Our third day was the busiest day we had in Dubai so far and that would stay like this. Thanks to my planning of trying to fit in as many activities as possible in that one day, we managed to fill the day up until the brim and collapsed on our hotel beds in the late evening.
By the end, we couldn’t even feel our feet anymore which is also due to the immense size of the Dubai Mall.
Because the day was so long, I will dot down all the sights we did and give you an example of how you can see the most of Dubai in 14 hours
1. Miracle Garden:
Right after breakfast, we got changed into our cutest dresses and took the taxi to the Miracle Garden, the most instagram-able place in Dubai.
Entrance fee was 40 AED (10€)
And now, let the pictures speak for themselves:
We probably just stayed there for like an hour or something. The place is really really beautiful and impressive with all the petunias (I think that’s what those flowers are called) in all the different colours creating sculptures and pictures, so beautiful that you will feel like Alice in Wonderland <3
After leaving the park, we went to another sight nearby of only a 10-minute walking distance…
2. Butterfly Garden:
In this garden, there are hundreds and thousands of butterflys fluttering around the air, circling our heads. There are 4 different domes keeping butterflies that range from the smallest to the biggest species. Yet again, I felt like in a dream.
Here, the entrance fee was 50 AED (12,60€)
The people who worked in that park were really nice. They were trying to give us a great time by putting the butterflys on our hands, heads and bodies and showing us how we could take them ourselves without touching their delicate wings.
Because it was so hot and humid inside the butterfly garden, we were in urgent need of some refreshing drinks, so we took a taxi and headed to the Dubai Mall again.
3. Shopping at Dubai Mall:
The Dubai Mall is famous for offering various activities besides the main shopping purpose of a usual mall. I heard that the mall itself already opens at 6am, so that the people go for a run inside the mall because it is way too hot outside during summer. Then, there is the entrance to the Burj Khalifa, the Aquarium and Underwarter World, an ice rink, gaming halls and arcades for kids, and I think many more activities that we didn’t see.
First when we arrived, we had a seat at a cafe called Aubain which is right at the entrance and looks super cute with its white chairs and tables and the rest of the interior inside the cafe which we could only have a short peak because we were sitting outside.
My brother ordere coffee and water, my sister had a popcorn frappé and I ordered probably the yummiest ice tea ever: Jasmine Rose Iced Green Tea <3
After feeling energized and refreshed, we entered the Mall and went for a little shopping spree. We found so many amazing stores: Miss Selfridge, Topshop, New Look, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, several Cosmetic and Perfume Stores and many more. I only found some jewellery at Topshop. I was also intrigued by some bags and glasses but I decided they were too expensive and I could just order them if I needed to. At Victoria’s Secret, I was disappointed the most. I seriously don’t understand what everyone is hyping so much about that store. Of course, the runway shows are amazing, but no one is gonna walk around in angel wings. If you’d leave them out, the underwear itself just looks regular, nothing special. In my opinion Hunkemöller has way more beautiful and cute and sexy things offered.
4. Having pancakes with a view:
We were slowly getting hungry, so we went upstairs to look for food. I saw IHOP the day before, so I was dying to try that out this time. Two surprises await us: 1) we were seated at the terrace where we could have the most perfect view on the Burj Khalifa ever! 2) The price was really accurate, I’d even say quite cheap.
After eating up, we still had time until we could enter the Burj Khalifa which was at 5.30 pm. So we went outside to stroll around the area and take photos.
5. Visit the highest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa:
When it was 5.15pm we went back to the Burj Khalifa entrance at the Dubai Mall and were let inside. We could skip the lines which was pretty cool and in less than 30 minutes, we were greeted with drinks and macarons at the top of the Burj Khalifa at Level 148 which only measures 555 metres though, compared to the actual height of the tower which is 828 metres. So, although the tower itself is the highest building in the world, the observation deck is not. The observation deck at Shanghai Tower beats the one in Dubai, at a height of 561 metres, and in my opinion, the view you get on Shanghai is way more amazing and impressive than the view on Dubai.
Still, it was amazing to be on top of the highest tower and building in the world.
6. Dubai Fountain Show:
We stayed veeeery long at the top. I think around 2 hours, until it got dark. After that we left the tower for good to go downstairs and wait for the fountain show. It starts every half an hour but only lasts for 5 minutes. It is said to be the biggest fountain show now, even surpassing the one in Las Vegas.
7. Dubai Aquarium:
Our was still not over. Even though our phones and cameras were slowly dying, we still had the Aquarium. We wanted to have a visit since we had already spent the whole day in the mall. The entrance fee was not too high. We chose the basic entrance fee for 100 AED (25€) and could walk through the tunnel aquarium, go to the zoo and have a peek behind the scenes where they showed us how they were feeding the fish and breeding sharks which was suuuper interesting.
I learned for example that a species of sharks called ragged tooth shark or sand tiger shark have a cannibalistic breeding. When two eggs are bred, the baby sharks will try to eat each other when hatching, and the stronger one will survive. At the Dubai Aquarium, the shark keepers can now breed both. This cannbalistic breeding is also one of the reasons why this species of sharks is endangered.
I can suggest you 100% to visit the aquarium. Next time I go, I wann do more here, even considering a cage dive into the tank or the manta ray feeding.
8. Eat at the Food Court of Dubai Mall:
Just like any other usual mall, the Dubai Mall also has a huge food court with many fast food restaurants as well as international fast cuisines, ready to eat or take out. We found a Lebanese place which served Falafel sandwiches and fresh even vegan-friendly dishes Because my phone and camera were dead, I couldn’t take a photo, but you have to eat at a lebanese place once in your life. It is extremely yummy and I am craving it so much right now <3
By the time we carried ourselves back to the hotel (with lots of walking to the taxi pick-up and almost being scammed by a creepy Lexus driver who seemed to follow us everywhere), the only thing we could do was take off our shoes and faint into our beds.
It was a long day packed with the most popular activities you can possibly do in Dubai.
What about you guys? Have you ever had such an activity-filled day during your travels? When and where was it?
Thanks for reading and travelling with me!