Interesting Dubai Travel Guide

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. 

Interesting Dubai Travel Guide
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
Skyline of Dubai City

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.

Click below and check for Best Ticket rates for

 Burj Khalifa Floor No. 124, 125 and 148 with Skip the Line option

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets 

Burj Khalifa Floor No. 124, 125

Dubai Sightseeing Bus Tours

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.

Check –  Best Ticket rates for Morning Desert Safari 

or Evening Sunset Desert Safari at Red Dunes, Al Khayma Camp.

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Enjoy Desert Safari

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. 

Click here to book MotionGate or purchase Dubai Park and resorts combo tickets. 

IMG  World of Adventures

Dubai Marina Luxury Cruise with International Buffet.

Dubai Creek 2-Hour Dhow Dinner Cruise.

DAY 4 – Visit Abu Dhabi. Read about things to do in Abu Dhabi. Book your Abudhabi sightseeing tour by clicking here. 

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. 

Click here to book for full Miracle garden and Global Village tour with pick and drop facility. 

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. 

Book your Glow Garden tickets by clicking here. 

DAY 4 – Visit Abu Dhabi.

DAY 5 – Early morning Dubai Frame visit and then go to Miracle Garden and late evenings at Global Village. 

Check here to know the best rates for Dubai Frame.

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.

Click here to book for Burj Khalifa entrance ticket with Lunch at Armani Hotel 

OR Visit Level 124 with Dinner at Rooftop.

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. 

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab

Click here to book the tickets for Jet-ski Adventure, 30 Minute Jet Blade Experience, Atlantis Dolphin Adventure

Click here to book your French Lunch at the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab

OR book your Lunch at Dubai Revolving restaurant.

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.

Click here to book your High Tea / Coffee at Emirates Palace. 

& Ferrari world tickets 

DAY 5 – Book your stay at Luxury Desert Resort.  Book your Luxury Desert resort by clicking here.

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. 

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.  

Book your tickets for Hot Air Ballooning over the desert by clicking here.

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

Best Things To Do In Abu Dhabi City Tour  |  Abu Dhabi Itinerary
The entrance of Ferrari World Theme Park

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.

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Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood

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.

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Foot Massage Area of Azure Spa, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Dubai

Click here to book your best spas at Burj Club Spa, Arabian Spa Rejuvenation or Oriental Hammam Spa

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.  

Atlantis
Atlantis

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
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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI | First Timers Dubai Travel Guide

Hotel stays in Dubai can be categorized into 5 parts.

  • DOWNTOWN
  • DUBAI MARINA
  • JUMEIRAH
  • OLD HISTORIC DUBAI
  • STAYCATION RESORTS WHICH ARE AT AN HOUR’S DRIVE FROM DUBAI
Perfect Comfort Stay at Holiday Inn Al Barsha Dubai
My Perfect Comfort Stay at Holiday Inn Al Barsha 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.

Click here to book Luxury Hotels options 

and book your Mid Range Hotel options by clicking this

Book your Service Apartments with many choices by clicking here.

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. 

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Lunch with Marina View on a sunny afternoon in Dubai

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.

Check Holiday Apartments on JBR beach by clicking here and book your favorite ones – 

KEYS PLEASE HOLIDAY HOME

ZEN INSPIRED APARTMENT

VACATION BAY SADAF 4

LUXURY CASA – MARVEL SEA VIEW

Activities at JBR Beach Dubai – Most Popular Hangout of Dubai
Camel ride at JBR – The Beach, Dubai

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.

Explore Al Fahidi Souq
Abra ride at Dubai Creek

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

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai
Royal feast at Maharaja Bhog

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

                             Mini Guide Indian Restaurants in Dubai

                            Check Mexican and Greek Flavors in Dubai

                            Fine Dining at Thai,  Persian and Italian restaurants

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.

Perfect Comfort Stay at Holiday Inn Al Barsha Dubai
Access to Dubai Metro from Holiday Inn Al Barsha

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. So wear your beautiful cocktail dress and head to

Sensation Club (One of the best nightclubs)

Inner City Zoo

XL Dubai

Stereo Arcade

Base Dubai

Club Boudouir

Pure Sky Lounge and Dining

Buddha Bar

Tamanya Terrace

WHITE DUBAI

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.

If you have doubts or questions regarding Dubai, then message/mail me for designing or customizing your itinerary. I hope you loved reading Interesting Dubai Travel Guide.

Interesting Dubai Travel Guide
Interesting Dubai Travel Guide

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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47 Comments

  1. I only visited Dubai on a business trip and one of the things I enjoy the most on business trips to Dubai is the culture difference. It truly feels like you enter a different world, it was like something I haven’t seen before. I was fascinated by this idea of a huge city in the middle of the desert. Thank you for sharing this article, I think anyone should read it before visiting Dubai.

  2. What an interesting post about an equally interesting city Dubai. I have travelled many a times yet find someone new every time. Not just fir adults so much to do with the kids. Beaches amusement parks and desert safari all great way to enjoy Dubai with kids. Clubs bars and shopping fir the adults. Dxb has it all.

