3 Day Exclusive Dubai Itinerary
When you only have three days in one of the most exciting cities in the world, you want to invest that time in the best way possible. Fortunately, Dubai is full of astonishing activities that will get your heart pumping or make you feel like a royal.
You’ll be amazed to know that three days is plenty of time to see and experience the best, most exclusive elements of Dubai. This itinerary intentionally omits some of the most famous Dubai attractions and takes you on a more luxurious yet lesser-known path.
Let’s take a look at what’s in store for your three-day trip to Dubai.
- The Farm, Al Barari
- Try the 23-carat gold ice-cream
- Take a limousine ride
- Have Dinner in The Sky
- La Perle
- Dubai Parks & Resorts
- Zabeel Park
- Xline Dubai
- Shark Slide
- Swim with the dolphins
- Emirates Cart Zone
- IMG World of the adventure
- Butterfly Garden
- Shakespeare & Co.
- Art Galeries in Alserkal
- Dubai High Tea
- Dubai Opera
- Fairmont Casino
So, strap in, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime feat that you will never forget.
On your first day in Dubai, skip the tourist-laden Burj Khalifa and spend your day doing something that most people have never done before. That’s why this day is full of surprising places and authentic Dubai elements.
The Farm, Al Barari
- Location: Al Barari, Dubai
- Open: 7:30 am to 10:30 pm
- Price: Free to enter, prices medium
Unwind from your trip in a green, lush setting in Al Barari. It’s an oasis in the middle of the desert, a tranquil place designed to offer shelter from the heat, and city bustle. And in there, you’ll find The Farm, a restaurant set against an impressive backdrop of soothing water and murmuring plant world.
It’s also a social hub and a culinary experience where you can get healthy food from all around the world.
It often hosts events like business meetings, important talks, birthday parties, arts and crafts classes, and many other affairs. But the most unexpected thing about it is how out-of-this-world it seems to have such a prosperous garden and water elements in the heat of Dubai.
Starting off your Dubai escape here is the perfect way to introduce you to the variety of what this city has to offer.
23-carat gold ice-cream
- Location: Scoopi Cafe, Jumeriah Beach Road, Dubai
- Open: 1 pm to 1 am
- Price: AED 3000
After your lovely breakfast – or brunch – in The Farm, why not stop for an ice-cream. But not just any ice-cream. You see, Dubai is the home to many world records, but none is as sweet as that of the world’s most expensive ice-cream.
This ice-cream even sounds extravagant, carrying the name The Black Diamond. It’s made with vanilla bean ice cream, saffron, and extremely rare black truffles. Of course, all of that is topped off with 23-carat gold, all edible and tasty.
Naturally, you can’t serve an ice-cream like that in just any bowl or carton container. This particular treat is served in Versace bowl, and you get to eat it with a Versace spoon. After you’re done, you get to keep them.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you can’t miss if you can afford it. Of course, the shop warrants some attention even without the gold ice-cream, since their regular ice-creams are just as delicious and quite a bit cheaper.
- Location: Office No 107, First Floor, Al Naboodah Building, Dubai
- Open: Always
- Price: AED 60 per hour
Experience Dubai in an extravagant way – by renting a limousine and seeing all the best sights while sipping on premium champagne. Take your friends and family on an amazing ride through one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
You can choose from many different colors, styles, looks, sizes, and so on. You can even get a pink or a gold limo if you’re looking for something really unique.
Drive around the city for hours, just enjoying the music and your drinks or stop by famous sights, go shopping, etc. Your limo will be driven by a professional driver, and you’ll have access to all sorts of elements, depending on what you want and need.
This is definitely one of the most extravagant ways to go around the city. You can also rent a supercar and drive it on your own, usually in the same place where you rent your limo, but the fact is that nothing beats drinking champagne while riding in a car with an open top and not having to worry about rules for a while.
Dinner in the sky
- Location: Al Sufoh, Skydive, Al Seyahi St, Dubai
- Open: 6:30 pm, 8 pm, 9:30 pm
- Price: Starting at AED 760
Did you know that you could eat 50 meters above the ground in Dubai? Yes, you definitely can. This is a unique experience that everyone should try at least once. But how does it work?
