Upon our arrival in Dubai, we will have arranged airport transfers waiting for us to take us to our hotel. To ensure we make the most of our first day in Dubai, I have aligned our arrival and departure times with the hotel's check-in/check-out timing, which is around 2:00 PM and 12:00 NN. This will ensure a smooth check-in process and give us plenty of time to explore the city without any inconvenience.
We plan to fulfill one of my bucket list items by experiencing a stay on the Queen Elizabeth 2. After having lunch, we will take the Heritage Tour of the ship and immerse ourselves in its rich history. Many original features are still preserved, allowing guests to explore the ship's public spaces and learn about its incredible legacy. We can marvel at the elegant ballroom, iconic funnel, and bridge, which provide an authentic glimpse into the QE2's storied past.
Our first stop will be the famous Dubai Mall, one of the city's top attractions with over 1,300 retail outlets, luxury brands, and unique dining options. I have scheduled a visit for the first day itself to ensure we have ample time to explore everything the mall has to offer.
Next, we will experience the thrilling bullet elevator ride at Burj Khalifa and be left in awe by the stunning panoramic views once we reach the top. Finally, we can end the day with a dinner with a view of the Dubai Fountain and be mesmerized by the rhythm of the dancing fountain show at night in the Dubai Mall.