How to Enjoy Dubai in Short Time

On October 20, 2015 by Novita Karana

Dubai Desert SafariUsually, we know Dubai for a place for transit.
Guess what? Dubai has lots of cool places that worth for your time to explore.
So, prepare your e-visa, enjoy Middle East, and get amazed!
Visit the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, find yourself standing At The Top of Burj Khalifa, 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) will be one time experience on your life time. Also the bumping in 4×4 desert safari experience will be perfect to start your day in Middle East. Below is some itinerary that i suggest when you decide to spend some more days in Dubai:

2 Days 1 Night Itinerary
Day 1 : Try Mandi Rice at Al Tawasool – Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall – Evening Desert safari (it’s a must)
Day 2 : Dubai Departure
3 Days 2 Nights Itinerary
Day 1 : Dubai Arrival. Try Mandi Rice at Al Tawasool – Enjoy Dhow Cruise Dinner in the evening
Day 2 : Half Day City Tour (Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach) Desert safari
Day 3 : Dubai Departure
4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary
Day 1 : Dubai Arrival. Try Mandi Rice at Al Tawasool – Enjoy Dhow Cruise Dinner in the evening
Day 2 : Half Day City Tour (Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach) Desert safari
Day 3 : Abu Dhabi City Tour and Ferrari World
Day 4 : Dubai Departure
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1) Mandi Rice at Al Tawasol
When visit Dubai, mandi rice at Al Tawasol is a must. Give a visit to Al Tawasol.
Mandi rice is a simple dish of lamb or chicken and long rice. With the chili-tomato condiment, the taste is tasty, and the meat is wonderfully tender. Enjoy your meal with a cup of mint tea.
The best part is you will enjoy your meal by sit cross legged on the floor of the main dining area, eating from large metal trays with hands. Or you can choose private tented family area at the back, like my picture with Elsa Elin my new friend from Sultan Hotel Jakarta. To be note, the washroom and toilet for woman and man are different.
So, note the address:

Address: Clock Tower Round About, – شارع أبو بكر الصديق –
Dubai – United Arab Emirates

2) Dhow Cruise
Later that evening, enjoy a two hour cruise at the colorful and lit dhow ship and take pleasure in the panoramic view of the city of Dubai from Dubai Creek. You will be served with an exquisite international dinner buffet, accompanied by the Tanura dance show. Enjoy this novel experience while sailing on the Dhow cruise under the beautiful clear sky.


DCIM101GOPROG1627364.3) Burj Khalifa
World’s tallest building. A living wonder. Stunning work of art. Incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa is all that. In concept and execution, Burj Khalifa has no peer. More than just the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East. It is also tangible proof of Dubai’s growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional centre to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.


How much the ticket price?
For the ticket, you can purchase online or you can buy direct on the spot.
The ticket price depends on your time of visits. There are 2 levels :
At The Top Level 124 : the ticket start from AED 125 (around IDR 450.000 – 500.000)
At The Top Sky Level 125-148 : the ticket start from AED 300.
I chose At The Top Level 124 and i think i got experience from the world’s tallest building. I felt the experience aboard the 65-metre-long travelator on a trip that transports you through time, from the earliest days of Dubai to the present, and start to begin journey to observation deck in a high-speed elevator, travelling at 10 metres per second.


As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Special telescopes provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes beyond and below. You’ll see close-up real-time views as well as the past and the future, by day and by night.If you wish, adventure outside onto the open-air terrace to enjoy another perspective of the sweeping views below. You’ll be taking with you a fuller appreciation of this architectural wonder and a deeper understanding of Dubai’s remarkable vision. 

How to get to Burj Khalifa?
By Public Transportation
You can use Metro, red line. and stop at Burj Khalifa Station.
By Car.
Burj Khalifa is located near the 1st interchange along Sheikh Zayed Road. Take the 1st interchange and proceed through Financial Centre Road (formerly Doha Street). The approach road to The Dubai Mall will be on the right hand side

What’s special that you wish you won’t miss near Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
Experience The Dubai Fountain
There’s fountain performance in the afternoon and evening in Dubai Fountain.

Set on Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres). The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs.
Dubai Fountain schedule:
Afternoon Shows
Daily except Friday: 1:00pm & 1:30pm
Friday: 1:30pm & 2:00pm

Evening Shows
Daily: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
(Every 30 Minutes)

The Dubai Fountain Lake Rides
Set sail on the ultimate ride and enjoy front row seats to the world’s largest performing fountain. With the iconic Burj Khalifa as your backdrop, hop aboard a traditional Abra and enjoy the breathtaking sights and sounds.

Hours of Operation
5:45pm – 11:30pm
Last boat departs 30 minutes prior to closing.