Well, your table will be suspended on a crane high above the ground for about 90 minutes while your chefs prepare the food, and you feast on a three-course meal. You’ll get to see all the best attractions in Dubai in an original way. Bring a camera too because there will be many great opportunities to snap a photo.
This is a shared experience, and you’ll be dining with around 20 other people. And if you get a bit scared, you can count on a helper that will assist you in order to keep you safe during your dinner. The table also rotates slowly while you eat, so you’ll get to see the city from different angles.
- Location: 260 Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Habtoor City, Dubai
- Open: Tuesday to Friday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and 7 pm
- Price: Starts at AED 300
Start your evening by going to Al Habtoor City and experiencing a permanent show thrown by La Perle. They will captivate your heart and mind with this fantastic piece of theatre. Influenced by the local culture, these shows combine acrobatics, music, and art to present something truly astonishing.
And for an even better view of the play, take the 270-degree seating that will make you feel immersed with the performers.
There are so many different aspects of this show that will leave you speechless – from the acrobatics to dancing or special effects. It’s a very fancy occasion, so come well-dressed and enjoy this unique show.
Dubai Parks & Resorts
- Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai
- Open: 10 am to 10 pm
- Price: Start at AED 395
Finish your day in the biggest themed park. In fact, it’s so big that it’s not just one park – it has three themed parks, a water park, dining area which is also themed, and multiple other curiosities. The three themed parks are Motiongate Dubai, which features rides and characters from some of the biggest blockbusters in the world, the Bollywood park dedicated to Bollywood movies and Legoland Dubai.
You could spend your entire day here and still not see it all, but the evenings are even better. The park lights up, and the entertainment is truly terrific, with a bunch of things to try.
One of the best parts – and the classiest by far – in Dubai Parks and Resorts is the Riverdale area where you can eat, drink and have live entertainment make your evening even better than it was before. This is also a shopping area.
If you step out of it a bit further, you can learn a lot about movies and get even more fun. Of course, if you’re traveling with children, they will adore Legoland. You can also stay here overnight if you book a room on time if you want to explore the park in the morning or during the day.
The staff and service are impeccable, the food is delicious, and there’s plenty of fun for people of all ages and interests.
On your second day in Dubai, why not try some adrenaline-pumping adventures instead of shopping. This part of the itinerary gathers some of the most underrated and luxurious activities, so get ready for a crazy day.
- Location: Zabeel Area, Near Al Jafiliya Metro Station, Dubai
- Open: 8 am to 10 pm
- Price: AED 50
Spend your second morning in Dubai in Zabeel park and enjoy green fields, facilities, and activities there. For one, it’s an excellent place to jog and ride a bike, for everyone who loves staying active. It’s also a terrific place for kids, with dedicated play areas, a Dino Park, and games.
It features a unique cricket stadium and a boating lake where you could spend plenty of time gliding across the water in a calming environment.
You can also have your breakfast here, as there are many restaurants and bars or you could start your own barbecue. There are areas where you could explore the native and international botanical world.
Another fun addition is the train ride, which will take you around the park and allow you to see some of the best elements. There’s plenty to do and see, so prepare for this fun, yet relaxing adventure.
- Location: Dubai Marina Mall
- Open: 10 am to 5 pm
- Price: AED 650
Of all the things that Dubai has to offer, nothing will make you feel more like a superhero than Xline Dubai. This is the world’s longest urban zipline, and it will get your heart pumping like nothing else in the city.
Your flight through the city will be captured by the GoPro camera that will film you the entire time. It starts at Amwaj Tower and ends at the Dubai Mall. Below you is the Dubai Marina, but you will be able to see the entire city from the zipline.
The professional team will train you and properly set the equipment up so that you’re safe, and then they will help you start. The speed usually gets to about 60 km per hour. The zipline carrier will not have you hanging, but rather gliding through the air like a bird – or like Superman.
- Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Rd, Dubai
- Open: 10 am to 6 pm
- Price: Starts at AED 220
Visit Aquaventure Waterpark as the afternoon starts to set and get on one of the most thrilling rides there – the Shark Attack. This ride takes you straight through a pool of sharks. Of course, you’ll be perfectly safe in a clear tunnel. But, there’s something truly scary about being in the same pool as sharks.
