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What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Your guide to the very best things to do around Dubai
Are you planning to spend one week in Dubai and you are looking for ideas for a good itinerary? Modern city of Dubai is famous for bright blue waters of the sea of Persian Gulf, modern architecture with the tallest building in the world, many luxury hotels, great aquarium, artificial islands, waterparks, boat trips, flamingos. Here you can find also one of the biggest shopping malls in the worlds, plenty of adrenalin activities or traditional souks and old buildings od Dubai. If you have a week to spend in Dubai, there is much to do and see. We offer some ideas how to spend one week in Dubai to help you plan your stay and discover all the must-see attractions and places of this United Arab emirates capital.
It is better to book all your visits and activities in advance, because it saves time and money. In Dubai it is chaper to buy tickets online, then at the ticket office, and you can skip the line. Below we reccomend tickets to various attractions for one-week stay. The things that one can do in Dubai are virtually limitless.
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Top Things to do in Dubai for a Week

Day 1

Swimming and snorkeling in Gulf of Oman

Enjoy swimming and snorkeling amongst the wonderful and colourful sea life of the Gulf of Oman, learn more about the underwater world from a certified guide and admire the stunning views aboard a speedboat.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Swimming and sunbathing on Dubai beaches

One of the best attractions of Dubai, why people from all over the world are coming here, are bright-blue beaches. If you came to relax, lay back and get a suntan, this should be the first thing you enjoy. You can enjoy either hotel beaches, or public beach as popoular Jumeirah Beach with golden sands, grass and palm trees. Another popular public beach is Burj Al Arab, where you can swim or enjoy playing volleyball or kiting. You can make great pictures with this hotel on horizont. You can try also Jebel Ali Beach, or public JBR Beach next to Jumerian Beach Resort.

Burj Al Arab

This stunning building in the shape of sail from 1999 with curved glass facade attracts visitors due to amazing lookout over the Persian Gulf. It is for free and open 24/7. This luxurious hotel is situated between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands on its own man-made island. It is one of the tallest hotels in the world with modern architecture and luxury amenities. You can just sit in the restaurant and enjoy a lunch or dinner with a nice lookout to the sea.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Day 2

Dubai Desert Safari: Camel ride, Sandboarding and BB

Just about 20 minutes drive from the streets of Dubai you find vast plains of Dubai desert safari, complete with attractive activities such as sandboarding, camel ride or BBQ in the desert. Ride the dunes in unforgettable offroad drive and feast of local cuisine, arabic cofee and dates under the stars, it's an only-in-Dubai treat. Try camping in Dubai desert, watching the stars and take an unforgotable camel ride.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Day 3

Dubai Fountains

One of the most stunning attractions in Dubai is watching the world´s largest Dancing fountain show on the Burj Khalifa Lake, they are for free. This evening choreographed show at the base of iconic Burj Khalifa tower lasts about 5 minutes. Daily evening Fountain shows start from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM every 30 minutes, during Public holidays extra fountain shows may be added to run all afternoon through the midnight. Dubai Fountains are choreographed to music to make the appearace like they are dancing and jet streams soar as high as 150 metres in the air. You can also enjoy a ride on the lake around the choreographed fountain on the boat.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Dubai Mall

Just next to the Dubai Fountains you will find the world´s largest shopping mall with around 1300 shops, outlets and restaurants overlooking the fountains. Inside Virtual Reality Theme Park or Kidzania for kids. Kid Zania is 7000 m2 real-to-life educative city built for kids with 60+ real life activities. Even if you don´t want to buy anything, it is a „must“ due to numerous entertainment facilities
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Aquarium and underwater ZOO

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in the centre of Dubai Mall offers the largest suspended aquarium tank in the world. You can watch sharks, stingrays and about 140 species of fish. It is home of caprivated marine world and exotic animals in Rainforest, Rocky shore or Living Ocean ecosystems. It has 10 million litres of water and is a largest viewing 270-degree panoramatic panel 8.3metres high by 32,8 metres wide and 48 long. Here you can spot fish, pirahnas, giant crabs or starfish swimming overhead. Other attraction you can experience is walking in cage between sharks or shark dives or feeding presentations.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Burj Khalifa tower - the world´s tallest skyscraper with breathtaking views from 124 and 125floor observation deck

Majestic Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with its 828 metres and one of the Dubai´s must-visit. It is located in the centre of the city. Burj Khalifa light show runs every 30 minutes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday till 10.45 p.m and on weekends every hour from 7.45 p.m.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Day 4

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is one of the largest manmade islands in the world full of luxury hotels including Atlantis the Palm. You can explore this unique creation along with Burj Al Arab and Dubai Marina in our 99 minutee Premium Tour. You can also explore Palm Jumeirah together with other attractions as Burj Al Arab and Blue Mosque.

Adventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm hotel

Relax at Atlantis the Palm, one of the best resorts in Dubai. Enjoy a day of exciting splashy fun at Aquaventure Waterpark with exhilarating rides and slides to enjoy. Or explore the many exotic marine creatures at the Lost Chambers Aquarium across 20+ exhibits. And end it all with a chill afternoon on the beach.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Day 5

Dubai Old City tour, Spice Market and Gold Souk

Dubai is famous for a trade for centuries. To explore the true taste of old Dubai, get to the Gold souk and Spice Souks, as well as the Perfume Souk. Crossing back to Bur Dubai you can explore the Textile Souk. All are still authentic trading markets. You can find glittering necklaces, bracelets and earrings from over 300 retailers. Gold Souk is one of the most busy jewelry trading centers in the world with about 20% of the world's gold sold through this market. You find also diamonds, silver and platinum.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Discover Historic Dubai

You can start your day haggling at traditional Gold and Spice Souks before enjoyig the city old town. If you are interested in traditional perspective of the city, také a water taxi along the Dubai Creek. Another great way how to spend a day is on Jumeirah Public Beach.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Spot flamingos in the wetlands in Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip to Dubai Municipality’s Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary shows how the birds are flourishing here, giving residents a rare chance to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Amid a tangle of pink legs, it’s possible to spot black-winged stilts, grey herons, great egrets, reef herons and more.
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Dubai Creek and cruise on the boat (abra)

Dubai does not offer only glam luxury hotels and modern buildings, but also rich culture and history , e.g Dubai Creek located in the heart of the city, where the Bani Yas tribe established the first settlement. This place was used for pearl diving and fishing. Nowadays you find here alleys of the gold, spice and textile souks (markets). Traditional abra ride is a must, and the best value tourist attraction in the city. Enjoy romantic cruise of Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow. You can also have a picnic at the Dubai Creek Park. At the and of the day you can enjoy sunset on Dubai canal by traditional wooden boat, by the sea or other places
What to Do in Dubai for a Week

Day 6

Wild Wadi Waterpark

The creators of the Wild Wadi Water Park have built a 12-acre water wonderland that boasts a staggering array of top of the range rides, pools and facilities. Amazingly, many of the rides and slides are interconnected by pools and water roller coasters which catapult riders to where they want to go next – so you can forget all about stairs and long queues! With everything from adrenaline pumping slides for thrill seekers to toddler friendly splash pools, the park really does have something for everyone!

Green Planet

Dubai is in the desert, but at Green Planet at Dubai´s City Walk right in the middle of the dessert, you can join even a tropical forest. Discover and get to know amazing world of exotic flora and fauna. You can watch over 3,000 species of plants, animals, and free-flying birds over your head and experience a strong conservation message. Many of the animals are endangered. Here at The Green Planet people of all generations will learn a lot about the exotic flora and fauna from planet's tropical forests as parrots, porcupines, sloths or snakes.

Day 7

Scenic helicopter flight over Dubai

At the end of your visit you can enjoy the last overview o the city and remind what all you have seen and done here from the bird perspective – from helicopter. See iconic Burj Al Arab, beach, desert, Burj Khalifa or Atlantis hotel at artificial islands The Palm Jumeirah. Another way how to see the city from above is Hot air baloon trip.

Dubai Marina

See the Dubai skyline from a whole new angle, plus the famous JBR Walk and Beach on a speedy boat ride. Cruise around miles of luxurious hotels on the man-made islands, and see the posh yachts around the Dubai Marina.
If you have time, you can also make one day
You can check on Google maps, where these Dubai points of interest are situated.
GOOD TO KNOW: In Dubai many websites and internet calling services like Skype or WhatsApp are blocked due to government censorhip. If you want to access them you need VPN.
Remember that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country which follows very strict Muslim Sharia laws That is why Western tourists need to be a bit careful and not behave as they would do in their home countries, especially you need to know how to dress modestly in places where locals hang out- cover shoulders and knees. Also kissing, or even hugging in public would be considered unlawful.
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