Dubai

How to Plan the Perfect 3-Day Stay in Dubai

Travelling for 3 days in Dubai? No amount of days can be enough to experience all of Dubai at once. However, 3 days pits you in a comfortable spot, where you can experience some of the best highlights of the city; including desert safaris, dinner cruises, theme park visits and much more. Go through this list to discover more.

Day 1

1

Palm Jumeirah

Sightseeing

#13 of 69 Sights & Landmarks in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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Begin your day at the magnificent Palm Jumeirah. An achievement unlike any other, Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago off the Jumeirah coast in Dubai. Built out of land reclaimed from the sea, Palm Jumeirah is considered to be one of the poshest locales in Dubai. A walk in the Palm Jumeirah will show you some of the most luxurious homes, hotels, recreational centers, restaurants and beach clubs. At this modern hub of activity in Dubai, you can also enjoy the world famous Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, go for a kayak tour of the islands, or simply go for a cruise around the island. The sight of the islands, branching out into the sea are a sight to behold and truly unforgettable.

Good for

Family

Sightsee

Tips

  • Palm Jumeirah is home to numerous world-class restaurants and bars. Head down to the Palm Islands if you're looking to grab a bit or simply unwind.
  • There are numerous cruises that sail in and out of the Palm Islands. These cruises will take you around the islands and show you all its major sights. Cruises are one of the best ways to sightsee the Palm Islands.
  • This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but to get a truly bird's eye view of the Palm Islands, you can skydive from a height of 4,000 meters above the Palm. The sight of the Palm Islands is unlike any other skydiving experience in the world.

Recommended Experiences
Palm Jumeirah Jet Ski Tour
Palm Jumeirah Yellow Boat Tour
Aquaventure Waterpark

Plan to stay
2 hours

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2

Flyboarding Palm Jumeirah

Adventure

#3 of 272 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dubai

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Jumeirah beach situated right next to Palm Jumeirah is home to many water sport activities in Dubai. Flyboarding is one of the newest extreme sport to hit the coasts of Dubai. Flyboarding consists of a board with a hose that is attached to a jetski engine. The engine pumps water out of the hose at a great force, allowing one to propel into the air at heights of up to 10 meters. While you’re in the air, the board can be maneuvered using hand controls or even distributing your weight accordingly. The arrangement lets you fly, Iron man Style!

Good for

Thrillseekers

Recommended Experiences
Flyboarding

Plan to stay
1-2 hours

Premium Jet Ski
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AED 210
Power Boat Cruise
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AED 110
Fly Boarding
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AED 315
Fly Fish
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AED 210
Banana Ride
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AED 105
Kneeboarding
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AED 300
Stand Up Paddle Board
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AED 70
Pedal Boat
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AED 150
Kayaking
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AED 70
Wake Boarding
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AED 300
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After you've spent the rest of Dubai pootling around the city, you can head for a desert safari in the afternoon. An extremely popular activity amongst visitors to the city, a desert safari in Dubai will take you to a camp in the stunning desert that surrounds Dubai. Here, you will be able to participate in activities such as camel riding, dune bashing, sand boarding or enjoy a delicious buffet dinner under the stars. The sheer number of activities that are available at such safaris make them an extremely popular choice amongst those who wish to experience life in the desert, with a dash of comfort.

Good for

Family

Thrillseekers

Recommended Experiences
Red Dune Desert Safari with Dinner and Entertainment
Hummer Desert Safari
Desert Safari with Quad Biking
Morning Desert Safari

