Burj al ArabBurj al Arab interiorOld Dubai view with mosque, buildings and traditional Arabian street. Historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood, Al Bastakiya. Heritage district in United Arab Emirates (UAE).Dubai Dancing FountainPlatinum Falconry and Wildlife DriveNight Desert Safari with AstronomyAl Maha Desert Resort _ SpaAl Maha Desert Resort _ SpaA Dubai cityscape is pictured at sunset. The city is illuminated in the bottom portion of the frame by synthetic light, as natural light lights the top half of the photo. A modern skyscraper points up into the sky in the center of the frame. rare view from the address hotel which is no longer possible.

4-Day Dubai Stopover

Best time to visit
March, April, May, September, October, November

Discover Dubai on a handcrafted layover that can be tailored to your exact wishes and interests. This four-day stopover includes the most iconic highlights, from the top of the Burj to the Arabian desert and nighttime stars.

This Dubai stopover is a vacation on its own, but you can also incorporate these four days into a longer trip, using Emirates Airlines to get your stopover in Dubai. And this is just an example of what is possible. Whether you visit Dubai for 12 hours or 12 days, a leading travel designer can arrange your perfect itinerary.

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This itinerary was created by
Tarek Nair
Tarek was creating tailored luxury Dubai trips long before most travelers knew about Dubai. His local expertise, knowledge and skills are unmatched.
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Day 1 - Arrival, Check In & Iconic View

Burj al Arab
The ceiling of the lobby in Burj al Arab
Burj al Arab Pool Area
Burj al Arab interior
Burj al Arab elevators
Burj al Arab by night
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Stay at Burj al Arab in Dubai

UAE (Dubai + More)

With sweeping views of Dubai’s skyline and the Gulf, the Arabian super-sail pays homage to its seafaring heritage. Experience a Sheikh’s residence and touchdown on the helipad or roll in on a gold-plated vintage Rolls Royce. How you arrive at the symbol of Dubai is up to you. Designed beyond the imagination, the Burj Al Arab offers moments of escapism. Secluded beach cabanas, a moonlit infinity plunge pool, and isolated rooftop dining are inspired by the elements and tones of the surrounding seas.  Burj Al Arab trumps most indulgences with butler-inspired services, floor-to-ceiling aquarium dining and gold cappuccinos. This is your opportunity to live like an Arabian king smothered in bling.

Two arab men in traditional dress looking out of the window over Dubai from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on earth
Aerial view of the Skyline of Dubai
Burj khalifa lake from the top, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Aerial view of the Skyline of DubaiBurj khalifa lake from the top, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

At The Top of Burj Khalifa

UAE (Dubai + More)

Standing at the base, you’re able to admire the sheer size of the superstructure. It's like a rocket, about to boost into space. Within 60 seconds, you will be on the premium observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. Whether visiting solo, or with a private Guest Ambassador, you will embark upon a momentous journey. The doors slide open and you are greeted by uninterrupted panoramic views of Dubai. You can truly appreciate the exceptional blend of modern city and desert within one glance, from the highest observation deck on the planet. Embrace Dubai by day, and night, as time is of no importance on the 148th floor. You can stay as long as you like with unlimited drinks.

Day 2 - Exploring Dubai

Dubai Downtown
Old Dubai view with mosque, buildings and traditional Arabian street. Historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood, Al Bastakiya. Heritage district in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A Dubai cityscape is pictured at sunset. The city is illuminated in the bottom portion of the frame by synthetic light, as natural light lights the top half of the photo. A modern skyscraper points up into the sky in the center of the frame. rare view from the address hotel which is no longer possible.
Dubai Dancing Fountain
Dubai skyline and the Frame at night
Old Dubai view with mosque, buildings and traditional Arabian street. Historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood, Al Bastakiya. Heritage district in United Arab Emirates (UAE).A Dubai cityscape is pictured at sunset. The city is illuminated in the bottom portion of the frame by synthetic light, as natural light lights the top half of the photo. A modern skyscraper points up into the sky in the center of the frame. rare view from the address hotel which is no longer possible.Dubai Dancing FountainDubai skyline and the Frame at night

Dubai City Sightseeing Tour

UAE (Dubai + More)

Transformed from desert outpost to soaring supercity, Dubai’s contrast is at a cultural crossroads. With Arabian architecture mixed with mind-blowing superstructures, the city is developing rapidly without trying to lose sight of its Bedouin heritage. Travel back in time and explore cultural highlights that are brought to life by your personal storyteller guide. Appreciate the wind towers in Bastakia and the creek, an influential element in Dubai's growth. There’s nothing quite like exploring this city on foot. Fast forward a few decades and admire the megacity for what it has become. You have the opportunity to visit the Burj Khalifa, Burj Alarab, and Jumeirah Palm, and to add a layer of luxury by upgrading your tour by supercar.

