1 week Itinerary for Dubai

Cover everything in the 24 hours in Dubai and 3 days in Dubai itinerary and then consider the rest of what we recommend.

Don’t burn out in the desert – if you have managed to cover our 3 day itinerary in Dubai, we would suggest that you combine some beach time or retail therapy with some of the following:

If you are stuck for somewhere trendy to eat, we recommend Zuma in DIFC.  Brilliant Japanese cuisine and awesome atmosphere.  It’s the place where you can head for pre-dinner drinks/dinner and stay on for more drinking and dancing if you have the energy.

If you’d much rather view the pretty sights of Dubai whilst having your dinner, book a 4 course meal on board the Bateux Dubai, a glass dhow travelling along the creek for 2.5 hours.  Under-fives are not permitted on board but enquire first.

Afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab is one of the only ways to get access to this exclusive hotel, if you are not dining at the restaurants or staying there.  For 400 AED you can enjoy a light meal at Sahn Eddar, the lobby lounge or for stunning views book a table at the Skyview Bar for afternoon tea. It’s very posh, so dress smart.

Kids will love the Wonderbus tours, a bus that tours sights on land and sea! It’s a 1.5 tour covering places like Heritage Village, Dubai Creek, Gold Souk, Emirates Towers and more. Alternatively, if you prefer a detailed tour of Dubai, the Big Bus Company provides detailed tours of Dubai and you can also hop on and off during the day and expore sights to your leisure. The Bug Bus Tour comes highly recommended if you want get a good overall snapshot of Dubai.

Spend a day in Abu Dhabi, UAE’s capital, less than 2 hours away from Dubai.  You can get your hotel to arrange a day trip by hiring your own driver and take you to some of the following landmarks: the Corniche – take a stroll along this newly renovated sea front and a welcome alternative to a crowded Jumeirah beach; visit Emirates Palace for afternoon tea; or take a drive to Yas Island and visit the F1 Grand Prix race track and if you fancy a few white knuckle rides head to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld. On the way to or from Yas Island, consider visiting the exhibition, Manarat Al Sadiyat on Sadiyat Island, which is an impressive eye opener on Abu Dhabi’s vision for 2030. The site that you must visit in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Our itineraries cover everything from 24 hours in Dubai to a full week – and although possible within the week, would require some motivation of steel with some luck with traffic! It’s possible to do it all but you may want to cherry pick to what tickles your fancy versus what you consider superfluous to your holiday.

If time is on your side, there really are some great combinations of day trips to get a different balance and perspective – from time in Al Ain to splitting your holiday with some time in Oman and maybe to places like Jordan and Lebanon. Arabia is more than conflict – it’s a rich area of heritage and future.

Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai Itinerary for 1 week

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