Dubai: the very name evokes images of an ultra-modern city with towers piercing the skyline, flanked by the glittering waters of the Persian Gulf on the one hand and the vast desert sands of Arabia on the other. Head to this ancient port city for a luxurious weekend getaway and discover why all the portrayals of Dubai as a paradise for shoppers and more is justified.

Day 1

Begin your day by driving down the Palm Jumeirah

Shaped like a palm tree, the Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest man-made island. A drive through the luxury houses and beautiful streets is sure to be a singular experience. You can also go for a sky diving session at Sky Dive Dubai for a thrilling experience.

Enjoy a gourmet lunch

To get a sense of Dubai’s cosmopolitan identity, you could try some of the global cuisines offered there. Massimo’s Italian Restaurant, Bice and Armani Ristorante, Tribes, Miyabi Sushi and Bento, Zuma restaurant, and the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge are just some of the places that should be on your list.

Complete your day with retail therapy and more at the Dubai Mall

With over a thousand stores and luxury brands, there is no better place than Dubai Mall for shopaholics. There is also a four-storey high indoor fountain, the world’s largest single glass aquarium, an ice-skating rink, and a whole host of food options available once your shopping spree is done. End the day on a high note with a visit to the sky deck of the world’s tallest man-made structure at 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa. Simply take an elevator ride from within Dubai Mall to the top for stunning night views of the city!

Day 2

Take a morning walk along the Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is a must for any visitor to the city.Enjoy a yacht trip from the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Explore the boutiques, restaurants and activities on the Marina. Head down to Jumeirah Beach from the Marina to relax by the sea and see the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab Hotel.

Shop for jewellery at the Deira Gold Souk

Keep your afternoon, and wallet, free for a trip to the famous gold market in Deira. With its vast variety of goods, reasonable prices, and fabulous craftsmanship, this glittering gold market dazzles the eye with displays of jewel-encrusted necklaces, rings, and bangles.

Spend your evening Dune-bashing on the Desert Safari and Camp

Experience the deserts of Dubai up close by going on a Desert Safari. This unique experience will take you dune-bashing in a powerful four-wheel drive across the undulating sand dunes of Dubai. Afterwards, relax at the fireside camp with an authentic Bedouin setting where you can indulge in traditional Arab delicacies and witness professional belly dancing and other cultural performances.

The easiest and fastest way to see all the sights of Dubai in a limited timeframe is with a rental car picked up straight from Hertz’s airport outlet. So pack your bags and don’t waste a moment as you head out to explore this incredible city!