Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the whole world. If you are traveling across the globe and need to make a stopover for some period of time, you might have to stay in Dubai for a night. If you cannot book a flight from your country to your destination country, you can fly to Dubai, where you can take another flight to that country from there.
To be allowed to make a stopover in Dubai, you need to book Dubai stopover packages. From there, the Dubai International Airport will handle everything. A stopover package pays for a meet and greet, 24-hour check ins, tours, and other activities. After paying for your flight ticket, you can order Dubai stopover packages online to include your stopover. You will not be able to make this change, however, when it is less than 48 hours before you are scheduled to take off.
For travelers in most countries, a visit visa may be required in order to visit Dubai. A 30 day visa will be given to you for free. You can also pre-apply for a visit visa online, but you would also need to additionally apply for what is known as a 96-hour transit visa.
Even if your stopover lasts for only a few hours before making it to your next flight, getting out of the airport to explore the city of Dubai is well worth it. For one, you will enjoy getting up, walking around, and enjoying the fresh air after several hours of being on a plane. In the time you are sitting at the airport for several hours more, you can get a taste of what Dubai has to offer, and it will not take much time at all.
From Dubai International Airport, you will travel anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes to get to most parts of the city. Getting to downtown Dubai or old Dubai will take roughly around 15 minutes if you ride in a car or taxi. Some top attractions you can visit within this proximity are the Dubai Mall, Dubai Water Canal, and the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Marina and Kite Beach will take about a half hour to get to. Dubai International Airport is conveniently located in the heart of the city, so no matter where you are in Dubai, traveling to return to the airport will not take long, and the chances of you getting lost are slim.
The Dubai Metro is one of the cheapest methods of getting around Dubai. The Dubai Metro is in service for 18 hours a day, and a train arrives to each station every 10 minutes, so you should not be in any hurry to catch the next train or wait that long for it to arrive. You can purchase transport cards at these stations.
If you need to stay overnight in Dubai, there are a handful of hotels to stay in that are both affordable and inviting. Checking into a hotel in downtown Dubai will give you some time to explore the area on foot before returning and getting to sleep for the night.
And of course, do not worry about any possible language barriers, as English is a common language spoken among the city’s population.
Dubai is a wonderful city to explore, even if you are just stopping over for a period of time in between two other countries. If you enjoy your brief time in this city, perhaps you can consider returning for a longer time for a vacation in the near future.