Why Dubai – Dubai is luxury and very popular emirate of United Arab Emirates(UAE), This city is full of Superlatives, as you will find the world’s tallest building, the most glittering gold souk(market), most luxurious hotel of the world, largest man-made island The Palm, world’s largest natural flower garden. This all makes Dubai the fastest growing city in the world. What to see in Dubai? Explore Dubai and Feel like ROYALS in DUBAI. I have earlier written about the Things to do in Dubai, and now I will present many itineraries according to different tastes and ages with many stays, partying, and where to options in this Interesting Dubai Travel Guide.
Reasons for choosing Dubai – This glittering city is perfect for Adventurers, Luxury Travelers, Family traveling, Kids & Youngsters, Honeymooners, Solo Travelers, Event Hosting, Business & Corporate Meetings, Culture Lovers, Food Lovers, Shopper’s Delight, Theme Park Lovers.
Interesting Dubai Travel Guide | Dubai Itinerary
I will be presenting various itineraries, stay options, nightlife and restaurant option classified into many categories. Choose your suitable style by reading this interesting Dubai Travel Guide. You can also purchase Dubai Unlimited Pass which allows entry to 33 attractions. Click here to book Dubai Pass.
GENERAL ITINERARY FOR DUBAI –
DAY 1 – Dubai City Tour (Half Day), After Lunch goes for Burj Khalifa, Musical Fountain show at Dubai Mall, Aquarium at Dubai Mall. Book your tickets to Burj Khalifa Observation Deck in advance as evenings on the top of this world’s tallest building is always booked. If the show is full then reverse the plan like go for Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall in mornings till Lunch and do Dubai City Tour in the evening.
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DAY 2 – Go for Dubai Beaches in Morning. JBR beach is the most popular tourist attraction of Dubai with many activities and eating options on the beach. You can also go for other stunning beaches of Dubai. Lunch and Shopping at Mall of Emirates OR Visit Old Historic Al Fahidi area with some ethnic type of shopping at Al Fahidi Souk. Late Afternoon to Late night proceeds to Desert Safari.
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DAY 3 – Visit any theme park as this wonderful city has many theme parks – Legoland, Bollywood Park, Motiongate, IMG World of Adventures, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi Adventures and many more. If you finish theme parks around 5:00 P.M. then go for Dubai Marina Cruise with Dinner and Live Arabic Music/Dance on a cruise.
Dubai Deira Creek 2-Hour Dhow Dinner Cruise with 5 star buffet. Or click here to book Marina 2 hours Dhow cruise passing through modern architecture of Dubai.
DAY 5 – If you are visiting Dubai in the winter months then check these seasonal activities. Mornings at Miracle Garden and then after Lunch goes for Global Village till late at night. A day in Atlantis or book a show for Dolphin Aquarium.
FAMILY TRAVELERS WITH SMALL CHILDREN –
DAY 1 – Dubai City Tour and after Lunch goes for Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and have Dinner with Live Musical Fountain shows.
DAY 2 – Mornings at JBR Beach, Book a show for Dolphin Aquarium and after Lunch go for Desert Safari.
DAY 3 – Children themed Activity Parks like Legoland / Hub Zero / Kid Zania / Ski Dubai. In the evening go for Dubai Marina cruise with dinner, Live Music/Dance or go for Dubai Glow Garden & Dinosaur Park. Click here to purchase tickets for Legoland in advance.
DAY 4 – Visit Abu Dhabi.
DAY 5 – Early morning Dubai Frame visit and then go to Miracle Garden and late evenings at Global Village.
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LUXURY TRAVELERS ITINERARY –
DAY 1 – Dubai City Tour by Private Limousine Luxury vehicle (Half Day), Go for Burj Khalifa Tour with Dinner /Lunch at world’s Tallest Hotel. In between you can take Dubai Helicopter ride from the Palm to the Burj Khalifa. Click here to book helicopter ride in Dubai.
Click here to book for Burj Khalifa entrance ticket with Lunch at Armani Hotel
DAY 2 – Choose any of the Adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Micro Lighting, FlyBoarding, Zip Lining, Shark Diving at first half of the day and book your Lunch at Burj Al Arab. After lunch, you can go for Atlantis Lost Chambers or has an encounter with Dolphins at Dolphin Bay. Have Dinner at Atlantis.
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Go for 1.5 hour self-drive boat trip in Dubai near the landmarks of Burj Al Arab.
