Experience desert city wonders of Dubai

Dubai, the metropolitan city in the middle of a desert where architecture is ultramodern and shopping is second nature. Dive into this ambitious city for a taste of luxury, excitement, and awestruck. Home to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, exciting theme parks, and more spectacular sights than you can count, we bring you the best of Dubai with this 4-day itinerary!

DAY 1

1. Take a boat out for sightseeing around the Dubai Marina

See the best spots in Dubai from a different angle with a speedboat sightseeing tour. Depending on your package, you get to see famous landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah Island, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bluewater Island and Ain Dubai and more.

It can get pretty sunny, so bring a hat and a pair of sunglasses along! Make sure to also apply sunscreen if your skin is exposed. For those who are prone to motion sickness, remember to bring along your medication.

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Meet-up information:

Location – The Yellow Boats in Dubai Marina Walk. Guests must arrive 20 minutes prior to their departure

Packages available:

60 Minute Tour | 75 Minute Tour | 90 Minute Tour

Address: Dubai Marina Walk, opposite Spinneys Supermarket، beside Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Getting there:

The nearest metro station is Damac Properties. From there head into the marina and and take a right along the walkway. You will pass Starbucks Coffee, then Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant

Opening Hours: Tours are available from 9am to 8pm

2. Stroll around the Dubai Marina Walk and grab lunch

After sightseeing from a boat, it’s time to go on foot by the marina. The famous Dubai Marina Walk has a pedestrian walkway that stretches 7km with hundreds of outlets and teeming with restaurants. Better get ready for a little impromptu shopping haul!

Before heading to your next location, grab lunch at one of the many restaurants along the Dubai Marina Walk. A few of the famous ones include Coco’s, Zaatar w Zeit, and Ruby Tuesdays.

3. Say hi to the sea creatures of Dubai Aquarium

Located conveniently in the Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest suspended aquariums. In Dubai Aquarium, you can find over 300 sharks and rays as well as the largest collection of tiger sharks in the world.

Spend a couple of hours in the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo as you marvel at the wonderful marine ecosystem. Plus, you can witness the 10 million liter tank for yourself in person!

Address: Dubai Aquarium is located on the ground level of The Dubai Mall

Getting to Dubai Mall:

Take the metro to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall station. Head out to the main road and board the feeder bus (every 15 mins). Alternatively, walk 15-minute walk from the station via the air-conditioned Metro Link Bridge.

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 12am | Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 1am (last admission is 30 minutes before closing)

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4. Whizz up the top of Burj Khalifa in just 35 seconds

A visit to Burj Khalifa’s observation deck, At The Top, on the 124th floor is a must-do for every visitor in Dubai. Book your ticket to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in advance from Klook so you can skip the queues!

Once at the top, enjoy views of Dubai’s skyline, desert and ocean through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Whether it’s daytime, sunset or nighttime, the view from At The Top is one to be remembered.

Getting there: The entrance to At The Top in Burj Khalifa is conveniently located in Dubai Mall.

Opening Hours: Daily, 8am to 11pm

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5. Dinner in Dubai Mall

After feasting your eyes on the spectacular view, it’s time to treat your tummy to a dinner. Head back down to Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping complexes in the world, with over a thousand shops! Finding a place to eat should no problem at all, with an endless amount of restaurants.

If you have the time, make sure to stop by and see the giant dinosaur skeleton on permanent display in The Souk Dome. It’s believed to be 155 million years old and has even been given the name – Dubai Dino.

6. Watch the spectacular water show at the Dubai Fountain

Set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, you will find visitors gathering by the Dubai Fountain to catch the spectacular fountain show. This certainly isn’t any ordinary fountain and instead has the world’s largest choreographed fountain system!

To make your fountain show experience that even more special, you can go for a fountain lake ride. So, instead of watching the fountain choreography from the perimeter of the lake, you can cruise by the in a traditional Abra water taxi. If that’s impressive, we don’t know what is!

Address: Fountain Promenade, Abra, Lower Ground Level, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Fountain show schedule:

Daily, 1pm & 1:30pm (afternoon) | 6pm to 12pm (evening – every 30 mins) On Fridays, the afternoon shows are at 1:30pm & 2pm

Fountain lake ride timing:

Daily, 5:45pm to 11:30pm (last boat departs at 11:00pm)

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Day 2

1. Soak in the views of Dubai from a helicopter

One of the best ways to enjoy the view of this beautiful desert city is through a helicopter ride! Get ready to be amazed as you soar over stunning skyscrapers, vast beaches, suburbs, bustling markets and so much more.

You can also spot sights like the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Creek and the Wind Towers from up top. This is definitely a different take on Dubai worth bragging to your friends!

