No matter where you go in the world, nothing beats Dubai. It remains an unparalleled destination of glitz and glamor, it remains a futuristic city with dozens of superlatives. With its skyline dominated by the tallest building in the world, its streets dotted with skyscrapers, its beaches stretching along the entire city and its malls offering eccentric experiences – Dubai is a place you never get bored in!
Dubai isn’t just about its five star hotels and fancy cars – it’s a city with a rich cultural heritage, a melting pot of different nationalities and religions, and land of sand dunes and skyscrapers.
From a small fishing village, to one of the most futuristic in the world – your trip to Dubai will carry plenty of surprises! Here’s how you can spend seven days in Dubai and be able to see everything that needs to be seen in this vibrant city.
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How to spend 7 days in Dubai
7 days in Dubai – Day One
Start your trip at Dubai Mall – a paradise in Downtown Dubai. You’ll be casually hanging out in the largest shopping center in the world and running around from one store to the other (there are 1200 of them). Dubai Mall effortlessly blends entertainment, lifestyle and shopping together to create an all inclusive destination.
Do you want to shop at Arabian souqs? Check. Swim with sharks? Also check.
With its buzzing shops and lavish interior – Dubai Mall is a must visit!
You’ll be skating the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, shop in Gallerie Lafayette, or visit Sega Republic and play video games!
See two of Dubai’s most significant monuments with a combined ticket to the Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa. Buy your tickets today here.
Dubai aquarium and Zoo
Explore over 33,000 aquatic animals, spend a few hours learning about different spaces, and seeing how they live in habitats that are quite similar to their natural habitats. You can walk under a shark-infested tunnel, or watch all the animals!
- Get educated about the marine life!
- Dive with sharks.
- Make your cage experience dream come true as you get submerged amongst 100 species of marine animals.
- If you get scared easily, take a trip on a glass-bottom boat!
Save time by pre-booking your Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo: Day Admission Ticket online.
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Of course your trip to Dubai would not be complete without visiting the iconic Burj Khalifa. The tallest building in the world is an incredible attraction that not only can you stay at, but you can also use it to your advantage and enjoy the best panoramic views.
Climb up to the 124th floor and enjoy the views of Dubai’s skyline. Even better, go there by sunset!
Normally, fountains aren’t usually added to top attractions lists or itineraries in general but the Dubai Fountain is a completely different thing altogether!
With the sound of Arabic and oriental tunes echoing through the air, with the water lit by colorful lights dancing to choreographed music, and with the energy of the people around the place – this fountain is something else!
You can even enjoy a boat ride on the Abra and experience gorgeous views as you float past the fountain.
Souq El Bahar
After you’re done with today’s dose of sight-seeing, head over to the gorgeous Souq el Bahar for a chance to unwind, eat and enjoy beautiful views.
The place is sprawled with oriental Arabic designs, strategically lit edifices, and reflected Arabian style in every corner. Intricate designs, an oriental energy, stone walkways, high archways and great restaurants all make this experience better.
You’ll be eating with views of the Burj Khalifa and the fountain!
7 days in Dubai – Day Two
Spend the second day of your 7 day itinerary immersing yourself in Dubai’s pre-oil-discovery culture. Learn about the Bedouin culture, the traditional souks and the mosques.
Head over to Old Dubai, and explore the different cultures, the traditions, the old way of life, and all the customs that are reflected in the attractions of the Old Dubai.
- Visit the Gold Souq where you can find the cheapest gold in the world.
- Grand Souq – Here you can find all what your heart desires from herbs, spices and fragrances.
- Dubai Creek – truly experience the traditional life of Dubai by riding an Abra through the flowing lake.
- Dubai Heritage Village – Discover the history of Dubai, learn about its historical significance, and see their traditional costumes and crafts.
A lot of people come to Dubai for its skyscrapers and its glamour, but often people forget that this city is an Islamic one! It’s not that easy to experience true Islamic architecture and monuments in Dubai, but you can experience that in the Grand Mosque. White marbles, large domes, soaring minarets, this place is a true reflection of Islamic history.
Burj Al Arab Tea Experience
You probably will need to get your Afternoon Tea at Burj Al Arab sometime in the middle of the day…How about doing that as you’re suspended in the sky, with sweeping vistas of the city of Dubai?
Get unlimited food and drinks, and relish the luxury of the experience. Make sure you try and visit by sunset – the golden hues of the entire city are a sight to behold.
Indulge in the pleasure of a traditional high tea in the Sahn Eddar atrium restaurant at Burj Al Arab. Pre-book your high-tea experience here.
7 days in Dubai – Day Three
Start your day at the Dubai Marina, eat your breakfast by the water as you’re surrounded by skyscrapers, white yachts and a promenade bustling with people.
Take a thrilling 90-minute sightseeing tour by speed boat around the coastal landmarks of Dubai and get a view of the famous Burj Al Arab from the sea. Book your tour here.
Mall of Emirates
Another mall that is filled with entertainment, fun, and incredible shopping experiences. You don’t just go to Mall of Emirates to shop, you go there to ski off slopes, go to ski bars, explore hundreds of stores, watch movies and play video games!
More into computer and video games? Head over to Magic Planet, with such a nostalgic 80’s vibe with its disco bowling, video games and theater.
Ski Dubai is quite simply a mind-blowing experience. After spending your day in the scorching heat of Dubai, juxtapose that by being transported to a winter wonderland. Have a hot chocolate in a café in the middle of the snow, ski off 7 slopes, play in the snow, or simply interact with penguins!
