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Bright lights big city: How to spend a perfect weekend in Dubai

Are you thinking of a city break in Dubai? Time spent in Dubai is all about bright lights in the big city. I’m about to tell you which hotel provides the best luxury in Dubai, where to eat the tastiest breakfast and what sights are a must-see within your three-day city-break.

Bright lights big city: How to spend a perfect weekend in Dubai

Welcome to the city of modern luxury, a place of cutting-edge style and one of sophistication. I’m about to tell you about all the best finds in Dubai for your perfect weekend break.

At one time, Dubai was just a lethargic exchange pole, largely composed of sandy desert. Today, however, it comprises of artistic high-rise buildings which boarder the Creek. You’ll also find deluxe shopping centres, pristine beaches, and five star hotels and restaurants.

Day one: luxury hotel, tailor made clothing and breakfast

Checking in at my favourite hotel

A perfect weekend in Dubai - Palm Jumeirah.

On a beachfront peninsula on the famous Palm Jumeirah, this lavish resort on the Gulf is set in gardens and comprises a manor, mansions and villas. Opened in 2011, One&Only The Palm well and truly outdid even its sister hotel, the One&Only Royal Mirage! Walk in to the reception area, laden with white-wicker-heavy interiors. Inside, you’ll find popular and delicious restaurants.

A perfect weekend in Dubai - One and Only The Palm Jumeirah.

This hotel looks like an Arabian palace. The ideal place to rest your head in a plush bedroom, smoke shisha under the palm trees at twilight near the bar and eat authentic Emirati dishes.

Best thing about this hotel? For me, it’s the Maldives-style seclusion is offers in the convenient location of the city. I give this hotel a 9 out of 10 for style, luxury and lavishness and location!

Alternative options include:

A perfect weekend in Dubai - Burj Al Arab.

  • Burj Al Arab - Perhaps the most well-known of Dubai's hotels, the award-winning Burj Al Arab ensures first-class luxury as each floor has its own butler to ensure that everything is running smoothly, while its nine restaurants, Talise spa, beach and four swimming pools mean you never have to leave to relax and unwind.
  • Atlantis The Palm - This extravagant marine-themed hotel will make for an unforgettable holiday to Dubai. This recently refurbished hotel, boasts spacious rooms, which are decorated with your comfort and relaxation in mind.

Getting up on the first morning for breakfast in style

A perfect weekend in Dubai - breakfast in style.

When you wake up in the morning on your perfect trip in Dubai, you’ll no doubt want to eat breakfast link a king or queen. So I heartily recommend Baker and Spice, a Dubai favourite, which proves to be a highly popular breakfast eatery. This is because you’ll be given a huge selection of bread, croissants, muffins, fruit and pastries. The croissants are so soft and delightful and you’ll get to choose from plain, almond or chocolate, all freshly baked every morning. Yummy! Just imagine the sweet smell of baking goods wafting through as you open the door to this little gem of a place.

A perfect weekend in Dubai - French toast with apples.

What more, the jams are also made on-site using seasonal and organic fruit. I’d also recommend a couple of helping of their delicious French toast, which can be requested with caramelised apples and local date syrup toffee…. Are you drooling yet?

Location: Souk Al Bahar, opening times 8am-12pm Sunday-Thursday and 8am-2pm Friday-Sat

Alternative breakfast options:

  • Kosebasi – Why not indulge in a Turkish breakfast: The Walk, JBR, breakfast served daily 9am-noon
  • 25°55° Cafe Bistro – This one is for boating enthusiasts, and offers a selection of international breakfasts from 7am-noon as the Dubai Marina Yacht Club

After breakfast, take a walk along the Dubai Roads and get a tailor-made outfit

A perfect weekend in Dubai - get a tailor-made outfit.

Satwa is a lively area jam-packed with neon lights, Indian food and little trinket shops. The area is mainly famous, however, for its affordable and unique tailors that can create and design literally any garment you wish for, from made-to-order suit jackets, to bridesmaid dresses!

Other alternatives to shops:

  • City Centre Mirdif - City Centre Mirdif is a shopping mall located in the residential area of Mirdif, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, located Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai Spice Souk - The Spice Souk is one of the most popular souks in Dubai. Its slender passages are furrowed with small stores selling every herb and spice that has known to exist by the looks of it!

