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A Complete Itinerary Guide to Dubai – Everything You Must Know

Are you searching for a complete itinerary for Dubai? This is the right place to know more. Dubai is among the few places which cater to everyone’s interest and is among the most beautiful cities in the Middle East. Bursting with modernity, history, culture, and creativity, Dubai promises a memorable vacation. It’s a wonderful destination with the best sand, sea, and sun. Don’t wait anymore and get your holidays in Dubai off to a perfect start. 

Best Time to Visit Dubai

Weather-wise, the preferred time for a visit to Dubai is between November to March due to the temperature dropping to 20 degrees Celsius on average, a perfect time to enjoy activities outdoors in pleasant weather. Dubai also becomes vibrant and effervescent with seasonal attractions and events like Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village, etc. 

To save money for a Dubai holiday, visit Dubai during the summer months. The temperatures will be rising to 50 degrees Celsius, which is unbearably hot, but indoor attractions like Ski Dubai, Chillout Lounge, and Dubai Ice Rink make up for it. 

How to Reach Dubai

With Dubai being a famous city internationally, more than 16 million visitors travel here every year. There are regular flights from all parts of the world to reach here. The Dubai International Airport is among the busiest airports in the world. You can enter Dubai through other airports or entry points in the UAE as well like Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah. 

To visit Dubai via the road from neighboring countries like Oman, you need all the essential documents to ensure a smooth entry. If you’re traveling from other emirates, there are reliable and affordable bus services to reach Dubai safely. Also, you can count on convenient private transfers 

Best Places to Visit in Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

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IMG Worlds of Adventure is the biggest theme park in the world. It comprises 4 unique zones – Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley, and IMG Boulevard. A major draw is the Ben 10 5D cinema, one of its kind in the world. It has the largest retail store in the world, themed on Ben 10, and for some spooky thrills, head to Haunted Hotel. 

Burj Khalifa

The tallest skyscraper in human history – Burj Khalifa.

At about 828 meters high, it’s the tallest man-made structure in the world and among Dubai’s greatest attractions. Head to the observatory decks on the 124th and 148th floor, you not only get an awesome view of the city’s skyline but also have an incredible elevator ride which journeys you swiftly to the deck in under a minute.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah, designed to replicate a palm tree, is an epicenter of extraordinary sights and experiences. Stroll through the Boardwalk, take selfies against the Atlantis, The Palm resort, have fun at the Aquaventure Water Park, and watch the Palm Fountain, the world’s largest fountain. There’s so much to do here.  

The Dubai Mall

Are you ready to spend days shopping in the largest mall in the world?

This largest mall in the world is a must-see. Other than having over 1200 retail stores and 200 dining options, it’s an oasis of fun and leisure. It includes the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, VR Park, and KidZania among others. As you head outside, catch the choreographed Dubai Fountain in sync with music and light. 

Parks & Resorts

Amusement and adventure theme parks can’t get any better with a visit to the Middle East’s largest and first integrated resort. After all, it has four amazing parks like Motiongate, Bollywood Park, and LEGOLAND, and LEGOLAND Water Park. 

Bluewaters Island

This is one of the region’s new landmarks. It is an impressive spot having intricate architecture. Indeed, it boasts a few of Dubai’s most groundbreaking and astonishing attractions. For example, Ain Dubai – the highest ferris wheel in the world, Madame Tussauds Museum – the first in the UAE, and a 3D World Selfie Museum, the largest 3D museum in the world. 

Al Bastakiya Quarter

Dubai isn’t only about skyscrapers and leisure attractions, it’s a favorite for culture and history enthusiasts. Al Bastakiya Quarter, also known as Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, is a must-visit for those looking to take a step into the past. The 19th century quarter is still preserved to its original glory, giving an insight into the region’s lifestyle before oil. 

Tours To Do in Dubai

Dubai City Tour

Whether you’re a first-timer or want to explore Dubai yourself, it’s recommended to see the city on a sightseeing tour. 

Dhow Cruise Tour

Dhow cruise is one of the experiences that you must have in your Dubai itinerary.

Set out on the atmospheric cruise aboard a traditional dhow along the Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek. This gives you a view of the breathtaking cityscape from the viewpoint of water. Experience the dhow cruise with complete buffet dining and entertainment shows such as Tanura. Besides that, dhow cruise creates a romantic environment in Dubai for you and your other half.

Skiing at Ski Dubai

If you want to ski or snow sledge, head to Ski Dubai located at the Mall of the Emirates. This is the first snow-themed resort in the Middle East. It’s a wonderland where you can enjoy your winter pastimes throughout the year, even during summers. 

Desert Safari Tour

Desert safari is the top tour in any Dubai itinerary.

The desert safari introduces you to Dubai’s desert beauty. You can have an adventurous or relaxed desert safari experience. You can choose from morning or evening, and night safaris that include 4X4 dune bash, BBQ dining, camel ride, and traditional performances like Tanura and Belly dance.  

Burj Al Arab

This iconic sail-shaped structure is one place you should visit. It is among the world’s most luxurious accommodations, which is set on its private island. It is an all-suite resort. 

Where to Stay?

Atlantis, the Palm – the top hotel resort in Dubai.

Dubai has hotels for every budget and style. There are 5 sure choices, such as Atlantis, Burj Al Arab, The Palm, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf. For budget-friendly accommodations, there are 2 options – Bur Dubai and Deira areas. But the best option is to go through your tour management company.

What to Eat in Dubai?

It will be an unfulfilled Dubai itinerary without a dish of Kunafah. Image source:

Over 200 nationalities call their second home Dubai, which means there is a diversity of cuisines in the city. It also has stunning dining settings and delicious street food flavors. Be it spicy Indian food, traditional English breakfast, or Japanese Sushi, you can relish anything you like in Dubai. While you enjoy a variety of cuisines, don’t miss out on the traditional Arabic dishes like Shawarma, Manakeesh, Falafel with Hummus, and Al Machboos. Also, there are local desserts you must try like Kunafah, Luqaimat, Umm Ali, and Mehalabya.

Getting Around Dubai

To travel around Dubai, the best way is by car. You can also ride the Dubai Metro. It’s a fantastic experience and one of the best metros in the world. It’s super clean and runs without a driver. Another option is a cheap taxi, you can book through taxi apps. You can also travel in style by taking lino and hummer tours. Overall, easily moving around the city by a wide range of transport is one of the reasons travelers love Dubai.

Shopping in Dubai

Unsurprisingly, Dubai has a mix of over 70 giant malls and many traditional souks, across Deira and Bur Dubai regions. Dubai caters to all pockets and preferences with the latest shopping trends. Dubai hosts the Dubai Shopping Festival – an event held annually dedicated to shopping, leisure, dining, and entertainment.

 Final Say

There are various things to do in Dubai, and you will have an amazing time in this marvelous city. So, if you’re heading to Dubai, you will have lots of time to visit the region’s most iconic attractions with the help of this itinerary. 

Nishita Khanwani
Dubai Contributor
Nishita is an avid blogger. She writes engaging blogs on subjects of travel, food, adventures, and cultural experiences. She blogs as she travels, bringing her wonderful experiences and adventures to life for her audience.

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