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30 Sep

Dubai: Four days is not a lot to see Dubai and its world-record-breaking attractions. But if you’re tight on time, here’s how you can fit in in Dubai’s Best 72 Hours.

We assume that you will stay for four nights in Dubai and check out on the 4th day. We also believe that you have at least half a day on the day you arrive to start your wonderful Dubai trip. let’s go!

First things first: stay

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Deciding where to stay once you get here is important in planning activities after you land. Where to stay will depend on your budget, and also whether you plan to drive or use public transportation. It will also be based on what is on your checklist of places to visit.

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Dubai Skyline

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For this travel guide, we also assume that you have been placed in one of the many luxurious hotels with close access to the Taj of Dubai infrastructure, Sheikh Zayed Road, and the Dubai Metro.
If you are looking for a cheap yet comfortable stay in Dubai, you will be spoiled for choice in Dubai. If you choose a three-star hotel with a good rating, expect to pay around Dh250-Dh300 per night for two (excluding taxes). If you want to revel in the luxuries that Dubai’s hospitality industry is renowned for, you can find accommodations ranging from Dh1,000 to Dh5,000 or more, depending on location and amenities.

Transportation: Public transport or car
Another thing to plan ahead is whether you will be relying on public transportation, or if you want to rent a car for the duration of the trip. If you’re not comfortable with left-hand drive, public transportation is your best bet. You can use Dubai Metro, buses, and cabs to get around easily.

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Check-in


For ease of planning your trip, we assume that you have arrived in Dubai a few hours before your check-in at your hotel, which is around 2 PM for most hotels in Dubai. Don’t forget to ask how early you can check-in at the time of your booking. For this travel guide, we also assume that you have been placed in one of the many luxurious hotels with close access to the Taj of Dubai infrastructure, Sheikh Zayed Road, and the Dubai Metro.

We looked at some well-rated four and five-star hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road and within walking distance of the metro station, which fit a mid-range budget. You can expect to pay between Dh500 and Dh650 per night on average for one of these, including daily breakfast.


Quick lunch


To save time, and save your energy for later, we suggest having a quick lunch at the hotel. You can also order using one of the many online platforms available in Dubai to refresh you or take some rest after your flight. If you are ordering through such platforms, you may have to go to the lobby or other designated area to pick up your food.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes before stepping out. Don’t forget your camera and phone because there are many more ‘Instagrammable’ moments to come. Carry a small water bottle as well. On the first day, since we will be visiting the famous markets of Dubai, try to bring some change with you for shopping.


Day 1: Meditate on Old Dubai
Dubai frame


After a quick rest and fuel up, the first place to visit is the Dubai Frame – one of the new iconic structures in Dubai. If you’re staying at one of the hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road, it’s easy to take a cab to the attraction. Dubai Frame is a must-see destination for anyone interested in learning more about the city’s past, present, and future.
The landmark consists of two transparent towers which are 150 meters high. They are connected by a 93-meter long bridge. On the one hand, towers and bridges frame the buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road, signifying ‘modern Dubai’, while on the other side the symbols of ‘old Dubai’ include views of Deira, Umm Hurair, and Karama.
Dubai Frame is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in learning more about the city’s past, present, and future. The main attraction is the Sky Deck which offers uninterrupted views of the entire city, both old and new.

Towards old Dubai


From the Dubai Frame, we can head to Al Bastakiya, the oldest permanent residential area in Dubai, known as Old Dubai.

The nearest metro station to Dubai Frame, Max Station, is quite far away, so we would suggest taking a cab. Once you reach Max station, just 5 minutes away by car, you will have to take a train to Burjuman station (second stop from Max). In Burjuman you have to go on Green Line – towards Etisalat Metro Station. After boarding the train get down at Al Ghubaiba station. Our next attraction is just a short walk away.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
A great place to start this day dedicated to exploring Old Dubai is by visiting the palace where many of Dubai’s ruling families grew up. The late ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, took the first steps in restoring the structure, originally built in 1896 by his grandfather, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hashar.
The ruling family moved to the Zabeel Palace in 1958. The palace at Shindagha was restored in the 80s, and was opened to the public in 1996 after it was converted into a museum that displays old documents, stamps, and coins, among other things. . The palace is a conduit to Dubai’s past, and is situated along the creek.

Heritage village
Within walking distance is the Heritage Village, an important part of the Al Shindagha historic neighborhood in Dubai. Visiting the Heritage Village is a beautiful experience in itself, and very different from the magnificent skyline that Dubai is known for.
Tea and Breakfast at Arabian Tea House
If you are exploring this historic area, once known as Al Bastakiya, stop for tea and some food to experience authentic Emirati cuisine at the Arabic Tea House. The quaint cafe opened in 1997, in keeping with the UAE’s past and the region’s focus on the country’s culture, and remains an oasis of peace and tranquility that allows visitors to tour the city’s past and explore its cultural heritage. allows installation.

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The tee offers Emirati cuisine and other Middle-Eastern food to try, as well as a variety of teas and coffees.

Via A Cloth Sookie
After that pick-me-up, take a leisurely stroll towards Bur Dubai Abra station. On your way you will pass through the textile market. The streets are filled with small cloth shops with clothes of all categories and prices and bargaining is encouraged. Beware of sellers trying to entice you to buy things. Be firm and move on if you are not buying. A 10-minute walk will take you very close to the narrow market lanes and Shiva temple in Bur Dubai.