This indoor ski paradise is a haven for all winter enthusiasts.
Experience the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort on a 2-hour or full-day pass. Pre-book your experience here.
Only in Dubai can you spend an hour skiing off the slopes and the next in a water park sliding off a slide between sharks.
The world of Atlantis is a fairytale attraction!
- Go to Aquaventure – A gigantic water park with slides, rivers, games and shark-filled lagoons.
- Lost Chambers Aquarium – An aquarium with an incredible interactive experience. Book your tickets online here
- Meet Sea Lions and Dolphins – What’s better than swimming with dolphins and meeting sea lions? Pre-book your experience here
- Dive in the Aquarium along over 65,000 marine animals. In Atlantis, everything is possible.
End your day by chilling at this beach-facing development. Very reminiscent of Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the JBR is a beach promenade bustling with life, dotted with shops and cafes and overlooking one of the best beaches in Dubai.
You can also go to Covent Garden Market and spend some time exploring boutiques, eating or watching a movie.
7 days in Dubai – Day Four
Midriff City Center
Yet another mall, the Midriff City Center isn’t an ordinary mall. Sure, you can check out the 430 stores, go shopping or relax at a spa.
But you can also visit a Soccer Circus, go bowling, check out educational centers or…fly!
We’ve seen skiing at a mall, and diving with sharks at another mall, now get ready for a skydiving simulation inside of a mall. IFLY is the best alternative to skydiving – so if you can’t skydive for medical reasons or you’re just scared, then definitely head there!
An indoors tunnel allows you to defy gravity and experience the sensation of skydiving and the best thing is that it’s great for people of all ages, therefore, making it the perfect family experience.
After you’re done trying to skydive, head over to the largest indoor theme parks.
With four different zones, you will be spoilt for choice with all the different concepts, games and rides.
Spend the day on the rides and rollercoasters of IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai. Pre-book your tickets online here.
7 days in Dubai – Day Five
Hot Air Balloon
With the rising of the sun, float 1,200 meters above the beautiful sand dunes of Dubai. Watch camels go their own way, sand dunes stretching for miles and get immersed in the beauty of dawn as animals go their own way beneath you!
Leave the city behind and head for the sky on a unique balloon expedition over the heart of the Arabian Desert! Book your experience here
A trip to Dubai would not be complete without a desert safari. Go on a 4WD adventure, get hypnotized at the swaying of the hips of a belly dancer, ride a camel in the middle of the desert, get your hands henna painted, and enjoy the golden dunes surrounding you.
You’ll even have a BBQ dinner under the star-lit sky.
Book your Dubai: 6-Hour Desert Safari & Dinner at a Bedouin Camp here.
7 days in Dubai – Day Six
Your sixth day will be spent away from the glamorous city of City! Embark on a journey to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. A few years ago, Abu Dhabi was still a hidden gem, only visited by locals and expats who work there…but things have finally changed.
The city is just as glamorous as Dubai (although not as flamboyantly filled with things to do), and it’s definitely worth visiting for at least one day.
A day trip to Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular Dubai day trips, which takes about two hours. There you can explore palaces, corniches, exhilarating parks, and mosques.
Explore the history of Abu Dhabi on an 8-hour tour of the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Pre-book your experience here.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the true meaning of extravagance. The epitome of the word grand. Gleaming white-washed marble, soaring minarets, and beautiful pristine white domes make this mosque a magnificent place to visit.
A true symbol of Islamic architecture, this mosque can house up to 40,000 worshippers, and you’ll be lost in the beauty of the intricately designed floors….The play of light and shadows inside, the lavish chandeliers…If you only have one place to visit in Abu Dhabi, make it this!
Tip: Make sure you have the right attire, cover your hair, arms and legs.
Imagine Arabian splendor mixed with advanced technology, creating a highly-unique edifice. Think vibrant lawns, lush gardens, and five star luxury. 114 domes, a Grand ballrooms, an auditorium, a private beach and a Turkish bath – this palace offers all sorts of luxury. To add to all the lavishness of this place, try cappuccino that is sprinkled with real 24 carat gold flakes…
Live la vie parisenne in the heart of Abu Dhabi by visiting the floating Louvre museum. Yes, you heard that right! The first universal museum in the Arab world, the Louvre is a showcase of all different cultures and seamlessly blends all of them together to create a highly interesting experience. With paintings, sculptures, exhibitions, typography and much more – your visit will surely be an interesting one!
7 days in Dubai – Day Seven: Dubai
The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al Fahihi Fort, which dates back to the year 1787! There you’ll be able to get all information about Dubai in the past years, see how it advanced through the years, what the older civilization was like and how old the history and culture of UAE actually is.
Check out rare monuments, tombs, weapons, galleries, mosques, and much more. The museum also houses artifacts that span from Africa to Asia and depict life pre-oil discovery.
Spend the last few hours in your trip chilling by the beach! Indulge in all the sports and activities by this beach, from kite surfing to playing volleyball to paddle boarding and kayaking. Relax with a drink in hand, bask under the warm sun and enjoy the vibrant, colorful atmosphere around you!
Immerse yourself in an evening full of culture and art at the Dubai Opera. One of the most prestigious places in Dubai, this place is not only a great place to spend your evening at but also an architectural marvel! The unique structure itself is a masterpiece, and always hosts a variety of incredible events!
We hope you enjoy our 7 days guide to Dubai.