My Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary for Your Solo Trip to Dubai
Famous globally as one of the most travelled destinations, Dubai is on every solo female traveller’s list. A country that caters to every traveller’s needs – be it shopping, sightseeing, spending a relaxed day on the beach, or devouring delicious cuisines, Dubai has earned the right to be on every traveller’s list!
Being the almost perfect country for every solo traveller, there arises a problem – a problem of too many things and places to experience. As a solo female traveller myself, I can understand how difficult it must be to explore Dubai in a limited time. But not everybody has the luxury to spend forever in this beautiful country. So, here I am with my 7-day itinerary for your solo trip to Dubai.
If you want to take a break and relax at your hotel for one day, you can do that and stretch this 7-day solo trip into an 8-day trip. Or, if you are on a tight schedule, you can even condense the days and explore as much as possible at your convenience.
Best time to visit Dubai
In my opinion, the best time to visit Dubai is between the months of October and March. These are considered the winter months in the country, and the temperature drops down to around 24°C – 26°C. Even though this temperature range may be the summer season temperature in certain countries (like India), this is what is considered winter in Dubai.
Also, some famous tourist attractions such as the Global Village and Miracle Garden in Dubai are only open during these months. And not to forget the biggest Dubai Shopping Festival is also held in the winter months – January to February.
With so much happening in these months, I would recommend you plan your solo trip to the country somewhere between October and March.
|Places to visit
|Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
|Old Dubai – The Dubai Museum, Traditional Dubai Souks, The Dubai Frame
|The Global Village, The Miracle Garden
|Adventures & Outdoor Activities – Water Sports, Desert Safari
|Dubai Malls – The Dubai Mall, Mercato Shopping Mall
|Abu Dhabi – The Dubai Heritage Village, The Ferrari World, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Museums
|Dubai Beaches – Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, Sunset Beach
Day 1: Reaching Dubai
On your first day, you will be landing in Dubai and checking in your hotel. Since it’s the first day, I would recommend you take it easy. You can rest and take a nap in your hotel room. Then freshen up and head to exploring the country.
Visiting the Burj Khalifa
Dubai is well-known for its stunning architecture, and Burj Khalifa is the iconic piece of this architecture. It is also the tallest building in the world. What better way to start your exploring the country than to visit the gorgeous Burj Khalifa, right?
The view from its topmost floor (128th floor) is just mesmerising. It’s even better at night. So, if you reach Dubai in the afternoon and head out to start exploring in the evening, it will be the perfect time to visit Burj Khalifa. You can purchase the ticket to the topmost floor and start your solo trip to Dubai with a bang!
Note: the tickets to the topmost floor of Burj Khalifa may be a bit expensive. If it is out of your budget, you can skip it and just wander around Downtown Dubai.
Day 2: Heading to Old Dubai
After a good night’s sleep, you can wake up in the morning at your convenience, have a yummy breakfast at the hotel, and head to Old Dubai.
The easiest way to reach Old Dubai is through an abra ride from Dubai Creek. These rides are basically water taxis that take you from the main Dubai to Old Dubai at just 1 Dirham! A day spent exploring Old Dubai will give you an insight into the history of the country.
Visiting the Dubai Museum
The Dubai Museum is famous for its ancient and archaeological artefacts. Located within the Al Fahidi Fort, the museum was built in the year 1797. Quite ancient, right? If you have a keen interest in history, the Dubai Museum will surprise you!
Exploring different traditional souks
Souks or bazaars in Old Dubai are a real gem. You will find plenty of traditional Dubai souks such as the Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Textile Souk, and Perfume Souk. I would recommend you definitely check out the Gold Souk as it is one of the most famous ones, and the detailing and designing of the gold jewellery will take your breath away!
Taking in the views at the famous Dubai Frame
At a distance of about 20 minutes drive from Deira or 10 minutes drive from Bur Dubai is the Dubai Frame. It is a huge picture-like frame. You can even go up to its sky deck for the breathtaking views of both Old Dubai and New Dubai.
Also, this is an alternative to viewing the stunning landscapes of Dubai if you cannot afford the ones at Burj Khalifa.
Once you are done exploring, you can have a delicious meal at the famous restaurants in Old Dubai and head back to your hotel!
To get a detailed idea of which tourist places to explore and restaurants to visit to have an authentic and traditional food experience in Old Dubai, read my blog here.
Day 3: Visiting the Global Village and Miracle Garden
After quite a hectic day in the streets of Old Dubai, it is time to spend the next day visiting some of the most famous tourist attractions in the country – the Global Village and the Miracle Garden.
The Global Village
Global Village is the one-stop solution to culture and food from different countries across the world. There are plenty of different stations that serve cuisines from all around the world. Also, you can stop by the art stations to check out the work by artists from different countries.
