palm – $17,151 per night
  • Palazzo Versace Dubai – $20,962 per night

Day 2:  Morning

There are also several reasons to get airborne in Dubai and the city has private helicopter landing pads at high-end resorts and hotels. You can arrange for a charter to explore the sights from above and escape the heat in a comfortable AC cabin while collecting invaluable photos. You could even enquire about a private meal on the Burj al Arab Helipad which has become a popular venue for weddings if you have the means.

Photo Credit: Scoopi Cafe - sample Madagascar vanilla ice cream topped with 24-carat gold shavings

Speaking of luxury, you can even try an indulgent Madagascar vanilla ice cream topped with 24-carat gold shavings at Scoopi Cafe. It's the most expensive dessert in the United Arab Emirates, costing AED 2,999 (around USD $800)! There are several other decadent desserts you can try

If you prefer to stay on the land, then don't forget about the huge range of luxury and sports cars in Dubai, many of which can be rented. Supercars are available or drive top-of-the-line Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. Enjoy a drive along Dubai’s famous Sheikh Zayed Road, or along the Jumeirah Beach Residences and take in the sights.

There are also countless other activities such as hot air balloon rides, skydiving, and of course golf on one of the many pristine courses available throughout the city.

Photo Credit: Dubai Hills Golf Club is one of many excellent courses in Dubai

Day 2: Afternoon

If shopping is what you are in Dubai for, you are endlessly spoiled. The Dubai Malls most privileged clients enjoy a 'preferred customer' status and perks include “access to the exclusive mall lounge, valet parking, a porter service, invitations to special events and previews, and the opportunity to be transported around the mall in style.” To be eligible you need to spend more than AED100,000 (US$ 27,000)at the mall and you can sign up for the exclusive membership.

Dubai Mall has outlets from luxury brands such as Cartier, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Gucci, Chanel and Ralph Lauren. and many more. Situated in Downtown Dubai, it is one of the most-visited retail and lifestyle destinations in the world - with 100 million visitors annually.

Dubai Mall offers a world of shopping and global luxury brands

The city gets busier in January and February when the Dubai Shopping Festival takes place, drawing in even more crowds to the buying extravaganza.

You can also hire a Personal Fashion Advisor - these professionals will know the latest trends, what's in fashion, and where to get it - taking you to luxurious fashion boutiques for private fittings.

Other malls worth visiting in Dubai are:

  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Dubai Festival City Mall
  • BurJuman

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You are spoiled for choice shopping in Dubai

Day 2: Evening

There are a number of exclusive and unique experiences that you can only enjoy in Dubai. Feel like self-indulging, then try Gold on 27 at Gilt - a super-luxury bar on the 27th floor of Dubai’s "7-star" sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. You'll have to take a gold lift to reach it!

There are of course numerous rooftop bars, clubs and other ways to spend your nights in Dubai. Try the White outdoor club which has seen its line-up of international acts including Rita Ora and Armin van Burren.

Photo Credit: White outdoor club is a popular and famous club with top DJs

Billionaire Dubai is the brainchild of wealthy entrepreneur Flavio Briatore. This nightclub, lounge and restaurant is located at the  Taj Hotel and attracts the jet-setting Dubai crowd with Japanese and Italian premium dining and live shows.

The city is always adding more thrills, breaking records with man-made feats and filling in a busy social, sporting and cultural calendar.

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