The best itinerary for a 3-day trip to Dubai

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Are you ready for the innumerable surprises? A trip to Dubai will overwhelm you with the enticing sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. The unbeatable architecture, coupled with the world-renowned tourist attractions are sure to put you under a magic spell.

The city boasts of implausible skyscrapers, huge shopping malls, serene deserts, and beaches thereby ensuring that you won’t get bored even for a moment.

It is impossible to determine the number of days that one would need to see all the popular structures in Dubai. But sometimes, you may decide to stopover in Dubai on a tight schedule. Then, you have to compare the great options and choose only the top best ones, which is a hard nut to crack, considering the charm of the city.

Things to do in Dubai for three days

You would need several days to see the whole city. However, you can cover the top attractions within a few days if you make an effective plan. Three days are good enough to taste the nightlife and the festive mood of the city. Have a look at the top things you can do on a brief trip with three days (or more!).

Day one

The first impression is the best impression. So, begin from the best in Dubai, which itself is confusing to choose. However, some iconic landmarks become the identity of a place.

Burj Khalifa

Whenever you ask someone about where to start your first day in Dubai, they will say one name without a second thought. It is the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. The first few moments, you will be almost giddy by seeing its soaring height.

If you are on a budget trip, admire the structure from outside, take pictures, and roam around Downtown Dubai. Otherwise, climb atop the 148th floor and see how Dubai look like from the sky.

Once you have explored the structure, step out, and see Dubai Fountain. The whole of Downtown Dubai will come to life as the fountain dances by shooting water jets up to the sky. The water will sway to the music along with dazzling lights making it a sight to behold.

Burj Khalifa

Important tips

  •         You can alight at Burj Khalifa metro station and walk to Dubai Mall
  •         The ticket price to climb onto the top of Burj Khalifa is between AED 150-500
  •         Dubai Fountain show is from 6 PM- 11 PM at an interval of 30 minutes

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall stands right next to the tallest building and is well known for being the ultimate destination for shopping. Being at one of the largest shopping malls in the world, you may spend a great deal of time searching for the shops and roaming around. You have to be tricky to locate the shops you want, and with too many brands under one roof, you will never run out of choice. 

One can easily spend a whole day there checking hundreds of shop, the aquarium, Ice Rink, and a lot more. As you are on a restricted schedule, be aware of the time.  

Burj Al Arab

Those who don’t wish to pay a lot can see Burj Al Arab from a distance as the prices are too high. But, if you want a swankiest brunch on your holiday, head to this seven-star restaurant. The hotel in sail shape and surrounded by aquamarine water is undeniably a splendid sight. The restaurants inside Burj Al Arab have interesting themes, and they will please you with hospitality and luxury.  

Jumeirah Beach

Dubai’s beaches are popular around the world. Never miss Jumeirah Beach, especially if the visit is during winter. You can also have an unobstructed view of Burj Al Arab from here and take great selfies. You can try plenty of activities like water skiing and paragliding to tubing and swimming. You will get amazing pictures if you visit there during sunset.

Day two

Why not start the second day traditionally? If you have heard that Dubai is all about the skyscrapers, glossiness, and luxury, it is high time that you pay a visit to old Dubai. Even when the city witnesses sea changes in the blink of an eye, there are certain things that it cherishes for the nostalgic vibe.

Visit Old Dubai

Old Dubai is divided into two parts — Deira and Bur Dubai. A beautiful Creek which flows through time, divides Old Dubai. Step back in time, walk through the lanes lined with antique buildings, or sail on a Dhow.

dhow cruise creek

Deira has the souks which are predecessors of the grand shopping malls that rule Dubai now. The Gold Souk has an extensive collection of jewelry, and the Spice Souk has varied spices. Bur Dubai is renowned for Al Bastakiya, which is the oldest residential area in Dubai.

