Ultimate 1 Week Dubai itinerary

Dubai, one of the most iconic and popular destinations in the Middle East, feels like a fairytale come to life. This vibrant city offers a unique blend of luxury, culture, and adventure. In this comprehensive 1 Week Dubai itinerary, I’ll guide you through the must-visit hotspots and hidden gems that will make your trip unforgettable.

In this beautiful city, in the middle of nowhere (read: a lot of sand), you will find a city that is incredibly versatile; you not only have sun, sea, and beach but also a lot of culture and above all a lot of luxury and glam. You almost cannot imagine it, but in Dubai, you will find the most expensive of everything, and it seems as if the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other expensive car brands are given away for free. Everything in Dubai is the largest, most expensive, highest, or at least the superlative, which makes Dubai never boring and there is always something to do.

1 Week Dubai itinerary

  • Day 1-3 : Start your trip in Dubai Creek
  • Day 3-5: Immerse yourself in nice beats, luxury and great views at The Palm
  • Day 5-8: End your trip in the city center

Because of the size of Dubai and the many things to do you can easily spend more days here. If you want to know the absolute best things to do in Dubai, read more here.

Day 1-3: Start your trip in Dubai Creek | 1 Week Dubai itinerary

Are you looking for a hotel in the old heart of the city close to the airport? Then stay at the 5-star hotel Al Bandar Rotana, like me. This modern, architecturally-striking property features 190 uniquely-designed luxury hotel rooms and suites. Spacious, luxurious, and featuring the latest amenities, options range from standard rooms to suites, ideal for both business and leisure travelers and families visiting Dubai.

Guests are spoiled for choice with five dining options to suit every taste and occasion during their stay in Dubai. From seasonal authentic food at Gusto Italian Restaurant to Morgan’s Bar & Restaurant, the only gastropub in Dubai Creek, you are in for a real treat. For casual meals, the all-day dining restaurant Salt & Pepper is just the ticket, while Vanilla Lobby Lounge is the place to enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks. All outlets are complemented with a terrace overlooking stunning views of the Creek and Dubai’s skyline. Refreshing drinks and snacks are served at The Deck Pool Lounge. Would you like to know more about my stay in this beautiful hotel? Read more about my experience here.

What to Do

  • Dubai Museum: Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, this museum offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Dubai.
  • Abra Ride: Take a traditional wooden boat ride across the Creek for just 1 AED.
  • Al Seef: Explore this waterfront promenade filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants that blend traditional and contemporary styles.

Day 3-5: Immerse Yourself at W Dubai Palm

Are you looking for a hotel that has everything whenever you want it? Yes, I’m talking about my favorite hotel again; W Hotels! #whenever, wherever you want it is their motto and what’s not to love about that? Located right on The Palm, this hotel offers everything you want in a hotel. This stunning resort hotel on Palm Jumeirah has a day spa, waterfront pool, squash court, rooftop bar, DJ’s, several pool areas, and delicious food. Oh, and don’t forget the top restaurants with celebrity chefs such as Massimo Bottura and Akira Back serving the best dishes with stunning views. There are over 350 rooms and suites that provide dreamy views throughout this beautiful sleek hotel. Are you looking for luxury, glitter, and glamor then this is the place to see and be seen.

As always I advise you what to do in each hotel but to be honest I never wanted to leave the W Dubai premises. And that’s a first for me! From sunrise to sunset there are always new fun things and adventures to experience in the hotel. I moved wonderfully from breakfast, to the bean bags on the private beach, to the sumptuous spa, various swimming pools and a yoga session. For the more active people among us you can go to the gym, enjoy some water sports. Later during the day, head to the top deck for sunset cocktails and delicious food.

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What to Do | 1 Week Dubai itinerary

  • Aquaventure Waterpark: Enjoy thrilling water slides and marine activities at Atlantis, The Palm.
  • The Pointe: A waterfront destination with a variety of dining and entertainment options.
  • Sunset Cocktails: Head to the rooftop bar for a perfect end to your day with stunning sunset views.

Day 5-8: Explore the City Center | 1 Week Dubai itinerary

Stella Di Mare Dubai Marina Hotel is located in the heart of Dubai, a 5-minute drive from Ibn Battuta Mall and The Walk. This 5-star hotel is 2.2 km from Dubai Marina Mall, so you are only a 10-minute walk away. Of course you can always take a taxi, but it is not necessary which I found quite pleasant after 5 days in and out of a taxi. The 369 rooms are decorated in Art Deco style and are designed to accommodate your every requirement. The hotel is also close to the beach and many great restaurants and shops.

Stella Di Mare guarantees the highest level of personalized services in order to ensure you are always left with unforgettable memories.

What to Do

  • Burj Khalifa: Visit the world’s tallest building and enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck.
  • Dubai Mall: Explore the world’s largest shopping mall with countless stores, restaurants, and attractions like the Dubai Aquarium.
  • Dubai Fountain: Watch the spectacular fountain show set to music outside Dubai Mall.

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Original Things to Do in Dubai

  • Take the boat from Old Creek to the Old Souk (1aed/0,22 cent): Experience a traditional and affordable boat ride
  • Watch the fountains: Enjoy the Dubai Fountain show at the base of Burj Khalifa.
  • Nikki Beach (read: sushi, music, at the beach): Relax with sushi and music at this trendy beach club.
  • Rockfish: Dine with a view of Burj Al Arab at this upscale restaurant.
  • Drone show at the Marina: Don’t miss the mesmerizing drone light shows.
  • Desert safari: Experience a thrilling adventure in the desert.
  • Pier 7: Enjoy top-notch ceviche and raw tuna at Asia Asia.
  • Barasti beach: Unwind with beach vibes and cold beers.

Make sure to visit Dubai, the global icon of Arabian luxury, and immerse yourself in its wonders. For more travel tips and detailed guides, leave a comment below or check out our other articles about Dubai.

— Lisa, Founder Dutchbloggeronthemove


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