What to see in Dubai in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Second city of the United Arab Emirates, it has become one of only in recent years the most advanced and richest tourist destinations in the world, a temple of luxury, abundance and excess typical of the world of skyscrapers and unbridled shopping, but there is also traditionalist Dubai sumptuous mosques: a futuristic place but also rigorously faithful to its past, characteristics that make it unique and fascinating ... let's discover together what to see in Dubai in just 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Dubai cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: World Trade Center, Dubai International Center, Burj Khalifa

Your three-day tour in Dubai cannot but start from World Trade Center, a commercial complex consisting of eight exhibition halls, a tower, residential apartments and the Dubai International Convention Center, from which to explore the city. But first we advise you to taste the cappuccino made of camel milk by spending around € 5,00 at The Majlis Dubai. From here, a little less than 4 km on foot via Sheikh Zayed Road, you will reach one of the most important attractions of the city: the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, where from the 124th floor you can enjoy a view whose limits are given only by the horizon starting from € 35,00.

2 - Afternoon: Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain

After this thrilling experience, treat yourself to a lunch at Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant and Cafe, where you can taste typical dishes with prices starting from € 5,00. Then continue with a tour of the shops and entertainment of the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world, inside which luxurious shop windows, playgrounds, cinema halls, skating rinks and much more coexist. If you wait until the end of the afternoon in the surrounding area, you can observe the amazing spectacle of the Dubai Fountain, with its truly unmissable play of lights and sounds.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Jumeirah, Boudoir Club

Arriving in the evening we recommend that you taste the Shawarma, better known as the classic Kebab, which consists of a mix of lamb, sheep, chicken, goat or beef at Best Shawarma (reachable by taxi in 15 minutes) spending around € 4,00-5,00 per serving. Having dinner at this restaurant you will find yourself in the nightlife area of ​​Dubai called Jumeirah, a real luxury area and exclusive super chic clubs and discos; We therefore point out the Boudoir Club, inspired by the Parisian standards of the past, admission is free, apart from the days when there are events and you have to be among the guest list to enter, apart from alcoholic beverages for which you will not pay less than € 12,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 15,3 km / 3 hours and 17 mins
  • Places visited: World Trade Center, Dubai International Convention Center, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain
  • Burj Khalifa: ticket for the 124th and 125th floors
  • Breakfast at The Majlis Dubai (Get directions), Lunch at Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant and Cafe (Get directions), Dinner at Best Shawarma (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Al-Fahidi, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum

Have breakfast at Blue barjeel restaurant And Cafe where you will try the Baklava, a typically Middle Eastern dessert prepared with filo pastry, sugar syrup (or honey) and, according to the different variants, pistachios, walnuts or hazelnuts. So here you are in the Old Town of Dubai that could seem to you everything that is not expected from the immense and futuristic megalopolis of the Emirates; the neighborhood of Al-Fahidi (first Bastakiya), what was the nucleus from which this subway later developed, it is like a dip in ancient Arabia, between massive buildings of chalk and coral and the pungent scent of incense. You will stroll through the narrow streets discovering the old wind towers, the ones that were the first "natural" solution to the problem of air conditioning of environments in torrid countries, thanks to the exchange of pressure and heat between inside and outside.

Il Fort Al Fahidi, the oldest building in Dubai, houses the Dubai Museum which opened in 1971. The museum shows the traditional way of life of the people of Dubai through its galleries, in which historic houses, ancient souks and mosques are reconstructed. The collection includes historical objects, artifacts and dioramas showing the life of merchants before oil. Access to the Museum is included in an inclusive package (€ 35,00) for a ferry ride that you will take in the afternoon.

2 - Afternoon: Dubai Creek boat ride, Deira

Then head to Maazim Restaurant, reachable by red metro from BurJuman (located 20 minutes from the previous destination), where you will have lunch with an excellent couscous spending € 4,00 per portion; dedicate the afternoon to the abra ride to cross the Creek, the original center of Dubai's commercial activity and then to Souk - gold market, one of the most famous in the world, home of the largest and heaviest precious ring in the world, in the immediate vicinity you will find those of spices and perfumes, all located in the charming neighborhood Deira, located about 30 minutes by bus (line C28 or C07)

