The best things to see and do if you have one week in Dubai

Dubai is well known for its over-the-top opulence and seven-star hotels. And while it can be a fabulous holiday destination for glitz and glamour, there are a wealth of activities and a rich culture underneath the shiny surface that can provide the perfect one-week Dubai vacation for travelers who want to go beyond the emirate’s razzle-dazzle.

The variety that a vacation in Dubai can offer means that you can choose to enjoy some R&R or be as active as possible all within one destination.

Dubai can appear to be vast; however, with the city’s well-connected transport network and affordable private car options — such as the Careem app — it is easy to explore. From taking in sand dunes on a desert safari to admiring panoramic views atop the Jebel Jais mountains in neighboring Ras al Khaimah, you can get a real feel for all the United Arab Emirates has to offer in just one week.

Our suggested itinerary offers a mix of the sublime, the relaxed, and the historical to ensure you get the very best out of your one week in Dubai.

Day one: Desert sunrise and sunset over the creek

Photo: Balloon Adventures Dubai/Facebook

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