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What do you think of when you hear of the term ‘Transit flight’? Mostly unpleasant things like getting stuck and wandering around in some foreign unfamiliar airport for hours, while waiting for your flight to the destination you are heading for. Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has many flights that transit at Dubai airport, but rest assured, your stopover in Dubai will not just be another boring, meaningless chore. Instead, your stopover in Dubai can be a thrilling experience filled with fun activities

Dubai is famous for being a rich man’s playground, but believe it or not, there is something for every traveler in the wide range of activities in this bustling city.

Dubai Mall

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Calling the Dubai Mall big is simply an understatement. Other than an unbelievable choice of shopping and eating outlets, the mall contains a 22-screen cinema, an indoor theme park called Sega World, Kidzania for the children, a huge aquarium and an actual ice-skating rink. If you happen to be in the mall around 6pm, remember to catch the 6pm evening show at Dubai fountain where world-class entertainment will be showcased.

Burj Khalifa

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No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. Be amazed by this engineering and architectural marvel, we guarantee you will be bowled over by the amazing views at the observation decks. Do remember to book your entrance tickets in advance online as tickets are significantly more expensive when bought at the door.

Gold Souk

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If you are looking to explore the more cultural and historical side of Dubai, visit the Gold Souk in Deira. While it is famous for its gold trade, you can also find other jewelry hand-designed by the locals. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, walking around and soaking in the lively atmosphere alone would prove to be highly interesting and educational. Just remember, though, that if you are looking to buy anything, haggle with the sellers to get the most bang for your buck!

Jumeirah Mosque

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Visit the majestic Jumeirah Mosque, which is the city’s largest mosque. There are 75 minute tours are conducted at 10am everyday for free, and questions on Islam or Dubai culture are welcomed. Do wear more modest, covered attire when you visit as a sign of respect for the religious grounds.

Dubai Museum

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Learn more about the history and people of Dubai at the Dubai museum. The trip is not only educational for the history junkies, but also filled with tons of Insta-worthy moments for the rest of us who are looking for exotic backgrounds for our OOTD photos. Entry fees are very affordable at around AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children – a really good deal. There are also a couple of other museums around the area, some of which are even free.

Ski Dubai

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be skiing in the middle of the desert? Wonder no more and head to Ski Dubai, which contains 85-metre-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run. Sounds impressive huh?

Sand-boarding at the sand dunes

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Sand dunes are the thing to check out in Dubai. The sight of them alone is enough to take your breath away because they are so beautiful and memorable. Sliding down those sand dunes is a whole different experience altogether. A drive out to the sand dunes from the city area is required, so a car or jeep would have to be booked in advance. Also, do head out early because sand-boarding in the afternoon heat of Dubai is akin to skin suicide.

Dubai metro

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To explore the city without spending a bomb, try out the modern and very convenient Dubai metro. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by how friendly the fare is – a red ticket (for tourists and visitors) that covers 10 trips or 5 daily passes only costs AED2. That’s even cheaper than train fares in many other cities in the world! Enjoy the views from the metro that run above city and have large windows, and drop off at any stop you find might interest you!

With Emirates Airlines in Dubai, stopovers are not just an irritating interruption to your trip but a chance for you to visit another amazing travel destination! When travelling with Emirates Airlines, do remember to get your cashback from Shopback to get the most value out of your trip.