  3. Not sure if I be interested in places like Legoland and Ferrari but I do love to check out the city, beach and I have to admit, a nose into all the luxury hotels 😀 Would love to go out into the desert for some activities. Now that does appeal to me 🙂

  4. This is such an incredibly comprehensive guide! I had no idea Dubai had so many adventure activities! The view of Dubai while skydiving must be absolutely incredible, and I’ve always wanted to try sand boarding. On the luxury side though, I would really enjoy eating diner at Atlantis someday!

  5. This was a really interesting read as I’m visiting Dubai for 3 nights next year. I’ll be staying in JUMEIRAH so it was interesting to find out that this is a good place to stay for the beach and transport links. Definitely going to go to the top of The Burj Khalifa!

  6. This is such a great and in depth guide. We visited Dubai early this year and to be honest I found it to be one of the very different places we’ve ever been. We enjoy exploring the area around the creek and more on the outskirts of the city where things seemed more authentic.

  7. What great options you’ve provided for Dubai visitors based on interests. I’m not all that interested in the theme parks and not adventurous enough for some of the more daring activities but your honeymooners itinerary sounds divine. I’ve always wanted to go up to the observation deck and now I know to reserve ahead of time if I want to go in the evening. The food options sound delicious too!

  8. Hi Yukti,
    Thanks for sharing. This is a really comprehensive guide. I’ve never been to Dubai and I feel a bit silly for saying, but I didn’t realise there was so much to do here. I especially liked the short layover guide. I always seem to have layovers in Dubai, next time I’ll try and make it a bit longer to join the sightseeing bus tour.

  9. This is great timing as we are booked to visit Dubai in the new year. For us it’s a family trip with my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and their two little toddler boys. Thanks for the tips on booking the Burk Khalif Observation Deck in advance, we will do that and maybe the Aquarium as well. We are also interested in the desert safari, and I’m sure we’ll do one of the theme parks with the nephews.

  10. What an elaborated post! It is really clever that you made different itineraries. I must admit that Dubai was not on my bucket list but after reading this post I might have to change my mind! You paint a very pretty picture with those cool pictures too!

  11. Wow there is so much to do in Dubai! I love how you can spend a week there easily and not get bored, or see the main sites in just a day. I’d love to try some of the adventure activities like bungee jumping – followed by relaxing on the beach 🙂 Really hope I get the chance to visit Dubai soon!

  12. There really are so many things to do in Dubai isn’t it? It’s nice that you’ve suggested an itinerary for all kinds of travellers – from families to honeymooning couples and even luxury travellers. The best part about the city is – you can find budget options as well as premium options in terms of hotels as well as activities. The desert safari itself is available for different budget options, from the usual one to the premium / private one. Youve pretty much captured all options in this post.

  13. You put together a great comprehensive guide to Dubai, which is no small feat! I really loved the sections where you talked about the beaches and the desert treks. La Mer Beach looks like a dream and very “Caribbean-esque” for a beach in Dubai. Great suggestions!

  14. What an interesting post about the amazing city of Dubai. Every time I visit Dubai has something new in store for all age groups. From beautiful beaches, through restaurants and cafes to clubbing scene and malls, Dubai has it all! Thank you for sharing this, I learned a few new things about Dubai

  15. I haven’t been to Dubai for over 10years and it looks and sounds like it has changed a lot. It is definitely a place that I would love to go back explore again especially places like visiting the Burj Khalifa, which weren’t there then. Thanks for the great tip about skipping the line at Burj Khalifa that are the types of things I like to know about . I would also definitely love to do an evening Sunset Desert Safari at Red Dunes

  16. It sounds like there’s something for everyone in Dubai! What a diverse place to visit with so much to do. With all your suggestions, you could easily fill up a week of things to do. It’s great to know that we should book the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck in advanced especially for the evening session. Will definitely keep in mind. And oh my, zip lining at Dubai Marina sounds like so much fun! I’d love to do this – the adrenaline would be awesome. And Bollywood Park sounds totally intriguing. I totally have to plan a trip!

  17. Wow! Even though I knew Dubai had so much to offer, your post really showed me that there is even more than I realized! I appreciate that you took the time to create separate itineraries for different interests! As a family, your itinerary for young children looks perfect! The Miracle Garden looks amazing and would be a must-see for me!

  18. This post is so helpful, thank you! I am looking at going to Dubai next year for a week with my dad, who is older but active: I think we would enjoy a combination of activities from each of your itineraries. You provided so many more options for activities than the main Google sites; I am especially looking forward to visiting some of the older markets!

  19. Dubai definitely is the city that has everything for everyone! There are so many different things to do here! I love the juxtaposition of the camel at the beach – that’s not a sight you would see in very many other places. The Miracle Garden and Jumeirah Beach both look like places I would especially enjoy.

    1. Thanks Cynthia and yes you are true that camel on beach here is very unique thing to do here which you will not find anywhere else.

  20. I have been to Dubai last year. I didn’t quite enjoy it probably because I wasn’t able to ride the camel! Haha! Kidding aside, Dubai is a melting pot of culture, people and food. It’s a great destination for foodies and travel enthusiasts!

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