Dubai One Day Itinerary - Things to See & Do in Dubai
Dubai is not a city that you can experience in a single day. To make your job smoother, we have put together a Dubai one day itinerary especially for you.
Dubai is not a city that you can experience in a single day. It is so full of spectacular malls, splendid architecture, and fascinating culture, that even a short trip may not do justice to all its glitz and glamour. However, since it is home to one of the busiest airports in the world, chances are that some time or the other you may have a stop-over in Dubai for one day. And if you have more than 24 hours to catch your connecting flight, then we suggest that instead of spending time at the airport, then get a transit visa and see a few of the main attractions this beautiful city has to offer. To make your job smoother, we have put together a Dubai one day itinerary especially for you.
What to Do in One Day in Dubai
- Hot Air Balloon Ride:
Hot Air Balloon Ride Dubai
What better way to start your day than riding a hot air balloon on the golden deserts of Dubai. Watch a spectacular sunrise from 4000 feet above the ground. The pristine sands along with the stunning backdrop of the Hajar Mountains make for a gorgeous view. Watch the beautiful falcons flying around your balloon. If you are lucky you will spot some camels, Arabian oryx, and gazelles. After you land, enjoy a mouth-watering Emirati gourmet breakfast while admiring miles and miles of desert stretched in front of you. Alternatively, you can enjoy some exciting activities such as quad biking, sandboarding, dune bashing, and camel ride.
Timings: 5 am to 9 pm
Ticket: 1250 AED Adults and 1100 AED Children
How to Reach: Pick up and drop services from the hotel are as part of the tour package
Location: Dubai Desert
Morning to Afternoon:
- Palm Jumeirah:
After the amazing desert visit, head over to Palm Jumeirah, the outstanding man-made archipelago in the shape of a palm-tree. Visible from space, this island houses some of the most iconic landmarks of Dubai such as the majestic sail-shaped hotel Burj Al Arab, the pristine Jumeirah Beach, and the stunning hotel Atlantis, The Palm. Dotted with restaurants, shops, hotels, apartments, and resorts, this island is very scenic and luxurious. Take a walk along the beach end to enjoy the splendid sights of Dubai Marina and the Palm.
Timings: Since it is an island, it is open 24/7
Ticket: Entry is free
How to Reach: Taxis, Monorail, Metro from Jumeirah Lake Tower Metro Station, Bus No. 8
Location: Palm Islands
- Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium:
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium
Beat the heat of Dubai by visiting the Aquaventure Waterpark. Consisting of several exciting water rides, shark safari, river rides, and many more adventures, this place is full of fun. Additionally, there is a private beach, many restaurants, and multiple souvenir shops. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is based on the famous lost city of Atlantis. Explore the mysteries of the ocean while you watch 65000 marine creatures such as sharks, piranhas, stingrays, and many more swim in the Ambassador Lagoon. Touted to be UAE's largest aquarium, it is full of fascinating experiences and top-class exhibits.
You can grab lunch at one of the fancy restaurants in Palm Jumeirah.
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
Ticket: 320 AED Adults and 260 AED Children
How to Reach: Take a monorail to Atlantis Aquaventure station or taxi to the Avenues entrance
Location: Atlantis, The Palm
- Al Bastakiya Quarter:
Al Bastakiya Quarter
Your next stop is this old historical neighborhood that will give you a glimpse of Dubai's past. The buildings are made of coral and gypsum. Filled with colorful art galleries, delightful cafes, and restaurants, this place takes you back in time. Visit the famous Dubai Museum to get some interesting information about the Arabian culture. Stop at the Dubai Coffee Museum or Arabian Tea House for refreshments. If you are an art enthusiast, do visit the Majlis Art Gallery and XVA gallery.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Ticket: Entry is free
How to Reach: Take a metro to Al Fahidi Metro Station. It is a short walk from there.
Location: Al Fahidi District
- Gold Souk and Spice Souk:
The next stop is the famous Dubai Souks. Take a walk down the narrow lanes of the famous Spice Souk. The heady aroma of all the herbs and spices will hit you throughout. They have an amazing variety of spices such as saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, and organic dates. Don't forget to buy some of these aromatic spices for your family and friends.
