When you have only a few days to spend at a top destination such as Dubai, you’ll be doing a lot of research and planning on the places to visit in Dubai and things to do there. You’ll want to leverage every moment in those few days to see the best of Dubai and participate in the top activities. We’ve put together a 3 days in Dubai itinerary for you, which you can use to enjoy Dubai’s attractions to the fullest. We’ve taken care to include the very best of Dubai in it, including the most recently opened attractions. So go ahead, print it out and enjoy a scintillating 3 days in the glam capital of the world, Dubai.
Get To Know Dubai
- Transport: The cheapest transport in Dubai is the Metro. The Metro reaches every corner of Dubai, except the Palm Islands and Deira.
- Stay: Downtown Dubai has the cheapest accommodation in all of Dubai. Also, you can reach every corner of Dubai from the downtown area, including all the happening places.
3 days in Dubai
Day 1: Itinerary – Morning and Afternoon
- Burj Khalifa At The Top Experience: You enter the Burj Khalifa via the Dubai Mall on the ground floor, and ride the world’s third fastest elevator to the 125th floor. This is the At The Top experience of the Burj, which offers a 360 degree view of the surroundings, beyond the desert all the way to the sea.
- Dubai Mall: One of the largest shopping malls in the world, Dubai Mall has more than 1200 shops, 1000+ eateries, a mega multiplex cinema, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and a horde of other attractions including an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink. It’ll take you several hours just to browse all the attractions at Dubai Mall and get some shopping done.
- Dubai Fountain: The mesmeric Dubai Fountains are located directly below the Burj Khalifa. You can watch the huge sprays of water climb all the way up to 45 floors from the observatory deck. It’s an incredible choreographed fountain system set on the Burj Khalifa Lake. The Dubai Fountains is one of the top things to do and see in Dubai.
Day 1: Itinerary – Evening
- Dubai Desert Safari: If you’re opting for the evening or overnight safari, you’ll enjoy a fabulous BBQ buffet meal under the stars. Before that, however, you can enjoy camel riding in Dubai desert along with sand boarding, quad biking, and dune bashing. After all the adrenalin-pumping sports, you’re taken to a Bedouin camp for a fabulous Emirati and intercontinental BBQ dinner. Get your tripod out for some sunset photography if you’re into it. You can enjoy getting your hands and feet painted with henna and watch the gripping Tanura show and some scintillating belly-dancing. That’s 6 hours of non-stop fun and a night under the stars if you’ve signed up for the overnight safari.This is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Dubai.
Day 2 Itinerary: Morning and Afternoon
- Helicopter Tour: Enjoy a wonderful helicopter ride over the scintillating Dubai skyline first thing in the morning. It’ll be absolutely fantastic, with the dawn sun’s rays shining on the skyscrapers and the pristine manmade Palm Jumeirah Islands. Get up close to the Palm Islands and take pictures with a telephoto lens.
- Old Dubai: Spend the rest of the morning and afternoon exploring the old Dubai areas, which include Bur Dubai and Al Fahidi Historical District or Bastikaya. Get a glimpse of the architecture and the culture of the days before oil was struck. Visit the Dubai Museum to understand how the Middle East survived on pearl diving and fishing before the oil boom. Explore the spice and gold markets of Bur Dubai to your heart’s content.
- Abra Ride: Cross the Dubai Creek in the wooden vessel, the abra and explore the village of Deira. Check out the pashmina shawls and the hand-knotted carpets.
Day 2: Itinerary – Evening
- Dubai Marina Walk: This walk is 7 kilometres long and runs alongside the Marina Bay. As you stroll at leisure, be sure to get an eyeful of the fancy and super luxurious yachts moored at the marina, backed by the stunning backdrop of the tallest cluster of skyscrapers, all lit up to the nines. Top-tier restaurants and cafes line the marina; there’s a rich ambience to this area that spells sheer luxury.
- Ibn Battuta Mall: Even if you’ve got all your shopping done, give this mall a visit for the sheer design and architecture which makes it worth a visit. The Ibn Batuta mall is the largest themed shopping mall in the world, consisting of six courts whose designs are inspired by the countries that were visited by the Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta. So there’s a floor for Egypt, China, India, Persia, Tunisia and Andalusia with décor that represents these regions. It’s simply magnificent.
Day 3 – Itinerary: Morning and Afternoon
- Ski Dubai: Here’s a ski resort, a proper ice and snow winter resort, built in the middle of the desert. The entire area, as big as several football fields, is maintained at a steady -2 degree Celsius. There are five ski slopes of varying difficulty, plus a sled and toboggan run, a cute little ice cave and a 400 meter diamond run and a penguin zone. You can get skiing lessons here and tackle the beginners’ slope as well.
- Dubai Frame: This fantastic 152 meter tall picture frame is set in Zabeel Park, overlooking New Dubai while looking back at Old Dubai. The frame is supposed to represent both the past and the future, with relevance to the present. The two towers of the picture frame are connected by a glass bridge that you’ll have to cross to get to the other side. Enjoy scintillating 360 degree views all the way across Dubai and beyond from here.
- High Tea at the Burj Al Arab: Admission to the world’s only 7-Star hotel is highly restricted. The best way to enjoy the hotel is to book High Tea reservations at the SkyView bar. After enjoying your tea, you can explore parts of the hotel that allow visitors.
Day 3 – Itinerary: Evening
- Dhow Cruise: Enjoy a wonderful cruise on a renovated ancient wooden vessel, the Dhow. The dhow was once used for trading and smuggling purposes and is now a cruise vessel. You can opt for a cruise on Dubai Creek, Dubai Canal or along the Dubai Marina. Enjoy on-board entertainment and some wonderful BBQ dinner. On this two-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy watching the absolutely magnificent Dubai landmarks all lit up, their lights reflected in the water as you move. The dhow cruise will be the best part of your 3 days in Dubai itinerary.
3 days in Dubai may not seem like a lot of time to see what the city has Dubai has to offer. That’s partly true, but if you follow our itinerary, you can still get a lot out of your three days in the most glamorous city in the world. We hope you visit Dubai and make the most out of your trip! We also suggest you read our article on best travel apps to help you plan your trip better
This is a guest post authored by Neha Singh from Dubai Wikia. She is a full-time travel blogger by profession , an avid reader and loves to travel. Do check out her blog where she pens down her travel adventures and experiences.