It will look and feel like something from a dream, and it’s an experience you won’t easily forget.
Shark Attack isn’t the only ride you should do in Aquaventure – try Poseidon’s Revenge or the Leap of Faith. There are many more rides you could try while you’re there and no reason to avoid, especially if you’re a thrill-seeker.
Swimming with the dolphins
- Location: Aquaventure Waterpark
- Open: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
- Price: Starts at AED 825
While you’re at the Atlantis, and once you’re done with all the thrilling rides, take some time for a sweet encounter with the dolphins. This attraction is situated in Dolphin Bay, and you can choose how you want to interact with them.
For one, there’s a 30-minute meeting in a shallow area of the lagoon where you can pet them, play with them, and connect. Then, you could also spend 30 minutes with a dolphin in deeper waters, playing with them, swimming around and diving, etc.
Finally, the most extreme Dolphin adventure is swimming with them by holding their fins. A photographer will be there to capture your adventure, and you’ll be trained on the safety around Dolphins.
Emirates kart zone
- Location: Al Wasl Sports Club, Oud Metha Street, Al Jaddaf, Dubai
- Open: 2 pm to 10 pm
- Price: AED 115 for 15 minutes
Dry off from your aqua venture and step into the thrilling world of karting. Dubai has one of the best tracks in the world, and it’s all yours to enjoy. Gather some friends and head to the kart zone. There you’ll be provided with all the equipment you need, and you can start your race.
This is a state of the art property where karting is exciting, fast, and safe for all participants. It’s close to all the major attractions, so you’ll have no problem reaching it. Drive around, race against the clock and challenge your friends – all against the amazing backdrop of Dubai skyline.
You’ll feel like a Formula 1 star during your ride, and in the end, they’ll give you a print out of your best time.
IMG World Of Adventure
- Location: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd, Dubai
- Open: 11 am to 8 pm, and 11 am to 10 pm on weekends
- Price: Starts at AED 90
IMG Worlds of Adventure is more than a theme park – it’s a comprehensive experience where you’ll get to wine and dine, meet your favorite superheroes, and take thrilling rides. There’s a Marvel area, Cartoon Network area, Lost Valley of the Dinosaurus, IMG Boulevard, and movie theatres.
In each area, you’ll find themed rides. For instance, you can fight the Infinity War with Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, and other heroes, or you can find individual adventures of each superhero. There’s a scary Haunted Hotel ride where you’ll feel like you’re indeed haunted. You can fight alongside PowerPuff Girls, go on an Adventure Time ride, etc.
All in all, it’s a night you won’t soon forget.
- Location: Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai
- Open: On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 pm to 4 am, Thursday 11 pm to 4 am
- Price: AED 300
At the end of a crazy day, what better way to spend the night than at one of the best clubs in the world. White is consistently winning awards and making the lists for the best clubs, and it’s also winning the hearts of all people who’ve ever been there.
This is a high-tech experience full of modern elements, located on the rooftop of the Meydan Racecourse. The music is energetic, and it will make you dance, the light shows are impressive, especially against the dark night sky.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get there on a night when a star is hosted, which means even more fun for you. This club has so far hosted some of the world’s biggest stars, and it’s coveted as one of the best places to party in Dubai. So, if you’re going to spend a wild night somewhere, you best spend it at White.
Your third day will introduce you to the finer things in life. Experience luxury and royal treatment in one of the best places for that in the world. From tea-drinking to gambling, everything is classier in Dubai.
- Location: Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area, Beside Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai
- Open: 9 am to 6 pm most days
- Price: AED 55
Let your day start in the best way possible – with you, surrounded by butterflies. The Butterfly Garden is a part of the Dubai Miracle Garden, and it has more than 15 000 butterflies. It’s an indoor space where you’ll be able to get to know 36 different species, see them fly around and interact with each other.
You’ll be able to play with them too, and most of them will be comfortable enough to land on you, which is a magical experience. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale. There are guides that will help you around butterflies and tell you about them.
