What To Do in Dubai in 3-5 Days
Dubai is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over the last decade, the city of gold has been consistently ranked in the top 20 most visited cities in the world. Shopping facilities, its unique culture along with the new and modern tourist attractions are the things that make this city so popular. It can be overwhelming trying to decide just what to see and do on a trip to Dubai, so we’ve made it easier. If you have three to five days in Dubai, here are all the best and most exciting things to see and do. Take your pick!
1. Hit Up Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is a great place to get a feel of the vibe of the city, especially if it’s your first time there. Massive doesn’t describe it. The mall is the largest in the world, with 1200 shops and it records tens of millions of visitors each year. Along with the shops, the mall also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens, and 120 restaurants and cafes.
Among the most popular attractions at the mall are the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, the Dubai fountains, and the indoor VR theme park. For the most stunning views of the city, buy a ticket to go to the 148th floor of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and take in the enthralling views.
2. Visit The Dubai Miracle Garden
If you’re a nature lover, you will absolutely enjoy exploring the Dubai Miracle Garden. The flower garden, located in the district of Dubailand, was opened on Valentine’s Day 2013 and is the largest flower garden in the world. This fantasy land is home to 50 million flowers, all showcased in a variety of immense sculptures and designs. There is also the Dubai Butterfly Garden on the property, opened in 2015, and an aromatic garden.
3. Have Some Family Fun At Wild Wadi Water Park
The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park, situated next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This water park has fun activities for all ages and thus, is perfect for families with children or large groups. Wild Wadi has tons of rides and water slides, artificial surfing machines, a waterfall, two gift shops, three restaurants, and two snack stands. The price of tickets to enter the park are categorized into two groups, based on height (people above 1.1 Meter tall and people below 1.1 Meter tall).
4. Dine At Souk Al Bahar
The host of dining options and its scenery makes Souk Al Bahar one of the most popular dining destinations in Dubai. The lively marketplace is situated in Downtown Dubai and offers enchanting views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. At Souk Al Bahar, guests can choose from the 22 dining options that vary from Asian cuisine to Thai or seafood and even international chains like Shake Shack and Starbucks.
5. Go On A Desert Safari Tour
What’s a trip to Dubai without visiting the desert? The day-long Dubai safari tours take visitors into the desert to get a better understanding of the culture of UAE, and of course, to have some fun! The typical desert safari tour consists of dune bashing, where SUVs jump through massive sand dunes (perfect for adrenaline junkies), camel rides, and surfing a sandboard.
After all the crazy fun, visitors are then taken camps which resemble the ones from Bedouin times, where they eat traditional Arabic barbecue, watch belly dancing shows and have the option to get a henna tattoo or smoke hookah by the campfire.
6. Go For A Stroll Along JBR Walk
Jumeirah Beach Residence (also known as JBR) is a bustling strip between Dubai Marina and Dubai Metro. The 1.7-kilometer stretch has plenty of stylish boutiques, restaurants, and shopping spots to choose from. There are also outdoor pop-up markets on the walk where you can browse the stalls selling jewelry, food treats, and homewares as well as take in performances by street entertainers.
7. Skydive If You Dare
This is not for the faint of heart! Skydiving is one of the most extraordinary and thrilling adventure sports available in Dubai. Skydive Dubai offers diving from two locations in Dubai — over the desert or over the iconic Palm Jumeirah Island 9 (which is available all year round). This activity is completely safe and those who have experienced it, rave about the adventure.
8. Check Out Old Quarter
Old Quarter is where the history of Dubai is cemented. Literally. Dubai’s Old Quarter, also known as the Bastakia Quarter, is located by the Dubai Creek and features a series of attractions that can take hours to explore.
Visitors can explore the Dubai Museum and learn more about the city’s past, walk down the historic streets of Bastakia and check out other smaller museums, art galleries and even grab lunch at the Basta Art Cafe which serves delicious Arabic food. For those that are interested in purchasing souvenirs, there are also gold and spice souks in the area which visitors can access by taking a 1 AED boat ride across the creek.
9. Relax and Dine On a Dhow Cruise
One of the most relaxing ways to navigate Dubai Creek is on a Dhow Cruise. This relaxing activity involves dinner and a live show on a dhow (a traditional Arabian vessel) that glides along the Dubai Creek at night. This intimate experience, that is popular among small groups and couples, lets you see the sites of Old Dubai from the Creek. The entertainment typically involves live music and belly dancers while there is an international buffet dinner.
10. Visit The Traditional Markets In Deira
Deira may be one of the oldest areas in Dubai but you will find some of the best products and souvenirs here. The Gold Souk is undoubtedly Dubai’s most popular souk and it is located in Deira. Here you’ll find hundreds of jewelry shops selling items made of gold, silver, and precious stones.
There is also the Textile Souk (across the water), Spice Souk, and Perfume Souk that all bustle with activity throughout the day. The Grand Souk Deira, formerly known as Al Souk Al Kabeer, was extensively renovated and is now one of the largest and most important markets in Deira.