Full Day Dubai City Tour: Ultimate List of Things to Do

Dubai Fountain

Dubai is a layover paradise whose economy powers up with tourism coming into the city. You can choose the experience you wish to indulge in here. There are several things to see and do in Dubai and one day seriously does not do justice to this beautiful Emirate of the UAE. This modern tourist destination offers the best in class tourist attractions and amazing indulgences which meet the taste and needs of all travelers across all age groups.
One of the popular things you would probably miss out during your one-day trip to Dubai is the Dubai Desert Safari. An amazing adventurous and exciting journeys into the heart of the great Arabian Desert could be a life-changing experience for you. The journey lasts for 5-6 hours and would consume the entire day. You can either choose the desert safari or follow the below-mentioned itinerary.
But still, if you have only a day to explore the best of Dubai, you need not worry. We have handpicked some attractions and key things to indulge which would act as a Dubai travel guide and give you an amazing unforgettable experience of this fascinating city.

Public Transportation

Use the UAE Smart Gates where your passports are automatically checked which would save you an enormous amount of time waiting in the immigration queues. Once you have passed the immigration processes, you can either take a cab or commute via metro. The metro station is placed right outside the airport and offers an amazing and inexpensive to browse through the city highlights. The Dubai metro also offers two types of tickets namely normal and VIP. The VIP ticket holders travel in the first carriage which features glass ceilings for a spectacular view of the fascinating sky scrapers of the city. You can also purchase tickets from automated ticket vending machines set at various places or purchase a couple of tickets together to save time waiting in ques. Additionally, you can also purchase a day long pass to greater benefits of cost and time.


1. Hot Air Balloon ride
Hot Air Balloon ride

Early mornings are the best to experience the Hot Air Balloon ride as the afternoons can be a bit tough for visitors. Enjoy a date with the clouds and tall skyscrapers of the city. The views from the top is a perfect way to browse through major landmarks coupled with panoramic views of this beautiful city. Skip this attraction if you want to freshen up at the hotel, relax for some time and then start off.

2. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa Dubai

You will be in awe at the very sight of the mighty Burj Khalifa. The highest building in the world creates an instant impression which is a symbol of engineering excellence and a perfect way to greet the clouds. You get access to enjoy stunning Panoramic views of the city on the 124th floor of the building known as the observation deck. Purchase the tickets for the Burj Khalifa online to beat the queue.


1. Shopping in Dubai
Dubai Shopping

Shopping in Dubai will take you to a different level altogether. With world-class malls and boutiques, you get unlimited access to an amazing variety of items to purchase. In addition, there are an array of food courts and cafes where you can quench your thirst and grab a quick bite post your shopping exploits. Some of the popular ones include the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates. The Souks offer a more classical experience which takes you back in time when Dubai was a trading hub. Get incredible prices on the yellow metal, textiles, carpets, and spices at the Souks. You can also enjoy haggling as it is considered a norm at these souks. Don’t miss out on the underwater aquarium in the Dubai Mall and the Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates.

2. Exploring the rich cultural heritage of Dubai
Dubai Museum

If Shopping is not your forte, then a visit to the Bur Dubai and the Dubai Creek is something which you should not miss during your short-visit in Dubai. Get a sneak peek into the wonderful culture and history of Dubai by visiting the Dubai Museum before the oil boom when the economy was dependent on pearl diving and fishing activities. You can also explore the Dubai Heritage Village for an amazing experience.

3.Evenings & Sunset
Visit the beautiful Burj Al Arab and enjoy an evening tea and a short snack. The hotel oozes with opulence and gives you a feeling of royalty written all over. Rated as the only 7-star hotel in the world, a visit here should always be on your cards. There are also incredible spots in Dubai which give you access to the amazing sunset in the city. Head to the sunset beach and enjoy an incredible experience along with staggering views of the iconic Burj Al Arab. Getting a ticket can be a hassle and time-consuming at times. If you got time which we definitely doubt, you can also explore the monumental man-made islands, the Palm Islands.

Late Evenings

1. Dubai Fountains
Dubai Fountain

The world’s largest choreographed fountains are definitely going to catch your attention. The light and dancing water display is in sync with modern Arabic and international music tunes. Placed at the entrance of the Dubai Mall in the Burj Khalifa complex, enjoy this beautiful show of water and light dancing together. It is extremely hard not to be impressed by this spectacular light and water display. There are shows every half an hour till 11 pm, catch the best seat in the house to witness this fascinating display.

2. A Romantic Cruise on the Dubai Creek or the Dubai Marina
Dhow Cruise Dubai

A perfect way to spend the evening or late night is by hopping on to a traditional abra boat and enjoy a fascinating night under the stunning skyline and beautiful stars. There are plenty of entertainment and fun filled activities to keep you engaged. Soak in the romantic atmosphere under the moon with your partner. The journey lasts for about 60-90 minutes and you can enjoy a scrumptious dinner on the cruise itself.

3.Bid Farewell to Dubai
If time is not a luxury for you during the last few hours in Dubai, you can indulge in some shopping at the duty-free shops at the Dubai airport. Considering the short duration you had for shopping in Dubai, it is understandable that you spend your last few hours to fulfill your shopping cravings here.

About Neha Singh

Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

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