Places to Visit in Dubai when you have Less Time

Dubai is a beautiful city, and visiting it is an extraordinary experience. But sometimes, you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do in Dubai. Read on to find out what we believe are the best places in Dubai where you can spend less than half a day:

Burj Khalifa

This is the tallest building in the world, and you can visit it for free. The building was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill. It has 160 floors above ground, and it was built from 2004 to 2010 at a cost of $1.5 billion. The total height of 828 meters makes this one of the tallest buildings ever constructed on Earth; however, there are other skyscrapers around the world that will soon dwarf Burj Khalifa’s height as well!

Burj Khalifa offers visitors who pay a fee access to an observation deck near where they can see quite far into Dubai, including many other famous landmarks such as Palm Jumeirah and World Islands—some people even say that if you look hard enough you can see Jebel Jais Mountain or Ras Al Khaimah!

You can also see lights twinkling off nearby buildings at night which looks pretty cool when they reflect off of water surfaces like those found here in Dubai’s creek area (or creek network).

Dubai Mall Fountain Shows

The Dubai Mall Fountain Shows are a must-see attraction in Dubai. The fountain shows take place every hour on the half hour, so you can watch as many times as you want. The shows are choreographed to music and take place in front of the Burj Khalifa (Dubai’s most famous building), which is a great backdrop for the show. You don’t have to worry about missing out on these because they’re free!

There are two different kinds of fountains at this location: one that shoots water up into the air, and another that shoots water horizontally across multiple channels at once. So whether you’re more interested in seeing someone get wet or seeing some impressive fireworks effects, there will be something for everyone here!

Half Day Dubai City Tour

This 6-hour tour also known as Half day Dubai city tour, that includes a visit to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Desert Safari. The tour is available in English or Arabic, and you’ll have a guide throughout your time in Dubai.

The minimum number of people required to book this tour is four (you’ll need at least three more people to join you), so if you’re traveling solo or as part of a small group with no friends or family members nearby then it’s probably best to look elsewhere for activities.

This full-day tour departs at 9 am from your hotel and returns around 6 pm; tickets cost $99 per person for adults aged 12 years old or older and $50 per child aged 4-11 years old.

aerial photography of cityscape at nighttime

Dolphin Show in Dubai

The Dolphin Show is a show that you can watch in Dubai. It’s on the man-made island of The Palm and is located near the Atlantis Hotel. This show has been running since 1994 and features dolphins, sea lions, penguins and sharks. You’ll see them perform tricks as well as interact with their trainers. The show runs every day from 10am to 6pm (except Tuesdays) at an entrance fee of AED 135 per person.

Full Day Dubai City Tour

If you have less than a day to explore Dubai, then going for a full day Dubai city tour is worth as it allow you to explore majority of the tourist spot.   

The Dubai Mall is one of the largest malls in the world and offers visitors an impressive array of shops to choose from. There is also an ice-skating rink and even a mini-golf course located inside this massive complex.  

If you’re interested in seeing some iconic landmarks, then taking a trip up Burj Khalifa would be your best option. Its observation deck offers views over entire city as well as neighboring emirates such as Abu Dhabi and Sharjah so it’s worth checking out if you’re staying close by or preparing for long journey ahead via public transport

Dinner In The Sky Dubai (Luxury Dining Experience)

The Dinner In The Sky Dubai experience is an amazing way to spend the evening with your loved ones. With this experience, you will get to enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner while being suspended in the air by a crane. The dinner takes place on top of a specially designed platform that holds up to 10 people and features 360-degree views of Dubai’s skyline.

The menu includes everything from appetizers and salads to main courses and desserts – each dish has been carefully selected by our team of experienced chefs so that you can be sure it will be delicious! You also have access to unlimited wine during dinner if you wish!

Butterfly Garden in Dubai

The Butterfly Garden in Dubai is a luxurious attraction that will have you feeling like you’re in another world. The garden has a variety of butterflies from all over the world and is open to the public. It costs around $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old, so it’s not too expensive!

One thing to remember about this place is that it gets really hot during summer, so make sure you bring water along with you. If you want to see some really cool birds, then definitely check out this place! We recommend spending about two hours here before heading off for other things on your list if there are any left at this point!


Dubai offers a lot of exciting and fun things to do, whether you have one day or three. If you only have time for one activity in Dubai, we recommend visiting Burj Khalifa.

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