5-Day Itinerary of Dubai and Abu Dhabi 2019

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2nd Mar 2019
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We visited UAE this March for a short family vacation of five days. Though five days is not enough to cover all the places in Dubai, we tried our best to visit the top attractions and experience the Arab culture in our short trip.

Click here to read a comprehensive guide on how we planned our trip to UAE with details on Flights, Hotels, Visa, SIM etc.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dubai Frame, Gold Souk and Spice Souk at Deira, Dubai Marina, and Dhow Cruise for Dinner

Day 2: The Atlantis on Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab, At the Top at Bhurj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Fountains

Day 3: Dubai Miracle Garden, and Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner

Day 4: Abu Dhabi Sightseeing with Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ethiad Towers, UAE Heritage Village and Global Village in Dubai

Day 5: Return

Places to See in Dubai

Day 1

Dubai Frame

Situated at a height of 150 m, this iconic architecture offers stunning views of the Old Dubai on one side with smaller and older buildings, mostly residential and small-scale commercial complexes and of the New Dubai on the other side where you can witness the futuristic city that Dubai grew to be with high-rise buildings, superior infrastructure, and clean and wide roads.

Dubai Frame

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New Dubai

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Old Dubai

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The glass walkway

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Gold and Spice Souk

Souk, a traditional Arab market, is dotted with hundreds of shops that sell gold, diamond, and other precious jewelry, dried fruits, spices and herbs. The souks have become a popular tourist destination for shopping and photography.

Gold Souk

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Spc

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Dry fruits

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Turkish Lamps

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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, a 7 km walkway along the canal, is dotted with a number of restaurants and high-rise buildings. The beach located in the Marina is a great place to unwind with people hanging out and kids playing around. You can also spot lots of boats and Yachts sailing on the canal.

Beach at the Dubai Marina

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The Canal at the Dubai Marina

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Walkway along the Dubai Canal

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At the Dubai Marina

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Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise is basically a traditional Arab boat sailing along the canal with mesmerizing views of the Dubai Marina. Depending on the tour you select, there could be add-ons such as entertainment shows and buffet dinner. We booked our cruise from Alexandra Dhow Cruise.

Dhow Cruise

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Dubai Marina is spectacular at night

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Tanura Dance

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Day 2

The Boardwalk at Palm Islands

The boardwalk at the Palm Island is an ideal location for an evening stroll, run or cycling. This place is so calm that you will get lost in your thoughts just by gazing at the blue ocean waters.

View from the Boardwalk at Palm Island

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Boardwalk at Palm Islands

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Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah Public Beach

From the Jumeirah public beach, you get stunning views of one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Burj Al Arab. This is a great place to photograph the hotel against the blue waters and the white sand.

Stunning view of Burj Al Arab from Jumeirah Public Beach

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View of Burj Al Arab

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Burj Khalifa - At the Top

The highlight of a Dubai trip is a visit to the tallest building in the world standing at a height of 828 meters, the mighty Burj Khalifa. At the Top, an observatory deck at the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa offers far stretched views of the Dubai City. The high speed lifts will cruise you to the 124th floor, which is at a height of 452 meters in 60 seconds.

Mighty Burj Khalifa

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At the Top from 124th floor of Burj Khalifa

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At the top, Burj Khalifa

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Dubai Mall

One of the largest malls, Dubai Mall has so many shopping outlets, restaurants, and other entertainment options that a day is not enough to complete everything that the mall has to offer. Even if you have nothing to shop here, you could easily spend a day here by admiring the glamorous and the luxurious mall.

Dubai Mall

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Dubai Aquarium as seen from outside

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Dubai Fountain lake

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Dubai Fountains

Dubai Fountains is a treat to watch. The jets of water dancing to the beats of the music forming various shapes and pattern is just spectacular. Make sure you arrive early to ensure a good spot to view the fountain as it gets extremely crowded with no space to stand.

Dubai Fountains

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Dubai Fountains

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Day 3

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a miracle indeed. This garden which is open for about six months every year has millions of colorful and pretty flowers arranged in various shapes and formations. It is just beautiful and fairyland like!

The tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters for 50 AED. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid crowds.

Floral Clock

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Floral Plane

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Floral Hearts

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Floral Houses

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Dubai Desert Safari

Desert Safari is a thrilling and a fun activity. It could be 4 hours or 8 hours long depending on the tour you choose.

We booked our tour from Dream Journey Tourism.

The highlight of a desert safari is the Dune Bashing. You will literally go up and down, curving and dashing along the dune just like in a video game. Our tour included a photo stop and sand boarding activity in the middle of the desert and a camel ride post Dune Bashing.

Once we entered the camp, there were a couple of activities such as Photo with a Falcon, Traditional Arab Clothing, and Henna Painting. The entertainment shows included a Fire Show, Tanura Dance Show and Belly Dance Show. The dinner provided had a lot of variety and was delicious.

Various activities of Dubai Safari

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Day 4

Abu Dhabi City

Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, is home to the famous Ethiad Towers, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the luxurious Emirates Palace. Abu Dhabi is located about 140 kms away from Dubai and can be easily reached in 1.5 - 2 hours. The 8 km long Corniche road located in the city center is one of the best ways to tour the city. You will find Marina Mall, UAE Heritage Village and Corniche Beach here. We booked our tour with OceanAir Travels.

Corniche Beach

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Fairmont Hotel

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, is truly a white beauty. There are intricate floral designs on the walls and the floors of the mosque. The main prayer hall houses three huge beautiful chandeliers, and the largest hand made carpet in the world. The pool outside the mosque reflects the columns and arches of the mosque.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Floral designs on the walls

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Three beautiful Chandeliers in the main room

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Largest hand made carpe

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Archway columns

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The columns of the mosque are reflected in the pool

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Ethiad Towers

This 5-tower complex in Abu Dhabi is showcased in the movie Furious 7. The views from the observation deck at 300 meters is spectacular. You can see the Emirates Palace and Hotel from here. We personally loved the views from here than from Burj Khalifa. There is a restaurant at the observation floor from where you have a 360 degree view.

Views from the Et

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Views from the Ethiad Towers

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Fairmont Hotel

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Global Village

This is one stop for eating delicacies, to shop for clothing, show pieces, souvenirs, home decor, toiletries and what not from the many stalls of different countries housed here. This place, which opens only in the evening, has a lot of activities for all age groups. There are entertainment shows such as dancing and singing, a play area with thriller rides, an artificial lake and numerous eateries selling local delicacies, and dummy buildings from some countries such as the Taj Mahal from India, Big Ben from UK etc.

Global Vil

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Interior of Global Village

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Shop of India

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Shop of Africa

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Shop of Iran

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Shops of Syria, Russia and Japan

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Don't forget to click here to read a comprehensive guide on how we planned our trip to UAE with details on Flights, Hotels, Visa, SIM etc.

We hope our itinerary will help you in planning your budget vacation in Dubai!

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