If you have two days to spend in the UAE, you’ll want to spend your time enjoying the best of what the UAE has to offer. We can help you with that. Spend a full day in Dubai, as this city has much more to offer in terms of entertainment. The remaining day you can devote to Abu Dhabi, to enjoy some of the incredible delights there such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. If you like, instead of Abu Dhabi, you can go straight to Ras Al Khaimah to try your hand at the longest zip-line in the world. Here are some great things to do while in the UAE.
Day 1: Dubai
If you want, you can spend both of your days in Dubai and plan out your 2 days Dubai itinerary. There’s enough to see and do in Dubai for two days. We’ve listed the top attractions and activities for you to choose from and form your own itinerary while you’re in Dubai.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountains:
You’ll find all three top attractions in one place, so it’s ideal to check them all out at once. The 829 meter tall Burj Khalifa has two observatory decks; the one on the 124th floor allows for 360 degree views all around. The Dubai Mall is as incredible as they say. Take the time to check out the amazing décor, and the 1200 plus retail outlets that boast of every top designer name out there. Check out the VR Park for a spin on virtual reality, and the Underwater Aquarium and Zoo at the Dubai Mall. The Dubai Fountains shoot water up to 150 meters in height and dance in perfect sync with a choreographed soundtrack.
The Burj Al Arab:
Stand on the Jumeirah Beach and enjoy incredible views of the sail-shaped Burj al Arab. You’ll especially enjoy the sunset there, when the sail-shaped Burj is framed against the red sky. To check out the inside, sign up for tea at the SkyView Bar and use that as your free ticket to explore the Burj al Arab.
Be sure visit the Dubai Museum which is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787. The unique thing about this museum is that its walls are made out of traditional coral-blocks. At the very entrance, you’ll find old maps of the Emirates before it became the UAE and maps that show the expansion of the UAE as it is now. Be sure to explore the Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood while you’re there.
Ski Dubai Snow Park:
Don’t miss a visit to the very exciting indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai Snow Park. Ski Dubai is perfect for any level skier, from beginner to expert. If you’re a learner, there are guides who can offer you tips on your skiing. Apart from 4 ski slopes of varying difficulty, there’s a 400 meter diamond run for experts. Ski Dubai has a penguin park, a toboggan run, an ice cave, a snow man and much more for everyone.
So there you have it. If you were wondering if there would be enough things to do in Dubai for two days, we’re here to tell you that you can spend a whole month in Dubai and there’ll still be stuff to see and do.
Day 2: Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has its share of excitements and artistic pleasures for the traveller with the inquiring mind. Here are some of the not-to-miss attractions of Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World is a fabulous destination full of excitement for the young and young-at-heart. The world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa is housed here, along with several other immersive rides. It’s all there for you – intense G-force rollercoasters, go-karts, racing simulators and so on.
Yas Waterworld is one of the top water parks in the UAE. At Yas Waterworld, you can enjoy more than 40 world class rides and slides. There are cabanas and a water-fronting lounge area for resting when you’re done with all the adrenalin.
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi:
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi is a magnificent art gallery that spans an area of 260,000 square feet. The museum houses a number of permanent works of art plus temporary exhibitions borrowed from museums from around the world. The Louvre Abu Dhabi Universal Museum is beautiful to look at; it’s a series of stunning white structures that bring an Arabian city to mind. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is Saadiyat Cultural District’s most exotic gem.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque:
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is sheer poetry in beautiful white Macedonian marble. The slender white pillars and walls are studded with semi-precious stones embedded within intricate carvings. This mosque redefines beauty, and it’s definitely a major landmark in Abu Dhabi. Be sure to admire the intricate glass-work, mosaic tiling, carvings, and much more. Be sure also to admire the world’s biggest chandelier and the world’s largest carpet that are housed in this mosque.
If you’re visiting Abu Dhabi, then do consider checking out the blissful Al Ain Oasis, where you’ll find 15,000 palm trees planted on 3,000 acres. Enjoy the peacefulness and the beauty of the oasis and check out the Falaj system, an ancient irrigation method which is used to water the orange, fig, mango and plantain trees of the oasis.
The Corniche is an exclusive 5 kilometres long beachside boardwalk that stretches from the Heritage Park to Emirates Palace. You’ll find some of the city’s finest architecture lining this promenade, along with several restaurants, malls and shops. Several exclusive beaches open off of the boardwalk, complete with lifeguard systems. There are kids’ play areas, parks and places to lounge and relax. The best ways to enjoy The Corniche is to bike or walk the stretch. It’s the place to see and to be seen and at any time, you’ll find Abu Dhabi’s Who’s Who strolling The Corniche with their pet poodles and not-so-domesticated wild pets.
Abu Dhabi is best enjoyed at leisure, so include only those attractions to your itinerary that you have the time to enjoy. The city is more laidback than Dubai, but vibrant and energetic in its own way. If you’re minded towards adventure, do visit Abu Dhabi’s Jebel Hafeet Mountain. You can trek or drive to the top and enjoy fantastic views from there. There are archaeological digs in the mountains where artefacts belonging to the Bronze Age have been dug up.
It’s hard to see all of the UAE within two days, but between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, you can pick and choose what to enjoy and make a great vacation break of it. You can always come back for a longer vacation and check out everything you missed on this trip, right? Right. We look forward to creating your next itinerary when you have more time.
ABOUT NEHA :
An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.