Dubai is a dreamland for many. Home to some of the most iconic buildings that have broken several world records, there is so much to see and do in this Emirates city. Hence, it would feel that 3 days is not enough for a holiday in Dubai. Of course, it is not possible to see everything in just three days, still, it is possible to see some of the most important attractions that the city has to offer. Here we present a

Dubai itinerary for 3 days

that would make it possible for you to enjoy the best delights of the city.

Dubai Three Day Itinerary

Day 1: Morning and Afternoon: Hop-On-Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

big bus
If you’re wondering

what to do in Dubai for 3 days,

here’s how you spend your first day. Sign up for one of the best ways to see all of Dubai on your first day – the hop-on-hop-off big bus tour. It’s a unique tour that allows you to hop off the bus whenever you want to explore an attraction on foot. Plenty of tour buses cruise the same line, with a fresh bus stopping at the various stops on the tour map every 15 minutes or so. This means that if you want to get off the big bus at any landmark you want to explore on foot, you just get off, and catch the next bus in the line with your tickets and continue with the rest of the tour. The Dubai big bus tour will take you to see all the major landmarks – the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Canal, the Dubai Frame, Dubai Mall and much more. It is a perfect option to capture the essence for one day in Dubai.

Day 1: Evening: Dinner Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise

This is by far one of the finest experiences Dubai has to offer. Sign up for a dinner dhow cruise and you’ll enjoy a scintillating evening with a fine dinner on board along with plenty of cultural entertainment. The cruise dhow is a renovated version of Dubai’s ancient trading vessel. It’s surrounded by transparent acrylic on all sides to allow you to enjoy 360-degree views of the surroundings. You can take a dhow cruise of the Dubai Creek, the Dubai Marina, or the new and splendid Dubai Canal. No matter which one you choose, you’ll absolutely love looking at Dubai’s stupendous landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj al Arab, the Dubai Frame, the still under construction Dubai Eye and much more.

Day 2: Morning and Afternoon: Shopping Ahoy!

Dubai Mall

Dubai is one of the major shopping capitals of the world. There’s no point in visiting Dubai without indulging in some retail therapy. So loosen your purse strings and give Dubai’s major malls a visit. Check out the Dubai Mall, with its 22-screen cinema multiplex and aquarium. Visit the Emirates Mall, where Ski Dubai is located. Visit the Ibn Battuta Mall which is a cultural experience in itself. Best of all, visit the souqs of Souq Madinat and Bur Dubai and Deira. Check out the huge displays of gold in the gold souqs and bargain at the spice markets of Bur Dubai. Souq Madinat contains a number of restaurants, cafes and shopping outlets, modeled after the ancient underground markets of Arabia. We would recommend adding these grand malls to Dubai itinerary for couples. You’ll have great fun shopping in Dubai, especially if you visit the country during the Dubai Shopping Festival in January.

Day 2: Evening: Desert Safari!

Desert Safari

Make good use of your evening by signing up for a desert safari in Dubai’s incredibly mystical and pristine desert. Your evening desert safari comprises a pickup from your hotel in a 4×4 SUV; you’ll be taken directly to the desert for some adventurous dune bashing in the SUV. The first thing you should consider on how to choose the best Dubai desert safari is your favourite type of adventures. Get ready for a natural rollercoaster experience on the majestic dunes in the vehicle, as it goes up each dune and comes down as speed with the brakes off just to climb up another dune. After this sport, you’ll be taken to the welcome tent where you have the choice of wearing Arabian costumes for lounging. If you want, you can ask your operator to let you enjoy some quad biking and sandboarding as well before lounging. In the welcome tent, you’ll recline on luxurious silk cushions and smoke the shisha pipe like a true Sheikh while henna artists draw delicate, perfumed tattoos on your hands and feet. Watch belly dancers gyrate to exotic tunes and Tanura dancers swirl like dervishes as you lounge in the tent. The Dubai desert safari is one of the most exciting and wonderful attractions available in Dubai, something you simply shouldn’t miss in your 3 days in Dubai itinerary.


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Day 3: Full Day: Theme Parks!

Bollywood Parks

There’s another unique thing about Dubai, apart from it being the city of the biggest, largest and best attractions. It is a city that has a number of excellent theme parks, bigger and better than you’ve seen. Check out the Dubai Parks and Resorts which has multiple zones such as Bollywood Parks, LEGOLAND, Riverland, Motiongate and more. This huge park is spread over several hectares of land and has exciting and immersive rides, shows and a waterpark.

Dubai Parks & Resorts Timings: Monday – Sunday: 2.00 PM to 11.00 PM

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Be sure to check out IMG Worlds of Adventure next, which is the largest indoor theme park in the world. This exciting theme park is divided into several adventurous zones – Cartoon Network, Bedrock, Dino Valley and others. It’s exciting for kids, without a doubt, but it’s an eye-opener for adults who get the chance to revisit their childhood via immersive experiences.

Or you can choose to visit a few of Dubai’s remarkable water parks, such as The Lost World of Atlantis, Aquaventure Waterpark, and Wild Wadi Water Park and so on. Or you can choose to spend a few hours at Ski Dubai, the largest indoor ski resort in the UAE. It’s a remarkable ski resort, with several mountains of ice and snow parks and an ice cave. You can ski, toboggan, snow surf or play in the snow to your heart’s content. Ski Dubai has cute penguins that waddle about in the snow park, entertaining everyone.


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So make your choice of Dubai’s theme parks and decide which ones to enjoy on your third and final day in Dubai, as detailed in our blog post. You can choose to spend the entire day exploring one waterpark, or visit a couple of them and enjoy yourselves.


Q1. Is 3 days enough to explore Dubai?

A vacation in Dubai cannot be completed in 3 days. Of course, it is impossible to see everything within just three days, but you may still visit some of the city’s most notable sites.

Q2. How should I plan my days for a 3-day itinerary in Dubai?

For a 3-day itinerary, you could plan to spend one day exploring the city and its landmarks, another day at a water park or beach, and the third day on a desert safari or visiting some of Dubai’s cultural and historic sites.

Q3. What is the perfect time of year to visit Dubai?

The perfect time of year to visit Dubai is during winter, November and March when the weather is pleasant and mild. This depends on your nationality. Citizens of few countries are eligible for visa-free entry, while others may require a visa. It is always best to check with the UAE consulate or embassy in your home-country to find out the specific visa requirements.

Q4. Do I need a visa to visit Dubai?

This depends on your nationality. Citizens of few countries are eligible for visa-free entry, while others may require a visa. It is always best to check with the UAE consulate or embassy in your home-country to find out the specific visa requirements.

Q5. What is the dress code for tourists in Dubai?

Tourists should dress modestly in public areas in Dubai, particularly in religious areas and when visiting government buildings.


So there’s your

itinerary for a 3-day trip to Dubai.

It’s wholesome and contains all the activities that we consider the prime ones in Dubai. Of course, there’ll be many other places that you might want to see, so feel free to add or remove items to our itinerary. Keep just one thing in mind – you’re in Dubai to have fun! So don’t stress yourself over what you are able to enjoy and what you had to leave behind. Pack your bags again and this time come to Dubai for a longer trip. We’ll help you with your itinerary!
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Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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