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A Perfect Dubai Day Trip

This post is written by a guest contributor, Shambhavi Sisodia.

Author’s Bio:  Shambhavi is a passionate travel blogger, who explores and shares unique travel experiences. With a keen eye for detail and a love for adventure, she aims to inspire others to discover new destinations and cultures through engaging content.

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Dubai is a cosmopolitan city sheathed in some of the most unique and record-breaking modern architecture and attractions. Still, there are remnants of its Bedouin past tucked amid this glitz and glamour. Within this medley of old and new, you can find some of the most outstanding adventures and experiences you will ever come across in your life. There is so much to explore in Dubai that all the extraordinary sights are impossible to view in a single day. So what would you do if you landed in Dubai for just one day? No worries! You can get a glimpse of what Dubai is all about in a mere 24 hours, which can inspire you to explore more on an elaborate stay in the future. A perfect day in Dubai is possible with these options in your Dubai one-day itinerary. 


Here’s how you can enjoy a perfect Dubai day trip:

This perfect, one-day Dubai itinerary packs in the heights, the heritage, and the hustle of Dubai. You can tweak it as per your preference that suits your travel style. 


  1. A whirlwind city tour – Hop on Hop off  Bus tour

In 24 hours, you won’t be able to view all the popular landmark attractions of Dubai in your own time. But with a Hop on Hop off City tour, you can view most of them. Also, you get the flexibility to get down and marvel at those attractions you find mind-blowing. A City Bus Tour will take you through prominent Dubai iconic attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek and  Souks, Palm Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Beach, to name a few. You can get down at the beaches for a sublime, refreshing moment, saunter through the alleys of Old Dubai, and even include some shopping while you are in Dubai Souks. 

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  1. View the world from above – At the Top – Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the first attraction that comes to mind when you ponder what to see and do in Dubai. The tallest tower ever made on the planet needs special attention and a separate tour so that you can truly appreciate its grandeur. The gracious dance of Dubai Fountain adds a breathtaking charm to the whole experience. Visiting the Dubai Mall is a must if you have time.


  1. Explore a futuristic realm – Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future is an exquisite oval-shaped metallic structure in a sea of towing skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road that instantly captivates you. This museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction as it doesn’t take you to past heritage tales but projects an experience of what the future of mankind would look like. Within just a few hours, you will enter a futuristic world and get your mind broadened as you marvel at outstanding exhibits and sensory experiences in the museum. It is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences to witness in Dubai.


  1. Spend time in a wintry world within the desert emirate – Ski Dubai

Take some time out to go skiing in the snow! Yes, that’s right! In Dubai – a desert city, you can witness sub-zero landscapes and enjoy a day in snowy landscapes. Go skiing, snowboarding, and more with your family and friends, and enjoy an ambiance filled with fun experiences you never thought you could experience in Dubai. 

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  1. Glide on Dubai’s serene waters – Dhow Cruise Dubai 

 Wrap up your 24-hour Dubai trip with a serene Sunset Dhow Cruise Marina  experience. Here, you get to choose the vibe and ambiance of your Dhow cruise. You can opt for a simple dhow cruise on Dubai Creek or an extravagantly lavish dhow experience at the Dubai Marina. Choose a dhow cruise with a dinner tour so that you can have a great time relishing a sumptuous dinner amid melodies and entertainment while viewing the twinkling hushed vibes of Dubai City far from the shores.


Other Places to See in Dubai in 1 Day


If you are a repeat traveler and have already seen Dubai’s prominent landmarks, you certainly have an idea as to what you would want to do on this short 24-hour trip to Dubai. So, skip the city tour, focus on your interests, and choose your tours and excursions accordingly. You can opt for the following options:


  • You can go on a half-day desert safari and spend your day enjoying desert activities.
  • Spend 1 day in Dubai with your family at any of Dubai’s colossal theme parks such as Dubai Parks and Resorts or IMG Worlds of Adventures and let it be a day you bond with your family over fun activities. 
  • If you have small children, you can visit Oli Oli, KidZania for older children, and Play DXB for teenagers, then spend the rest of the day shopping and dining. 
  • Make your Dubai one-day trip into a quick trip around the globe with a visit to Global Village if you are in Dubai from October to April. 
  • Take a seaplane tour or a helicopter tour to enjoy the view of Dubai from above and spend the rest of the day exploring water sports and attractions at Palm Jumeirah. 
  • Make it a luxury, self-care experience with an opulent stay in Dubai’s world-class hotels and resorts, pampering yourself with spa treatments, having brunches at chic dining venues, and opting to view the city on luxury limousine tours. 
  • Witness the calmer side of Dubai, the one that is close to nature and without the glitz and glam. Simply spend the day enjoying the wildlife parks, beaches, nature reserves, and old world heritage of Dubai.


Plenty of options are available for your short Dubai trip, all you have to do is decide exactly what it is that you would like to do before you arrive in Dubai. A word of advice though – try not to fit too many experiences into your one-day Dubai itinerary, as it can get extremely overwhelming. Give yourself some time to relax and enjoy a beachside stroll or a carefree time in one of Dubai’s free nature parks.



To simplify further, here’s what you should aim for when you have just one day to spend in Dubai. On your one day in Dubai city holiday, try to add a Dubai city tour, one unique experience of Dubai’s Bedouin era, one record-breaking attraction, a petite adventure sports experience, an attraction that you can experience with your beloved, or family if you are traveling with them, an impressive dining experience with a view of the city and a quick stop for shopping of course! A bit of everything Dubai has to offer is the perfect way to spend a day in Dubai while getting an overview of how awesome this city is!

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