Aim for a perfect vacation? Dubai is the right place for you, with the glitter of its buildings, solitude of the desert, sparkle of beaches and grandeur of its resorts!
Located in United Arab Emirates, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make this country. It lies on the southeast coast of Persian Gulf. With a great boost to its economy, Dubai has lately become a centerpiece of the most important business projects , tourism avenues and financial services.
Here’s our guide to explore the best places in Dubai in a span of four days.
Landing up in Dubai and not visiting the tallest man made structure in the world, Burj Khalifa, would be a grave mistake. With observatories on levels 125 and 148, you would definitely picture some exquisite views from this building. Entry to this 828 meter high structure costs around 125 AED(up to level 125) and 350 AED (up to level 148). At The Top Burj Khalifa Sky gives you access to the highest observatory in the world.
Near to Burj Khalifa stands the Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest shopping mall (based on the total area). Housing around 1200 shops, you would explore the best of all that you vie for- books, fashion, electronics and much more! If you are lucky enough to land up amidst the Dubai Shopping festival, you would be rewarded with a treat of fabulous discounts!
One of the main attractions of Dubai Mall is the Dubai aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. A walk-through tunnel guides you through a vast variety of flora and fauna that survives underwater. Entry to this masterpiece could range from 100 AED to 600AED.
Before leaving, check out the Dubai Fountain. You would definitely love the grooves of this colorful fountain, synchronized with the beats of music!
For shopping freaks, do not miss to explore the Mall of Emirates and Ibn Battuta . Also visit Ski Dubai at the Mall of Emirates, where you could hire skates and involve yourself in some interesting activities!
Burj Khalifa (view from the Dubai Mall)
A glimpse of Ibn Battuta Mall
Traverse the Dubai creek in a Dhow cruise. It is believed that this creek divided Dubai into two sections –Deira and Bur Dubai. Being the only harbor in the city, the Dubai creek has always been in an important commercial position, with Dhows coming from as far as India and Africa in the 20th century.
The Dhows operate daily, with these guided tours providing you an insight into the history of Dubai. (Price for the cruise tour is AED 50 per adult). If you decide to opt for the Dinner cruise, it would give you a magnificent view of the city along with an international buffet and soft drinks. (Cost ranges between 150-250 AED).
On the southern side of this creek is the old Souk of Bur Dubai. You would find a myriad of shops here, selling footwear, fabrics, souvenirs and much more! Besides, it holds an important place in your itinerary if you plan to buy some gold jewellery for yourself.
Also in the heart of this souk stands the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort. Years ago, it was the seat of the ruling monarch. Today, it displays the heritage of Dubai with its pottery, tombs, artillery and weapons.
Artillery at Dubai museum
A shop at old Souk (Bur Dubai)
View from the Dhow cruise
It’s time to invade the glory of the Arabian Desert! You could book a tour in the morning, afternoon or evening. Pick up could be scheduled from any point in Dubai. Enjoy the wrath of the desert winds, as your vehicle bounces over the dunes, throwing you into peals of laughter.
You could indulge in activities like dune-bashing, or just enjoy the glory of sunset across the vast expanse of the desert. Driving along the Al Awir road, you would finally stop at a desert camp.
With all arrangements at your doorstep, you would get to enjoy delicious snacks, belly dancing and buffet dinner(included in the package). You could pose in traditional costumes (the robes of a Sheikh or the veil of a Burkha!) or buy amazing sand art displays showcased at small shops. You would be dropped off at the same location from where the tour started. Cost of this amazing safari for one person is around 70 to 80 AED ( depends on the number of people who accompany you).
The glorious sunset
Folk dance at desert camp
It is time to visit the most sumptuous hotel of Dubai, Burj Al Arab. With its sail shaped silhouette, it holds in its capacity around 202 luxurious sites, 5 swimming pools ,nine world class restaurants and spas. You might book a meal at the Skyview bar on the 27th floor or stay in a luxurious suite ( that could cost you a fortune! A night at a deluxe suite costs around 6500 AED). Another attraction of Burj Al Arab is Al Mahara, the underwater restaurant of this hotel.
Burj Al Arab is located at the beachfront area of Jumeirah. Visitors generally pay a visit to Jumeirah Beach to relax on the soft white sand and enjoy the beauty of this coast. With Burj Al Arab lending it a spectacular view, you might not miss a chance of getting clicked with the fourth tallest hotel in the world!
Near to Jumeirah Beach is the Jumeirah Mosque. Built entirely of white stone, this is the only mosque in UAE which welcomes non-Muslims for six days in a week.
Hire a cab from Jumeirah and proceed to visit the Palm island. This is a seat to the beautiful Atlantis hotel. The main attraction of Atlantis is the Aquaventure waterpark. You could enjoy activities like Dolphin encounter, photography with sea lions and scuba diving ( These activities could be priced from 300 to 2000 AED). The Lost Chambers Aquarium houses a number of walk-through tunnels to guide you through the beauty of its marine life.
Enjoy the flavors of different cuisines available in a variety of restaurants at this hotel.
Just twenty minutes away from Atlantis is Dubai Miracle garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden, with around 109 million flowers planted in this area. This garden operates from October to April.
Burj Al Arab at Jumeirah beach
Hotel Atlantis (Palm Island)
Dubai Miracle Garden
The four day extravaganza at Dubai shall definitely be a memory for lifetime!
Best hotels to stay in Dubai(within budget):
Novotel Suites Dubai Mall of the Emirates
Marina View Hotel Apartments
Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai
Premier Inn Dubai Investments Park Hotel