10 Days Itinerary for Travelling in UAE.

From the whisper of golden dunes at sun down to iconic skyscrapers within the modern city scape, UAE has blossomed in no time at all as one of the very desired places to visit. Be it a weekend tour or a 10 days long holiday this country has everything to keep your itinerary busy and interesting with UAE’s ever changing and ever growing landscape. UAE is often identified with Dubai over it’s other Emirates which have history and stories of their own to share if you as a traveler got more than a week to spare in this hub of culture, leisure and sports.

Dubai Skyline, UAE
Towering skyline

Dubai has been our home for almost a year and half and having visited UAE multiple times before as a tourist and for work, has definitely made me sure about a number of things to do that’ll leave an everlasting taste of experiencing UAE like no other. I have curated an itinerary that’ll help you cover some major points within UAE and if you are looking to do something other than just these listed within the itinerary, click HERE.

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab from pub 360

FEW THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

  • Dubai METRO is one of the best way of getting around the city from one place to another. Get your NOL cards at the train stations. These cards also help you get around in busses.
  • It is easy to rent a car in UAE, but beware and hire at only well registered rental companies. Also, to drive within UAE, you will require International Driving License’.
  • To get a good deal on Desert safari tours and to visit ‘At The Top’ in Burj Khalifa, keep an eye out for coupons on Groupon or the company websites.
  • Food will never be an issue in UAE as this culturally dynamic land carters to all preferences. There are easily many vegetarian restaurants in Dubai itself. But do not miss out on experiencing local Emirati food while you are here, click HERE to know more about that.
  • Get hotel or an apartment with good Wi-Fi services, as data charges for pre paid sim in the country are too high. Though you will easily be able to access Wi-Fi within most malls and cafes in Dubai.
 Desert Safari, Dubai
An deliberate trail

10 DAYS ITINERARY FOR UAE

DAY 1: Arrive in Abu Dhabi and Explore Attractions

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque: This serene place of worship stands as the largest mosque in UAE.
  • Heritage Village: An oasis village that provides a fascinating glimpse into the UAE’s past.
  • Explore Abu Dhabi: Tour the city and visit the magnificent Emirates palace, Qasr al-Hosn, Al Lulu Island and much more.

DAY 2: YAS Island

  • Ferrari world: To experience the fastest roller coaster in the world and much more.
  • YAS Water World: To beat the day time heat and enjoy world class rides.

DAY 3: Drive to DUBAI

  • Burj Khalifa: Dinner at one of the many restaurants around the Fountain Show or visit its Observation deck for a bird’s eye view of the city.
  • Tour Dubai Mall: From shopping to popular restaurant chains and other amazing activities. Even better if you are around Dubai Shopping Festival for some great deals.
  • Souk Al Bahar: To get a feel of modernized Dubai’s past and if you want to wash down the day at one of the many bar’s and restaurants there.

DAY 4: Explore Attractions

  • City Walk: Unique outdoor shopping concept with a number of outlets and amazing restaurants.
  • Burj Al Arab: Get the best view of the world’s only 7-star hotel at sun down at 360-degree bar at Jumeirah serving amazing drinks.
  • Kite Beach: Food trucks, games, and sun down by the beach.

DAY 5: Theme parks

  • IMG world
  • Adventure water Park
  • Wild Wadi
  • Bollywood parks and resorts
  • Legoland
  • Global Village

Later in the evening you can get dinner at one of the many restaurants along the ever popular THE WALK on JBR, a leisurely promenade along the waterfront. There are other attractions like the flea market, stylish boutiques, murals by famous artist, multiple gaming stalls and of course the Beach.

DAY 6: Go on a Food trail or/and more attractions

  • Many food trail packages and companies takes you on a culinary experience and lets you dine like the local’s do.
  • Miracle Garden: A unique display of flora in the middle of the desert is indeed a miracle in itself.
  • Souks: Elaborate market place for spices, gold and Arabic nic-knacks.
  • Canal Cruise/Rent a Yacht: One of the best way to explore Dubai via it’s newly opened canal on an abra. Or if you are with a big group of friends renting an Yacht and taking it out on the sea is another fun way of experiencing Dubai.

DAY 7: The PALM

Tour this man-made island in the shape of a Palm tree. The best way to get an amazing view of the Atlantis hotel and the palm islands is to take a metro from the city. Take a stroll on the pathway facing the endless Arabian sea while you get a snack from the seasonally installed food trucks alongside the road.

To spend an entire day there visit the stunning Atlantis, the Palm resort for various activities, for example:

  • Adventure Water Park
  • Michigan starred restaurants
  • The lost chambers Aquarium
  • Multiple Bars

DAY 8: Ras Al Kaimah

  • Jabal Jais mountains: A perfect location in Ras Al Kaimah for Sun sets and picnic. It is the tallest mountain in the UAE with a spectacular drive to reach. At that altitude the temperature is a lot more pleasant than on land.
  • Beach and Water activities: RAK is a hotspot for thrilling water sports and deep sea fishing along the Arabian gulf.

DAY 9: Desert Safari

You can’t leave UAE without experiencing desert safaris. From dune bashing to belly dancing and a marvelous Arabian dinner spread makes it a memorable part of the tour for any visitor to this desert land.

DAY 10: Depart from Dubai

With rich memories of your trip to this culturally dynamic land which boasts of rising from isolated deserts to a futuristic city on the world map.

Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

Other things to do in Dubai if you got the time.

  • Hop on Hop offs
  • Friday Brunches
  • Shop till you drop: Dubai Shopping Festival
  • Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Rent a Luxury Car
  • Dubai Glow
  • High Tea at Burj Al Arab
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The spectacle, Burj Khalifa

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Bhanu says:

    Beautiful Pics and good share.
    Thanks for compiling itinerary and sharing it out.

    This certainly will be of use someday.

    I have saved it in my notes.

    1. Aditi J says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Bhanu.
      Happy to help 😀

  2. RahulYuvi says:

    Wonderful share..I was there for family vacations in 2015 ..wish you would have posted by then …besides,even after almost 2 years, we very much miss Dubai which should be called The Dubai going by its sheer scale & Gala ambiance.Such is the charm of this place that I couldn’t sum up our wonderful outing there in one blog and hence had to go for two (chapter 1 &2)..Will visit there again soon and this time will keep your guidelines in mind .

    1. Aditi J says:

      I am glad this was helpful for you! There’s never been a single day that I feel there’s nothing to do here. Around peak season i.e Nov to March, the city hosts tons of amazing events which makes it rather difficult for us to prioritize on one place to go to. You should definitely visit UAE again, once is never enough 😃
      Thanks for your feedback and stopping by, Rahul.

  3. RahulYuvi says:

    “One is never enough ” – so very true..I will definitely visit again ,My 5 year old kiddo can’t stop talking about Dubai once he gets started -Though he remembers only Fountain show (Dubai Mall) & Ferrari world (Abu Dhabi)

    1. Aditi J says:

      UAE sure has a way with kids 😃
      There’s so much more now with all the new theme parks and shows.

      1. RahulYuvi says:

        yes, i got to know ..There are so many things that we didn’t even discuss at that time.its like a whole new Dubai in just 2 years or so..anyways ,do take out some time to check my two blogs on our UAE experience (primarily Dubai)..thank you

      2. Aditi J says:

        That’d be great. Can you share the links to your blog here, please. 🙂

      3. RahulYuvi says:

        sure ..please find all
        my blogs here…https://the-passport-souls.travel.blog/

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