|The City of Gold. Las Vegas of the Middle East. Home to the tallest building in the world. While Dubai may have been known several decades ago as simply a sleepy port town, Dubai is known today as one of the most luxurious and dynamic cities on the planet. From world-class shopping to exquisite dining to breathtaking architecture, a visit to Dubai is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
While you could spend a lifetime in Dubai and never experience all that it has to offer, it’s possible to at least see some of the highlights in only 24 hours. Here’s what you should see, do, and visit if you have 24 hours in Dubai.
The Tallest Building in the World
No visit to Dubai is complete without experiencing the Burj Khalifa: the tallest building in the world. Standing at 2,722 feet and 163 stories, the Burj Kahlifa, which opened in 2010, is truly a modern architectural miracle. Swim a lap or two in the world’s highest swimming pool (the 76th floor). Grab a bite at the world’s highest restaurant (the 122nd floor). Get your dance on at the world’s highest dance club (the 144th floor). View the curvature of the Earth on the world’s highest observation deck (the 148th floor).
The Largest Mall in the World
You’ll want to pack comfortable walking shoes. The largest mall in the world by total area, the Dubai Mall is every shopaholic’s dream come true. Boasting over 1,200 diverse shops and restaurants, including an aquarium, zoo, ice rink, and movie theater, it’s nearly impossible to leave the Dubai Mall empty handed. Those with sweet teeth certainly won’t want to miss Candylicious: the world’s largest sweet shop.
The Largest Choreographed Fountain in the World
After spending most of the day indoors, you may want to see what Dubai has to offer outside. Located just outside of the Dubai Mall is the Dubai Fountain: truly a not-to-be-missed visual and aural experience. Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the stunning Dubai Fountain consists of 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, and plays music ranging from classical and contemporary Arabic to world music.
Where to Stay
You’ve taken a tour of the tallest building, you’ve shopped at the largest mall, and you’ve watched the largest fountain. That’s a lot for one day! Rest up from your adventure in the City of Gold at one of Carlson Rezidor’s many luxurious and comfortable Dubai properties.