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Dubai 3 Day Getaway

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Dubai is one of the most amazing cities in the world. With lots of attractions to see and lots of activities to do, getting an idea of what to expect will make your getaway easier to plan.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

13 Places

5 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Burj Khalifa

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers

The Dubai Mall

Shopping Malls

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Aquariums

Souk Al Bahar

Gift & Speciality Shops

Dubai Fountains

Fountains

Al Hamidieh

Restaurants

Day 2

Dubai Miracle Garden

Gardens

Mall of the Emirates

Shopping Malls

Ski Dubai

Theme Parks

Dubai Desert Safari Tours

Sightseeing Tours, Safaris

Day 3

The Beach Center

Gift & Speciality Shops

Burj Al Arab

Architectural Buildings

Ghalia T's City Tips

  • There are always shows, concerts and events going on in the city. Make sure you checkout Dubai Calender at http://www.dubaicalendar.ae/en for a list of events during your stay.
  • There is a tourist tax of 20 AED paid per person per night you stay at the hotel.
  • The weather can get really hot and humid during the summer months so the best time to visit Dubai is October to April.
  • The UAE is still a Muslim country so respectable clothing is required in malls and other public attractions.
  • Taxis can get expensive but their are other forms of transport available like metro, tram and even renting a car with a GPS.
    Day 1
  • Burj Khalifa
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Ghalia T Says:

    Being the worlds tallest building this is a must see and number one attraction in Dubai. Looking up at the burj is fascinating and the views looking down are even more incredible. There are tours throughout the day starting at sunrise that take you up to the 148th floor where you can enjoy views of the city from the observation deck. Through out the tour you can learn about the building process and how it was completed. Access to the tour entrance is in the lower level of Dubai Mall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buying your tickets online beforehand is cheaper than on the spot.
    • Sunrise and sunset tours tend to sell fast so make sure you book in advance. Try booking an early tour to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Atmosphere 20/11/2018
    • Beautiful 20/11/2018
    • Burj Khalifa
    Address:
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Other:
  • The Dubai Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Ghalia T Says:

    The mall is located next to Burj khalifa and this is a great place to shop at one of the biggest malls in the world. With so many stores and brands to choose from it is easy to find what you are looking for and shop till you drop. The mall also offers a range of activities including ice skating, cinema, aquarium, kids play areas and dancing fountains.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • wear comfortable shoes, there is lots of walking
    • Lots of places to have lunch in the mall
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 10-year celebrations 20/11/2018
    • A Can’t Miss 20/11/2018
    • The Dubai Mall
    Address:
    Al Mussallah Rd
    DownTown Dubai, Near Souk Al Bahar Bridge
    Dubai 113444
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    800 38224 6255
    Hours:
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
    Aquariums
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    Ghalia T Says:

    The aquarium is located in Dubai mall and you do not need a entrance ticket to see it. However an entrance ticket is needed to go through the tunnel which has sharks and string rays swimming all around it as well as going up to the underwater zoo. The zoo is really cool, you get to see all the different types of animals and my personal favorite the penguins and sea otters. Right now also on display is king croc. For an extra charge you can even take a ride in a glass boat inside the aquarium.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 20/11/2018
    • Great Aquarium and must visit for kids. 20/11/2018
    • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    The Dubai Mall, Doha Street Off 1st Interchange
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 382246255
    Price range:
    US$68 - US$68
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Souk Al Bahar
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Ghalia T Says:

    This is a nice souk located just across the bridge from Dubai mall. The architectural style inside is oriental and there are little shops selling souvenirs, rugs, pashminas and perfumes. Prices in the shops are a little expensive but you can still negotiate lower prices. I would buy souvenirs from the old souk. There are also restaurants and cafes in the souk with fountain views that are good for lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I would recommend Baker and Spice as a great place to eat or just have drinks and enjoy the fountain views.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 251 Shopping in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small 17/11/2018
    • Souk Al Bahar 21/10/2018
    • Souk Al Bahar
    Address:
    Exit 32 - Sheikh Zayed Road
    Near Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 362 7011
    Hours:
    Fri
    2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Fountains
    Fountains
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    Ghalia T Says:

    The fountains are a must see in Dubai and conveniently located next to Dubai mall. They are the worlds largest dancing fountains that dance to a wide variety of music. They start at 6 pm and run every half an hour until 11 pm. Its a great experience and amazing place to take pictures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The area can get really crowded. You can get great views of the fountain with less crowds by walking around to the opposite side of the water close to Armani Hotel near the park.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Breath taking 20/11/2018
    • Magical 20/11/2018
    • Dubai Fountains
    Address:
    Financial Centre Road
    Dubai Mall
    Dubai 126882
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971-4-362-7500
    Price range:
    US$360 - US$360
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Al Hamidieh
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern)
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    Ghalia T Says:

