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If you find yourself stuck in Dubai waiting for your connecting flight, there is no reason why you should waste your time at the airport. In one day you can experience a lot, so don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in this city of superlatives and enjoy the towering skyscrapers, the fantastic old town and the beauty of the bazaars that burst with aromas and colours.

Transfer to city centre – 8:00 o’clock

To go from the airport to the city centre, you can grab a cab right outside the arrivals terminal. Depending on the traffic, the ride to the city centre could take anytime between 10 minutes to 2 hours. If you prefer, you could also use the metro – the red line runs from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, and the green line is accessible from Terminal 2.

Deira City Centre – 9:00 o’clock

deira city center
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The Deira City Centre is a good place to start your hot-on hop-off tour in a double-decker Big Bus. For €40 you can purchase a pass that will let you discover Dubai’s most impressive sights without too much hassle. The double-decker buses also come with audio guides; this is a good way to find out more about the city without having to buy a travel guide.

To begin, hop on the Blue Route – if you wish, you can also download the app for the tour.

Jumeirah Mosque – 9:30 o’clock

Dubai Jumeirah Mosque

First, stop and visit the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest mosque in Dubai and one of the few in the city that allows entry to non-Muslims.  Every Tuesday, Thursday and on the weekends, there is a 75 minute tour starting at 10:00 o’clock where you can learn more about this fantastic building and the Muslim faith. To go inside you must be dressed accordingly; however, if necessary, you can borrow some traditional clothes on site. If you do not have time to go in, you should still stop to admire the impressive exterior and snap some photographs.

Jumeirah Public Beach 10:30 – 11:30 o’clock

Burj al Arab

Stop and see the magnificent Jumeirah Public Beach, with its white sand and turquoise waters. We recommend you go on a camel ride along the beach from where you’ll be able to admire Palm Jumeirah (an artificial island built in the shape of a palm tree) and the iconic Burj Al Arab.

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