Day 1 - 7 Jan 2022
Content: Arrive in Dubai! It takes time to go through customs and immigration with all the COVID protocols for UAE.
Content: Arrive to hotel and check in to room. Unpack and unwind a bit before grabbing an early dinner. Marriott Marquis is centrally located and has amazing amenities !
Content: Walk around marina by hotel and then get dinner by the water at The Khana Cafe. They also have a hookah lounge if you smoke and an amazing drink menu
Day 2 - 8 Jan 2022
Content: Head from the hotel to Al Seef Dubai and spend a few hours wandering around the shops and waterfront. Be sure to check out the really cool Starbucks and grab some souvenirs.
Content: Grab lunch at one of the many places surrounding the souks! After take the boat over to the other side of Old Dubai and spend some time in the markets shopping for souvenirs!
Day 2 - 8 Jan 2022
Content: After wandering around all day, treat yourself to a river/dinner cruise on the canal! (The cruise was good, a bit touristy if that’s what you like but not my favorite.)
Day 3 - 9 Jan 2022
Content: Head to the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall! Spend the day in the mall and check out the many shops, restaurants and the aquarium and ice rink. You can walk up and purchase tickets for either attraction. If you choose not to go in to either it’s still fun to people watch and parts of the attractions are visible without paying admission. I was able to access the aquarium gift shop without having tickets.
Content: Walk over to the check in area for the Burj Khalifa to go to the top ( make sure to prebook your tickets online!) and go to the top for sunset and take lots of photos! Give yourself time to walk around the floors and take photos and see the museum. I highly recommend splurging more and paying to go to the lounge as its higher up than the basic ticket and a less crowded experience.
Content: Uber back to hotel and have dinner at the rooftop restaurant there. The views are incredible! Be sure to make reservations in advance.
Day 4 - 10 Jan 2022
Content: Uber to Atlantis on the Palm ( Dubai’s famous man made island) and get a spa treatment and relax. There’s also a water park nearby if you have time and want to go. I decided to skip it this time and have time at the spa. Even if you aren’t a guest at the Atlantis you can still go in and dine, etc.
Content: Have lunch at the Instagramable and colorful Saya Cafe. The food was meh but the decor was amazing 🤩
Content: Walk around the several outside malls at the Palm. My favorite was The Pointe by the beach and Saya is in that outdoor mall. You can easily walk around after lunch! I did some more shopping here then met a friend for ice cream afterwards.
Content: Go to Bak Bak chicken or El Bakery for dinner to try some amazing authentic Lebanese and Arabian cuisine if you have t already. Dubai has some great options for Lebanese food.
Day 5 - 11 Jan 2022
Content: Book an all inclusive desert excursion and go ride a dune buggy and ride a camel in the desert! Book via a third party tour and they will come pick you up at your hotel and take care of lunch and all transit back and forth. My friends and I had a blast and it was worth every penny! (I booked via Viator)
Content: Return from your tour. Clean up and have dinner at Bombay downtown before going back to the hotel and packing for your flight home the next day! Give yourself at least 3 hours to get through security and customs flying out of Dubai and 30 minutes to get from the hotel to the airport.