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The glitzy and glamorous Dubai is one exotic location that proudly showcases its beautiful amalgamation of tradition and ambition through its bold architectural skyscrapers, which look like they came straight out of a sci-fi movie, magnificent historical structures that showcase their long-held traditions, and souks that will take you back in time to when they were the only alternative to a shopping center! What strikes through the most about Dubai is its ability to let modernity shine without dimming the glow of its traditions!

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Dubai is a fascinating travel destination that will surely surpass all your expectations with its long list of fun-filled things to do and spectacular places to see. This city will surely not disappoint!But before we jump into the juicy details about all things touristy, let’s address a few important questions –

Best Time to Visit Dubai?

Sunrise shot of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
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The best time to visit Dubai would be during the city's winter which extends from mid-October to mid-May. Rest of the year, the temperature averages at around 45ºC along with humidity, making it quite unpleasant to head outdoors during the day.Also, try not to visit Dubai during Ramadan as many bars, restaurants, and shops would remain closed during this period.

How big of a budget would you need?

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Dubai is known for being a luxury travel destination, and we all know that luxury comes with a price tag. Dubai is not exactly a budget-friendly country, so the best way to reduce your costs would be to opt for an all-inclusive tour package!Another alternative to save some pennies on plane tickets would be to book a flight with a long layover in Dubai. There's a lot that you can explore in a 24 or 48-hour layover in this stunning city!

Now that the whens and hows have been answered, let’s get started with the Ultimate Dubai Travel guide-

You can easily explore all the major attractions and cover all the activities in Dubai on a 5-day trip which can be extended to an even more relaxed 8-day vacation!

1.     Visit the Dubai Mall

Start your first day in Dubai with an introduction to all the glitz and glamour of the city! Grab a scrumptious breakfast and head over to Dubai Mall. This mall is not like your everyday ordinary mall; it is the size of at least 50 football pitches and is an attraction in itself! The mall houses stores of more designers than you can name, an ice skating rink, an indoor theme park, souk style villages, and an aquarium as well! When walking around tires you, fuel up by grabbing lunch from one of the restaurants in the mall, possibly overlooking the fountain!

2.     Head to the top of BurjKhalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world. 

What an impressive building!
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Your trip to Dubai would be incomplete without heading to one of BurjKhalifa’s viewing decks! The entrance to the tallest building in the world can be accessed from within the Dubai Mall itself. We recommend that you buy your tickets in advance to visit the 124th, 125th, and even the 148thfloor, to avoid wasting time waiting in the long queue! The view from the top is absolutely phenomenal! You can see all of Dubai, stretched out far and wide underneath you!

3.     Dubai Fountain Show

After you enjoy the spectacular view of the city's skyline from high up in the sky, head over to watch the Dubai Fountain Show! The show runs once every 30 minutes, however, the best time to see the show would be after sunset, when the fountain is all lit up! You can even book a 30-minute cruise in the Burj Lake to enjoy the fountain show from the water!

4.     Head over to Dubai Creek

The following day get set to explore the ‘other side of Dubai’. Dubai Creek that flows between Deira and Bur Dubai is one of the few remaining areas that have retained its original charm. You can easily spend an entire day here, wandering through the lanes and meeting people who are not ex-pats! Spend your morning wandering through the lanes of the charming Al Bastakiya neighborhood which has structures that were established by Iranian pearl traders who settled here long before the land came to be called Dubai. Stroll along the creek, visit the fragrant Spice Souk and shop for cheap at Karama and later walk through the Gold Souk. Apart from this, you can also visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for cultural understanding. In the evening, around sunset time, ride the traditional Abra in the Dubai Creek and end your day with some mouthwatering street food!

5.     Beach Day

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After all the sightseeing done in the past 2 days, it is time to unwind and go Beach hopping. You can lounge around at Kite Beach, which is also a good place to go kite surfing. From here you can head over to Sunset Beach for an Instagram photoshoot at this white sand beach with the luxuriousBurjAl Arab as a backdrop! From here, head over to La Mer and then to the JBR beach around Jumeirah Beach Residence to enjoy the sunset and end the day with a scrumptious meal from one of the elegant restaurants and buzzing barsthat line the beach! There are several watersports that you can indulge in while you spend your time on the beach such asspeedboat tours, flyboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, and even scuba diving!

6.     Explore the Desert!

Your Dubai trip would be incomplete if you do not head over to explore the desert! There is a lot that you can do in the deserts of Dubai. Ride a camel, or hop on a quad bike and ride the sand dunes or book a desert safari for a thrilling ride on the dunes. You can sandboard and later camp under the stars in a traditional Bedouin Camp, complete with a belly dancing show and a scrumptious meal!

7.     Other Adventures

The adventure doesn't end with an exciting night out in the desert. There's a lot more that Dubai has to offer, that will surely get your adrenaline pumping! Zipline across the Marina or book a Helicopter tour of Dubai. If having a meal on the ground is not enough for you, book a table at High Tea in the Sky, where the table is suspended 50 meters in the air, serving stunning views of the city along with their delicious meals! But before you get your bellies filled, enjoy the view of the Arabian Desert from a hot air balloon along with an intriguing falconry show!

8.     Explore Souk Madinat

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
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Souk Madinat is a part of a 5-star resort wherein you can walk around, explore the souks, and gorgeous canals all with boats floating in it! While it is a resort, the area around it is made to walk around and soak in the Arabian-inspired architecture.

9.     Party in Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island that is in the shape of a tree. The island is known for its glitzy hotels, posh restaurants, spas, and beach clubs which turn into happening night clubs once the sun goes down! So head over to Palm Jumeirah to party the night away!

10.Spa and Splash

Dubai is a luxury vacation destination and one thing that widely resonates with luxury is a relaxing day spent in a spa, and Dubai has no shortages of luxurious spas! Book a day at one of the many spas in the city and most likely even in the hotel that you're staying at, and come out feeling refreshed and well-rested!

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If it is a fun-filled day at an amusement park that you're after, fret not, Dubai has made ample provisions for that as well! Wild Wadi, Atlantis Adventure, Laguna Waterpark, Legoland, and Motiongate Dubai are few among many others!

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Luxury, culture, relaxation, and fun is what the stunning city of Dubai is all about! Dubai exceeds all expectations and offers truly unforgettable experiences to all its visitors! All of these unforgettable experiences that you create deserves to be captured in the best manner possible, and for that we recommend you tohire professional vacation photographers from Travographer. Hire one of our photographers to follow you around as you create beautiful memories in this glamorous city!Our photographers are the best at what they do and are locals; hence they'll know all there is to know about the best locations for an incredible photoshoot!