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The following itinerary is written by a finalist of our writing contest, Hazlin.
Dubai is basically one of the destinations that you can plan the itinerary with an ease of mind.
The 7 hours of flight journey is not too long even if you are travelling with small kids.
Below are the recommended itinerary, attractions and my personal photos for sharing!
When to Travel
The best month will be around late November to early March when the temperatures are cooler. You will likely also need to carry along a light jacket in the evening.
Seriously, please avoid April to October if you don’t want to experience the unbearable sweltering heat in the city.
If you are going in a group/family of 4, 6 or 8, please consider an apartment for your stay. Most of the apartment equipped with kitchen, cooking utensils, washing machine and spacious living room.
This comes in handy if you do not wish to spend more on food. Price range between SGD190 – SGD220 per night for 2 bedrooms apartment.
There are plenty of hotels to cater for couples too. Price range between SGD150 – SGD200 depending on which period you are travelling.
Normally, there is 24 hours supermarket for you to shop for groceries, fine dining restaurants, fast foods and Starbucks as well. All are located nearby to the apartments in the Financial Centre and World Trade Centre Metro station.
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No matter where you’re at, there is easy access to the metro station. You can choose to stay within the World Trade centre or Financial station as it allows you to experience the metro system at low cost.
The metro train has a special coach for Women and Children only if you are not comfortable to be in the crowded coach.
Ticket range per journey is about AED5-10 and tickets are available at the Self-service ticket counter machine.
If you have a little more budget, I would recommend that you take a uber or taxi which can be found almost everywhere. Some taxis are already on standby at the Hotel Entrance Don’t worry! It will be charged by meter starting at AED 20-25 Dirham.
Ladies who are travelling alone can try to hail ‘Pink taxi cab’ whose driver is a woman.
Driving on your own
Rent a car for about SGD50-60/day. Don’t forget to apply for an International Driving license before travelling. The application can be made at Automobile Association for SGD20.
Guess what! It can be collected on the spot! If you’re adventurous enough, you can also extend your driving to Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates and it takes approximately 1 hour.
|2 PM||Check in Hotel|
|3.30 PM||Depart to Desert Safari and Dune Bashing
Book by Local tour for desert activities - Camel riding, Photo taking, ATV ride
|6 PM||Dinner with Arabian performance|
|10 PM||Dubai Mall for Supper/Coffee Break
Photo Taking at Burj Khalifa with Musical Fountain
Desert Safari Dune Bashing
This is a very thrilling activity which takes up an estimate of 20 minutes. At the end of this ride, you will reach the final pit stop for dinner while enjoying a spectacular Arabic performance, once-in-a-lifetime Camel ride and some sunset photo taking moments as well as henna services.
You may approach the tour desk at the hotel lobby or simply book online through authorized travel agents.
There will be someone who will be picking you up from the hotel lobby and ride on the 4WD vehicle for the tour. If your total company is less than six people, you will need to share the ride with other strangers. For my trip, the tour operator will reach the hotel at around 3 pm and the whole tour will last till around 9 pm. The same tour operator will send you back to your hotel.
The ride, by the way, is not advisable for pregnant mummies and toddlers. Please avoid the back/last seat as you will experience very much intense moments there ☺
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A much-needed rest after a day of adrenaline-packed activities at the desert.
Photo Taking at Burj Khalifa with Musical Fountain
|9 AM - 12 PM||Souq Naif – a place that you can bargain for Abaya (Arab long dress) and souvenirs to bring back home
|1 PM - 2 PM||Dubai Frame (Latest attraction)
|6 PM||Global Village (Opening period: October – April)
A place that you can bargain for Abaya (Arab long dress) and souvenirs to bring back home
Provided a lot of insights into the traditional way of life in Dubai. History buffs will definitely enjoy this.
This is one of the newer attractions in Dubai. Recognised as an architectural landmark in Zabeel, The Dubai Frame is well worth a visit for its marvellous landscape.
Opening period: October – April
If you’re in Dubai when the Global Village is open, it’s worth a visit.
They have pavilions of different countries and live concerts on the main stage that caters to all Nationalities.
Feeling hungry? There is a variety of food available here that will surely suit your palate.
Looking for something more adventurous and thrilling? Go for rides in the play zone, definitely gets your blood pumping! You can easily spend 5-6 hours here.
|10 AM - 2 PM||Visit to AquaVenture Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm
Wild Wadi Waterpark
|3 PM - 5 PM||Madinat Jumeirah - Stop for photo taking at Burj Al Arab Hotel
Jumeirah Beach (Grab snacks and picnic by the beach)
|6 PM||Dubai Mall Aquarium with Mini Zoo in the mall
Burj Al Arab Hotel
Stopped by for a quick photo shoot with this iconic building. What a sight to see!
With over 1200 stores, this is a paradise for shopaholics. Literally, shop till you drop!
A mini zoo within the mall, how cool!
|10 AM||Depart to Abu Dhabi
Stay at Yas Island (Cheaper Accommodation)
|12 PM||Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque
|2 PM||Visit Ferrari Waterpark (Free Shuttle bus provided from Hotel in YAS Island)|
|7 PM||Shop till you drop at Yas Mall (The latest mall)|
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
A visit to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the largest mosque in the country.
It’s also free to enter!
As it is a religious site, do remember to dress appropriately, making sure that you are covered up. The mosque provides free Abaya for women to change into, should they not be in the appropriate attire.
Don’t forget your sunglasses too!
Plan your visit to the Theme Park and Water Park during weekdays to avoid the crowd. By doing so, you will likely have one full day fun at the Park.
The Wild Wadi waterpark is perfect for family bonding. PLEASE try their Lazy River ride. It’s very exciting as every section will have a different speed of rapids.
Psst..This place located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab Hotel so every section of the Waterpark gives you a nice photo session after with your loved ones on the day.
Always check the official website when buying the ticket online. Occasionally, there are online offers for payment made via Visa or Mastercard. It’s much cheaper than buying it through walk-Ins.
It also opens for Ladies night on Thursday evening (Once a month). Details will be published on the official website. As the name suggests, men are not allowed at this session! Fun right!
If you are looking more extreme activity
Please do consider the tandem jump at Skydive Dubai and Zipline at the Dubai Marina while you are there. It’s once in a lifetime experience that you should go for. This requires a pre-booking on their official website deposit.
Hope you enjoy reading this itinerary and help you in planning for your next trip to the UAE.