3 day Dubai Itinerary

Cover everything in the 24 hr itinerary plus:

If you have kids with you, or even if you don’t, you can easily spend half to a full day at one of Dubai’s two famous water parks, Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel or the (nearly) world famous Aquaventure at the Atlantis.  The rides are good for kids as well as adults and provide respite in the warm sun. If you are staying at one of these hotels, entry to the water park is free and unlimited.

After a few hours at the water park, head to Madinat Jumeirah just down the road from the Wild Wadi water park (take a taxi if you’re exhausted).  This is an Arabian picturesque leisure complex with two lavish hotels, Mina A’Salam and the Al Qasr.  Stroll through the souk and get a feel of Arabia (although the price of their goods don’t appear souk-like!) or relax for drinks/lunch/dinner at one of their many cafes and restaurants, most of which are outdoor and have awesome views of the Burj Al Arab.

If you can manage to get a convenient slot to go up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, you should probably combine this with your visit to Dubai Mall as these landmarks are all in the same area.  You need to visit the ticket desk in the Dubai Mall but bear in mind you may not be offered tickets on the same day which is why we recommend booking your slot online before you arrive in Dubai.  Visiting the Burj Khalifa and taking in the awesome views will easily take an hour minimum.  If you haven’t done the Dubai Fountain or Aquarium, you could do these as they are all in the same area.

Burj Khalifa

VisitDubai’s crowning achievement, The Burj Khalifa

After the Dubai Mall, the next mall on your to do list should be Mall of the Emirates purely to see and perhaps even experience Ski Dubai, the indoor ski resort.  Another activity to get a thumbs up from the kids, you could easily spend a couple of hours here going on the slopes, playing in the snow park or try a bob sled ride.  Snow attire and equiptment is all provided and included in your entry price.

For a late afternoon/ evening excursion, don’t leave Dubai without experiencing a desert safari.  These are suitable for almost anyone except very young children, expectant mums and those with heart problems.  Various tour companies in UAE will have packages to suit you and pick you up at your hotel.  Relax and enjoy a 6 hour trip including a thrilling ride, relaxing bbq buffet, watching the sunset, belly dancers and shisha.

Don’t forget to relax and soak up the sun when you’re in Dubai!  Shopping, eating and sightseeing can take up your holiday, but put time aside to experience Dubai’s beaches.  Head down to Jumeirah Road and visit Jumeirah Open Beach for free or for a small fee of 5 AED per person / 20 AED with a car Jumeirah Beach Park has facilities such as showers, play areas, bbq areas and sun loungers.  If you are not staying at a beach hotel and want to experience somewhere a bit more private and exclusive than the public beaches, many hotels along Jumeirah have day passes for their beach and pool and you can also use their changing facilities, prices will start from about 200 AED per person.  Enquire at your hotel.

Dubai Travel Guide

3 days in Dubai