After that proceed to the world-renowned Gold Souk. There are more than 300 shops selling gold jewelry, diamonds, and precious stones. Take a stroll and watch the lavish jewelry displayed on the windows of the shops. Also, know the current market gold rates so that you can haggle with the sellers and get a good deal. Since most of the stores have the same jewelry pieces, it is better to compare prices in different shops before buying.
- Gold Souk: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm (Saturday to Thursday) 4 pm to 9:30 pm (Friday)
- Spice Souk: 10 am to 10 pm (Saturday to Thursday) 4 pm to 10 pm (Friday)
Ticket: Entry is free
How to Reach: Take a train to Al Ras metro station. The Gold Souk is around 10 minutes from there. The Deira Old Souk Abra Station and Al Ras Station are close to the Spice Souk.
- Dubai Creek:
After that take a ride in the traditional wooden boats called 'Abra' across the Dubai Creek for just 1 AED. Dubai Creek has always been an integral part of the city's history. Running through the center of the city, this saltwater creek divides the city into Bur Dubai and Deira. The Abra ride is one of the most beautiful ways to get a taste of old Dubai and should surely be a part of your one day in Dubai itinerary.
Timings: 5 am to midnight
Ticket: 1 AED
How to Reach: Take a metro to Al Ghubaiba Metro Station. The Bur Dubai Abra station is a short walk from there.
- Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain:
Right next to the Burj Khalifa, is the Dubai Mall. Touted to be one of the largest shopping malls in the world, it is one of the very few locations in the world with a gold dispensing ATM. If time permits, don't forget to visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which gives you a fascinating insight into the exotic marine world. With innumerable restaurants, entertainment zones, an enormous multiplex movie theatre, a Virtual Reality Park, and an ice rink this place is one of the best things to see in Dubai. Right outside Dubai Mall is the famous Dubai Fountain. It is a choreographed fountain system located on the Burj Khalifa lake. It looks magical in the evening with classical Arabian and international music playing in the background.
Timings: 10 am to midnight
Ticket: Entry is free, but you have to pay for the various attractions inside
How to Reach: Get down at Dubai Mall Metro Station and walk to the mall through the walkway that connects the mall to the station.
Location: Financial Center Road
- Burj Khalifa:
See the sights of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, as it pierces through the clouds. Take one of the fastest elevators to the top of the building. There is an Observation Deck on the 124th floor and the Sky Deck on the 148th floor. Enjoy the jaw-dropping view of the entire city stretching right up to the Persian Gulf. You can see the sparkling blue ocean on one side and the vast desert on the other side. Without a doubt, this is one of the most memorable things to see in Dubai.
Timings: 8:30 am to 11 pm
Ticket: Prices start at 149 AED
How to Reach: Just walk to the entrance of Burj Khalifa from Dubai Mall Ground Floor
Location: Financial Center Road
- Dhow Cruise Marina:
Dhow Cruise Marina
Book a Dhow Marina dinner cruise for the night. Enjoy the two-hour ride on the dazzling waters of Dubai Marina. The Arabian buffet dinner is delicious with various authentic Emirati dishes and other international cuisines. Sit back and enjoy the on-board entertainment such as Belly Dancing and Tanura Dance Show while watching the stunning landmarks around the Marina. This is one of the truly amazing things to do in Dubai.
Timings: 7 pm to 10 pm
Ticket: AED 160
How to Reach: Get down at Jumeirah Lake Towers Metro Station and walk to Dubai Marina. Alternatively, you can schedule a pickup and drop while booking a table for the dhow cruise.
Location: Dubai Marina
Tips for Travelers: It is extremely important to keep in mind some of the following things while traveling in Dubai.
• Carry all the important documents with you and take care of your personal belongings
• Take the metro, bus or taxi to visit all the attractions as they are very cheap
• Refrain from any kind of public display of affection as it is illegal in the UAE
• Although you can drink at licensed bars and restaurants of Dubai, drinking and driving is a punishable offense
• Dress modestly
• Always ask permission before clicking photos of the local women and children
This is just a one-day itinerary that we have designed for you. However, you can customize it according to your interests and visit some other places in this wonderful city.