Address: HeliDubai, Dubai Police Academy, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Sufouh 2, Dubai

Scheduling: Helicopter flights run between 8am to 5pm. Flight times are not certain and subject to availability based on demand.

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2. Enjoy the magic of the red dunes and desert safari of Dubai

After a thrilling bird’s eye view of the desert from a helicopter, it’s time for an up-close-and-personal adventure. Take part in the unique evening safari desert experience which includes camel riding, henna tattoos, belly dancing show and more.

This unique experience takes you to the high red dunes of the Arabian desert where you can test your skills on a sand board down the slopes. Make sure to hold on tight as you experience the thrill of a 4×4 ride on the sand dunes. These are just sneak previews of more to come during the tour!

Itinerary:

  • 2:15pm-3:15pm hotel pick up by 4×4 Land Cruiser
  • Arrive at souvenir shop
  • Enter the desert
  • Dune bashing, sand boarding
  • Stop to view sunset, depart for desert camp
  • Arrive at camp (desert camp activities: camel riding, henna painting, belly dance and tanoura show, shisha etc)
  • BBQ dinner
  • 8:30pm end of activity, depart for hotel

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Day 3

1. Have an adrenaline-pumping day in Dubai Parks and Resorts

If you’re giddy with excitement just thinking about visiting a theme park, then Dubai Parks and Resorts will certainly knock it out of the park for you! This entertainment heaven is a collection of 3 amusement parks and 1 water park, so you’re certainly spoiled for choice!

There 4 parks include – MotiongateBollywood ParkLegoland, and Legoland Water Park. You also can read about them as well as other theme parks in Dubai on the Klook blog (to be linked when published). We highly recommend getting the 1 day 2 parks ticket, which allows you access to 2 of the 4 theme parks, to get the most of your day.

With so many things to do and experience, you’ll definitely want to be one of the first in line to enter! The Klook private car transfer to Dubai Parks and Resorts, will have you outside the gates in no time. With an experienced driver navigating the way, you won’t have to worry about getting lost.

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2. Dinner in Shake Shack

If you’re thinking what’s so special about this burger, well, Shake Shack is a popular American burger chain that serves up some of the juiciest and yummiest burgers! With multiple locations around Dubai, it’s worth to visit one during your trip.

Sink your teeth into their famous 100% angus beef cheeseburgers and crispy crinkle cut fries. Now, that just sounds like the perfect ending to your exhausting day out at the theme park.

Check out the Shake Shack website for the different store locations.

Day 4

1. Explore the Dubai city with a half day tour

Spend your final day in this cosmopolitan city by exploring a good chunk of it by going on a half day city tour in Dubai. Spend the morning visiting the city’s most popular attractions, such as the the Burj Al Arab Hotel, a luxury hotel that stands on a small island in the city. There’s also the famous Palm Islands, a group of islands purposely designed to form a palm tree symbol on the sea haloed by a crescent.

This tour comes with a ticket to visit the famous Dubai Frame, considered to be the largest frame in the world which gives you panoramic glimpses of the old and contemporary Dubai. You’ll also get to visit a traditional souk, a great place to buy some spices and gold too!

Itinerary:

  • 8:00am-8:30am hotel pick up
  • Palm Islands, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek, Abra Water Taxi, Gold and Spice Souk, Dubai Frame
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm drop off at hotel

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2. Lunch in Salt Bae

Your trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the Turkish steakhouse Nusr-Et Dubai. Most iconically known for being the home of Salt Bae, treat yourself to the thick and juicy steaks and maybe, just maybe you might even get a chance to rub shoulders with the man himself!

Address: Jumeirah Beach Dubai, Dubai Po Box 73024

Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 12am

3. Last minute shopping in Dubai Outlet Mall

Time to make use of that excess luggage space! This is your last chance to stuff your suitcases with some shopping goods! Head over to the Dubai Outlet Mall and get ready to shop till you drop.

Spend all your remaining currency on items from brands like Acne, Jimmy Choo and Adidas. Whatever your fashion style is, you’ll definitely find something there! After the damage is done, it’s time to head to the airport. Save the hassle of pulling and dragging your suitcases along on public transport and instead sit comfortably in a private airport transfer.

Address: Dubai Al-Ain Road (Route 66)، Dubai Land – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours:

Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 10pm | Thursday & Friday, 10am to 12am

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Dubai essentials

Stay connected during your Dubai trip with a 4G SIM Card and 4G WiFi Device which you can conveniently pick up at the airport. If you prefer to get around Dubai conveniently without the hassle of public transport, you can get a private car charter which takes you to all the destinations from door to door.