4 Days in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A city unlike any other, Dubai offers an intriguing blend of adventures, traditional culture and luxury. The city has transformed over the years to become one of the most popular tourist attractions, appealing to visitors from all over the world to experience what the golden city has to offer. Dubai is known as the ‘city in the middle of the desert’ as it lies directly within the Arabian Desert. From enjoying the views of the dazzling city skyline to visiting the traditional souks in the heart of old Dubai, the city has a wealth of entertainment options for everyone. Where else in the world can you indulge in skiing activities and meet penguins in between sunbathing on the beach? While it is impossible to tick off everything you could do in Dubai, this guide will take a look at the best places to visit in Dubai on your four-day trip.

Dubai Madinat Image by Bianca Jessica Nati

Day 1 :

Morning: The first day of your Dubai holiday begins at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) or La Mer Beach, stroll along the beach and you’ll pass tourists taking part in several water sports such as jet skiing, paddle boarding, banana boat rides, and snorkeling. There’s an abundance of restaurants, ice cream huts, cafés, breakfast spots and entertainment options including a cinema on the beach. The city also offers non-stop sunshine with views of Dubai Wheel in JBR or the Burj Khalifa from La Mer beach. Fun fact: The Dubai Wheel is the World’s largest observation wheel standing at 210m high and weighs as much as four A380 airplanes.

Evening: Anyone visiting Dubai needs to check out the Jumeirah Madinat, the Madinat is the centre for Dubai’s thriving nightlife as the location combines modernity and culture in one place. The Madinat exhibits the traditional souk theme of Dubai alongside contemporary restaurants, bars, music and shops.

Souks in Dubai – Image by Gulf News Archive

A souk is a traditional Middle Eastern market. The Madinat offers boat rides on the canals to explore the architecture of the old wind towers, visit hotels, and enjoy dining at restaurants. The destination is popular for the beautiful and perfect backdrop views of the Burj Al Arab for photographic opportunities.

Day 2 :

Morning: Looking beyond Dubai’s glamorous exterior, the culture of Dubai’s old souks, architecture and history is still well represented and preserved. Exploring both sides of the city is interesting to see how Dubai has transformed from a pearl trading hub to a city hungry for ambition – resulting in breaking Guinness world records and building the tallest buildings in the world. The traditional souks (markets) are easy to get lost in, with many souks selling spices, textiles, gold, perfume and carpets. If you want to get great deals on one of the above, the souk is the place to go.

Evening: In the evening, leave the towering skyscraper behind and visit the Arabian desert with fun sports such as dune bashing, camel riding and sand boarding. After doing some research and booking a tour, the experience starts with a driver picking you up from your destination and bringing you to the desert experience. After enjoying the desert roller coaster ride up and down the sand dunes, the cultural entertainment begins with belly dancing, tanoura dancing, traditional food and henna tattooing.

Dubai Mall – Image by CNN travel

Day 3:

Morning:  If you love shopping, eating and visiting the most iconic and best landmarks in the world then look no further than Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world offering a wide range of activities and experiences such as an aquarium, ice-skating rink, restaurants, 1200 plus retail stores and one of the largest candy stores in the world. The candy store, named Candylicious, allows you to customize your own candy, print your own 3D gummy candy and taste gourmet flavours of popcorn.

Evening: The Dubai fountain is a dancing fountain show situated next to the Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa. Visitors can either experience the show from the boardwalk or get front row seats onboard a traditional Abra boat and witness the magical water dance from up close. After the dancing fountain show, there are several restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating in Dubai Mall to finish off the night. At over 828 metres high and more than 160 stories, the Burj Khalifa holds the records for: the tallest building in the world, highest number of stories in the world, elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and the tallest service elevator in the world!

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi – Image by Lakshmi Menon

Day 4:

Morning: To start the morning off, it is worth visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. There are several buses every 20 minutes that take you to from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and cost 25AED (11AUD). Reflecting on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) religious scene, this mosque exhibits phenomenal work of architecture and is the largest place of worship in the UAE. The mosque is free to enter and the required traditional clothing can be rented at the mosque before entry. The Grand Mosque has the largest hand-knotted carpet in the main prayer hall, which took 8 months to design and 12 months to knot!

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the most intriguing museums that exhibit a collection of art, artefacts and world history. The museum offers a unique experience to kayak at the museum and witness the museum’s stunning architecture from a different perspective.

Dubai Miracle Garden – Image by 800 Flower

Evening: To end the holiday, I would recommend visiting the Dubai Miracle Garden. The beautiful man-made garden features the Guinness World Record holder for the largest floral arrangement. The floral arrangements include Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, a life-size Emirates A380 plane, a butterfly and heart-shaped passage, and more.