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How to Spend 1 Day in Dubai

How to Spend 1 Day in Dubai

From sci-fi–like architecture and cutting-edge leisure attractions to empty desert and bustling beaches, Dubai has plenty to fill your time, feed your soul, and fire your adrenaline. Plus, because the city is so compact, it’s easy to enjoy the must-dos even if time is short. Here’s how to get the best from Dubai in just one day.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Start at the At The Top observatory of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, where the Level 124 viewing deck is the perfect curtain-raiser to the city—letting you experience Dubai’s most celebrated skyscraper along with stupendous city, gulf, and desert views. After an hour here, check out Dubai’s landmarks on a guided city tour. View modern must-sees such as the Burj Al Arab, ride a traditional boat ( abra ) across Dubai Creek, and browse the souks and wind towers of old Dubai. Alternatively, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour that lets you see all the sights and explore as you wish.

Afternoon: Sands, Sea, and Fun

Dubai’s desert offers up myriad dune-based adventures. Ride a 4WD into the sands for dune bashes, camel rides, sandboarding, and traditional Arabian experiences, all capped by a sunset barbecue in a Bedouin-style camp. For a different kind of fun, book tickets to one of Dubai’s two water parks—Aquaventure or Wild Wadi—to enjoy their daredevil slides and gentler attractions. For thrills and views together, opt for a helicopter flightseeing ride or admire Dubai’s legendary skyline from the water on a RIB trip along the coast.

Night: Dinner Cruises and Desert Nights

There are many ways to spend evenings in Dubai, with most centered on enjoying the glitz of the city or the quiet beauty of the desert. To admire the city lights while you eat, book a dinner cruise on Dubai Creek, and sail by wind towers and minarets on a wooden Arabian dhow or glass-enclosed boat. Other options include Dubai Marina dinner cruises that glide you past its rows of sparkling skyscrapers. For an Arabian Nights –style evening, book one of numerous tours into the desert where groups enjoy a live barbecue under the stars complemented by sequined belly dancing and tanoura whirling dervish shows.

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Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore Dubai at your own pace on a double-decker, open-top Big Bus Dubai tour. Admire top Dubai attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, and Old Dubai, and hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to visit souks, malls, and museums as you please. Choose from a 1-day Classic, 2-day Premium, or a Deluxe 5-day unlimited attraction pass. Tickets include an array of extras like a Dubai Creek cruise, admission to Dubai Museum, shopping discounts and more.
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  • 2 hours
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$57.20
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Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

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Discover the best of Dubai on a half-day Dubai sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable coach or minivan, take in Dubai’s top landmarks as you absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Snap photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own artificial island; learn about local history at the Dubai Museum, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and much more. Sign off with a visit to the Deira Spice Souk and free time to explore the brilliant Gold Souk.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$31.30
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Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket

Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket

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Throw yourself into the action of Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai with an entrance-only, all-day ticket. Part of the Atlantis The Palm resort, the Aquaventure Dubai boasts impressive water rides and adventures fit for all ages. Enjoy the attractions as you wish: career down corkscrew chutes, ride through shark tunnels, watch the little ones at the new Splasher’s Island area, and unwind on the lazy rivers. Then enjoy admission to The Lost Chambers, the Atlantis-themed aquarium containing 65,000 marine animals across 21 exhibits.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner

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Discover the beauty and customs of the desert on this Dubai desert safari. Leave Dubai in a comfortable 4x4 with a guide, and enjoy an exciting mix of traditional and modern desert adventures. Ride a camel, surf a sandboard down the Dubai sand dunes, and relax at a desert campsite as the sun sets. Get a henna tattoo, watch a ‘tanoura’ folk dance, and top off your trip with a delicious barbecue dinner, including shawrma station, and exotic belly dancing show under the stars as you sit around the campfire.
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  • 6 hours
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5-Star Premium Dhowstar Dhow Cruise Dubai

5-Star Premium Dhowstar Dhow Cruise Dubai

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Make an evening in Dubai extra special with a 2-hour Dubai Creek dinner cruise on the world's largest ‘dhow’— a traditional Arabian boat. Step aboard the beautifully illuminated Rustar floating restaurant, and admire Deira’s sparkling landmarks over a sumptuous dinner buffet. Settle on the outer deck or in the elegant cabins, and savor international and Emirati dishes prepared by the 5-star Movenpick hotel as you pass the floodlit Rolex Towers, souks and other landmarks. As you dine, enjoy an array of entertainment, including traditional Emirati dance shows and live music.
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 Dubai Marina Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Dubai Marina Dinner Cruise with Live Music

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Enjoy an award-winning dinner cruise with your family, friends, or loved one. The dinner cruise glides you through the Dubai night as the monuments sparkle brightly. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Marina Promenade while you dine buffet-style on a wide array of continental and exotic dishes, along with an excellent selection of juices.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Dubai Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours

Dubai Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours

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Zip and zoom along Dubai’s most spectacular stretch of coast on a cruise by RIB (rigid-inflatable boat). Step aboard your high-speed craft at Dubai Marina, and hold the rails as your skipper opens the throttle and speeds you over the waves. Whizz around the man-made archipelago of Palm Jumeirah, and enjoy unobstructed views of the Palm Atlantis, Burj Al-Arab, royal palaces, and Dubai Lagoon from the sea. This RIB cruise is limited to a maximum of 10 people, so you enjoy a more personalized experience.
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Sahara Arabian Desert Dinner Experience with Transport from Dubai

Sahara Arabian Desert Dinner Experience with Transport from Dubai

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Enjoy a magical Arabian-style evening under the stars on this desert-and-show experience from Dubai. Leave the skyscrapers behind and travel to the Al Sahra Desert Resort, set around a replica desert fort and rolling dunes just outside Dubai. Soak up the fairy tale, 'Arabian Nights' setting, and take a camel ride. Then, feast on a delicious, Arabian and international buffet by the light of flickering lanterns. As you eat, watch a sparkling dinner show of exotic belly dancers, ‘tanoura’ whirling dervish artistes, fire dancers and more, all played out to exuberant Emirati music.
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  • 4 hours
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Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

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Look out from the Burj Khalifa’s ‘At the Top’ observation deck with this entrance ticket to the 124th-floor viewing point. Ride the moving sidewalk to the tower as you watch a multimedia presentation on Dubai’s history, and take the high-speed elevator up to the observation deck. Then, behold the incredible views over Dubai Marina, the Burj-Al Arab and other sights through the panoramic windows. Use the digital telescopes to view and learn about the landmarks below, and browse the gift store before returning to ground level.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

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Step aboard a historic Dhow ship for a romantic, 2-hour, nighttime cruise with dinner beneath Dubai’s beautifully-illuminated skyline. Sail along the Dubai canal, enjoying views of the incredible array of architecture that characterizes modern Dubai. As you ride you’ll admire sights like the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina Mall, and the city’s numerous high-end hotels. You’ll also enjoy a tasty high-end dinner buffet, including soft drinks, tea and coffee. Your evening cruise also includes round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 3 hours
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