How to Spend 4 Days in Dubai

August 16, 2020

What you need in a dream destination is everything at the UAE's contemporary city of Dubai. Either you think of the world's tallest freestanding structure or the largest indoor theme park, Dubai has got you covered. It boasts an array of unique and innovative attractions that will leave the visitors gazing in wonder and gasping for breath. A trip to Dubai needs a well-planned itinerary where you could see amazing places, from water parks and lavish resorts to beaches and cruises. 


Read more to find out what a typical and interesting 4 days in Dubai looks like: 

Day 1:

Palm Jumeirah

Kick start your journey from Dubai's greatest developments that rocked the world of engineering. This is an artificial island that looks like a palm tree when viewed from above, consisting of a trunk with 17 fronds all crowned by a circular crescent. It has easy access through a network of roads. You can check out the fantastic fine dining options, pristine golden beach line, ultra-luxurious residential accommodation from luxury villas to townhouses. To enjoy the stunning skyline and Arabian Gulf, experience a breathtaking free-fall (skydive) from the helicopter. 
Aquaventure Waterpark

Let that adventure remain the limelight of the day as you enter the luxurious 5-star hotel dipped in rose hue, Atlantis The Palm. In this magnificent structure lies another world of excitement and thrill. The Aquaventure is an enormous waterpark that has some iconic record-breaking rides and attractions, marine activities, private beaches and children’s play areas for all ages. Challenge your guts at the Leap of Faith, lounge on the chairs, and spend quality time in the pools. 

From here you can extend the trip to exploring limo service, visiting the Lost Chambers Aquarium, diving for all skill levels, or playing with sea lions. 

Dhow Cruise Marina 

Feel the elegance of Dubai as you unwind and relax in the cruise and take in the jaw-dropping sights of the poshest neighborhood, Dubai Marina. This cruise is carved out of the dhow (traditional boat) and revamped to an embellished double-floored ship that has a glass-enclosed restaurant at the lower deck and open-air upper deck. You can choose wherever you want to sit and enjoy live entertainment as well. This excellent 2-hour cruising also includes a delicious buffet and unlimited refreshments. 


Day 2:

Old Dubai

Since it has been an overdose of the contemporary vibes, sky-piercing skylines, and everything luxury, the next morning hop on the metro to Old Dubai. There are two sides, Deira and Bur Dubai, each with its kind of attractions. Amongst the list of things to see, the most tourist-friendly place is the souk. Souks are the Arabian marketplace that assorts an array of flavorful spices, hand-woven fabrics, traditional oud fragrances, and special souvenirs. Even though Dubai has a reputation for its city-sized malls, its gold souk is equally fascinating. The covered walkways are lined with hundreds of jewelry shops selling pieces made of gold, silver and precious stones at a bargainable price. 

Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

Thereafter, take a trip to the oldest residential quarter in Dubai that features traditional homes, narrow lanes, and wind towers. It displays the pre-oil lifestyle of the city, during the mid-19th century. Located along the Creek, one can reach here by sailing on the Abra, at 1 Dirham. Here you can discover a plethora of cultural activities, museums, art galleries, special events. The highlights include Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Coins Museum, Symposium House and Events House. 

Desert Safari

Book an evening desert safari with a reliable operator and you would receive a professional pick up and drop off service. As the afternoon begins, a driver arrives in SUV at your mentioned pick up spot and rides through the buzzing alleys to the striking, golden expanse of the dune. The dramatic Arabian desert offers a plethora of thrilling activities like dune bashing, sandboarding, and quad biking. Travelers are fond of the quaint camel riding. Afterward, the caravan reaches the camp where you can devour the great dinner buffet, enjoy belly dancing, get hands designed by henna, and sip unlimited shisha. 


Day 3: 

Dubai Mall

The next morning, check into the largest epicenter of shopping and entertainment, Dubai Mall. Spread over 13 million square feet, and with over 1,200 stores, Dubai Mall is a fantastic solution to retail therapy. Besides browsing the most covetable brands, visitors can hang out with friends, watch the two-storeyed waterfall, and observe the huge dinosaur ruin without throwing a dime. Do visit the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the VR Park, the Reel Cinemas, and the Ice Skating Rink. You can witness the magnificent marine life at the giant zoo, feed the sharks, and even dive with them. 

Dubai Fountain

As you exit the mall, you can catch the water, sound, and light show, the awe-inspiring Dubai fountain. The world's largest choreographed fountain system is played out every half an hour after sun-down and is a truly magical experience. This is best observed from the front rows of the Burj Lake boat ride. You can either book a table at any restaurant in Souk Al Bahr or stand at the recently added Boardwalk for free. 

Burj Khalifa

Next to it, is the world's tallest building. The symbol of grandeur, wealth, and innovation, Burj Khalifa pierces the clouds at 828 meters. Hop on the fastest running elevator that cruises at 10m/second. It will take you to the 124th floor where you can cherish the telescopic view of Dubai and see the city's top attractions up close. Admire the sunset of Dubai along with the panoramic view of the city from the highest observation deck on the 148th floor. The city is illuminating and looks like a jar of flies at night, and you can observe the view from the relaxing lounges and elegant restaurants. 


Day 4:

IMG Worlds of Adventure 

An extremely exhilarating and adrenaline-pulsating destination, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the perfect spot for the all-inclusive thrill. It is divided into 4 adventure zones with 22 rides and roller coasters. Live the epic adventure with the superheroes and cartoon characters coming to life. This world's largest indoor theme park and Dubai's first mega themed entertainment destination also has dining, movie, and shopping experiences. Then in the Lost Valley, you’re destined to see animatronic dinosaurs, while the IMG Boulevard hosts the busiest and most anticipated ride among the park visitors, The Haunted Hotel.

Kite Beach

By evening, come join the beachgoers at the free public beach. The Kite Beach is loved for its hygienic ambiance, pristine shoreline, and turquoise water. Enjoy snacks at the food counter, play at children's parks, and sit back in the recliners. There is a range of watersports from kite surfing to paragliding that helps you explore more and have unlimited fun. 

Ski Dubai

Satisfy your rest shopping desires at the sensational Mall of the Emirates. It is the region's first shopping resort and flagship luxury destination. A great collection of brands and dining options helps you take the last bite of Dubai's flavors. This place has you spoilt for choices with endless entertainment options like Dreamscape, Magic Planet, the Theatre, Bowling and Ski Dubai. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the region and allows you to ski or learn ski. You can also snowboard, take a chairlift ride, toboggan, zip line, meet Snow Penguins or juts have a snowball fight. 


Dubai is a remarkable tourist destination that travelers visit and revisit for the unforgettable holiday it offers. There are a humungous number of attractions and activities going on in the city, especially the winters. So, any number of days would be insufficient to see it all. However, this successful 4-day Dubai itinerary will help you cover the fascinating side of the city.