Africa & Middle East

Why stop in Dubai?

Far too many of us touch down in Dubai and never leave the glistening white walls of the modern terminal building. If you are planning a trip (whoop!), or even have one booked (double whoop!) here’s 7 reasons why you should make your stay in Dubai 48 hours, rather than 4:

1.Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building is probably worth some attention right? Any first time visit to Dubai must include a trip up to the observation deck of this iconic skyscraper. On route be sure to watch the Dubai Fountain display (best viewed in the evening) for a truly breath-taking (and free) experience. Top tip – book online and go for an off peak time to keep the cost low.


Here at STA we believe that a country with good food, is a country well worth visiting. Dubai is home to some of the most over-the-top and delicious restaurants in the world. For a truly memorable experience be sure to head to Satwa for a truly diverse range of restaurants and street food.  For more tips on where to eat when in Dubai check out our recommendations here!

dining in DUbai


We all need a bit of retail therapy every once in a while. And where better to indulge then at The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world (yes Dubai likes to do everything BIG). Alternatively, for those of you looking for a more traditional and fragrant shopping experience, check out the Spice Souk in the old city of Deira.
duabi mall


Yes you can ski in Dubai – pretty cool right? Hit the indoor slopes for a ski or snowboard session, perfect for both beginners and the more experienced snow bunny.

5.Desert Safari

Book yourself on to one of the four-wheeled drive desert safari tours for a fun and bumpy ride. Some trips include a BBQ dinner with entertainment – a hilarious evening which might even get you belly dancing!

Dubai Desert


There is sun all year round in Dubai. What more could you want? A lot of the beaches are privately owned by the hotels, but one of the best beaches in Dubai isn’t – head to Kite Beach or JBR for an afternoon of relaxation or watersports!

Don’t just sit in the airport for hours. Get out and see all that Dubai has to offer!