Plan to stay
3-5 hours

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Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Live Ente...
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AED 79
Arabian Dune Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Came...
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AED 160
Evening Desert Safari + Quad Biking + BBQ Dinner
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AED 149
Premium Desert Safari at Dubai Desert Conservation...
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AED 270
Premium Red Dunes Desert Safari & Camel Safari wit...
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AED 235
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 325
2 Day Combo: Desert Safari + Dubai City Tour + Dho...
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AED 272
Dubai City Tour & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 191
Desert Nature Safari & Emirati Breakfast
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AED 886.1
Desert Safari and Dhow Cruise
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AED 300
Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Live Ente...
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AED 79
Evening Desert Safari + Quad Biking + BBQ Dinner
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AED 149
Arabian Dune Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Came...
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AED 160
Premium Desert Safari at Dubai Desert Conservation...
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AED 270
Premium Red Dunes Desert Safari & Camel Safari wit...
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AED 235
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
Red Dunes by Quad Bike, Camel Riding, Sandboarding...
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AED 321
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
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AED 1099
Evening Camel Safari
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AED 429
Premium Overnight Red Dune Desert Safari with Dune...
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AED 413
Dubai City Tour & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 191
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 325
2 Day Combo: Desert Safari + Dubai City Tour + Dho...
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AED 272
Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dubai Aquarium + Desert...
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AED 340
Desert Adventure Combo - Camel Ride, Quad Biking &...
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AED 400
Desert Safari and Dhow Cruise
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AED 300
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Desert Safari + Dubai ...
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AED 540
Dhow Cruise Marina + VIP Majlis Safari Combo
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AED 389
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium + Deser...
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AED 446
Premium Morning Desert Safari: Sandboarding, Camel...
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AED 147
Premium Morning Quad Bike, Sandboarding and Camel ...
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AED 301
Premium Sunrise Camel Trek with Breakfast
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AED 220
Desert Nature Safari & Emirati Breakfast
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AED 886.1
Morning Dune Buggy Safari
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AED 580
Desert Adventure Combo - Camel Ride, Quad Biking &...
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AED 400
4x4 Hatta Day trip to Heritage village and Fossil ...
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AED 350
Premium Morning Quad Bike, Sandboarding and Camel ...
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AED 301
Evening Desert Safari + Quad Biking + BBQ Dinner
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AED 149
Red Dunes by Quad Bike, Camel Riding, Sandboarding...
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AED 321
Desert Adventure Combo - Camel Ride, Quad Biking &...
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AED 400
Morning Dune Buggy Safari
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AED 580
Evening Camel Safari
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AED 429

Day 2

4

Bastakiya Quarter

Sightseeing

#52 of 356 things to do in Dubai

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Begin day 2 with a visit to the old Bastakiya Quarters. Squeezed between Dubai Creek and the Bur Dubai district, Bastakiya Quarter harks back to the days when Dubai was just a fishing village on the Persian Gulf. Saved from the extreme urbanisation that Dubai has gone through in the past few decades, the winding streets of Bastakiya are lined with old-fashion wind-towered buildings that have now been converted into galleries and restaurants. Before you finish touring Bastakiya, make sure to visit the textile souk where you'll find some of the best bolts of fabric. Finally, to experience the old ways of Dubai in its truest forms, head to the creek and go for a scenic tour in traditional abra boats.

Good for

Family

Historic Tour

Culture

Sightsee

Hours
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Address
Bur Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E.
Get Directions

Tips

  • You can easily spend a nice day in this old part of Dubai, hopping between art galleries and boutique restaurants.
  • If your intention is to sightsee, then you can opt for a city tour of Dubai which will take you to the Bastakiya Quarters, amongst other attractions.
  • Bastakiya lies on the left bank of Dubai Creek. Once you have explored the grounds of the quarter, you can go for a relaxing cruise in the Dubai Creek.

Recommended Experiences
Old and Modern Dubai City Tour
Dubai Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Plan to stay
1 hour

5

Aquaventure Waterpark

Theme Parks

#1 of 28 Water & Amusement Parks in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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After you've walked around the old quarters in the sun, you will definitely be looking to catch a break from the heat. An what better place to do it other than the best waterpark in the city. The Aquaventure Waterpark is situated on the outer arms of the famous Palm Islands in Atlantis, The Palm Resort. The largest water park in all of the Middle East and Europe, Aquaventure Waterpark is also a multi-award winning park, having won the “Best Waterpark in the Middle East 2015” on TripAdvisor and “Middle East’s Leading Waterpark 2016” by the World Travel Awards. Awaiting you at Aquaventure are 90-foot slides where you exit into a shark-infested lagoon, lazy river boat rides and the most famous of them all, Poseidon’s Revenge - dropping you 75 feet before the slide arcs you through a double loop.

Good for

Family

Fun

Hours
The park is open every day from 10:00 AM to sunset.

