3 days, 72 hours, a long weekend, Friday to Monday…However way you look at it, 3 days doesn’t sound like a huge amount of time to explore a city and you’d be forgiven for thinking that even scratching the surface will be impossible given the time frame.
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with excellent transport links, undemanding attractions and relaxation points at every turn. Discover how to make the most of 3 days in Dubai with our easy-going itinerary.
- Enjoy a hearty middle-eastern breakfast at Bin Eid Traditional Restaurant. This Arabic restaurant is the place to go for an authentic serving of ful mudammas – chilled onion and fava bean stew – a breakfast staple in the Middle East. Operating for over 35 years, this eatery knows a thing or two about good food.
- While in the neighbourhood, pay a visit to the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. At over 828 metres high the building consists of a hotel, restaurant, fitness club, homes and offices and a breath-taking park. In addition, tourists can visit the top of the structure to marvel at the view from the top. You won’t find a better bird’s eye view of Dubai anywhere else.
- Next head to the Bastakia Quarter where you’ll be able to soak up the history of Dubai by exploring the city’s oldest buildings, museums and art galleries. Put aside a minimum of 2 hours to make the most of your walk. For anyone who is keen to discover some olde-worlde Dubai charm and get a snapshot of the city’s character prior to its modernisation, a visit to the Bastakia Quarter is a must.
- Cross the river to the souks via the Abra Dock water taxi. An abra is a traditional wooden sail boat which is predominantly used to transport visitors from the Al Shindagha area of the city to Bur Dubai. Priced at just 1 dirham (16 British pence) per journey, this is a great way to travel and take advantage of arguably the world’s cheapest river cruise.
- Once you have crossed the river head to the Spice Souk to take in the city’s most intoxicating smells. The Dubai Spice Souk is essentially a large market where you can haggle for cut-price spices, gold, textiles and perfumes. As the title suggests, spices are the main commodity here but you can also find all manner of goods such as Persian goods and hand-crafted leather handbags. Bargaining is part of the fun.
- ‘Amazing’, ‘free’, ‘magnificent’… These are just some of the ways that the Dubai Fountains have been described. The water shoots as high as 500 ft. and the whole sequence is choreographed to music. Pop into trendy wine bar Neos afterwards; from the window tables you get a sublime view of the fountains in a fashionable setting.
- Head to the Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping centre – for some serious retail action. With over 630 shops, you’ll be completely spoilt for choice. If shopping’s not your thing, check out the Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Ski Dubai or indoor theme park SEGA Republic – all located in this supersized mall.
- Next up, relax with a picnic on The Palm Jumeirah – a huge artificial archipelago in the shape of a palm tree. Take a dip in the crystal clear sea waters or work on that suntan in the company of a compelling book.
- Round off your trip with a visit to the buffet restaurant to end all buffet restaurants: Latitude. This is one eating place where quality trumps quantity as sumptuous seafood platters, aromatic Thai dishes and Arabic delicacies coexist to create a dining experience like no other. Booking is essential.
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