    The food here is delicious middle eastern cuisine with a wide variety to choose from. The service is also good and the atmosphere is nice. It is located on the boulevard in downtown Dubai walking distance from Dubai mall so a great place to have diner after a day of shopping. They also have a section for shisha. After diner going for a walk along the boulevard is great to further enjoy the city atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are also other restaurants along the Boulevard offering different cuisines.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #715 of 7,148 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Neighborhood- Average food and decor 07/11/2018
    • Authentic Place 11/09/2018
    • Al Hamidieh
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Opposite The Address Dubai Mall
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 552 1648
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Dubai Miracle Garden
    Gardens
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    Ghalia T Says:

    A must see on your visit to Dubai. You can enjoy a nice walk through the garden and take a lot of colorful pictures. The flower designs and structures are really amazing, there is even one of Burj khalifa. Ticket prices are 30AED per person.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try going early morning (it opens at 9 am) to avoid the heat and the crowds especially on the weekends.
    • It is not open all year around so make sure you check their website before you go.(closed during the hot summer months)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit in Dubai 20/11/2018
    • best garden 19/11/2018
    • Dubai Miracle Garden
    Phone:
    +971 4 422 8902
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$45
    Other:
  • Mall of the Emirates
    Shopping Malls
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    Ghalia T Says:

    This is another great mall for shopping as it is has alot of stores but usually less crowded than Dubai mall with all the tourists. You can find a range of brands from everyday to luxury. There are also numerous restaurants to enjoy lunch at the mall. The mall also has ski Dubai, even if you are not going to ski its nice to watch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The metro goes directly in the mall so very convenient
    • Karam Beirut is a nice place to enjoy Lebanese food and have views of ski Dubai
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always my favourite 20/11/2018
    • Nice Mall 19/11/2018
    • Mall of the Emirates
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    971 4 409 9000
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Ski Dubai
    Theme Parks
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    Ghalia T Says:

    A great change from the Dubai heat, you can enjoy snow in the desert as well with this ski park located in Mall of the Emirates. It has skiing, snowboarding and a kids play area and you can even have a chance to see some penguins. Its a great place to pick a few skills and enjoy with your family and friends.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unlimited fun 20/11/2018
    • Wanted more time 20/11/2018
    • Ski Dubai
    Address:
    Shiekh Zayed Road, Interchange 4
    Mall of the Emirates
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 409 4090
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Desert Safari Tours
    Sightseeing Tours, Safaris
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    Ghalia T Says:

    Going on a desert safari is a unique experience for anyone visiting Dubai. A ride in the sand dunes can feel like a roller coaster at times. An evening tour allows you to see the sunset which can be amazing if skies are clear. The tour usually includes going to a camp site where camel rides are set up, traditional clothing to try on, dinner buffet and a show.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 550 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing sunrise safari 17/11/2018
    • Early morning safari with breakfast 17/11/2018
    • Dubai Desert Safari Tours
    Address:
    Al Murjan Tower 209
    Al Nahda 2
    Dubai 232268
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    (00971) 50 2661837
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • The Beach Center
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Ghalia T Says:

    This is really a great place you defiantly get a different vibe than the rest of the city. There is a public beach to sit, relax and enjoy the sun and water. There are plenty of restaurants along the walkway with great views of the beach. One can really spend the day here swimming, grabbing something to eat and enjoying a walk down the street.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Located in JBR it is on the opposite side of the city from Dubai mall. Can get there by taxi or by taking the metro and then a short ride on the tram.
    • Parking in the underground beach parking charges by the hour, however, if you eat at participating restaurants and cafes on the beach for over 75AED you get 3 hours free.
    • I recommend Apron and Hammers for seafood, Big chef for international cuisine and Eat Greek for greek.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 251 Shopping in Dubai
    • Smokers 23/10/2018
    • Amazingly clean beachside shops 11/08/2018
    • The Beach Center
    Address:
    Jumeirah 1 Jumeira Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 344 9045
    Other:
  • Burj Al Arab
    Architectural Buildings
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    Ghalia T Says:

    Apart from being a guest at the hotel, you can only go inside if you are with a tour or have a reservation at a restaurant. Afternoon tea is popular and you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, see the hotel and take pictures. Views of the burj are nice from madinat jumeirah if you just want a nice picture.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Hotel/Restaurants 20/11/2018
    • Too "Bling Bling", but definitively so luxuous 20/11/2018
    • Burj Al Arab
    Address:
    3 Jumeirah Street
    Burj Al-Arab Hotel
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 223 8206
    Other:
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