Address
Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, UAE
Get Directions

Recommended Experiences
Aquaventure Tickets
Aquaventure and Lost Chambers Combo
Aquaventure and Jet Ski Combo

Plan to stay
3-5 hours

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Aquaventure & The Lost Chambers Combo
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AED 354
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
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AED 110
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
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AED 1099
Aquaventure Waterpark & Dolphin Encounter
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AED 950
Royal Swim with Dolphins
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AED 1160
Dolphin Photo Fun
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AED 545
Sea Lion Discovery
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AED 495
Dolphin Encounter at the Dolphin Bay
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AED 895
Aquaventure Waterpark & Dolphin Encounter
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AED 950
Royal Swim with Dolphins
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AED 1160
Dolphin Photo Fun
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AED 545
Sea Lion Discovery
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AED 495
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
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AED 110
Aquaventure & The Lost Chambers Combo
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AED 354
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
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AED 1099
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
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AED 110
Aquaventure & The Lost Chambers Combo
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AED 354
Aquaventure Waterpark & Dolphin Encounter
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AED 950
Royal Swim with Dolphins
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AED 1160
Dolphin Photo Fun
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AED 545
Sea Lion Discovery
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AED 495
Aquaventure & The Lost Chambers Combo
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AED 354
Aquaventure Waterpark & Dubai City Tour Combo
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AED 400
Aquaventure Waterpark & Fountain Lake Ride Combo
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AED 432

6

Dubai Marina Dinner Cruise

Sightseeing

#7 of 69 Sights & Landmarks in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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Finally, end your second day with a relaxing dinner cruise in Dubai Marina. One of the most ambitious projects of the past few decades, Dubai Marina is a 3km long artificial canal that was built along the Persian Gulf and has one of the most developed waterfronts in the word. Its banks are lined by towering skyscrapers that form exclusive residences, hotels, malls and others. Dubai Marina is a spectacle of modern engineering and a dhow cruise is one of the best ways to experience it. These skyscrapers, brightly lit under the night sky and reflecting on the Marina, present an unforgettable sight of Dubai. Cruising in Dubai Marina, you will be able to gaze at the Dubai Yacht Club, the yacht club promenade, Dubai Marina Mall, Sheikh's Boatyard, Jumeirah Beach Residence and parts of the Palm. The dinner on these dhow cruises feature a delectable menu of international dishes served in a buffet style.

Good for

Family

Cruises

Sightsee

Tips

  • Sightseeing cruises of Dubai Marina are the best way to sightsee all the major landmarks that lie on the banks of the marina.
  • Visit the Dubai Marina Mall and enjoy a delicious dinner at its many amazing waterfront restaurants.

Recommended Experiences
Dubai Marina Sightseeing Cruise
Dubai Marina Dinner Cruise

Plan to stay
2 hours

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Dubai Marina Sightseeing Dhow Cruise
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Alexandra Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina with ...
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AED 159
Marina Sunset Cruise with Live Music & Dinner Bufffet
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AED 210
Marina Dinner Cruise with Live Music
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AED 260
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
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AED 1099
99 Minutes, The Original Tour of Dubai Marina, Pal...
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AED 271
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
Dubai Water Canal Cruise with Dinner
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AED 160
The Yellow Boats: 60 Minutes Marnia Boat Tour
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AED 175
Abra Ride in the Dubai Water Canal
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AED 50

Day 3

7

Hot Air Ballooning

Adventure

#13 of 69 Sights & Landmarks in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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A hot air balloon ride early in the morning and a breakfast after - your third day couldn't begin any better even if it tried. Hot Air Ballooning in Dubai has seen its footprints grow steadily in the past few years. Now, a favourite pastime amongst those visiting Dubai, hot air balloon rides have slowly seen their popularity rise from an activity for the indulgent to an activity that anyone can participate in. In Dubai, one can participate in hot air balloon rides that are usually organised in the desert. The comparatively flat lands, undulating surfaces and calm winds make for perfect hot air ballooning conditions. Away from the city, the vast expanse of desert land makes for a dramatic and beautiful landscape. Flying 4,000 feet high above the desert ground gives one a fantastic vantage point to view desert on one side and the Persian Gulf on the other with a modern Dubai in between.