Click here to book your French Lunch at the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab
Book your tickets for La Perle by Dragone – Live Show
DAY 3 – Morning start with Miracle Garden Tour and come back to Souk Madinat Jumeirah for Lunch. Have lunch with beautiful views of canals and Burj Al Arab. In evening book a Bollywood Park show or some live show at Dubai Opera.
DAY 4 – Abu Dhabi City Tour and there go for world’s Best High Tea at Emirates Palace.
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YOUNG / ADVENTURE TRAVELERS ITINERARY FOR DUBAI –
DAY 1 – Zip Line at Dubai Marina and then water sports at JBR Beach nearby. After Lunch plan for Burj Khalifa Tour with Musical Fountain show and Observation Deck visit.
DAY 2 – Motion Gate / IMG World of Adventures full day and check Vibrant Night Life of JBR The Walk. Or Take a 1.5 hours speed boat experience around Burj Al Arab, Marina and Atlantis. Click here to book speed boat tours.
DAY 3 – Morning start with Ski Dive or Hot Air Ballooning and then after Lunch book a Desert Safari where you can have Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding and ride a Quad Bike.
DAY 4 – Dive with the professional divers at Dubai Mall Aquarium or Try Ice Skating at Olympic sized Dubai Ice Rink. After Lunch – Al Qudra Cycling Trail or Book Mountain safari at Hajar mountain ranges, Hatta.
DAY 5 – Ferrari World at Abu Dhabi or Watch Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit
ITINERARY FOR HONEYMOONERS –
DAY 1 – Morning – Book Private Luxury Yacht and take a sail around Burj Al Arab, Atlantis with stunning Dubai skyline view. After Lunch book Sunset at Observation Deck of world’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa and Dine at Atmosphere on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa or dine at restaurants which have a view of famous musical fountains.
DAY 2 – Mornings at JBR beach or any other stunning beaches of Dubai. After lunch on Beach visit Miracle Garden with colorful flowers all around (Check opening timings as it is seasonal activity – opens in winter months). If you are planning for summer then Book your Lunch in Atlantis with Dolphin encounters there. Evenings – Shopping at Mall of Emirates or Ibn Battuta Mall.
DAY 3 – Shopping at Al Fahidi Souk (check opening timings as on Friday it opens after 4:00 P.M.) Abra Ride at Old Creek. After Lunch book your Desert safari. Also, you can have one night stay in Luxury Desert resorts – a perfect romantic destination where you can have sunset and star gazing in deserts with all other desert adventures. Book your Luxury Desert resort by clicking here.
DAY 4 – Full day – Choose any one Theme Park or Water Park. In evening book your Romantic Dinner at Luxury or Traditional styled Marina cruise with a view of the glittering skyline of Dubai. On Cruise, you will be entertained by traditional music/dance. Click here to book your Wild Wadi Adventures.
DAY 5 – Book your Couple Spa Treatment date. Dubai offers wide choices in Luxury spas for couples with many pampering therapies. After Spa, book your Lunch at Burj Al Arab and evening tea at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Sail across the canals of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and then check vibrant and colorful nightlife of JBR beach.
DAY 6 – Explore Underwater world together with professional divers and dive with sharks at Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo or Dolphin encounters at Atlantis. After Lunch Book Hot Air Balloon Ride over the desert with a beautiful sunset in the desert.
ITINERARY FOR PEOPLE HAVING SHORT LAYOVER / 24 HOURS IN DUBAI –
- Take Metro from Airport and head straight to Dubai Mall for Burj Khalifa, Observation Deck (book tickets in advance), Aquarium with some shopping.
- From Dubai Mall, you can take a sightseeing bus for the whole Dubai tour which takes you to major attractions or you can hire a Taxi or Metro to reach all major attraction within 2 to 3 hours.
- Dine at Burj Al Arab / Atlantis / JBR Beach / Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Read more about how to spend one day in Dubai for a short layover.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI | First Timers Dubai Travel Guide
Hotel stays in Dubai can be categorized into 5 parts.
- DUBAI MARINA
- OLD HISTORIC DUBAI
- STAYCATION RESORTS WHICH ARE AT AN HOUR’S DRIVE FROM DUBAI
DOWNTOWN DUBAI – Here you will stay very close or with a view of the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall (Asia’s biggest Mall). This area is 25 minutes away from the Airport. Can be reached through Metro and Taxis. The most popular tourist area of the city with many lavish restaurants, cafes, hotels and shopping area. Book your service apartment with all facilities and overlooking Burj Khalifa by clicking here.
