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Dubai Travel Guide: 5-Day Itinerary

I’ve emailed this itinerary to friends and friends of friends for years now and decided to finally publish this online. It’s by no means a comprehensive guide but one that appeals to people like me: 20-30-something young professionals looking for the quintessential “Dubai” experience with a focus on the luxurious life we lead. It’s also more-or-less prioritized in order of importance so if you have fewer than 5 days in Dubai, plan accordingly.

Feel free to drop me a note if you’re looking for something special.

I’ll update this every so often. As a companion, I’ve also built a Drinks & Dining Guide based on my current favorites. Expect this to be updated more often.

Day 1 (Friday)

AM – Brunch at Al Qasr** (Friday only – book in advance)
Dubai’s finest brunch spot with unlimited booze followed by a boat ride through Madinat Jumeirah and the best views of the Burj Al Arab.
PM – Burj Khalifa (book in advance)
Head to the top of the tallest building on earth, grab drinks at their bar and then dinner at Dubai Mall by the fountains.

Day 2

AM – Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai
Home to the indoor ski slope where you can chill with penguins, shopping and lunch.
PM – Desert Safari (book in advance)
Get on a 4×4 tour and head to the desert for dune bashing + sandboarding. Evening includes traditional Arabic dinner in the desert followed by belly dancing.

Day 3 – Trip to Abu Dhabi

AM – Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace
Visit the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque (dress conservatively). Grab lunch at Emirates Palace or pop-in for Afternoon Tea.
PM – Yas Island
Option 1: Head to the Formula 1 circuit and rent an Aston Martin to race the circuit (book in advance)
Option 2: Visit the Ferrari World Theme Park or Yas Waterworld.

Day 4

AM – Bur Dubai, Wafi
Visit “old” Dubai, i.e. Bur Dubai, the Sheikh’s Palace and take an abra ride across the creek to Deira
Stop by for lunch at Wafi – the Pyramids-themed mall – with traditional fare at Khan Murjaan
PM – Dubai Mall
Attempt to traverse Dubai Mall and see where the rich spend their money
Hit one of Dubai’s many swanky bars/clubs

Day 5

AM – Skydive Dubai (book in advance – waiting time can be 2+ months)
Go skydiving with an unbeatable view of Palm Jumeirah
PM – Palm Jumeirah
Book a cabana at one of the swanky hotels on the Palm and chill at the beach with drinks
Dinner at one of Dubai’s finest restaurants (book in advance)
Last Updated: March 17, 2015