01.01.2015 - 04.01.2015 18 °C
Another long weekend, and this time around New Year's Eve. And what could have been a better start to a New Year than another trip.
Now the next question was 'Where?'. And the obvious answer was Dubai. Being in Bahrain, Dubai is just 1 hour away by flight and is a perfect destination for a quick getaway. And of course, it was one destination in our 'Travel List'. So Dubai it was...
We went ahead and booked our tickets and hotel. Now came the most important part - planning the itinerary. So I compiled a list of things to do and places to see which I found interesting. After compiling a list of all the attractions, we came up with the following itinerary:
1st January – Thursday:
Arrive in Dubai at 12 PM. Take the metro to the hotel as there is a metro stop opposite the hotel. Travel time from Airport to Hotel is 25 mins by metro (red line).
After Lunch, go to Jumeirah sunset beach for a good view of Burj Al Arab ( Takes 17 mins by taxi - 16.2 km from hotel).
After the beach, visit the Madinat Jumeirah souk (2.1 km from beach) (Takes 6 mins by taxi; Takes 18 mins by bus, bus every 10 mins).
Dinner at Al Fanar Restaurant and Cafe at Town Center, next to mercato mall. This place serves Emirati cuisine.
2nd January – Friday:
Morning : Miracle Gardens (Opens 9 AM) Takes around 2-3 hours to visit (25.1 km from hotel by Taxi, Return trip is 32.6 km)
Evening : Desert Safari (pickup 3:30 – 4 PM). Already booked this tour with Funtours (http://www.funtoursdubai.com/)
3rd January – Saturday:
Take the hotel shuttle to Dubai Mall. Entry time booked for Burj Khalifa is 11:30 AM. Advance bookings are a must here as the slots get filled up quite fast. The link for the online booking is http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/observationdeck/ticketinformation.aspx. You need to arrive 15 minutes before your ticket time. Spend around an hour on top (total time around 2 hours).
Have Lunch at Dubai Mall Food Court
After lunch, visit Dubai Mall aquarium and underwater zoo. Around 2 hours inside.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo timings:
Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
After the aquarium, visit the Dubai Mall. Take a seat at one of the restaurant terraces to view the Dubai Mall fountains. (Carlucios, More café, TGI Fridays, Dean & Delucca are some restaurants in Dubai Mall with fountain view)
Dubai Fountain schedule:
Daily: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (Every 30 Minutes)
Visit the Souk Al Bahar outside the Dubai Mall before going back to the hotel.
4th January – Sunday
Morning: Take metro from Ibis to Bur Dubai. Take the Red line from World Trade Centre Metro Station 2 to Burjuman Metro Station 2. From there, take the green line to Al Fahidi metro station 2. (Takes around 31 minutes, leaves every 8 minutes). From metro station, Dubai museum is 850 mt. Spend around an hour here. Grand Mosque is opposite the Dubai Museum.
Dubai Museum Timings:
All days of the week except Friday 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Visit Bastakiya. Walk around the traditional streets. Visit the Arabian Tea house Cafe. Several art galleries around (Spend around 2 hours here).
Have lunch at Bait Al Wakeel (900 mt from Arabian Tea House Cafe). This is a restaurant along the creek and serves Arabic cuisine and excellent seafood.
The Dubai old souk marine transport station is 200 mt away. Take the abra and cross the creek. Visit Gold and Spice souks.
Daily 07:00 AM -12:00 PM and 5:00 PM -7: 00 PM
Fri 5:00 PM -7: 00 PM
Return to hotel by Metro. Take green line from Ras Metro Station 1 to Burjuman metro station 1 , from there red line to hotel. Pick luggage and take metro to airport.