Dhow Cruise Creek

Some passionate travelers are keen on tasting the traditional activities in a city. If you are one among them, Creek Dhow cruise is tailor-made for you. A wooden Dhow will take you across Creek, the place where the history of Dubai is rooted. You will see the historic buildings like Heritage Village, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, and National Bank of Dubai. 

The Dhow will have two decks-open air and air-conditioned. You can choose the one you want and have a nice time. There will be entertainment programs like Tanoura dance or magic show. The cruise ends with a dinner buffet serving intercontinental dishes.

Palm Jumeirah

A huge artificial archipelago made in the shape of a date palm is another wonder in Dubai. It is the largest man-made island in the world. The island has luxurious resorts, residence areas, restaurants and entertainment destinations. The main structure which comes to mind when thinking about Palm Jumeirah is Atlantis, the Palm.

palm jumeirah

It is an opulent restaurant which is the favorite of celebrities. You can also walk on the beach or Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk. The 11 km long promenade has many food trucks that can tickle your taste buds.

Important tips

  •         Reach the Palm Gateway Monorail station in your car or taxi
  •         Take a monorail to reach the top of the Palm
  •         Palm Jumeirah Monorail gives excellent views of the island
  •         A one-way ticket in the monorail is AED 20 and return ticket is AED 30

Day three

All’s well that ends well! End the trip in a way that you will never forget the journey.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is the luxurious neighborhood in Dubai known for its lavish and sophisticated lifestyle. While you stroll through the grand boulevard called Marina Walk, you will understand that it is the ideal destination to witness the affluence of the city. Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), the most sought-after residential area, stands in Marina.

Dubai Marina

If the visit is in summer, you can spend more time inside the Marina Mall, which is right next to Marina Walk.

Important tips

  •         DAMAC metro station is the nearest metro station
  •         Take a tram from DAMAC and alight at Marina Mall
  •         You can use an Nol card in the tram

Desert safari

A visit to the deserts is inevitable in your Dubai trip. You should see the phenomenal landscape and experience the desert life. A desert safari lets you get close to the sand through the adventures, entertainment, traditional food, and dances. It gives the true essence of desert life as you can try camel ride, touch a falcon, enjoy belly dance, relax in the traditional Bedouin camps, and relish Arabic food. The duration is from 4-7 hours which means that half of your day must be devoted to the activity.

Important tips

  •         Choose morning or evening desert safari according to your schedule
  •         The usual price ranges from 40-150
  •         You can go for an exclusive ride or on a sharing basis
  •         Pickup and drop off option is available

Miracle garden

There is a striking contrast between desert and garden. It is almost unbelievable that a desert land has the world’s largest natural flower garden. Well, nothing is impossible in Dubai. The Miracle Garden is a world of flowers that will entice you in every way. The sights and fragrance are enough to make your day. 

miracle garden

The garden with 72,000 square meters’ area has more than 50 million flowers which will steal your heart for sure. There are numerous floral themes and floral sculptures. You can even see Burj Khalifa made wholly with flowers of varied hues. It is the tallest floral art in the garden, which is of no surprise.

As the name denotes, it is a miracle that a substantial natural flower garden lies in a desert where the water, temperature, and soil are not at all suitable for plants. While rambling through the garden, don’t forget to visit Butterfly Garden. It is the biggest indoor butterfly garden in the world which stands right next to Miracle Garden. You can cuddle the lovely butterflies of different species.

Important tips

  •         Timing: Weekdays 9 AM – 9 PM, Weekends 9 AM – 11 PM
  •         Open from mid-November to mid-May
  •         Mall of the Emirates is the nearest metro station
  •         Ticket price for an adult is 50 AED and child is 40 AED
  •         Timing of Butterfly Garden: 9 AM – 6 PM
  •         Entrance fee is separate for Butterfly Garden which is 55 AED

Three days will pass as fast as you count one, two, three. But, the time spent in Dubai will remain in your heart forever. So, don’t worry about busy schedules. Having more days usually, make people idle. Make sure that you make those three days eventful, and you will certainly wait for another visit when there is ample time to roam around the city.