Discover Dubai - 3 Days in Dubai Itinerary

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Dubai, a city of superlatives, allures millions of visitors every year. The reason being its larger than life outlook and eagerness to offer the best travel experiences to its visitors. Brimming with outstanding attractions, innovative structures and iconic landmarks, Dubai presents a futuristic city cum a grand entertainment destination. But there is more to it.

This flamboyant emirate doesn’t forget its true roots. It has carefully preserved its Bedouin past of being a humble desert village within its gleaming skyscrapers.

A visit to Dubai is truly inspiring and exciting in every sense. 3 Days in Dubai, or two, is enough to get introduced to its many aspects. Here are a few Dubai activities and attractions that you can include in your 3 Day Dubai Itinerary.

  • 3 day itinerary
  • Average of 3 stops per day

Explore the Old and New Dubai on Your First Day

Al Bastakiya Quarters

Dubai is a fusion of old and new. While the city’s glitzy skyscrapers steal the show, you can find a whole different world once you venture beyond its sophisticated settings.

Use your first day to get acquainted with the city’s sights and views. The way the town introduces itself to you is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

Brunch Time in Dubai

Start your Dubai vacation the right way - with a brunch at one of the best brunch venues in Dubai. You have plenty of options to eat your heart’s content while enjoying good food in good ambience. Try out Westin Mina Seyahi’s Friday ‘Bubbalicious Brunch', Maya Mexican Kitchen, which has a beachside setting, Toro Toro or El Sur just to name a few.

A Melange of Heritage and Modernism

Next, enjoy the sights and atmosphere of Dubai’s modernism fused with traditional heritage. Take a city tour to view some of the fascinating architectural wonders of the emirate.

Start with a stroll down Dubai’s memory lane at Al Bastakiya Quarters - the oldest section of Dubai. Enjoy the rustic structures and a setting that is starkly contrasted to Dubai’s urbanism.

Later, head to the downtown area and marvel at some iconic landmarks of Dubai, such as the Dubai Frame, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Palm Dubai and the Burj Khalifa with the Dubai Fountain.

Unwind your day at the top of the Burj Khalifa taking in the gorgeous illuminated panoramas of the Dubai city skyline while the Dubai Fountain sways in sync with the music and the light. It is a spectacle that will be etched in your memory for a long time.

Dine Amid Stunning Views

Complete your first day in this magnificent city with a spectacular dining experience at any one of Dubai’s finest rooftop dining restaurants. You should absolutely not miss the gastronomical scene of Dubai!

Dubai’s amazing assortment of restaurants offers a world of culinary delights. Delve on some traditional or international cuisine, depending on what your taste buds prefer, while combining it with an unobstructed panoramic aerial view of Dubai. All of this will make the experience more exquisite.

Some of the best venues to check out are Treehouse, Iris Dubai, At.mosphere, Pure Sky Lounge, 40 Kong, to name a few.

Spend a Fun-Filled Day at Dubai’s Theme Parks

Motiongate at Dubai Parks and Resorts
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai

Not so keen on spending your day in Dubai’s desert? Then take a look at Dubai’s fantastic collection of theme parks and pick your favourite.

Dubai’s theme parks are no short of being a wonderland – they are colossal and full of unique rides and attractions. Spend an entire day amid fun and thrill at any one of the following theme parks in Dubai.

Dubai Parks and Resorts

The ultimate mega entertainer in Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, is an amalgam of three theme parks, one waterpark and a Polynesian-themed hotel. Here, you get to enjoy more than 100 rides, some of which are one of a kind in the whole of the Middle East.

Get up-close encounters with the movie realm at Bollywood Parks Dubai and Motiongate Dubai. Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark welcome you to enjoy a day in a Lego-filled world.

A visit to the Middle East’s largest integrated leisure park is a day well spent indeed!

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Boasted as the world’s largest climate-controlled indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure takes you into a world filled with your favourite cartoon network characters and MARVEL superheroes.

Split into four exciting zones, you can meet your favourite heroes, get nostalgic with your favourite cartoon network show characters, have fun with the Avengers and even come across the Lost World of Dinosaurs on thrilling rides.

Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is the perfect place to quench your thirst for excitement. Jam-packed with record-breaking rides, heart-pumping vertical drops and twisting water tubes and slides, Aquaventure Waterpark is the place where you get a real rush of adrenaline.

Splash around and beat the heat in its wave pools and lazy rivers, or hurl yourself through a glass cylinder that takes you through a shark-infested lagoon. Whatever experience you choose, it'll be one of the most exciting ones you have ever experienced.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium catapults you into a magnificent underwater realm filled with exotic fishes and marine creatures. You can even go snorkelling and diving with guidance where you will swim among colourful fishes, sharks and rays.

Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium are the perfect way to spend a whole day amid adventure and thrills.

Live Like a Local on Your Last Day in Dubai

Dubai Mall
Dubai Souks
Dhow Cruise Dubai
Dhow Cruise Dubai

Your Dubai vacation is coming to an end today. So, today, you venture out and live like the locals. It’s time to shop and indulge in gluttony - time to hit the shopping and street food scene.

Extravagant Shopping at Dubai Mall

Careful! You can easily lose track of time and spend your whole day here -inside the world’s most extravagant shopping malls. Also, it can loosen the strings of your purse.

The Dubai Mall is home to a massive collection of labels and brands, merchandises, indoor attractions and entertainment centres.

Apart from the retail therapy, take some time to view the magnificent Dubai Aquarium, the underwater zoo and the surreal world of VR Park.

Wander through Dubai Souks

Dubai Souks are the city’s ancient bazaars that still carry out the trading in a traditional way. It exudes a fusion of a stimulating ambience of bustling shops, vibrant vibes and aromatic flavours.

Take a walking tour of Dubai’s Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Textile Souk and Perfume Souk to immerse yourself in Dubai’s authentic cultural setting. Take pauses in between your walking tour to sample some amazing culinary delights, such as traditional Arabian snacks, shawarmas, Indian treats and Iranian kebabs.

Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Al Abra Cafeteria, Al Bait Al Qadeem Restaurant and Café and other creekside cafes. Though the alleys might feel stifling at first, you will slowly fall in love with its vibes as the day progresses. So, enjoy every moment of it!

Dhow Cruise Dinner Experience

Bid farewell to Dubai with a night spent on its meandering waters. On your last evening in Dubai, take a Dhow Cruise with dinner tour on the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. Here, you can enjoy the scintillating skyline of Dubai and the solemn ambience accentuated by good music and great food. The Dhow Cruise will be one of the most serene moments you witness in Dubai on your tour.

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Written by Neha Singh

Neha Neha loves travelling and is an avid trekker and explorer. She did her postgraduate studies in Mass Communications, loves meeting new people and strongly believes in the Gandhian principle - 'Simple living, high thinking'.


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