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3 Day Dubai Tour | Tour Suggestions

Updated: May 10, 2024
 By Pri

Dubai is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result, many tourists opt for a stopover or a short vacation in Dubai as they travel around the globe. If your visit is only for 2 or 3 days, you may not be sure of what to do during your Dubai trip. Here’s our suggested tour Itinerary for 3 days in Dubai.

Day 1 | 3 Days in Dubai

On Day 1, we recommend taking a Dubai tour. A Dubai City Tour is the best way to get an overview of the different Dubai Attractions. Dubai by Foot offers two Dubai tour packages, depending on how much you’d like to see and how much time you’re willing to spend.

The Dubai Whet-Your-Appetite City Tour takes about 4 hours and covers all the major things to do in Dubai. You start off in the historical district of Al Fahidi, where you’ll learn about the region’s humble beginnings. Then, you’ll have a chance to view the extraordinary Islamic architecture at the Jumeirah Mosque. From there, you experience the energy of everyone's favorite local hangout spot, Kite Beach and take some photos of the luxurious Burj Al Arab silhouetted against the skyline. You’ll then have the opportunity to see more of Dubai’s innovative architecture at the Palm Island, before finally heading over the world-famous Dubai Mall, for a chance to do some serious shopping and to view the iconic Burj Khalifa.

If that’s not enough for you, why not go for the Dubai I-own-this-town City Tour? It’s actually our post popular option, so you’ll be in good company! In addition to the sites shown in the tour above you’ll also get a chance to see the Old Souks, ride across the creek on a traditional wooden abra & enjoy a lunch of authentic Emirati cuisine.  It’s a great way to get the full flavor of the city.

Day 2 | 3 Days in Dubai 


The first day of our 3 days in Dubai tour itinerary focused on giving an intense overview of the city’s major attractions. For the second day, we recommend going more specialized. Dubai by Foot has a plethora of walking tours on offer to suit individual interests.

Perhaps you’d be interested in a food tour, chowing your way through the different cuisines of the UAE’s melting pot?

Or maybe your interests are on the artistic side, so you’d prefer to look at the stylish avenues of the city’s varied art districts? In that case, why not try an art tour?

Or maybe you just want someone to guide you through the various shopping districts of the city, from the luxurious shopping centers to the crowded bazaars? Or perhaps you have some other specific interest you want to explore further in Dubai? In that case, contact us for a custom tour and we’ll arrange something to suit your requirements.

Whatever your particular interest, you can spend the morning of your second day in Dubai exploring it with the help of one of our guides. Luckily, our specialty tours generally last 2-4 hours, so they allow plenty of time to try another activity on the evening.


For the evening, we recommend trying a desert safari, a quintessentially Dubai activity. Basically, a desert safari is a trip to the desert that involves sporting activities and cultural events. You can try your hand at sand boarding, Quad Biking and riding a camel. You’ll have the opportunity to go dune bashing and experience an Adrenalin filled ride in the tricky desert Terrain.

After Dune Bashing you will be led to a well-equipped camp to relax. You can dine on the generous buffet and witness a Belly Dancing and Fire Dancing show. Paint your hands in a henna design and even try a complimentary round of shisha (also known as hookah or water pipe).

The desert safari is one of the most memorable experiences you can have within a 3-day visit to Dubai. We highly encourage including it as part of your itinerary.

Day 3 | 3 Days in Dubai

 For the third day in your Dubai Holiday, you might be wondering what other things there are to do in the city. We recommend trying out one of the many amusement parks, which are sure to leave you with a grin on your face.

Water Parks


Thanks to the heat, Dubai is known for its many water parks. The two best known ones are Wild Wadi and Aquaventure.

 Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi is located near the famous Burj Al Arab. The entire park is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore involving Juha and the sea-faring Sinbad. You can cruise on a float in an aquatic roller-coaster, try your hand at surfing or experience a dramatic water drop for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Wild Wadi is a great spot for families and solo adventurers alike.


Aquaventure is located on the Palm Islands, near the Atlantis Hotel. It’s definitely a popular spot – in fact, the World Travel Awards named it the Middle East’s Leading Water Park in 2016. You can take a relaxed ‘river ride’ or try one of the adrenaline-inducing water slides. And if that’s all a bit too much, simply sit and relax by the park’s pool. One of the major advantages of going to Aquaventure is its close proximity to the Atlantis hotel. This means that you can combine your visit with a trip to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is home to 65,000 varieties of marine life. It’s an educational and interactive way to learn about the many species that call the Arabian Sea home.

Amusement Parks


If water parks aren’t your scene, Dubai has a variety of amusement parks to suit every interest. In particular, Dubai Parks and Resorts has some great options. It is a multipark consisting of four main attractions: MOTIONGATE Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark. You have the option of buying a multi-park ticket, or buying a ticket to one of the individual parks. Here’s a quick run-down of the available options:


MOTIONGATE Dubai provides branded attractions with characters from Dreamworks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate. You can join the Ghostbusters, play with the Smurfs, kick butt with Kung Fu Panda and soar in the sky with Toothless the dragon. It’s a great option for those who love Hollywood.

If Hollywood is not your scene, try the Bollywood Park. Dubai has a vast population of Indian expatriates and it welcomes huge numbers of Indian tourists every year. The Bollywood Park is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring attractions based on Indian cinema.

And in a city so focused on building, is it any wonder that it’s home to a LEGOLAND Park? This Park has over 40 LEGO-themed rides. Its a hit with kids and adults alike. A ticket to LEGOLAND will also include access to the LEGOLAND Water Park.


There are plenty of things you can do in Dubai, even when on short visit. We hope you find our 3 days in Dubai Tour Itinerary useful and that it gives you an idea of what you can do in the city. With a bit of planning, you can experience the city’s cultural, historical and extravagant sides in only a few days.

If you are looking for custom Dubai Packages, feel free to drop us an email on and we will work with you to build a tour schedule just for you.

About The Author


Pri is a true believer in the Rule of Three - she lives between Dubai, Bombay and Washington DC, speaks three languages and has 3 kids under 3. She graduated from Connecticut College and has a Masters Degree from New York University. Pri is a licensed Dubai tour guide, travel blogger, art aficionado, foodie and curious to check out all things new in her city. Pri has been part of the Free Tours By Foot team since 2015 and loves to make customized itineraries for her guests.
Updated: May 10th, 2024
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