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3 Days in Dubai

By Neha Singh |

Discover a few options on what you can include on a 3-day Dubai trip: from city sightseeing and shopping options to scenic boat tours onboard an abra and a desert safari.

You’ve traveled with us to visit some of the world’s most impressive skyscrapers: the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the One World Trade Center in New York and the Torre Latinoamericana in Mexico. However, it’s Dubai the city that houses the world’s tallest skyscraper: the Burj Khalifa. This city, apart from standing out for its uber high constructions, is full of exciting places to visit for all types of travelers. Fly with us to this amazing destination!

Dubai offers a plethora of options for its travel guests.  The city is a chosen destination for all genres of travelers – be it for business travelers, short stopovers or leisure vacations. One would love to spend their time amid the remarkable attractions of Dubai but it can seem quite overwhelming to decide what to see if visiting the city for a couple of days. If you are planning a short getaway to Dubai then read on for some assistance on planning your short holiday. Here are a few options on how to spend 3 days in Dubai:

Day 1

City Sightseeing in Dubai

Start your Dubai trip by getting acquainted with its gorgeous, chic ambiance. Visit some of the iconic landmarks and popular tourist attractions that this emirate is famous for. Take a trip to the Dubai Mall and its surrounding attractions of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. The Dubai Mall also offers plenty of recreational facilities apart from shopping like the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, and VR Park to name a few. Make the most of your trip here with Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium Tours.There are plenty of attractions to visit in Dubai City such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Dubai, Dubai Creek, Dubai Marina and the brand new Dubai Frame to name a few.  The gleaming, towering skyscrapers and ultramodern architectures will surely make your jaws drop.

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Another great way to enjoy your Dubai city tour is onboard a hop on hop off bus 1-day tour which takes you to all the popular places to visit in Dubai. All you need to do is board on a coach and get down at your desired attraction and once you are done visiting that attraction, get back on the next hop on hop off bus that passes through that attraction at a fixed time. You just have to check when the next bus is going to arrive at that attraction. If you feel that you want your own pace for your Dubai City tours, you can also opt for a self-drive city tour option where you can rent a car and drive around the city for a day. This option is great for solo travelling in Dubai for those who would like to travel with flexibility.

Dubai Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Dubai Theme Parks

Dubai is home to an amazing collection of theme parks. If you do not want to travel around the city and would just like to have some fun spending quality time with your friends, then head to one of Dubai’s theme parks for a joyous time. You can choose from IMG Worlds of Adventure, boasted as the largest indoor amusement park in UAE, and Dubai Parks and Resorts which offers unlimited fun at Motiongate Dubai rides, LEGOLAND thrills and Bollywood Parks Dubai entertainment. If you wish to cool off from the heat, head to Ski Dubai, Aquaventure waterpark or Wild Wadi waterpark for a splashy day with loads of adventure rides and thrilling activities. You can even check out some incredible parks such as the Dubai Miracle Gardens and Dubai Garden Glow where every spectacle would feel enchanting. These theme parks are another ideal way to make memorable memories of your Dubai vacation.

Legoland Dubai

Day 2

Discover the Arabian Desert

On the second day of your Dubai tour, take a break from the city and head towards the Arabian Desert at the outskirts of Dubai city. A serene drive to the desert would soon turn into an adventurous ride once you zoom into the midst of the desert sand dunes. DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, assures you that a Desert Safari is an experience you should definitely not miss on your Dubai trip. The experience combines the serene ambiance of the desert landscape with a myriad of adventure sports such as sand dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding, and sand boarding. You can choose a desert safari as per your preference. If you are not into adventure sports, opt for an evening desert safari or overnight desert safari where you can enjoy the tranquil sceneries of a desert sunset and enjoy an evening filled with Arabian folklore and traditional dinner. For those who would like some mild adventure on their trip can opt for Morning hot air ballooning over the golden desert sand dunes. Whatever experience you choose, it will be one of the best cherished moments of Dubai you will remember for a lifetime.

Safari in the Arabian Desert

Day 3

A Glimpse of Old Dubai

On your last day in Dubai, get a glimpse of how the city used to be in its Bedouin era before the emirate transformed into a dynamic, futuristic metropolis. Take a tour of Old Dubai, which consists of the Al Fahidi neighborhood where you can wander amid old, earthy toned buildings and wind-tower structures. This neighborhood preserves the traditional and humble lifestyle of Dubai when the modern city didn’t exist. The simple way of life is captured in the exhibits at Dubai Museum when Dubai was just a modest village settlement.

Al Fahidi neighborhood

Arabian Coffee and Souvenirs

At the Al Bastakiya Quarters, you can enjoy a serene walk through the marrow alleys and even enjoy Arabian dates, coffees, and snacks at Arabian courtyard cafes.  Next stop, visit the Dubai Souks which are bustling with vibrant colors and aromas. Take a trip through the Gold Souk, Perfume Souk, Spice Souk, and Textile Souk and get yourself or your dear ones some souvenir to remember you Dubai’s traditional experiences. Last but not least, get onboard an abra – a traditional wooden Arabic boat that takes passengers from on shoreline to another through the Dubai Creek. This short cruise on the Dubai Creek is a great way to enjoy scenic blends of Old and New Dubai vistas. From the boat, you can enjoy the stunning city skyline of Dubai which will be etched in your memory for a long time.

Visita el barrio de Al Bastakiya Quarters

These are just a few options on what you can include on a 3-day Dubai trip. There are a lot more variations you can try and also include unconventional attractions such as the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoying the art scene at Alserkal Avenue and try out exhilarating adventures such as skydiving at Palm Dubai on your trip. The idea is to have a comfortable yet enticing short trip that gives you an equal share of enjoyment and relaxation.  So if you are planning a short trip to Dubai, do some research and choose attractions that suit your interests so that you have the best of your time in this destination.

El santuario de vida silvestre Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary