Dubai is a tourist haven that mixes modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, and is one of the most exquisite destinations for a traveller. From the city's historic souks to futuristic architecture, man-made archipelago, and sky-touching marvels, you'll find in Dubai all the right ingredients for a sun-kissed trip.
Travel making memories, broaden your horizons and experience the best of in Dubai with this 5 Days itinerary.
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Aquatic and Desert Fun
Atlantis The Lost Chambers
& Desert Safari
Start your day by visiting the captivating Palm Jumeirah, one of the biggest man-made islands in the world, which houses some of Dubai's most luxurious resorts, including Atlantis The Palm. Inside Atlantis The Palm is The Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to 65000 sea creatures, which features the ancient ruins of the "lost city of Atlantis", that's been believed to be deep beneath the sea for thousands of years.
Then get picked up by a four-wheel drive with a guide, so you will be taken to the desert outskirts and enjoy an exciting mix of adventure and fun at Desert Safari tour.
Desert safari tour provides exciting dune bashing along with an electrifying camp journey where you can enjoy quad biking, camel ride, henna tattooing. Plus enjoy a barbecue buffet while watching traditional Arabic entertainment, such as belly dancing, fire dancing and tanoura dancing.
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Day!
Warner Bros. World
For your second day, you can leave Dubai for a day and head on to the capital city, Abu Dhabi. About an hour and a half drive from Dubai, you can reserve your Dubai-Abu Dhabi round trip private transfer service, or if you are more adventurous enough, you can also take public transport.
A dynamic and one of the best tourist destinations in Abu Dhabi, Yas Island presents a family-friendly entertainment hub like no other. From here, you will be spending your day in two of Abu Dhabi's biggest amusement parks -- Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.
Get your adrenaline pumped up at your first destination - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It is the first Ferrari branded theme park in the world and is also one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world. Ferrari World features a winning mix of rides and attractions and is home to the fastest rollercoaster on the planet, as well as 37 more thrilling rides.
Then get enthralled and immerse yourself in the world of all your favourite Warner Bros. characters and more at the world's first-ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, and is also one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world - Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The park features a total of 29 state-of-the-art rides, very unique live entertainment, plus interactive family-friendly attractions and characters from the studios’ collection of Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, and DC Entertainment superheroes.
Yas Island is truly the leisure and activities hub that captures the vibrant and exhilarating attitude which prevails within Abu Dhabi.
With the recent health and safety regulations being imposed, there is currently strict border control as you enter Abu Dhabi. As such, before making any travel arrangements to Abu Dhabi, please ensure you adhere to the guidelines and protocols indicated here.
Blend of Old and New
Bur Dubai, Deira Souqs
& Dubai Marina/JBR
Going back to Dubai, and looking for some novelty items and souvenirs to shop? Look no further. You'll get handwoven fabrics and carpets, traditional perfumes and dresses, ornate gold jewellery, and even herbs and spices, in the souqs located in the bustling heart of Old Dubai.
"Souq" is an Arabic term for a traditional market. And the souqs of Bur Dubai and Deira give fascinating glimpses into the UAE’s rich history and heritage.
The two districts of Bur Dubai and Deira are separated by the Dubai Creek, a saltwater creek that has become a hub of commercial and residential activity in the city over the years. And this is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.
You can traverse the Dubai Creek to go to both sides of Bur Dubai and Deira riding the abra. It is the city's most traditional mode of transport and is still the cheapest, for only 1 dirham (about US$ 0.27).
You can conclude your third day and have an awe-inspiring night to remember down south at Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) area. These are two impressive communities that boast luxury skyscrapers, a range of dining and entertainment options and it offers stunning urban waterfront living to its residents.
There is a 1.7-kilometre pathway known as The Walk, JBR that offers beachfront cafes, world-class hotels, eccentric nightlife, delightful shopping experiences and an excellent walking environment, JBR remains one of the most sought-after areas in the city.
You can book a Dhow Cruise at the Marina so you can have a sumptuous dinner while traversing around the Marina, showcasing its gleaming skyscrapers.
Fun and Entertainment Overload
Dubai Parks and Resorts
On your fourth day in Dubai, you can spend a full day in one of the city's best theme park destinations. Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in the Middle East and is one of the largest theme parks in the world. It's a collection of three world-class theme parks, one water park, and a Polynesian themed family resort with a grand entrance plaza.
MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East. Integrating three Hollywood studios for the first time – Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate. Immerse on its 27 rides and attractions, as well as live entertainment experiences, restaurants and retail outlets. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai brings to life 13 of Hollywood’s most beloved blockbuster films.
LEGOLAND® Dubai on the other hand is a LEGO®-themed park that offers everything from interactive rides and water slides (LEGOLAND® Waterpark) to building and driving experiences perfect for families with children aged 2-12. It features 40 LEGO® themed rides, shows and building experiences. LEGOLAND® Dubai also features Dubai's iconic skyline and key landmarks from around the Middle East, all made of LEGO® bricks!
Finally, immerse into the popular Indian culture at Bollywood Parks Dubai, the first of its kind Bollywood theme park in the world in which you can experience the magic of India's prolific film industry. It is now home to the world’s tallest swing ride that will give you the experience of hang gliding and swinging, as you will be lifted and dropped at various speeds.
Visiting all three parks might not be enough for one day? Try to squeeze in 2 parks for the price of one in one day by booking the Two Park Pass, and you can choose 2 of the 3 theme parks. There is also the Q-Fast pass option, so you can skip the line for taking all the rides and attractions.
Save the best for last
Your visit to Dubai will not be complete without going to The Dubai Mall, the world's biggest shopping mall. It has a lot in store for everyone, from dining to entertainment, and fun activities for the whole family.
The Dubai Mall is just one part of the much bigger Downtown Dubai complex, where you can also find the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, just right beside the mall.
Here are some of the popular attractions you can enjoy at The Dubai Mall complex:
At The Top, Burj Khalifa - It's one of the world's highest observatories located on the 124th floor, and it will give you a 360-degree view of the Dubai skyline.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo - It's the world’s largest suspended, aquarium, holding 10 million litres of seawater and 33000 varied species of marine life.
VR Park - Experience the one-of-a-kind and world’s largest & penultimate virtual and augmented reality attraction.
KidZania - Catering to kids between 4-16 years, this helps teach them real-life skills in this attraction that resembles a real town.
Dubai Ice Rink - You can skate, twirl and even display some crazy or sleek turns across this state-of-the-art ice area.
Dubai Fountain - Immerse yourself in its brilliantly choreographed extravaganza wherein water reaches up to a great height of up to 500 feet. Get a traditional boat (abra) ride and get an up-close vantage point of the fountain.
The Dubai Fountain show plays in the evening every 30 minutes from 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm. And usually, after 15 minutes, there is a separate Lights and Sound show at Burj Khalifa. Make sure you get a good spot before these spectacles start.
Hopefully, we’ve given you amazing travel inspiration and awesome ideas for the perfect Dubai Itinerary. Although there are even more attractions you can visit in Dubai which were not mentioned on this feature, but this five-day itinerary has been proven to make the most out of your visit. Watch out for our next feature about some hidden gems and underrated places in Dubai truly worthy of a visit.
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