Good for

Thrillseekers

Recommended Experiences
Hot Air Ballooning
Hot Air Ballooning with Falconry

Plan to stay
3 hours

8

Dubai Mall

Shopping

#1 in Shopping in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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Spend the rest of your day in Downtown Dubai. If you’re looking for shopping heaven in Dubai, then look no further than the Dubai Mall. Occupying a 12 million sq ft space in the heart of Dubai Downtown, Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination. With over 1,200 retail and dining outlets, there is something for everyone here - from leading fashion brands such as Versace, Alexander McQueen and Burberry to over 150 restaurants and cafes, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, theme parks for children and an ice skating rink. Situated next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall also affords you the opportunity to stand right next to the tallest building in the world and enjoy the lake’s beautiful fountain show.

Good for

Family

Shopping

Hours
10:00 AM to 12:00 AM from Thursday to Saturday and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Sunday to Wednesday.

Address
Al Mussallah Road, DownTown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Get Directions

Plan to stay
2 hours

9

Burj Khalifa

Sightseeing

#2 of 406 things to do in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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The tallest building in the world needs no introduction. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure in the world since 2008, even before it was finished. Today, it stands tall in the heart of Dubai and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. No trip to Dubai is complete without visiting the Burj Khalifa. Over 2 million people visit the Burj Khalifa every year, making their way to the highest observatory in the world - At the Top. At the Top Burj Khalifa is an observatory on the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa and offers some of the most stunning views of Dubai. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide an amazing panoramic view of the city, desert, and ocean from a height of 452 meters! You can even step out onto an open-air terrace to take in the unparalleled vistas.

Good for

Family

Must See

Hours
At the Top Burj Khalifa opens from 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Address
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai, UAE
Get Directions

Tips

  • Purchase tickets in advance online in order to prevent queuing up for hours at the ticket counter.
  • Evenings are some of the busiest periods at the Burj Khalifa. To enjoy the place in peace, head to the observatory in the morning or after 9:00 PM, when the crowd has lessened considerably .
  • Sunsets from the top of the Burj Khalifa are considered a thing of beauty, but they're also the most crowded periods. To catch a sunset from the top, make sure to visit the Burj Khalifa an hour before the sunset.

Recommended Experiences
Burj Khalifa At the Top (124th and 125th floor)
Burj Khalifa At the Top Sky (124th, 125th and 148th floor)
Burj Khalifa At the Top (124th and 125th floor) - Skip the Line

Plan to stay
1-1.5 hours

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Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 149
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
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AED 209
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
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AED 178
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
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Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dubai Aquarium + Desert...
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Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
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AED 154
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 325
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Desert Safari + Dubai ...
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AED 540
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium + Deser...
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AED 446
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 149
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
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AED 383
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
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AED 209
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
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AED 154
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
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AED 178
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
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AED 324
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
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AED 334
Dubai Fountain Show & Traditional Abra Lake Ride
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AED 72
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
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AED 383
Burj Khalifa: Fast Track Access + Dubai Aquarium C...
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AED 500
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
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AED 324
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
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AED 334
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
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AED 299
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
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AED 334
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
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AED 209
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 325
Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dubai Aquarium + Desert...
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AED 340
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
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AED 154
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
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AED 178
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
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AED 324
Dubai City Tour, Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Tickets C...
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Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
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AED 299
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125) & Dolph...
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AED 187.76
Burj Khalifa + Mission 828 VR
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AED 169

10

Dubai Fountain

Sightseeing

#1 of 406 things to do in Dubai on TripAdvisor

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Finally, round your trip off beautifully by watching a show at the Dubai Fountain, right outside Burj Khalifa. One of the most beautiful light, water and music spectacles in the world; the Dubai Fountain is the world’s second largest choreographed fountain system. Situated in the center of Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain offers a breathtaking show of choreographed water jets that shoot over 100 feet in the air and dance to the rhythms of songs from all over the world. It occupies a stunning space on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake and neighbours the eponymous building. The show takes place every 30 minutes from 6:00 PM and with free access and front row view guaranteed, watching one of these shows is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience.

Good for

Family

Must See

Hours
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM every day

Address
Burj Khalifa Lake, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai, UAE
Get Directions

Tips

  • The fountain show is at its prettiest in the dark. The best time to visit the lake for a fountain show will be any time after 8:00 PM.
  • It doesn't matter if you miss the show. It takes place every 30 minutes. So with a little wait, you can get a front row seat for the next show.
  • Some people love to see the show from the Burj Khalifa. Though the view from the 124th floor maybe a bit too distant.

Recommended Experiences
Dubai Fountain Lake Ride
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top

Plan to stay
1 hour

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