Dubai – Comprehensive Itinerary & Trip Planner for 7 days

Glitter! Glamour! Adventure! Architecture! Beaches! Spas! Safaris! Luxury! Shopping! Cosmopolitan! Culture! 

That’s Dubai for you! 🙂

Situated in the heart of the world, Dubai has lots to offer, especially for the first time visitors! A mind-boggling place which you can visit umpteen times and still can’t be bored with. Best for solo travelers, groups, family, extended families or as a couple. Dubai caters to everyone. Let us guide you through the opulent and extravagant city which will make you want to visit Dubai NOW! 

In this post, we shall lay down a Comprehensive Itinerary & Trip Planner to Dubai for 7 days which will serve as a DIY guide when you plan a trip to the land of Sheikhs. 🙂

Fact  Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

When to visit The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months of November to March. Dubai Shopping Festival takes place in the month of January each year.

Dubai - Comprehensive Itinerary

Dubai Weather Guide

Visa Requirements – Visas are available upon arrival at the UAE airports.

Currency 

1 United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) = 17.46 Indian Rupees (INR)

We usually withdraw money from ATM and use our forex card while traveling. But if you are planning to exchange currency then do it only from authorized shops.

Sim Card 

There are only two mobile network providers – Etisalat and Du in the UAE. Both come under the supervision of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Flights

Compare flights on Skyscanner.net, Via.com or Kayak.com to name a few.

Hotels 

You can check hotels in UAE, here, compare and book one.

Packing Tips Dress up according to the place/occasion and respect their culture. One thing we would definitely recommend to carry is a Pashmina, it comes handy to cover up at a moment’s notice. Also carry sunscreen, hat, and shades ALWAYS!

Getting Around Various modes of transport are available such as Taxis/Metros/Buses/Boats/Cars.

Note: To hire a car, you need an international driver’s license, passport, credit card and third-party insurance. 

Dubai – Comprehensive Itinerary & Trip Planner for 7 days:

Day 1 Start your first day in Dubai by visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! After staring in awe at the mega-tall scrapper, head for some luxury shopping at Dubai Mall, home to the Dubai Shopping Festival and the largest mall in the world by total area. After doing some luxury shopping visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the largest suspended aquarium in the world! The 10 million litre Dubai Aquarium tank has thousands of aquatic animals to keep your entire family happy. End your day by having dinner in the perfect Arabic style setting at Souk Al Bahar overlooking the spectacular night views of Dubai Fountains (World’s tallest performing fountain – a spectacular show of water, music & lights) and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai - Comprehensive Itinerary

Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world!

Dubai - Comprehensive Itinerary

Night View – Burj Khalifa – Glitter & Glory!

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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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Dubai Fountain – World’s tallest performing fountain – A spectacular show of water, music & lights!

Day 2 Start your second day by visiting the Palm Islands which are the three artificial islands – Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali. During early evening head for an exhilarating escapade of a lifetime to the Desert Safari, Dune Bashing and Cultural Activities.

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Palm Islands – Three artificial islands – Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali

Thrill-seeking Dune Bashing activity

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Cultural activities during the evening

Day 3 Start your third day by doing some more shopping at the Mall of the Emirates and then indulge in some amazing snow indoor activities at Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Have your lunch at the mall and go for some boating at 4.30 pm where you would be taken in a yellow boat around the panorama of Dubai Marina and then into the open water where you will cruise around Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Twisted Tower, and Dubai Marina Yacht Club. End your day by heading to the world-famous Dubai Marina Walk. If you are looking for stylish boutiques, al fresco dining or simply a leisurely promenade along the waterfront, head to The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). Have your dinner and Shisha (hookah) at the Barasti Beach Bar which offers the perfect mix of great music, delicious food and divine cocktails against the stunning backdrop of Dubai Marina.

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Mall of the Emirates

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Ski Dubai

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The Yellow Boats Tour

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Dubai Marina Walk

Day 4 The fourth day will be spent in Abu Dhabi which is the capital and second most populous city in the UAE. It is advisable to hire a private car from Dubai and travel to Abu Dhabi which is just 1.5 hours away. Spend your day by visiting the Ferrari World, which is the first Ferrari-branded theme park in the world! Spend your morning here to avoid the crowd, then visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is the largest mosque in the country! Visit the grand and luxurious Emirates Palace which is one of the most iconic landmarks of Abu Dhabi and the Corniche which is an impressive 8 kms stretch of life guarded beach park. End your day by savoring the casual Abu Dhabi café experience at the Lounge at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi

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Red Hot Sexy Ferrari!

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Grand and Luxurious Emirates Palace

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Corniche Beach

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Yas Viceroy Lounge

Day 5 A trip to Dubai can never be complete without loads and loads of shopping! Keeping this in mind, start your fifth day in the beautiful city of Dubai by visiting the world’s largest themed shopping mall, the IBN Battuta Mall. Post-shopping head to the Miracle Garden, the world’s largest flower garden famous for its unique display of flowers and extravagant outdoor recreation. Then visit the Global Village which is the leading seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region offering the visitors an amazing array of festivals, shopping & entertainment. Spend your evening at the Marina Beach.

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IBN Battuta Mall

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Miracle Garden

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Global Village

Day 6 Start your sixth day by visiting the Souk Madinat Jumeirah which is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambiance. And then head for the most exciting activity of your Dubai trip! Sky Diving at SkyDive Dubai! After you have ticked off the most important activity in your bucket list, head for some celebrations at Bahri Bar, the perfect place to enjoy the views of the waterways, the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. Advisable to book deck seats beforehand to get spectacular views of Burj Al Arab.

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Tick sky-diving off your bucket list!

Day 7 Today is your last day in Dubai so it should be grand! So, let’s head to Atlantis The Palm post breakfast. It is Dubai’s iconic five-star hotel and luxury resort. Have buffet lunch there and then visit Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai’s largest water park. You can also swim with cute and friendly dolphins at the Dolphin Bay.

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Atlantis The Palm

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Swim with the Dolphins 🙂 How cool is that!

End your trip with happy memories! 🙂

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14 Responses

  1. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

  2. Aditi Nice article… thanks for sharing this…

  3. Shweta says:

    Wow.. one of the few itineraries I’ve come across where one can make the most of their precious holiday time abroad. Pleased to not have found any ‘leisure day’ 😊. Good one Aditi!

    • Thanks Shweta! Since we travel at a fast pace while enjoying the things that we want to, we thought to post such itineraries which match our travel principles. After all, most of us visit the same place once or twice for a limited duration, why not make the most of it! 😉
      Glad that we think alike. 🙂

  4. Hey keep posting such smart and meaningful articles.

  5. I don’t know how should I give you thanks! I am totally stunned by your article. You saved my time. Thanks a million for sharing this article.

  6. Detailed and nicely explained …..very good article n helpful ….great one Aditi

  7. Ishita Kulkarni says:

    Wow Aditi…really nice and informative article…thanks for sharing this! 😊

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