This is a perfect place for you if you have children because they adore this place – from sculptures in the garden to the butterfly themselves. And if you want to extend your morning amongst flowers and butterflies, head to the next door Miracle garden, which is full of flowery sculptures, botanical wonders, and beauty that’s beyond compare.
Shakespeare & Co.
- Location: 3rd Floor, Souk Al Bahar, Near Palace Hotel, Downtown, Dubai
- Open: 7 am to midnight
- Price: Free to enter, prices low to medium
For the next step on your luxury journey through Dubai, stop by Shakespeare & Co. There are multiple locations across Dubai, and you can enjoy a great breakfast at any one of them, and you won’t be mistaken.
The interior is exceptionally classy, and each piece of furniture is hand-made in the design house owned by the cafe-restaurant. You won’t find two items alike, whether it’s chairs, chandeliers, sofas, tables, or any other elements.
So, dress up and head to this cafe for a wonderful meal and delicious coffee or tea. It’s very immersive, especially since the owners behind these shops are focused on bringing the eating and seeing experience together.
Art Galleries in Alserkal
- Location:17th St, Dubai
- Open: Avenue is always open, galleries 10 am to 7 pm
- Price: Depends on the gallery
Unsurprisingly, with Dubai’s development, it’s also become an art and culture hub of the area. And one of the most popular places to enjoy art is Alserkal Avenue, where you’ll find numerous galleries, art shops, etc.
You’ll be able to see some of the best Middle Eastern art and the artistic taste of the United Arab Emirates, as well as modern art in different styles and forms. There are some emerging artists featured here, and established experts love to showcase their art here.
This is a perfectly classy way to spend an afternoon, sliding from one gallery to the next, taking breaks every once in a while in quaint, equally artistic cafes and bars.
Dubai High Tea
- Location: Burj Al Arab
- Open: 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 4 pm, and 4:30 pm
- Price: Starts at AED 560
After your fancy trip to the art galleries of Alserkal, relax and unwind at the exclusive and lavish Dubai High Tea at Burj Al Arab. There are other places that serve high tea, as people in Dubai adore the tradition, but there’s no better place to get the real luxury and the royal taste of high tea than in Burj Al Arab, the only hotel in the world with 7 stars.
Your journey will start with a 7-course tea where you get to pick from a scrumptious menu. It usually includes a glass of premium Champagne, which you’ll be sipping on at the SkyView Bar. While enjoying your snacks, you can look upon the Arabian Gulf, politely chat with friends and bask in the luxury of that affair.
Naturally, you are expected to come dressed up appropriately for the occasion – a smart casual dress code is best. The food you’ll be served is quite delicate, with tiny, soft sandwiches, sweet pastries, premium caviar, cakes, jam, clotted cream, etc. All of this is coupled with tea of your choice.
- Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai
- Open: Depends on the day, usually in the evening
- Price: Depends on the show, but usually around AED 150-200
As a continuation of your royal day in Dubai, head to the Dubai Opera, a unique art theatre where you can hear some of the best music in the world and see some of the most grandiose plays imaginable.
So far, it has hosted numerous classic stars from musicals, ballet, opera, fashion, comedy, and other forms of art, which makes it an exceptional place to spend an evening. Use this opportunity to dress up and feel like a billionaire. Look up which shows are available during your three-day visit to Dubai and find the one that suits your taste.
Although, by the looks of it, you won’t make a mistake no matter what you choose.
- Location: Burj Al Arab
- Open: 5 pm to 3 am
- Price: Free to enter, prices high
And finally, to say goodbye to Dubai, visit the lounge that will let you grasp all of it in one gaze. This is a classy venue, so your opera clothes will do well here. It’s one of the most recommended nighttime places, especially because you can get the 360 views of the sunset if you get there on time. It only gets better from there, when all the lights spread through the city while you get to watch from the best seats in town.
There’s an indoor club as well, where a DJ will play the music for you, and there’s an open area where you can enjoy some fresh air. It can be whatever you need it to be – a casual dining place or a club or even just a place to get a few drinks before heading back to your hotel room.
You can get excellent cocktails here, as well as shisha, and many other things that make this lounge a truly one-of-a-kind place for anyone with love for finer things in life.