a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 14, 2016
I am from India
Can any one suggest me the 3 days itinerary in Dubai. I plan to visit during 4th week of October 16.
1. All must see places
2. Advance ticket booking facility
3. Big bus local hop-on Hop-of bus details
4. Ideal place to stay( Hotel)) in tourists interest ,
Kindly advice me
A visit to Dubai is not complete without going to the tower of Burj Khalifa [original link]
Is not really cheap, but you will regret if you skip this sight, is the only one in the world.....book your ticket in advance to the link above I gave you and choose the hour, you can see when processing the booking if time you want to visit is available or not
There is 2 tour bus in Dubai: "Hop-on-off bus" or "Big Bus Dubai" both the same price
I have done these two buses (been to Dubai many times)....I find BIG BUS DUBAI is better, they run to "SARJAH" which is very interested place to see while in Dubai "
Where to stay?, search your hotel room in "Bur Dubai and Deira" this is the old town area....is useful especially if you want to explore this part and near metro stations and also cheaper for accommodations
Website for Big tour bus [original link]
Hop-on-off bus [original link]
Enjoy your trip
Dubai is really two separate areas now, the old city and New Dubai, and you should see both. In the old city visit the gold, spice, perfume souks (markets), take the abra (traditional wooden ferry) across the Creek, visit Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed's House museum, Bastakiyah historic area.
In New Dubai visit Dubai Marina, Burj Khalifa, Madinat Jumeirah. The malls such as Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall are interesting too.
I have information on the hop-on hop-off bus tours here: [original VT link]
Hotel depends on your budget. There are hotels and hotel apartments in most areas, from budget to luxury. If you choose one near a Metro station it will be easy to get around.
My must-see places in Dubai would be as follows:
1: Burj Khalifa - Dubai mall - fountain
2: Palm Jumeirah - stop in Atlantis - Jumeirah beach
3: Gold souq
4: Dubai creek - Deira
I would personally suggest you go on the following way:
In the morning, head to Jumeirah mosque, which is one of the very few UAE mosques that are open to non-Muslim visitors. It opens at 9.45am and they would supposedly offer Arabic coffee and dates as a welcome. Take an hour or so to discover the mosque, then head down to Jumeirah beach for a walk and a swim. You can have lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. Then, you can head to the palm and visit the Atlantis. Activities are of course not open to casual visitors, but you can have an ice cream and look around in the lobby and public areas. You can then take a walk on the crescent of the palm to have a great view on the line of skyscrapers and Burj al Arab. Then, you can book a ticket to Burj Khalifa for the sunset hour which is more expensive but it is still the best view. At night, after sunset, as you go out, you can, if you wish, wander around Dubai mall, but do stay to watch the dancing fountain.
Day 2: Head out to Dubai creek after your breakfast. On the Bur Dubai side, you can discover the heritage area called Bastakiya quarter with its traditional houses and many art galleries, museums and café shops. Museums usually charge a small entrance fee around 3-5 dirhams per person. Further up on the creek you can find the Fahidi fort that houses the Dubai museum - same price, but interesting to go to if you like history, it gives a nice overview of the historical past of Dubai and UAE. From the creekside you can also take a boat for a ride. There are many options, either you take an abra that takes you to the Deira side (few minutes only), or you can book a dhow cruise. There are also small boats most often operated by Indian and Pakistani folks who can take you for 30 or 60 minutes up and down the creek. That is my preferred option as you can negotiate and end up with an okay-ish price and still see the landmark buildings around the creek. In the evening, you can squeeze in the gold souq.
Day 3: Take some time for the souvenir shopping in one of the malls. Dubai mall is very popular and it has a good central location. You can find stuff in the souqs as well. Around gold souq, there are small stores that sell great quality dates too. You can visit whatever you have previously missed, or chill on the beach. If you are not that much of a beach-goer, visit Miracle garden and / or butterfly garden.
My tip for a night after sunset: Visit Dubai Garden Glow, it is at the Jafiliya metro station from where you can take a free shutter to the park. It is really beautiful at night.
Regarding advance booking, you do need to book for Burj Khalifa on their official website. Ticket office is from Dubai mall, you enter from there too. For the other attractions, no need for advance booking.
For the hotel, St George is at a great location close to the metro line and you have a good chance to get a room with creek view. You can find other hotels in Deira as well. Try Mayfair hotel for example.
I don't suggest you take hop on hop off really unless you really like it. It will take you around the main attractions but it is much cheaper to get around by metro.
Hope it helped!
Unless Garos want to buy a day pass for public transportation which cost 22 dirham and some sights are not closed to metro stations, you still have to walk distantly
The Hop-on-off bus stops on all tourist locations for 59 dirham and is 24 hours valid and you will see all sights in 1 day. Garos will have still time for shopping afterwards, visit the malls of Dubai. Although not for shopping, just go inside to admire the arhitectural style
Yes he can do that and see everything in 1 day (of course, that is without spending time in either of these places, otherwise it is not 1 day). Then for the remaining 2 days he's gonna be without transportation again. I'm not campaigning against these hop on hop off buses but if it was for me, I'd prefer to go with the NOL card + taxi in case it is needed. Most of the sights are close to a station anyway. Then again, it surely is a matter of personal preference. Big buses are a bit too touristy for me :)
Everything seeing in one day with public transport? is impossible,!
I have been to Dubai many times, each time I'm going back I like to stroll the soaks and it takes me almost a day strolling around
No need for taxi in Dubai. Taxi is good during night time when metros stop running.....the city has excellent public transportation
I used NOL silver card for 5 years now, I just tap it on the vending machine each time I'm going back I'm on again for everything.
I like tour buses especially a city like Dubai, is cool to seat on top of bus to see Dubai's skyscrapers
I mostly used tour buses when I'm in big cities, the thing is, tourist sights in Dubai are spread out it takes time to go one place to another