Ticket Price:
AED 65 per person

The ticket counter and the abra bay are located at the Waterfront Promenade of The Dubai Mall and at At the Top, Burj Khalifa and can be conveniently accessed by visitors. Embark on The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride and Ride the Magic!
Or yu can purchase your tickets from here:


4) Dubai City Tour
Explore the lovely city of Dubai with a half day city tour, taking a look at the most astonishing skyscrapers; Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Burj Al Arab. You will also get the opportunity to learn Emirati religion and culture at Jumeirah mosque. The Jumeirah Open Beach is a wonderful part of the tour, with a gorgeous white sandy beach that will leave you refreshed. To get away from the urban landscapes you will be taken to the Dubai Heritage Village, offering a different experience and a feel of the old Dubai. You will also get to walk around the Bur Dubai Creek in the heart of Dubai. Finally, a great base to explore Dubai is the Atlantis Hotel which you will definitely come across.

I have favourite place to have a cup of coffee at Dubai Mall. Drop a visit to Madeleine. You will enjoy a cup of coffee, madeleine and this beautiful view. I bet Madeleine also a good spot to enjoy Dubai Fountain Show.

05 desertsafari15) Desert Safari
One of the ultimate things to do in Dubai later this day, you will enjoy all there is to offer at the Desert Safari. With adrenalin pumping dune bashing and sand skiing experiences as well as traditional henna painting and Tanura and Belly dance show. A mouth watering barbeque dinner will be served and finally you will get to enjoy the traditional Arabian tea and coffee and a sunset photo stop.
You can book directly to your hotel.
There are some type of desert safari:
– Morning Desert Safari start from 08:30AM – 11:30AM
Evening Desert Safari start from 04:00PM – 10:00PM
– Overnight Desert Safari 04:00PM – 09:00AM (+1)

The popular one is Evening Desert Safari based on SIC (Seat In Couch), like i experienced. Usually the price is start from AED150. The more expensive the package, the more quality you will get. They will upgrade the BBQ dinner and camp’s facilities. The itinerary and the 4×4 car that used for dune bashing is the same.
You will be pick up by 4×4 wheel Drive from any point in Dubai between 3.00pm to 3.30 p.m. You will drive through the desert along Al Awir Road and do 20-30 minutes Dune Driving. Take sunset photography and then enjoy camel rides.

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My favourite part during the desert safari trip beside dune dashing is riding a camel. The camels got colourful mouth cover. It was a nice trip with my friend Coskun Becik from Kappadokya. He also enjoy the camel ride. I will try camel riding dan hot air balloon in Kapadokkya, Coskun!

After camel riding, relax yourself at the camp. You can experience the camp’s facilities for free like Henna Painting, Arabic Coffee (gahwa), Arabic snack, Fresh Dates, Use traditional costumes, Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha)


costume and henna

Wear traditional middle east costume also a must thing to try. It’s my first time to wear long black abaya with face cover. Anyone recognize me? :D

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Finally, end your desert safari tour by enjoy tanuya dance and belly dance tour. All women invited to dance at the stage. So, let’s dance, baby!

6) Abu Dhabi Tour and Ferrary World
If you have more day to spend, you will have option to take tour around the fabulous city of Abu Dhabi. Starting off with the best destination in Abu Dhabi, Sheik Zayed grand Mosque is worth well the visit! You will get to enjoy the lovely views across the water and walk along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. We will also stop by Marina Mall if you want to do some fast shopping as well as visit the world’s largest man-made harbor and the busiest port in the middle-east, the Port of Abu Ali. Part of the tour is also the Heritage Village; a great place to escape the heat and learn about the Arabian history and culture. Lastly, you will be visiting two of the most luxurious and sensational palaces; the presidential palace and the Emirates Palace.
Later on this day you will get to discover the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World! It is a great place to take your children and enjoy the thrilling rides this park offers. Ferrari world is fun for all ages with more than 20 exciting rides and attractions, interactive shopping and Italian dining experiences.

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Dubai Souvenir
I found some souvenir that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Dubai:
a) Dates and Chocolate
My friends love Chocodate. It’s Arabian Dates wrapped by chocolate. You can find Chocodate Shop at Dubai Mall.
b) Sand Art
You can find the (handsome) sand art artist during your desert safari trip. You can request your name written inside the sand and bring it home. :)
c) Perfumed
It is said that perfumes from Dubai is cheap and has long lasting fragrance
d) Gold
It is said that gold in Dubai is cheap. You can explore Deira Gold Zouk for gold hunting. Or you can find Gold ATM at Atlantis and buy the gold with Atlantis shape, or Burj Khalifa’s shape.

So, are you ready to explore Middle East?

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