Bur Dubai Abra Station
For just one dirham you can ride the creek to Deira to climb Abra where spices and gold souks await. You can also rent an entire Abra just for your party. Abras are frequent, so enjoy the scenic journey without any wait and get off at Deira Old Souk station.

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The Gold Sookie
Living in the City of Gold… Dubai promises and delivers. A stroll through Dubai’s famous Gold Souk will leave you enthralled by the sheer amount of precious metal designs on display. Many gold buyers come here for the best quality of gold at competitive rates. Gold rates for sellers are decided by Dubai Gold & Jewelry Group on a daily basis based on market conditions.
For just one dirham you can ride the creek to Deira to climb Abra where spices and gold souks await. You can also rent an entire Abra just for your party. Abras are frequent, so enjoy the scenic journey without any wait and get off at Deira Old Souk station.


Perfume Sookie
A short walk will take you to a treasure trove of perfumes, essential oils, and traditional oud. For a nice souvenir to take back home, have one of the experienced perfumers prepare the fragrance for you. You can tell them your preferences and they will make something for you.

Our top tip for visiting all of these markets is to go through at least 4 or 5 stores before making a purchase. This will not only give you an idea of ​​the merchandise available but will also give you a basis point of prices. Bargaining is definitely on the cards for textiles, spices, and perfumes.


A cruise dinner
After so much walking, our next tip is to go on a dinner cruise on a traditional boat called Dhow. A Dhow Cruise dinner along the Dubai Creek is a great nightly activity and most include an international cuisine buffet with vegetarian and non-vegetarian food options. There is also entertainment inside some Dhows. This duration is usually two hours, which gives you enough time to enjoy a good meal and enjoy the lights and colors of Old Dubai at night.
Advance booking is essential and make sure you check different providers. While some may offer rates as low as Dh30 per person, they may not have the amenities you want. This can go up to Dh115 per person. Some cruise operators also offer hotel transfers.

Once you’re done, if you get off the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, you can use the Al Ghubaiba metro station. If you are headed to Deira, Al Ras station is your starting point on your way home.


At night
If you’re not ready to go home yet, visit one of Dubai’s many terraces and terraces. If you are looking for something in Deira, Cielo, or QD at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club are great options for an outdoor experience.

Closer to your hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road is the Level 43 Sky Lounge, which has just re-opened for the season, or the ultra-luxurious Cavalli Club at the Fairmont Dubai, which features giant chandeliers inlaid with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Or you can visit the iconic Burj Al Arab for a night at the Sky View Bar. If you can’t wait to visit the tallest building in the world, check out the Atmosphere restaurant inside the Burj Khalifa.

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Other options include Armani/Prive in White Dubai and Soho Gardens, Burj Khalifa, next to the Maiden Racecourse Grand Stand – the list is endless. In short, if you want to enjoy the nightlife here, you have many options to try all over Dubai, and you can definitely find something that suits your budget. Make sure you call the venue to confirm prices, reservations, and times.

Day 2: Expo 2020 Dubai
We’ve set aside an entire day for you to get a good look at Expo 2020 Dubai – the best and biggest Dubai has to offer ever. The ‘World’s Greatest Show’ opens on October 1st and will be your best chance to explore 191 countries in one place. Receive your tickets online at the Expo website or through authorized vendors in the UAE. You may also be eligible for free admission, so make sure you check that out before buying tickets.
The best way to get to the expo is by using public transport with a dedicated metro station and free RTA buses. We know, it is difficult to decide where to go and what to do at Expo 2020 Dubai, so we have a complete section that you can visit to plan your trip. Ticket offers, pavilion details, list of shows, stars at Expo 2020 Dubai and much more – you will find ‘expo’ everything in this category.

From pavilions and futuristic VR experiences to daily live shows, inspired by the giant winged falcon of the UAE, you will have a wonderful day at Expo 2020 Dubai.

In terms of delicious food, you can break your fast with authentic Emirati food at Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe, the first Emirati eatery established in 1997. Yes, a branch of the one you might have tried on the first day.

For lunch, try a futuristic three-course meal with glow-in-the-dark recipes, specifically about how the meal might look like 2321. For dinner, you can dine at the Rising Flavors Food Hall and at celebrity spots at the same time. The ground floor of the three-story dining hall houses regularly rotating culinary pods, with chefs and restaurants showcasing the gastronomic diversity of each GCC country, including concepts from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi. Arab.
If you’re not looking to splurge on such a culinary odyssey, why not try Domino’s – the official pizza provider at Expo 2020. You can also try one of the many restaurants and cafes at Expo 2020 Dubai. Too tired to walk to your favorite restaurant? Talabat Expo 2020 is the official food delivery provider of Dubai. In addition to dine-in, Talbot riders will use secure, sustainably responsible e-scooters to deliver at designated locations on the expo’s site.

Since you’re only there for one day, here are 20 shows you can’t miss at Expo 2020 Dubai. If you’re traveling with young children, you can try these family-friendly events at the expo.

After spending the day at Expo 2020, if you have any energy left for the night, you can head to the clubs and dining outlets we mentioned for the first night.

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