The UAE has plenty to offer travellers from all age groups and nationalities, and once you visit you’ll quickly be planning to return.
If you’re planning to visit the UAE, you’ll need to work out your ideal itinerary before you go. Like any destination, it’s vital that you have just in case anything goes wrong. You’d be surprised how many people miss flights, lose their luggage or passports, or get sick or hurt while travelling, and travel insurance will cover you so you have one less thing to worry about, and you’ll have peace of mind while travelling.
A classic itinerary for first time travelling in the UAE should include:
Once you arrive in Dubai, take the first day to relax and rest, so you can quickly get used to any time difference and be ready to hit the ground the next day.
If you’ve ever done a hop-on-hop-off bus ride, you’ll know that these are a great way to get to know a new city. In Dubai, you can simply use the Dubai Metro Train for this instead, and get a good idea of the layout of the city while also rubbing shoulders with the locals.
This mall is one of the most beautiful you’ll seem, and it’s the largest themed shopping mall in the world, with 6 courts inspired by a variety of countries. Behind the mall you’ll find the Discovery Gardens, Jebel Village, and Lost City.
The Dubai Marina is man-made, and has the tallest block of super skyscrapers in the world- including the tallest residential building in the world as well. This is a great place to have a wander, so be sure to bring your camera.
Atlantis Resort and The Palm Jumeriah
This is the aerial view that you often seen of Dubai, with the artificial archipelago which is in the shape of a palm tree. You definitely need to visit this spot and learn about the engineering and architecture while grabbing some great souvenirs.
Mall of the Emirates
It’s likely you’ve heard of the Mall of the Emirates, which has some of the best shopping in the world and is quite simply huge. You can get here by taking the Dubai Metro Redline and just get off at the station that says “Mall of the Emirates”, located just three stations from Nakheel.
Burj Al Arab
This is the world’s only 7-star hotel, and is one of Dubai’s most identifiable landmarks. You’ll find it in Jumeriah Beach on an artificial island and you can get there by grabbing a taxi or bus from the Mall of the Emirates.
Dubai Desert Safari
If you ask anyone who has visited Dubai what their favourite thing to do was, it’s likely that they’ll say the Dubai Desert Safari was a standout. You can choose to go in the morning, afternoon, or even overnight, and you’ll be able to enjoy belly dancing, dinner, a camel ride, and dune bashing.