Arriving at 7.30am in Dubai wecleared customs, check in bags at left luggage and got onto the metro 2hours later. I wasn’t in a rush, we had a 15 hour lay over! My plan was to see the beach. I wanted to tick of seeing the gulf coast the famously stylish Buji Al Arab Hotel.
From Barcelona Emirates flies their new fleet of A380 Airbus. Sleek interior with loads of overhead baggage space. Lots of leg room between the rows and a large LCD TV screen. Plus USB ports to charge your phone or other devices!!when flying into Dubai in the day light you get to see the Arabic desert.
Arrival in Dubai
At Terminal 3 which is exclusively for Emirates flights:Pass through immigration and go through to the arrival lounge.
Leave your carry on luggage
Exit to your left and find the luggage/lost office. Take a ticket from outside and wait your turn. Things move quite quickly.
Its 30 AED for each item. I left my laptop and felt like they looked after it.
Opening times: Saturday – wed 5.30 to 12.00
Thurs 5.30 -1am, 10-1 Friday ( Sat & Tues)
After all the reading up and trying to figure it out what was most cost effective we bought the all day ticket which allows unlimited travel.
Or you can pay for single trips if you have a clear itinerary in mind. Rechargeable metro card at the metro counter
You buy the tickets at the info kiosk outside the metro entrance. The person is patient and well informed about travel in the city.
Metro Card costs:
Firstly You buy a card for AED2, then choose the option
- Day pass for 20 AED – Unlimited travel for 1 day in all zones
- Red Nol card top up 10 trips
- Red Nol single trips
Single red card, the trip cost 0,68 – 1,77 USD = 2.5 – 6.5 AED depending on the distance of travel
Metro to First Gulf Bank station
Exit the metro at First Gulf Bank, across the road is a small shop that servers coffees and pastries. Here I had my first vege Samosa.. I’m into street food and when out in a new city this is what I go for.
From here you can’t cross Sheikh Zayed Road the main highway in Dubai with sometimes up to 6 lanes per direction.
You will need to catch a taxi for the 7.62km which is about a 10 mins ride and will around costs 22 AED (5.63 euro)
For sunset beach, behind Sunset mall right next to Jumeirah beach hotel dreamy views of Buj Al Arab
——-Taxi to dubai mall metro –AED 25 (6euro)
Walk to dubai mall entrance 10 mins, ground floor c
2pm Collect/print tickets
2.30 – 4.30 Buji Kalifa
The Burj Khalifa’s viewing deck closes at 1 AM. However, you can tour the outside of the building and watch the fountains. First fountain show starts at 6pm for 3-5 mins and is every 30 mins
Sunset- 17.30 (sunrise 6.59)