Explore Dubai in 3 Days: The Ultimate Itinerary

Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis that offers visitors a compelling mix of ultramodern architecture, vibrant culture, desert landscapes, and world-class shopping and dining.

It’s the perfect place for first-time visitors who want a memorable yet easy-to-navigate introduction to the United Arab Emirates in just 3 action-packed days.

This Dubai itinerary covers all the highlights to give you an unforgettable whirlwind tour during your short stay.

Explore Dubai in 3 Days: The Ultimate Itinerary

Day 1: Old Dubai and Burj Khalifa

Start your first morning in Dubai by taking an abra (traditional wooden boat) across the creek to the bustling neighborhoods of Old Dubai. Wander along the atmospheric alleys of the gold, spice, and textile souks to haggle for bargains and take in the exotic scents and sights.

Enjoy a lunch of local Emirati cuisine in the historic Bastakiya district before heading to the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centers.

Ride up to the observation deck for panoramic views atop the world’s tallest building – the towering, needle-thin Burj Khalifa (At The Top). As evening falls, take a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional dhow ship.

Key sightseeing: Dubai Creek, gold/spice/textile souks, Bastakiya, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, dhow cruise

Day 2: Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Dinner Show

Get ready for a day of adventures in Dubai’s red sand desert landscape. Get picked up from your hotel by a 4×4 vehicle for an heart-racing “dune bashing” drive over the towering sand dunes.

Stop to enjoy camel rides, sandboarding, and henna tattoos before watching a beautiful desert sunset. Then, tuck into a mouthwatering barbecue dinner at a Bedouin camp under the stars and enjoy traditional music and belly dancing shows.

Key sightseeing: desert landscapes, dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding, Bedouin camp, emirati entertainment/food

Day 3: Dubai Fountain and Palm Jumeirah

On your final day, head to Dubai Marina for breathtaking views of the sail-shaped skyline before a scenic walk along Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s iconic man-made island framed by fronds. Catch the spectacularly choreographed dancing Dubai Fountain show set to music.

Next, shop for high-end fashion at the Mall of the Emirates or head over to IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai’s largest indoor theme park. Say farewell with a sunset cocktails at At.Mosphere on Burj Khalifa’s 122nd floor, featuring 360 views of Dubai glittering skyline.

Key sightseeing: Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Fountain, Mall of the Emirates, Burj Khalifa’s At.Mosphere


That wraps up an exhilarating introductory itinerary to experience Dubai’s top sights and attractions in just 3 exciting days.

Happy travels!

Manvendra Singh
Manvendra Singh

Hi, I am Manvendra Singh, a passionate travel vlogger with a vision to enrich the travel experience for adventurers around the globe.

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