I didn’t realise quite how much there is to do in Dubai before I went. Its the city of dreams, if you can dream it you can do it in Dubai. You can spend the morning on the beach and afternoon skiing! Amazing place! Unfortunately we were only there for 4 full days but you can easily spend a lot longer there. If you only have a short amount of time its important to plan well and fit as much in as possible. We had a great 4 days and got to see and do a lot. Here is my itinerary for spending a great 4 days in Dubai.
4 Days in Dubai
Brunch & Marina walk
When in Dubai you should try out one of the many Brunches that are held by a lot of the hotels. There are so many to choose from so do your research to find one that suits you. As we had the children with us we needed one that catered for them too.
We chose the Friday Brunch at Jumeirah Mina A’salam. We had a great afternoon eating and drinking as much as we could.
The buffet was huge with food from all over the world. There was so much to choose from including a huge selection of drinks and cocktails. The BBQ outside offered delicious meats and seafood and I loved the rum cocktail served in a fresh coconut.
The children had their own buffet area with a TV showing a film. Unfortunately I felt the children’s area could have been bigger and is more suited to younger children but saying that my two enjoyed themselves.
If you enjoy your food (like I do) then this is a great activity and was the perfect way to spend out first afternoon.
We stayed in The Address Hotel Marina so we were an easy walk to the Dubai Marina. This is a lovely area for an evening walk. There are great views of the skyline lit up and boats travelling along the Marina.
For a drink with a view head to Pier 7. This tower has lots of restaurants and bars. We sat at the roof top terrace in Atelier M and enjoyed a cocktail and the lovely views of the Marina.
You can also do lots of shopping at the Dubai Marina Mall and there are plenty of places to get some dinner.
Explore old Dubai
It was great to see the old part of Dubai and see what it used to be like. Head over to the Al Fahidi Historic District and start the day with a traditional breakfast at the Arabian Tea House. This quint courtyard restaurant serves traditional tasty food. The Arabian breakfast was a great start to our day.
After you have a full tummy you can explore the historic district and walk through the narrow lanes visiting the free museums. While you are in the area make a trip to the Dubai Museum to find out lots of information about the history of Dubai.
A visit to the many Souqs is a must while in Dubai. While on this side of the creek visit the covered Bur Dubai Souq. You will meet some pushy vendors but a polite ‘no thank you’ does the trick. I really enjoyed walking through Hindi Lane which is the only place of worship for the Hindu community. It was great seeing the baskets of fruit, garlands of flowers and other offerings that are taken to the temples.
It only costs £1 per person one way for a trip across the creek on a traditional abra boat. This gave nice views of this traditional area and takes you across the creek to explore the Gold and Spice Souqs.
Once you are done exploring old Dubai head back to the where you started for some yummy food at the Local House Coffee Shop & Restaurant. They serve a large selection of different meats including camel, zebra and buffalo. It was nice to introduce the kids to new flavours.
Beach and Desert Safari
There are some lovely beaches to explore in Dubai. We went to the JBR Open beach located near the Marina. It has beds and parasols available to hire and toilet and showers facilities. There is a splash park for children (entrance fee applies) and there is normally the opportunity to pay for a camel ride along the beach.
After a morning at the beach, a must do activity in Dubai is a desert safari. We had a great afternoon/evening in the desert being thrown around in a jeep over the sand dunes, trying out sand boarding and finishing the day with a BBQ.
Its a brilliant fun activity for the whole family. The never ending views over the sand dunes were breath taking and something we wont forget in a hurry.
The Palm and Dubai Mall
If you aren’t staying on The Palm its worth taking the monorail to the end as it gives good views of this amazing man made creation.
The last area to explore is Downtown Dubai. Here you can visit the worlds largest mall and shop, ice skate, visit an aquarium and see a dinosaur skeleton, to name just a few. There is so much to do in the Dubai Mall that you could spend hours there. While visiting the worlds largest mall you can also visit the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
As the sun begins to set its the perfect time to watch the Dubai Fountains. These take place in the giant lake outside the mall with the Burj Khalifa in the background. For good views head over the bridge to the Souk Al Bahar. We were lucky to get a table at the Asian restaurant Karma Kafe which gave brilliant views of the choreographed dancing fountains.
There is so much to do in Dubai and I believe there is something to suit everyone, couples, families, old and young. I wish we had longer to explore Dubai even more but if you do only have 4 days in Dubai this itinerary lets you see many of the different areas. I hope this helps you to plan your trip to Dubai. For more ideas please check out my other post – 6 Free (or almost free) things to do in Dubai with kids.
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