With 48 hours to spare in Dubai, you can get a good idea of what the emirate is all about. However, you have a decision to make – What exactly should you include on a 2-Day Dubai trip? One way to eliminate this confusion is to keep the itinerary simple and include only the places that truly pique your interest when visiting Dubai. This trick will keep your two-day trip to Dubai from feeling overwhelming. Here’s an itinerary for 2 days in Dubai where the first day is customized to suit different travel styles.

Day 1: Pick your favourite Dubai experience

When you get to Dubai, check in to your hotel, rest up and get ready to try out what you really want to do. Here’s what you can expect for your first 24 hours in Dubai based on your interests.

For adventure enthusiasts:

For an entire day of adrenaline surge, set base at Palm Jumeirah. Pre-book an ultimate skydiving session for those who enjoy being daredevils. The Aquaventure water park is a great place to hang out with friends, splash around, compete in high-speed thrill rides, and even plunge down near-vertical slides. In the vicinity of Atlantis the Palm Dubai, where Aquaventure water park and Lost Chambers Aquarium are located, you can also explore exciting indoor aquatic experiences such as Aquatrek Xtreme, Shark Safari, and much more. The nearby beach shores also offer a variety of water sport activities, such as the sea breacher ride and Flyboarding adventures. If you don’t mind stretching your budget for your Dubai vacation, the best way to experience all this is to stay at the exquisite Atlantis the Palm Dubai, which includes complimentary access to the water park and aquarium with an overnight stay.

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Atlantis Aquaventure
Atlantis Aquaventure

For nature lovers:

Despite Dubai being known as a desert city, the barren dunes that surround the glistening city are one of the most surreal nature scenes that you will come across on your travels. Discover Dubai’s natural splendours with a tranquil evening desert safari, which includes traditional folklore and meals as well as a tranquil evening surrounded by jaw-dropping sunset views away from the bustling city life. Alternatively, if you’re visiting between October and March, take a walk through the beautiful Dubai Miracle Garden. Your senses will be awe-struck by this floral riot of colours. After that, stop by Ras Al Khor Wetlands to spot birds, especially pink flamingos. Then visit Green Planet Dubai, an indoor rainforest attraction filled with lush wilderness, man-made waterfalls, and plenty of wildlife. It’s a fantastic spot in Dubai to enjoy some fresh greenery. Then wind up with a Dhow cruise with dinner in the olden, mellower spot of Dubai while meandering along the scenic Dubai Creek.

Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden

For family holidaymakers:

Dubai is the perfect place for families with kids. You can spend the entire day exploring fascinating, one-of-a-kind theme parks that cater to everyone’s interests. IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts are two best theme parks to explore on family holidays. With IMG Worlds of Adventure , you do not have to bother about the IMG Worlds timings or what is the best month to visit as it is a colossal indoor theme park open 365 days. Nonetheless, Dubai Parks and Resorts has 4 different themed parks, each with different operating times, so check them out before going.

IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure

For couples:

Make your beloved feel special with exquisite brunch, spa treatments, and romantic date nights. During winter, you can explore Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village, which are extraordinary experiences. There’s also the Al Qudra Lakes, a pristine and romantic spot for spending nonchalant moments with your loved one. You can enjoy some sumptuous brunch at some of Dubai’s top restaurants, watch an amazing sunset from the beach and relax at a top-notch spa. After that, head to Ain Dubai for a breath-taking view of the Persian Gulf and Dubai city skyline. Ain Dubai provides the opportunity for you to have an intimate meal in a private pod. On another note, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in Palm Jumeirah overlooking the magnificent Palm Fountain or a serene Dhow Cruise Dubai experience.

Dhow Cruise Dubai
Dhow Cruise Dubai

For luxury seekers:

Dubai is often tagged as a synonym for luxury. For luxury seekers, there is no shortage of experiences in Dubai. Right from staying in opulent hotels, dining on world class restaurants to enjoying helicopter rides, luxury yacht charter and limousine rides, you get to experience the best the world has to offer in luxury in Dubai. Begin your day with a Dubai flight tour or a yacht experience at Dubai Marina. Then gear up for a private luxury desert adventure away from the city and once you are done, return to city. For a decadent Afternoon Tea experience with stunning views of the city, visit classy restaurants such as At.Mosphere, Bice Mare Restaurant, and Al Muntaha, to name a few. After a long and exhausting day, enjoy a decadent spa session and retire to the comforts of opulent suites for a relaxing slumber.

Yacht Rental Dubai
Yacht Rental Dubai

Day 2: Enjoy the sights of Dubai city!

Day 2 is an experience that you will love no matter what your travel style is. Today you see the best of Dubai’s sights. A visit to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is the ideal way to begin your day so that you can take a look at Dubai from a contrasting perspective and be transported back to bygone eras. Take a stroll through Dubai Souks to discover traditional bazaars teeming with local merchandise, spices, jewellery and more. Then, go to Dubai Frame for a panoramic view of Dubai’s past and present. The next thing you do is explore the Museum of the Future, an architectural wonder that takes you to the future. Enjoy lunch at Dubai Downtown before visiting the colossal Burj Khalifa and the elegant Dubai Fountain. After visiting At the Top – Burj Khalifa, explore Dubai Mall where you can visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The rest of the day is yours to shop, dine and have fun at the mall until it’s time to head back to the airport for your flight.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

This simple 2 days in Dubai itinerary will give you an idea of how to spend your time in the emirate but once you have experienced Dubai, you will want to return for a longer period of time. Dubai has that alluring effect that invites you to visit once and then come back for more!