After a spot of shopping and looking around, why not settle down for a cocktail (or two!)

A perfect weekend in Dubai - settle down for a cocktail or two.

If you were under the impression that this wasn’t allowed in a Muslim state such as Dubai, then you were wrong – You can head over to The Terrace Bar at the Park Hyatt for a few drinks. Overlooking the yacht-filled Dubai Creek, it’s a scenic spot for a sundowner.

Alternative Bars:

  • Estrellas Skyline Lounge - On the roof of Melia Dubai you’ll find this stylish outdoor bar with good lounge music and a vibe that is super-cool. For those who can’t wait for dinner, Estrellas’ bar food menu offers a selection of tasty mezze ideal for sharing. Melia Dubai - Bur Dubai
  • Ginter - Ginter is a must-visit for those who like drinks with flair. Whether you’re after a spiced juniper mixed drink on ice or one infused with herbs, the mixologists here make every beverage you order an experience to be savoured.

Enjoy a delicious meal in the evening

A perfect weekend in Dubai - beef curry, Thai cuisine.

Book dinner at The Thai Kitchen: The cuisine is exquisite, as both the chef from Thailand cooks authentic and delicious food. The beef curry at Thai Kitchen is perfectly spiced and all the ingredients are organic.

Day two: Beach and Dubai dunes

After grabbing breakfast at one of the eateries mentioned above, head out to Jumeirah beach, which is a free and very lively beach, and find a spot to spread out your blanket and get a couple of hours’ relaxation time. You can also set up a barbecue or watch volleyball here as the locals gather to spend their time.

A perfect weekend in Dubai - Jumeirah beach.

Next head out to the Umm Suqeim, the section of the city that is near the sail-shaped building known as the Burj Al Arab – and is the city’s richest part, as it is surrounded by villas and riches.

Have seafood for lunch

Pierchic is Dubai’s largest five-star resort. The trip you take to reach it is something you won’t forget: It has a very clean, stylish design, and you will dine completely surrounded by water.

Adrenaline sport to get your heart beating

A perfect weekend in Dubai - dune bashing.

Dune Bashing: A trip to the desert offers you a real adventure into the magnificent landscape of the unique sands of Arabia. Hop on to a twin-seater SUV and set off on an adventure like no other. You set off along the natural trail of dunes, picking up tremendous speed to get that heart beating. Many companies offer this, one of the better known ones is called Arabian Adventures.

Alternatives include:

  • Ski Dubai: You can enjoy the winter delights all year round in the world’s largest indoor ski resort.
  • Skydiving in Dubai: This activity has the supreme fear factor with hurdlers going from 0 to a maximum 201 kilometres per hour when freefalling from 13,000 feet as they leap from a Sky-Dive Dubai plane.

Day three: Downtown and the desert

A perfect weekend in Dubai - Downtown Dubai Mall.

You have to take a walk along Downtown Dubai on your final day. It is now the sleekest spots to hand out in. You must visit the Dubai mall - the largest mall in the world by total area, located at Financial Centre Road.

Explore this area on your final day, taking in the extravagant Giorgio Armani hotel exterior, and the surrounding architecture.

Get a burger and a beer

A perfect weekend in Dubai - get burger and beer.

After a day in Downtown Dubai, you deserve a break with a 6.2oz wagyu burger at The Burger Joint. This juicy burger consists of cheddar cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, diner sauce and of course, a whole lot o’ beef.

Vegetarians are also well-served at TBJ – the Mighty Veggie’s crunchy patty makes for a whole-hearted lunch.

Finally, say bye-bye to the city lights behind…

A perfect weekend in Dubai - night under the sky in the desert.

Spend your final evening under the starry night sky, away from the city glare. Frequently expedition companies will collect tourists from wherever you’re staying and chauffeur you on the short drive from city to desert. Look out for organisers that offers overnight safaris including dune bashing, a falconry displays, barbecue, breakfast and a sleeping bag all in the beautiful desert sand.

The desert has much to offer and you can also spend a night under the stars in a sleeping bag. Excursion organisers from your hotel can take you along with them to the desert for this inspiring trip.


Saima Omar

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