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3-Day Itinerary

Dubai is a city of fascinating contrasts, offering a distinctive blend of past and future, where East meets West and has transformed over the years into a vibrant city. To make the most out of your trip, allow our Concierge team plan your 3-day itinerary.

Day 1

Visit Dubai Mall:
“Dubai is the undisputed queen of shopping and Dubai Mall is the glitziest of them all. Complete with waterfalls, an aquarium and zoo, a multitude of restaurants, an ice rink, kids’ play areas, multiplex cinemas, and 1,200 stores; Dubai Mall is also the world’s largest one-stop entertainment destination. It has pole position in downtown Dubai, right underneath the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man-made building in the world) and next to the Dubai Fountain.”
Plan to stay: 2-4 hours

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater zoo:
“The Aquarium is on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall and has a 51m walk-through tunnel in which 33,000 sharks, manta rays, and eels swim endlessly above the heads of gaping shoppers. There’s a marine zoo with crocs, colonies of penguins, and otters, and a choice of experiences from a glass-bottomed boat ride behind the scenes in the aquarium, as well as caged shark dives and fish feeding”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Eat Lunch:
“Eat lunch in a traditional Lebanese restaurant, i.e. Abdel Wahab, right by the spectacular waterfall in the Dubai Mall atrium. Pick a mezze from hummus, stuffed vine leaves, falafel and garlicky aubergine, or try the grilled lamb kebabs from the wood-fired oven, accompanied by the freshest of fruit juices.”
Plan to stay: 1 hour and 30 minutes

At the Top:
“The elegant bronze-and-glass spike of the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building at 828 meters, and has three observation decks, including the world’s highest at 148 floors high up in the sky. Elevators whisk visitors to the 'at the top' observation deck on Level 124 at 10m per second to see a pocket-sized Dubai, Arabian Gulf, and the desert laid out below.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Souk Al Bahr:
“Connected to the Dubai Mall by bridge on the lower ground floor, the Souk al Bahar is designed in Arabic style to resemble an ancient souk. It’s full of quality souvenir shops offering expensive carpets, brass and copperware, shishas, art galleries, and traditional fashions.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Eat Dinner:
“The souk also has a great choice of upscale cocktail bars and dining options, from seafood at Bice Mare to fine Thai dishes at Mango Tree — both have terraces overlooking the Burj Lake.”
Plan to stay 1-2 hours

Dubai Fountain Show:
“As this is Dubai, of course the Dubai Fountain is the biggest and most impressive dancing fountain in the world, with 6,600 lights stretching for 275m over the Burj Lake. Performances are every 30 minutes between 6pm and 11pm, with choreographed water jets shooting 150m into the air, 'dancing' in time to well-known classical tunes and world music”
Plan to stay: 1 hour

Day 2

Dubai Heritage Village:
“Two of Dubai’s many heritage projects are found side by side in Shindagha at the mouth of the creek; here displays in restored barasti houses (made from palm-tree leaves and mud) highlight ancient Emirati life. 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.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Bastakia District:
“On the west side of the Creek in Bur Dubai, Bastakia (now known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood) is a charming conservation area of beautifully restored sandstone houses. Their distinctive wind towers were used as primitive air conditioning to counteract the stifling desert heat. Nowadays its shaded lanes and palm-fringed courtyards hide smart art galleries, edgy cafes, traditional open-air restaurants, and expensive design shops.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Dubai Museum:
“This is the best place in the city to glimpse Dubai pre-oil and pre-tourist, and to witness the city's transformation in mere decades. Located among the neon and noise of Bur Dubai, the museum romps through the history of the UAE with a range of Middle Eastern weaponry; dioramas of a souk, a mosque; and an oasis showing the former lifestyles of Bedouin nomads. There are thoughtful displays on the pearl-diving industry and traditional fishing by dhow in the Arabian Gulf too.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Abra Tour in the Creek:
“Join the locals and jump aboard a traditional wooden abra to cross Dubai Creek from Bur Dubai to Deira. The Creek is where life began in the emirate and it’s still the hub of its commercial activity, with wooden dhows docking up and disgorging their cargo haphazardly on the quayside.”
Plan to stay: 1 hour

Gold and Spice Souk:
“The spice and perfume souks in Deira are hidden away among a tangle of backstreets, whereas Dubai’s most famous market is quite simply bling central — the gold souk glitters and shimmers, its arcaded streets teeming with life. The prices are reasonable and the quality of gold on sale is consistently high; haggling is all part of the deal and to ensure that you’re not ripped off, anything you buy should be fully authenticated and certificated — feel free to walk out of the store if you’re not happy with a purchase.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Souk Madinat Jumeirah:
“As far away from frenetic Deira as imaginable, this spectacular, beachfront Arabian-inspired resort neatly combines the heritage of old Arabia with the comforts of today's modern Dubai. Madinat Jumeirah comprises three five-star hotels, an upmarket souk selling classy gifts, nightclubs, theater, and fine -dining restaurants sprinkled throughout the complex; they are all linked Venetian-style by canals serviced by abras. Take your pick of venues and settle in for the night.”
Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Day 3

Trip to Abu Dhabi City - Private Car with tour guide
Recommended Tourist Spots:
- The Grand Mosque
- Ferrari World
- Heritage Village
- Emirates Palace
Plan to stay: 4-5 hours

Desert Safari
“Only the UAE could turn the desert into a tourist attraction — and what a way to wind up a whirlwind visit to Dubai. Afternoon desert-adventure tours include dune bashing at Big Red, sand boarding, or hot-air ballooning over the dunes as the sun goes down. For a Dubai finale, join a traditional Bedouin feast in a nomadic encampment, complete with belly dancing, henna tattoos, and camel rides.” Plan to stay: 5-6 hours

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