5 Days in Dubai Itinerary: Top Places to Visit

Indians and Dubai have an incredible relationship. From business and work to luxury vacations, Dubai has become one of our favourites places in the world. Once a humble port city, today it is the central Emirate in UAE known for its stunning tourism and business industry. Dubai's lavish architecture, diverse population of expats and welcoming people have made it a must-visit country with some of the best experiences. This blog hopes to be a helpful guide to people who have very less time to explore this megacity!

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Dubai: Come See the Magic!

In just 60 years, this emirate has become one of the most prosperous in the UAE. Be it work or fun, there are plenty of things to do in Dubai. Every type of visitor can find something that they love- from adventure sports and sightseeing to luxurious getaways. Take a look at some trip details for Dubai from India:

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Distance from India 2,437.46 km
How to Reach Dubai Via Flight
India to Dubai Flight Duration ~ 3 hours 30 mins (non-stop flight)
Best Time to Visit Dubai November to February
International Airport Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport

If you are short on time, you can easily cover Dubai highlights. However, be it for a week or a month, don’t forget to buy the best travel insurance for Dubai. International travel insurance will keep you safe from any medical or journey-related emergencies.

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The Perfect 5 Days Dubai Itinerary

If you only have 5 days to explore this middle eastern gem, then you can make your itinerary around the following options. You can always add or remove a few of these to suit your convenience.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai

Since Dubai is only a few hours away from India, you can conveniently arrive in the evening to a fancy dinner and rest at a great hotel. Hotels in Dubai are class apart and even 3 star hotels are pretty luxurious.

You can choose to have a great room service here or head out for a late night dinner to start off your adventure in Dubai. If you're staying in Bur Dubai or Downtown, you can head to the Zabeel Park or Dubai Garden Glow for light shows.

Day 2: Visit the Burj Khalifa & Burj al Arab

  • In the morning after breakfast, head to the icnoic structures this desert city is most famous for.
  • If you are travelling with kids and plan to visit the aquarium later, then u can buy combination tickets.
  • There are plenty of guided tours that will even take you to the top of Burj Khalifa Observation Deck. From here, you will get the birds eye view of the entire area.
  • By the evening, you can head to the stunning Burj al Arab by a short 20 min drive from Burj Khalifa. This place is a 7-star hotel where you can treat yourself a fancy dinner with an unbeatable view of the sea.

Day 3: Dubai Mall

When in Dubai, you have to visit the largest mall in the world. You can head to the Dubai Mall early morning and have your desired breakfast at one of the restaurants here. With over 1,200 shops, a world-class aquarium, an indoor skiing resort, an ice rink, we promise it won't be a wasted trip!

  • The mall will easily use an entire day (or more) if you're all about shopping, playing games and having a fun time!
  • If you're travelling with children, you can rest assured that they will never get bored here. From Hershey to arcade, they will easily find a lot of things even if they get bored easily!
  • Don't forget to check out the Dubai Mall Fountain, it is famous for its light and music show and you can catch one every hour.
  • By afternoon, you can head to the Dubai Aquarium and buy a ticket to access all its levels.
  • If you're looking for some thrill, head to the Ski Dubai and get some winter action in the desert! If you're worried about the clothes, you can easily get them along with the pass.
  • There are many packages available to explore different attractions here. If you can't ski but want to explore more, you can head to the Ski Dubai penguins.
  • By late evening, you can wrap up your dinner (as well as drinks) either in the Dubai Mall restaurants or head to the nearby souk (market) attached to the mall. It also a lot of Arabian style shops and bars, in case you don't feel like eating.

Day 4: Dubai Beach

Dubai has skyscrapers, desert, an indoor ski resort and beaches. It would be a shame to miss experience some of the most pristine and fun beaches of Dubai.

  • You can visit many beaches in Dubai by buying a small token and spend a whole day soaking up the sun.
  • By evening, you can head to Marina Dubai to experience the famous Dubai nightlife. You will find many hotels and restaurants serving alcohol here, along with hip bars. If you're into partying, you can head to the Baristi Bar for both indoor and outdoor fun. If you're lucky, you may also catch a concert or a sporting match here.
  • If you're living close to the Dubai Marriott, you can head to the Observatory. This 52nd floor bar offers stunning views while you have a great time.
  • If you're looking for more budget-friendly night scenes in Dubai, you can head to one of many hookah bars, Irish pubs and nightclubs.

Day 5: Desert Safari & Departure

We've saved the best for the last! What is a Dubai itinerary without visiting its desert? If you've had enough of skyscrapers and luxurious shops, head to the quintessential desert that Dubai is based in.

  • The desert offers a beautiful experience- both visually and activity-wise. From dune-bashing and camel riding to belly-dancing shows, a desert safari should be a part of your Dubai experience at least once.
  • You can reach the desert in an hour drive from Dubai. It's best to book a good desert safari while you're planning your vacation, as these activities are always in demand and you may get a discount for booking early.
  • Your desert safari is likely to include camel-rides, dune-bashing, a meal and perhaps a show. You will also get a lot of pictures taken with the beautiful desert as your backdrop, so don't forget to dress up!
  • Don't forget to watch the stunning desert sunset. However, if you have an early evening flight to catch then you can book a tour for appropriate duration.
  • If you have a late night flight, stay back for the sunset, and perhaps a stunning Arabian-style dinner to get a glimpse of the desert life.

Some Tips for Planning Your Dubai Itinerary

  • Indians can apply for a Dubai visa via airlines or other approved travel partners for their tourist visas.
  • If you have friends or relatives in UAE, they can also apply for a visa on your behalf, however this is subject to some guidelines.
  • If you’re carrying cash, ensure that you declare it if it exceeds USD 5,000.
  • Make sure to buy a suitable travel insurance from India as soon as you’re done booking flight and accommodation. It will protect you from any drastic financial loss while you’re on your vacation
  • Don't carry anything illegal like recreational drugs, or artwork hurting religious sentiments. You should also carry your doctor's prescription in case your drug may not be easily available in Dubai.

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