3 - Evening: Dinner, Buddha bar Dubai

Staying in the area, go for dinner at the Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant where you will find yourself in a restaurant on the 25th floor on a rotating platform from which you can see all of Dubai while sitting at the table. You will spend no less than € 40,00 per person on a huge choice including various types of Arabian and Indian salads. Complete the evening at Buddha Bar Dubai, a well-known chain all over the world where fun will be totally guaranteed and a drink ranges from € 10,00 to € 20,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 27,1 km / 1 hour and 17 min by car
  • Places visited: Al-Fahidi, Al-Fahidi Fort, Dubai Creek, Deira
  • Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and ferry
  • Breakfast at Blue barjeel restaurant And Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at Maazim Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: JBR Beach, Burj Al Arab

After having breakfast at Sloane's with an All you can eat formula (€ 12,00), the last morning in Dubai could be spent under the sun of the Jbr beach, the most famous beach in the city. It is a portion of free coast, where you can also appreciate the purely seaside aspect of the Emirate metropolis. A stone's throw from the skyscrapers, shopping and cafes, this is where you can unplug from the chaotic downtown, where you can experience Dubai that smells of vacation and salt, and then maybe decide to devote yourself a little to water sports, like jet skiing and parasailing. If you then move north-east, just 30 minutes by bus (line n ° 8), you will come across the majestic Burj Al Arab, the very famous "Sail" of Dubai.

2 - Afternoon: Desert Safari

Using a comfortable taxi in 13 minutes you will reach Freedom Pizza where you will have lunch spending no less than € 10,00 each, then for a unique adventure of its kind: reach, 20 minutes by bus (line n ° F37), Platinum Heritage to undertake a Desert Safari. We recommend that you book an itinerary in advance, among those available, which includes a wildlife tour, camel rides at sunset, bonfire show at sunset and dinner as scheduled, all starting from € 147,00 per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Trilogy

After having dinner during the Safari, we recommend that you end the evening at Trilogy (which you will reach in just 10 minutes by taxi), a trendy place in Dubai Marina divided into 3 floors with a terrace bar, which offers a truly enviable view of the city. Big names in music perform right inside this venue: highly recommended and you will only pay for any drinks (€ 10,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 49,2 km / 1 h 17 min by car
  • Places visited: JBR Beach, Burj Al Arab, Desert Safari, Dubai Marina
  • Desert Nature Reserve: 5-hour tour
  • Breakfast at Sloane's (Get Directions), Lunch at Fredoom Pizza (Get Directions), Dinner at Desert Safari

How much does a weekend in Dubai cost

Dubai has now become a destination for everyone and suitable for both adults and children, it is certainly not very close to Italy, so the biggest expense you will have to face will certainly be the flight by plane that for the period recommended by us will not it will cost less than € 380,00 per person.

  • Costs to eat: about € 15,00-20,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 217,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 15,00-20,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 41,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 42,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Dubai: from € 850,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Dubai: the ideal periods would be either spring or autumn, so between mid-March and April, or between November and early December, it is the right time since the climate is acceptable and the sea water has ideal temperatures for those who wanted to swim in the sea. Summer would be extremely hot and winter very dry due to winds from the south - find out more
  • the city of Dubai has two international airports, Dubai International Airport the most important in the Middle East and Al Maktoum International Airport, which is undergoing expansion and the company that operates directly from Italy and Emirates; the first airport is 4 km from the center and using public transport in 25 minutes you will be in Dubai for € 1,00, or by private transfer for € 12,00 you will be in the center. While the second is further away from the center (30 minutes by public transport) and you will spend the same amount as the first.
    Flights starting from € 292,00 -
  • the central and modern area of ​​Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai is very convenient for transport and travel, to visit the whole city and to experience the real life of the Emiratis. It is also important to know that until a few years ago staying in Dubai meant spending capital, but today it has become a destination that is truly affordable for everyone, not just for businessmen or VIPs.
  • Getting around: Dubai is equipped with an excellent transport network, if you choose to use the metro you will have to buy the Nol Card, a rechargeable card thanks to which you can move unlimitedly throughout the city with a day pass of € 5,00. There is also the possibility of using the so-called Big Bus starting from € 33,00. You will be pleased to know that if you decide to take a taxi it will cost you very little, € 1,00 plus € 0,50 per km - find out more
  • Other: if you decide to visit Dubai during the period of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims devote themselves to prayer and fasting, know that it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke during the day in public. Many shops will close, although in many hotels and tourist services everything will continue normally; more sober clothing than usual is also recommended. Furthermore, the currency used is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) with a value in euros of approximately 0,24

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