The Miracle Garden
The Miracle Garden in Dubai is the largest flower garden in the world, with over 109 million flowers! What makes visiting the Miracle Garden a rather interesting one is the aesthetic designs in which the flowers are planted. If you have a keen interest in nature, this place will not disappoint you.
Also, the world’s largest butterfly indoor garden – the Dubai Butterfly Garden – is located inside the Miracle Garden. The butterfly garden houses more than thousands of different butterfly species!
You can check out my blog on the top 15 restaurants to visit in Dubai to beat your hunger pangs!
Day 4: Adventures and Outdoor Activities
After a relaxed day at the Global Village and the Miracle Garden, you can spend the next day exploring adventures and outdoor activities in the country. Even though Dubai is famous for shopping and doing all things luxury, your solo trip to the country would be incomplete without indulging in an adventure activity or two!
You can indulge in water sports in any part of the world. But the experience you will get in Dubai and its clear waters is irreplaceable.
There are plenty of water sports options that Dubai offers, like flyboarding, shark diving, scuba diving, and Dubai seaplane flight. Depending on your skill levels and interest, you can opt for any water sports. I would recommend you definitely try out shark diving as it is a unique experience in itself.
Visiting the land of sand dunes and not going on a desert safari would be unfair. This experience will broaden your understanding of the Arab culture as well. On the desert safari, you will get to stay in camps in the desert. You can also explore other outdoor activities such as dune bashing, quad biking, and camel riding.
If time allows, you can spend one night here and head back to your hotel the next morning. Trust me, sleeping in tents under a sky full of stars is a magical experience!
Day 5: Exploring the Dubai Malls
After a wonderful night in the desert, you can reach your hotel in the afternoon and take a nap. Spending the previous day exploring adventures that Dubai has to offer, you can keep this day easy and light. So, I would suggest exploring Dubai malls. Dubai, known for its luxurious malls and shopping centers, would blow your mind for sure!
The Dubai Mall
The most popular mall in Dubai, the Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the whole world. There are about 1,200 popular international beauty and fashion brands such as Prada, Louis Vitton, Michael Kors, GAP, Gucci, M.A.C, CharlotteTillbury, LANEIGE, among many others. You will be spoiled for choices when it comes to shopping in this mall.
Mercato Shopping Mall
This is considered one of the most beautiful shopping malls in the country. The term ‘Mercato’ translates to market in Italian, and the interiors of the mall have been inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Even if you do not shop anything here, spending the day just exploring different areas in the mall would be great too!
If you want to stop by for a quick bite, you can visit More Cafe and The Living Room in the mall itself. These restaurants serve some of the most authentic and delicious food items.
Day 6: Visiting Abu Dhabi
You will find some of the most attractive tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi. And the best part about this is that Abu Dhabi is located at a drive of one to two hours from Dubai. Another plus point, you would not have to book a hotel in Abu Dhabi to explore this city. Instead, most tourist attractions can be covered in a day, and you can head back to Dubai at night and sleep in your hotel.
My recommendation would be to visit Dubai Heritage Village, Ferrari World, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the Abu Dhabi Museum. Not only are these tourist attractions are popular in the city, but also rich in culture and heritage.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The largest mosque in the country, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, is the true epitome of beauty. It is designed with marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, and crystals to make it look heavenly!
The Ferrari World
A fast and furious amusement park, The Ferrari World is the first Ferrari-themed park in the world. This place is perfect if you love cars, especially Ferrari. If not, you can just explore the Ferrari World and its frame structure which is the largest in the world.
You will find several museums in Abu Dhabi like Al-Ain National Museum, Emirates National Auto Museum, Lourve Museum, and the UAE Currency Museum. My favourite is the Lourve Museum, and I would highly recommend you check this one out. It is the largest museum in Abu Dhabi, with a stunning illustration of ultramodern architecture. There are plenty of artworks and artefacts along with a few precious stones from France for visitors to explore.
Once done exploring the major tourist attractions in the city, you can head back to Dubai at night.
Day 7: A Relaxed Day at the Beaches
On your last day in Dubai, you can spend your time on the beautiful Dubai beaches. With so many beaches in the country, it may not be possible to go everywhere. So, you can select the ones that are closer to where you are staying and visit those.
I would recommend you definitely try visiting Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, and Sunset Beach. These are some of the most beautiful and my personal favourite beaches in Dubai!
You can also read my blog on the top 15 beaches to visit on your solo trip to Dubai to check out the beaches and select the ones for yourself!
When visiting the beaches, it is essential you wear appropriate clothes. Although Dubai is not a country with a conservative mindset, the Arab locals may find it offensive if you do not follow their rules and regulations. To do your work of deciding what to wear in Dubai easier, click here.
So, this here brings us to the end of the blog. I know you may not feel like returning back to your country after spending seven beautiful days in Dubai. But, every good thing comes to an end, and this solo trip shall end as well. You will definitely be bringing back a big suitcase of happy and cherishable memories from this luxurious country!
An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.