A few days layover in Dubai, what to do, where to stay?
I would highly recommend the Marriott Marquis. It is the tallest hotel in the world and the ratings on Trip Advisor are very good.
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Here is the quick and dirty of what I would do again in a millisecond!
The Souks! – I went back to the tapestry and spice souk 2 times (if you like to cook, which I do the Saffron is a must purchase – I also purchased the “Blue Oil” in solid form – which is wickedly powerful, but I love it!)
Abu Dubai is about 1.75 hours from Dubai and I did not take the trek.
For shopping, you can get all the top end stuff there but it is cheaper in the US. If you want unique Middle Eastern stuff, I was told to shop at the Souk in Sharjah. I was also told not to take a "guide" with me and just cab and go. I was told that if I took a guide from the hotel, that I would pay about 30% more for anything I would buy.
There is zero tolerance for drug use here even prescription narcotics like Percocet, valium etc.. If you have prescription medication with you, make sure the prescription on the bottle is in your name.
If you like to have a drink it was suggested to get booze duty free. You can buy up to 4 bottles of spirits at Dubai Duty free on arrival and it is quite cheap. Drinks at the hotel were VERY expensive and you will not be able to buy booze in a liquor store in Dubai unless you are a resident and have a booze license. At the Ritz, we paid $20 for a drink – that didn’t happen for long…
I did tea at the Burj Al Arab – self-proclaimed 7 star hotel – you can’t go see it unless you have reservations to eat or drink.
The Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) – have the concierge make you reservations and just get there and you get to see the entire city as well as the “World” and the “Palm” can only be seen from sea plane or helicopter or sky Dubai (sky diving).
The malls are unreal – I had a camel’s milk cappuccino and then purchased the dark chocolate – amazing. The mall has a waterfall, aquarium and ski slope in it.
We did a desert safari – very overrated for me because our driver was cray cray! Camel ride on the beach and our hotel (Ritz) was right on Jumeriah Beach, so I was not in the financial district but visited the financial region. I had 2 vacations in one with the ritz being directly on the Persian Gulf – clear water!
The Mosque was cool as well as the museum – see the history of the city.
I stayed at the Marriott Marquis in the summer of 2016. I'd certainly recommend it as a hotel, but the location is not good for a tourist. You'd need to get a taxi or use the nearby metro to get to any tourist attraction, and the metro stops running relatively early in the evening if you're planning a night out.
I'll be going to Dubai again this summer and this time I've booked a hotel (not a Marriott) in the Dubai Creek area, which I think should be a better location.
You may want to consider visiting Ferrari World near Abu Dhabi, if you like theme parks & want to ride one of the world’s fastest roller coasters.
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