Day 1 in Dubai
Welcome to Dubai! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend you get acquainted with the city by taking a Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour, here you will be able to Hop-Off the bus and see some of the amazing sights this magical city has to offer along with a bird`s eye view of the spectacular skyscrapers that fill the city and the beautiful beaches. Some of the highlights of the tour include The Palm, The Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Marina and much more. You can also Hop-Off at Dubai Creek where you will find several dining options, grab a bite to eat and a refreshment and continue your tour of the city on the waterways with a traditional abra boat ride.
On your first evening in Dubai take a trip out to the golden desert; leave the city in a 4x4 driven by a guide who will take you on an unforgettable journey through the desert, across the sands, over the red dunes. While in the desert you can take a traditional ride upon a camel, get a henna tattoo, try sand boarding and end the evening with a delicious barbecue dinner served at a campsite in the desert while watching a breathtaking sunset. Sit back and enjoy custom entertainment featuring belly dancers who perform traditional Arabian dances accompanied by music, while you sit back, relax and watch the sky light up with the Arabian stars.
Day 2 in Dubai
Begin your day super early and head to the city`s most famous landmark, the Burj Khalifa, set in the center of downtown, this magnificent 2,716 foot tall, the man-made skyscraper is the world’s tallest building. Head straight to `At the top` which is the world`s highest outdoor observation deck located on the 124th floor, marvel over the breathtaking views of the city below and watch the sun rising over the sands.
Surrounding the base of the Burj Khalifa you will find the Dubai Fountains, although the fountains are much more of a sight at night they are definitely something worth seeing. The Dubai Opera is also located in the same area a truly magnificent building used as a multi-format, performing arts center the building`s design was inspired by the curves of a traditional Dhow ship with contemporary glass and steel walls. Stroll through the area, there are some beautiful gardens featured here and plenty of restaurants to grab some coffee and breakfast.
Fuel up for your next stop to the marvelous Dubai Mall, an amazing place packed with so much to see and do! One day is just not enough! This premier mall offers shoppers over 1,200 stores and 150 restaurants along with the world`s largest aquarium! Visit the Dubai Aquarium and walk through the biggest see through viewing panel in the world with sharks, rays and other marine life swimming all around you. You can catch a movie, go ice skating and check out the indoor theme park, and be sure to stop by the giant indoor waterfall as this is a spectacular sight to see.
After your time at the mall grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants and wander around outside, if it is after 6 pm you can catch the dazzling light, sound and water show at the Dubai Fountains.
On your second evening in Dubai set sail on a dinner cruise aboard an authentic dhow boat, a fun and exciting way to see the enchanting waterways in the evening time enjoy a delicious Arabian meal, some cocktails and live music with the tantalizing lights of the city and its mesmerizing skyline glowing around you.
Day 3 in Dubai
This morning begin your day in the Bur Dubai area; stroll around the historic area of Bastakiya, the area is filled with traditional buildings built of coral and limestone are now shops, café, and galleries. Grab some coffee and a bite to eat at one of the cafes. Meander through the maze of winding alleys and narrow paths in-between traditional Arabian homes and wind tunnels.
The city`s oldest building is located just north of the Bastakiya, where the Dubai Museum is now featured. Stop into the museum and check out the exhibits on pearl diving and discover the history of Dubai. From here head to theBur Dubai Souk area situated on the Dubai Creek, catch a boat across the creek and make your way to the many `souks` in the area including Gold and Perfume, these markets are a great place to find some traditional Arabian souvenirs.
Make your way to the beautiful beaches of Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is located in the Jumeirah district on the Persian Gulf a long stretch of coastline that leads all the way down to The Palm Jumeirah island entrance. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, a dip in the ocean and grab some lunch at one of the oceanfront restaurants featured in the area. Make your way down to the Burj Al Arab another iconic symbol of Dubai, this 7-star hotel sits on its own manmade island just off the coast. This majestic hotel has a lot to offer but you have to have the big bucks to enjoy them with suites here costing upwards of $15,000 a night!! The most economical option to get inside this beauty is the book afternoon tea and check out the wonders this hotel has to offer.
Palm Jumeirah is just south of the Burj Al Arab, we suggest you take a trip out to this man-made wonder, the island is shaped like a giant palm in the middle of the Persian Gulf with the magnificent Atlantis situated on the crescent featuring Aquaventure Water Park. Make your way out to the Palm and check out all the wonders it has to offer. You can visit Atlantis and enjoy a meal at one of their many restaurants on site. This is the perfect place to end your last evening in Dubai, the city that seems to make everything possible.
Additional Days in Dubai
Should you be able to spend additional days in Dubai be sure to check out The Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated leisure and theme park in the Middle East featuring more than 100 rides and attractions including Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park and Bollywood Parks.
IMG World of Adventure is another popular attraction in Dubai, the world`s largest indoor theme park featuring 17 themed rides in four different themed zones including Cartoon Network, Marvel, and Lost Valley. Restaurants, stores, and a cinema are also featured.
Visit The Mall of Emirates, another one of the city`s famous malls with over 1,200 stores and over 100 restaurants covering 255, 489 square meters of space. Featured at the mall is Ski Dubai the largest indoor snow park featuring 5 different ski slopes, the first indoor black diamond run, sledding, toboggan runs, giant snowballs and real penguins.
The luxurious Madinat Jumeirah resort area is an area spread over 98 acres, the largest resort in the emirate. The area is designed after a traditional Arabian town with three boutique hotels, summer houses, a world class spa and over 40 restaurants and bars along the magical waterways.
The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most stunning mosques in Dubai with a detailed white façade with a medieval Fatimid architectural style in the center of the historic district in Bur Dubai. Inside visitors can witness the spectacular ornate décor and visit the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding to promote the understanding of Islam.Visit Kite Beach a serene stretch of white sand beach filled with a wide array of water sports activities, renowned for its kite surfers along with swimming and kayaking the area is filled with restaurants, cafes with great views of the Burj Al Arab. The Alserkal Art District is Dubai`s main arts hub covering 500,000 square feet in the Al Quoz district featuring art, goods, fashion, food, music and the cities most contemporary art galleries.
Your Last Day in Dubai
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.