Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is a superlative-craving society that has created the world’s tallest building, an island shaped like a palm tree, a huge indoor ski paradise and the world’s fastest roller coaster. Famous for Burj Khalifa, Dubai has much more in store for travelers and vagabonds. Get ready to spend three luxurious days in Dubai and feel the thrill, peace, adventure and gluttony in the city and get ready to daydream because I am taking you on a a long weekend in Dubai for 3 days and this is how your itinerary is going to look like! However, before that, lets have a look at a few facts to get a hang of the city.
Language: Arabic and English
Currency: Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
Food: Emirati Food: shawarma, hummous, tabbouleh, Ghuzi, Matchbous
Attractions: Al Hallab, Bastakia Quarter, Bice Mare, Bur Dubai Abra Dock, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Gold and spice souk, Souk Al Bahar, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Activities: Desert Safari
Day 1: Dubai
The world’s second largest shopping mall based on total area, Dubai Mall is adorned with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue. Complete with waterfalls, an aquarium and a zoo, a multitude of restaurants, an ice rink, kids’ play areas, multiplex cinemas, and 1,200 stores, Dubai Mall is right underneath the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man-made building in the world) and next to the Dubai Fountain.
Timings: 10 AM–11 PM
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is the largest suspended aquariums in the world. The aquarium houses over 140 species f aquatic animals including over 300 sharks and rays.
It has the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. Take a stroll through a 48-metre, walk-through tunnel and you can also take a glass-bottom boat tour, get wet in a snorkeling cage and even go swimming with the sharks. You can enjoy delicious lebanese seafood cuisine at Al Hallab restaurant in The Dubai Mall, 2nd Floor.
Timings: 10 am–11 pm
Tickets: AED 100
At 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is the tallest artificial structure in the world. This megatall skyscraper in Dubai has 148 stories and offers access to the highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, a symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East.
Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 10AM-10PM, Thursday to Saturday: 10AM-12AM
Tickets: AED 75- AED 400
Souk Al Bahar
Souk Al Bahar is an Arabic-style shopping mall with antique carpet and lifestyle stores, plus waterfront dining. The place is connected to the Dubai Mall by bridge on the lower ground floor and is full of quality souvenir shops offering expensive carpets, brass and copperware, shishas, art galleries, and traditional fashions. You can also enjoy scrumptious dinner ranging from seafood at Bice Mare to fine Arabic dishes at Al Malouf.
With 6,600 lights stretching for 275m over the Burj Lake, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake. With choreographed water jets shooting 150m into the air, ‘dancing’ in time to well-known classical tunes and world music, performances are held every 30 minutes between 6pm and 11pm. You can also enjoy The Dubai Fountain Lake Rides with the iconic Burj Khalifa as your backdrop.
Timings: Afternoon Shows
Daily except Friday: 1:00pm & 1:30pm
Friday: 1:30pm & 2:00pm
Daily: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
(Every 30 Minutes)
DAY 2: Dubai
The Dubai Heritage Village
The Dubai Heritage Village
The Heritage Village showcases ancient crafts, from pottery to cooking and weaving, while the Diving Village examines Dubai’s pearl-diving industry, which brought much wealth into the emirate. Built in 1997, at the Al Shindagha historic neighbourhood the village displays the traditional lifestyle in the Dubai emirates as well as the traditional customs, traditions, professions and local craftsmanship.
The most engaging neighborhood of Dubai, Bastakia Quarter’s labyrinthine lanes are lined with restored merchant’s houses, art galleries, cafés, and boutique hotels. Established at the end of the 19th century by well-to-do textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Bastakia is big on atmosphere and a delight to wander.
Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai built in 1787. The museum exhibits the emirate’s turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to a global centre of commerce, finance and tourism in engaging, multimedia fashion. The main exhibit kicks off at the end of a spiralling ramp with a 10-minute video featuring historical Dubai highlights from the 1930s to the 2000s.
Timings: Saturday-Thursday: 8.30am-8.30pm, Friday 2.30-8.30pm
Bur Dubai Abra Dock
For a memorable water-cruise take a 10 minutes boat ride from the very old Abra dock in the district of Bur Dubai. The boat is made up of traditional wood and is also known as dhow or Abra. The cruise takes you around many interesting sights, Textile Souk and some art galleries.
Gold And Spice souk
Dubai Spice Souk or the Old Souk is a traditional market in eastern Dubai and the souk comprises several narrow lanes which are lined with open and closed-roof stores. Likewise, the gold souk is lined up with glittery streets selling gold, silver and precious stones.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an Upmarket resort complex with 2 hotels & numerous restaurants & bars, plus a spa & private beach. It is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort.
DAY 3: Dubai
Your third day in Dubai is going to be the most adventurous and active with an exciting trip to water park and a thrilling desert safari experience. Feel the rush of excitement at Aquaventure Water park Dubai overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline-pumping rides and slides.
This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools.
Timings: 10 am-5:30 pm
Tickets: AED 215- AED 260
How can you miss this thrilling experience when in Dubai? This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. Watch this exciting video to know what it is going to be like!