Known as the world’s entertainment capital, Dubai has made a name for itself as one of the most glitzy and glamorous cities. But there is so much more to this city brimming with incredible attractions. From hidden alleyways to colorful souks, from unspoiled beaches to infinite stretches of red Arabian sands, the UAE’s jewel is waiting to be explored. If you have 3 days in Dubai and are wondering how to spend it, we have crafted the perfect itinerary for you that covers many outstanding attractions.
Start your first day in Dubai with a visit to Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest malls. This massive mall consists of over 1200 shops, including local and luxury brands such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Bvlgari, and Tiffany & Co., among others. This sprawling mall has many entertainment options such as an Olympic size ice rink, a virtual reality park, Hysteria, several cinemas, Kidzania, and plenty of eateries. It is also home to one of the biggest aquariums globally, which will be your next stop.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
After having a hearty lunch at one of the eateries at the mall, proceed to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located on the second floor of the mall. It has won a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Acrylic Panel’ and has a suspended aquarium. You can walk through the tunnel and see some of the most fascinating aquatic animals such as sharks, seahorses, stingrays, piranhas, crabs, manta rays, water rats, and more. You can even sign up for feeding the sharks or try cage snorkelling if you are up for some excitement.
Your next stop is the imperial Burj Khalifa. This structure majestically adorns the Dubai skyline and is a must in your 3 days in Dubai itinerary. One of the fastest elevators in the world will take you to the top of this tallest building. Once you step out, you are welcomed by a spellbinding view of the entire city stretching all the way to the Persian Gulf. You can also enjoy an afternoon tea at one of the world’s highest restaurants – Atmosphere and watch a spectacular sunset.
In the evening, head outside the Dubai mall to watch one of the world’s largest choreographed fountain systems – the captivating Dubai Fountain. It shoots water to a height of over 500 feet into the air while amazing instrumental international or Arabian music plays in the background. You will be awestruck by the splendid spectacle of music, lights, and water.
At night, you can chill at one of the restaurants in the downtown area and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Commence your second day in the city with a visit to the iconic Dubai Frame. One of the recent attractions of Dubai’s ever-changing skyline, the Dubai Frame resembles a massive picture frame. Located in Zabeel Park, this breathtaking structure stands at the height of 150 meters and is 93-meter wide, with a bridge connecting the towers on top. The view from the top is fantastic, and visitors can catch a glimpse of the oldest areas of Dubai such as Deira and Karama on one side and contemporary Dubai such as Burj Khalifa and Emirates Tower on the other side.
Your next stop is the magnificent Palm Jumeirah, the first of its kind artificial archipelago in the world and one of the most attractive places in Dubai. This palm-shaped is dotted with imposing high rises, independent villas, expensive restaurants, and elegant apartment complexes. It is so colossal that it can be seen even from space. This whole place spells luxury and opulence like no other, and you can easily spend a few hours exploring this island. While here, don’t forget to see the stunning Atlantis hotel that sits like a crowning glory on the island’s corner.
Built on the artificial Bluewater islands, Ain Dubai, also known as Dubai Eye, is the world’s largest observation wheel. Situated 500 meters off the Jumeirah Beach coastline, this wheel has 48 comfortable capsules, which can accommodate approximately 1900 people in one round. You can enjoy dazzling views of the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Islands, and the nearby Dubai Marina. The capsules are made entirely of glass and feature LED screens that display information about the various attractions. You can enjoy 360-degree picturesque views of the entire city. You can also avail of VIP passes that will include access to private dining and bars.
Dhow Cruise Marina
Your last activity of the day can be a dhow dinner cruise on the grand Dubai Marina. This artificial canal is a waterfront development lined with hotels, malls, restaurants, and nightclubs. Set sail on a 2-hour journey and experience top-notch Emirati hospitality. Feast your eyes on the remarkable sights of skyscrapers and other monuments surrounding the Marina. Watch magical cultural performances such as the Tanoura dance show and Belly dancing. Savor a mouthwatering BBQ buffet dinner with various appetizers, soups, main course, and desserts.
Begin your third day with a visit to the historic Al Bastakiya Quarter. This place will take you back in time when Dubai was a fishing and pearl-diving town. You can see the sand-colored houses made of natural materials such as coral, sand, gypsum, stone, palm fronds, and mud. This place is replete with colorful art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. You can leisurely wander the lanes and enjoy the charm of this place.
Post that, visit the famous Dubai Museum, which is the oldest existing building in Dubai. You can find galleries depicting the locals’ daily lives, such as souks, deserts, mosques, marine life, and traditional houses. You can also see a vast collection of arts, antiques, weapons, and pottery from many parts of the world. The underground galleries are full of old maps and videos that showcase Dubai’s complete journey from its ancient days to the present global metropolis. It is a great way to learn about the rich history and culture of Dubai.
Dubai Creek and Souks
This saltwater creek was a significant part of the city’s trade in the past. It divides Dubai into two main areas, Bur Dubai and Deira. You can take an abra to cross the creek and visit the traditional markets of the city called ‘Souks.’ The Gold Souk and Spice Souk are the most popular ones here. Stroll down the narrow lanes, bargain with the vendors for the best rates on spices, teas, essential oils, dry fruits, herbs, traditional handicrafts, and footwear. The Gold Souk has over 100 stores that sell precious stones, gold, and diamonds, and you will be tongue-tied with the glittering display of jewellery on the store windows.
Book an evening desert safari and indulge in a unique experience. Take part in thrilling activities, including sand boarding, camel riding, quad biking, Shisha smoking, henna designing, and dune bashing. Enjoy fabulous Arabian hospitality at the campsite, where you can watch mesmerizing performances such as the Belly dancing, fire show, and Tanura dance show. Relish a scrumptious buffet dinner with an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. It is one of the most memorable ways to end your Dubai trip.
Dubai is such a humongous city that it is almost impossible to cover all the places in a few days. But we bet you that the city will wow you so much that you will return again and again for more.
Written by Neha Singh