What to do in Dubai in 3 days?

What to do in Dubai in 3 days?

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Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, is a must-see destination for tourists from all over the world. Known for its modern architecture and extravagance, it is also rich in history and culture. This city is a true international crossroads, where tradition and modernity mingle.

Even if 3 days is not enough to discover all the wonders of Dubai, it is still an ideal time to get a glimpse of it. In fact, in just 3 days you can discover the main attractions of the city, immerse yourself in its culture and traditions, and even enjoy a little relaxation on its beaches.

During these 3 days, you can climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, discover the Dubai Mall, visit the Dubai Museum and stroll through the historic Al Fahidi district. You can also cross Dubai Creek by abra, watch a musical fountain show, visit the Dubai Aquarium, relax on a beach in Dubai, discover the Atlantis Aquaventure water park and enjoy a safari ride in the desert.

Day 1: Discover the city

Climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa: the tallest tower in the world

Start your day in style by visiting the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world at 828 meters high. By taking the elevator, you can reach the top of the tower and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. You can also learn about the construction of this architectural marvel. The Burj Khalifa is located in Downtown Dubai, where you can find other tourist attractions.

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Burj Khalifa

From 40.93 € (or £35.62)

From £35.62 (or 40.93 €)

Walk around Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is the heart of the city, with its skyscrapers, shopping malls and luxury restaurants. You can stroll through the lively streets of this district, admire the Dubai Musical Fountain, and stop in one of the many cafes for a refreshing break. You can also visit the Dubai Opera, a magnificent building that hosts many cultural and artistic events.

Dubai Opera

From 37.41 € (or £32.18)

From £32.18 (or 37.41 €)

Visit the Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world, with over 1,200 shops and attractions. You can go shopping, discover the many attractions, including the Dubai Aquarium, which houses more than 140 species of fish. You can observe sharks, rays and even sea lions. You can also visit the indoor amusement park, the Sega Republic, and try out the many thrill rides.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

From 37.54 € (or £32.67)

From £32.67 (or 37.54 €)

Watch the Dubai Fountain show

The Dubai Musical Fountain is an awe-inspiring sight, where jets of water dance to the beat of music. You can admire this free show from the terrace of the Dubai Mall, or from a cruise ship on Dubai Creek. The shows take place every day, day or night, and you can see them from different vantage points in the city center.

The Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride

From 17.39 € (or £15.19)

From £15.19 (or 17.39 €)

This first day will allow you to discover the futuristic architecture of Dubai, its gigantic shopping malls, as well as its must-see tourist attractions. You can also learn more about the culture of this cosmopolitan city by visiting the different districts of the city center.

Day 2: Explore the desert

Take a 4x4 excursion in the dunes

Dubai is located in a desert, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it! You can go on a 4x4 excursion in the dunes, where an experienced driver will take you through the sand hills, for an unforgettable experience. You can even opt for a late afternoon excursion to enjoy the sunset over the desert.

Discover the Bedouin camp

During your tour, you can also visit a traditional Bedouin camp, where you can learn more about the local culture. You can enjoy tea and dates, take a camel ride, or watch a belly dancing demonstration.

From 81.52 € (or £71.22)

From £71.22 (or 81.52 €)

Dinner under the stars

To end this day in style, you can dine under the stars, in an exceptional setting. You can taste traditional dishes such as kebab, hummus and falafel, while enjoying the silence and the vastness of the desert.

From 123.86 € (or £107.78)

From £107.78 (or 123.86 €)

Admire the stars and the Milky Way

After dinner, enjoy a moment of relaxation to admire the starry desert sky. Far from the city lights, you can gaze at the stars in all their glory and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Milky Way. Some excursions even offer astronomical observation with a telescope to discover the secrets of the universe. This unique experience will immerse you in another world and make you feel small in the face of the grandeur of the universe.

Participating in a dance party

After this unforgettable experience, you can participate in a dance party hosted by local musicians and dancers. You can try your hand at the traditional dance, the dabke, and discover local musical instruments such as the oud, the tambourine or the cymbals. This evening will be an opportunity to share a friendly moment with other travelers and to discover a little more about the local culture.

Day 3: Relaxation and adventure

Relax on a beach in Dubai

On your last day in Dubai, take some time to relax on one of the city's many beaches. Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular, with its turquoise waters and white sand. You can also opt for the private beach of your hotel, if it has one.

Visit the Atlantis Aquaventure water park

For those looking for thrills, Atlantis Aquaventure is a great option. This water park located on the island of Palm Jumeirah offers many slides, rapids and thrill rides. You can also discover an incredible aquarium here, where you can swim with sharks and rays.

Aquaventure Waterpark

From 78.83 € (or £68.61)

From £68.61 (or 78.83 €)

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Shopping at the Dubai Mall

To end your trip to Dubai in style, don't miss a trip to the Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the world. Here you will find hundreds of international brand shops, as well as restaurants, cinemas and even an ice rink.

In addition to these activities, there are other options to enjoy this day. If you are interested in history and culture, you could visit the Dubai Museum, located in Al Fahidi Fort. This museum traces the history of the city and the region, with exhibits on architecture, Bedouin life and early trade.

Dubai Museum

From 28.07 € (or £24.53)

From £24.53 (or 28.07 €)

If you are looking for a unique experience, you could also take a helicopter flight over the city. This will allow you to see Dubai from another angle and enjoy spectacular views of skyscrapers, beaches and man-made islands.

Dubai Helicopter Flight

From 172.34 € (or £150.16)

From £150.16 (or 172.34 €)

Finally, if you are looking for a moment of absolute relaxation, you could opt for a luxury spa treatment in one of the many spas in Dubai. The city's hotels offer world-class spas, with relaxing treatments, steam rooms and saunas.

Whatever you choose, this day will be the opportunity to enjoy this incredible city one last time before leaving with unforgettable memories.

Practical advice to make the most of your stay

To fully enjoy your stay in Dubai, it is recommended that you travel outside the hottest months of the year, wear modest clothing in public to respect the local culture, and plan a substantial budget for luxury activities and restaurants. It is also advisable to book in advance for the most popular activities, such as the visit to the Burj Khalifa or the 4x4 desert tour.