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Dubai, with its towering skyline and endless opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment, is one of the most exhilarating holiday destinations on the planet. Every year, millions from across the world visit this gleaming desert metropolis to experience its thrilling attractions and distinct atmosphere. As far as things to see and do go, Dubai certainly offers no shortage.

Even with just 3 days in Dubai, holidaymakers can take in the emirate’s incredible array of attractions, landmarks and other top destinations. From visiting one of the world’s tallest observation decks to exploring the world’s largest mall to taking in the city’s rich blend of cultures and fascinating history, Dubai offers something for everyone to love. The following is a basic itinerary for 3 days on holiday in Dubai.

Day 1

Start your opening day in Dubai with a visit to the world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. Towering some 828 metres into the air, Nurj Khalifa is the crown jewel of the city’s burgeoning skyline. Take a trip up to its observation deck – a staggering 452 metres above ground – to catch some truly brilliant views of the city and its surrounding environs.

When back on the ground, be sure to see the beautiful Dubai Fountain nearby and explore the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall and home to more than 1,200 shops, restaurants and entertainment centres such as an aquarium and indoor ice rink.

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Day 2

After getting acquainted with the city by the remarkable views afforded by Burj Khalifa, try to acquaint yourself with the city’s history and culture. While known as a contemporary metropolis that has only recently ascended on the world stage, Dubai in fact boasts a rich history and an abundance of culture to explore.

The best way to learn about Dubai’s history and heritage is at the Dubai Museum, one of the top historical and cultural institutions in the Middle East. The Dubai Museum boasts a wide range of exhibits and displays, including the historic al-Fahidi fortress and a number of exhibitions that catalog the city’s from an isolated pearling village to a major world city.

Heritage Village, a group of open-air museums, is another great place to learn about Dubai’s history. Another must-see attraction is the majestic Jumeirah Mosque, the city’s largest mosque and a brilliant example of Islamic architecture and design. Finally, don’t miss the historic Bastakiya District, home to many historical buildings as well as fine galleries and restaurants.

Day 3

On your third day in Dubai, make a point to have fun and experience the “new” Dubai. A top destination is the Mall of the Emirates, home to a huge variety of shops, cinemas and even an indoor ski centre. Dubailand is another excellent destination and host to a wide range of rides, shops and other attractions like Dubai Motor City. Other top destinations include the Dubai Marina, the famed Palm Islands and the city’s elegant beaches.

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