Check Hotel Selection below according to your budget, types, and area.
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DUBAI MARINA –A manmade waterfront promenade which is sprawling with many tourist activities like cruising, ziplining, shopping or eating out in lavish restaurants. With a view of high rises across the waterfront and yachts sailing around, book your comfortable stay with many choices of stay. Metro and Taxis connect to this place. A 35-minute drive from the airport. Click here to book your service apartment overlooking Marina with all facilities.
JUMEIRAH BEACH – Beach style of holiday stay with many activities and have a view of the sea from your room. There are many beach style resorts with private beach access, sunbath area, beach parties, and offers water sports for their residents. In evening whole area is very vibrant and you can have a walk along the whole area to select your favorite restaurants(international and local cuisine) and beach clubs. Tram, Metro, and Taxis connect to this place. A 35-minute drive from the Airport.
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KEYS PLEASE HOLIDAY HOME
OLD HISTORIC DUBAI – The historic area of Dubai houses many museums, old markets, buildings, and religious sites. Live here to explore old markets, ethnic handicrafts, local eateries take the glimpse of local architecture and culture. Al Fahidi Souk and Deira Souk are the most famous traditional markets in this area. 10 minutes drive from the Airport. Can be reached through Metro and Taxis.
STAYCATION RESORTS – There are many themed resorts amidst deserts, mountain ranges with a lot of adventure activities in nature. Surrounded by nature, peaceful& relaxed stay adorned with many luxuries. 1 or 2 hours drive from the main city. You can always ask for their shuttle service which is sometimes paid or within the room rent or can be reached through Taxis or private driven vehicles.
WHERE TO EAT | Dubai Food Guide
Dubai offers diverse cuisine made by award-winning chefs from all over the world with many luxuries and offers. Go for a Gastronomy Tour in Dubai and get absorbed in luxury of the unique restaurant and pamper your taste buds with the finest cuisine.
Related Reads – Diverse Cuisine Food Tour In Dubai
HOW TO COMMUTE – Interesting Dubai Travel Guide
Public transport is very reliable, safe, on-time and very clean. I recommend at least one ride in the metro, tram as they pass along through beautiful skylines of the city. Taxis (RTA Dubai) or Uber are also other reliable sources to travel all around. For going to nearby Emirates, you can either by taxi or air-conditioned Intercity buses. Click here for Dubai Metro Timetables.
NIGHTLIFE – Interesting Dubai Travel Guide
This city will surprise you with a vibrant nightlife. There are many options which you can go for. There are various night bars and clubs in the city which offer entertainment and invite Solomun, Davit Guetta, Carl Cox or 50 cents as well as many upcoming artists for a weekly basis. Due to the licensing laws, mostly these nightclubs are located inside the hotels or are connected to hotels. The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years and also when you are going back home, then rent a cab as drinking and driving are not allowed here. Most bars open after 9:00 P.M. till 3:00 A.M. and are very busy on weekends. Most hotspots offer Ladies nights on Tuesday or Wednesday where ladies can enter for free and are also offered with few free drinks. You can read more about Ladies day offers in Dubai. So wear your beautiful cocktail dress and head to
Sensation Club (One of the best nightclubs)
Inner City Zoo
Pure Sky Lounge and Dining
Barasti Beach (Beach type of nightclub)
Lock, Stock & Barrel
& many more…….
WHAT AND WHERE TO SHOP IN DUBAI – The local products to shop here are Gold, Dates, Dry Fruits, Attar (Hand Made Perfumes), Arabic style fabrics, sand art bottles, Arabic letters sculpted in jewelry, Arabic sweets like Baklava, and many more.
Here you will also find the best brands and luxury shopping too
- Mall of Emirates, Dubai Mall or Ibn Battuta Mall for luxury brands.
- Factory Outlets branded stores at Dubai Outlet Mall
- Ethnic shopping at Al Fahidi Souk, Deira Souk or Global Village (seasonal)
- Beach style of shopping on JBR beach or Sunset Mall
- Famous Super or Hypermarkets – LuLu, Carrefour, Spinneys, Al Maya, Waitrose & Choitrams.
- Souvenirs you will get at all tourist places or at kiosks in malls and sometimes in hypermarkets also.
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Basic Phrases of Arabic – Shukran ( Thank You), Marhaba (Hello), Kayfa Haaluka (How are you?), anaa Aasif ( I am sorry)….
So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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