Short stopover in Dubai – see the best in just a few hours
If you have at least 6 hours to spare for a stopover in Dubai and want to get the most of your time, we have two suggestions, based on our experience and the places we found to be most worthy to see in Dubai. Just keep in mind that immigration can sometimes take a long time in Dubai! and to avoid this we request you to check out the Pre-Approved Visit Visa options available with us.
1. Visit Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
One of the best options for those with limited time to explore Dubai would be to head to Dubai Mall. You can book our Transfer Services.
What to see and do at the Dubai Mall:
Try to catch a (free) Dubai fountains music and light show. Show Schedule: 1 PM and 1:30 PM daily (except Fridays). 1:30 PM and 2 PM (Fridays only). Evening shows daily every half an hour between 6 PM and 11 PM.
Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world – is equally impressive from below as from the top. If you have time, I suggest you go to the top for the amazing views over Dubai.
Burj Khalifa At the Top experience is very popular and often sold-out, so if you want to do it, better book your Burj Khalifa tickets in advance.
Dubai Aquarium is located inside the Dubai Mall. You can see the big aquarium from the mall itself (no need to purchase a ticket). If you decide to pay a visit to the aquarium itself, count at least an hour for the visit.
The same as with most other attractions in Dubai, it’s best to book your tickets in advance – the ticket queue at Dubai Aquarium can get extremely long at certain times. On top of that, it’s cheaper if booked in advance. You can book your Dubai Aquarium tickets here.
More to see and do at the Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in the world. You could easily spend a week there and still not see everything. If you still have some time left after you saw the fountains, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium, you can do some shopping or explore further. Don’t miss the impressive waterfall inside the mall. There is also an ice rink, dino museum, cinema’s, kids’ playground KidZania, games and attractions of SEGA Republic, The Emirates A380 Experience and much more.
If you have at least 6 hours layover in Dubai, probably the best you can do is book a private Dubai layover sightseeing tour. That way you don’t have to worry about any practical details – your guide will pick you up at the airport, show you the very best of the emirate in a limited time, and will drop you off at the terminal again.
This 4.5-hour private tour with airport transfers brings you to the most famous places in Dubai, such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab. You also visit the Old Dubai with traditional Souks (markets) and the Dubai Museum.