Playground for the rich, Burg Al Arab, Jumeira Beach Hotel and for the less well off Wild Wadi water park.
Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah project. Helicopter view.
Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah project. Helicopter view.

Helicopter Tour over Dubai

UAE (Dubai + More)

Born from a fishing village, where the desert meets the sea, is the futuristic supercity of Dubai. Take to the skies for panoramic views and explore architectural landmarks by private helicopter. With unmissable masterpieces piercing the hazy sky, there is no better way to experience the world’s tallest skyline. Soar as high as the Burj Khalifa, as low as Dubai Creek and capture Palm Jumeirah’s palm-shaped island from the only viewing platform, the desert sky. Encircle Dubai’s glamourous playground and immerse yourself in a sky above the urban jungle, where you can truly appreciate its unique character and charm.

Day 3 - Desert Overnight Trip

Royal Platinum Desert Experience - Platinum Heritage
Royal Platinum Desert Experience - Platinum Heritage
Royal Platinum Desert Experience - Platinum Heritage
Royal Platinum Desert Experience - Platinum Heritage
Royal Platinum Desert Experience - Platinum Heritage
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Royal Platinum Desert Experience, Dubai

UAE (Dubai + More)

For Dubai desert experiences this is the flower of the flock. Head deep into the wild desert in search of Arabian oryx on a private remote safari. Think Arabic nibbles, sundowners, and cosy majlis. A tailor-made evening to suit all your desert-desires. Admire beautiful birds-of-prey at the falconry demonstration. And as the night sky falls, the saxophone rises, carrying the mellow vibe of the surrounding sand-scape, creating an ever-lasting moment. Fire blowing lanterns illuminate the royal desert retreat. There’s exceptional service and a six-course gourmet dinner in a private setting with sparks in the distance. The Flaming Fire show is about to begin and the experience continues.

Night Desert Safari with Astronomy
Night Desert Safari with Astronomy
Night Desert Safari with Astronomy
Night Desert Safari with Astronomy
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Night Safari and Astronomy

UAE (Dubai + More)

Embark upon a night safari into the pitch-black Arabian desert. Jump inside an open-top vintage Land Rover at sunset, and soar over sandhills to the heart of Dubai’s protected Conservation Reserve. Creep over dunes in search of nocturnal animals lurking around, like the rare desert fox, desert gazelles and swooping night owl. Hunt for scorpions, but watch out, their sting is savage! Unwind on traditional majlis at an authentic Bedouin camp. Dive into a three-course dinner and top-quality shisha before immersing yourself in a professional astronomy lesson. Discover the stars of Arabia and distant galaxies through a telescope, for now, you have the best view of the universe.

Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort _ Spa
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Stay in the Desert at Al Maha, Dubai

UAE (Dubai + More)

Escapism, solitude and refinement. A chance to reconnect with nature in the UAE’s first national park, at a secluded luxury sand-scape. Al Maha’s Arabic theme blends in with its surroundings, accomplishing minimal impact on the desert ecosystem. Drift away in your private infinity plunge pool, while admiring the Hajar Mountains dominating the vast unspoiled sandy dunes. Then sleep out in the desert and witness prancing Arabian Oryx from the comfort of your Arabian grandeur suite. Celebrate the senses and live the Boudin way of life in style. Embark upon a culinary expedition, wildlife safaris and desert dune bashing, all of it a feature of Al Maha.

Day 4 - Desert Breakfast & Airport Transfer

Range Rover Desert Safari Back view
Arabian Gazelle
Al Maha Breakfast
Arabian GazelleAl Maha Breakfast

Conservation Drive and Breakfast at Al Maha

UAE (Dubai + More)

Escape Dubai’s bustling city and cruise in style through the once uninhabitable land of the Arabian Desert. Embarking upon this thrilling conservation adventure uncovers the desert’s ecosystem, one brimming with entrancing flora and fauna species. It spots you before you even notice. Fixated and fascinated by you, staring to see what threat you may possess. They continue to graze by the freshwater lake. You can finally admire the return of the enchanting and endangered Arabian Oryx.Gaze out at unspoiled dunes and appreciate solitude and refinement at Al Maha. Dive into a gourmet breakfast in a secluded luxury sand-scape, and watch out for the rare Gordon's wildcat lurking around.

Travel Different

Kated is a members only travel club for creative, luxury travel. We provide our members with the inspiration, tools, connections and trip protection to travel their way.

JOYFUL PLANNING

We give you the connections and support to keep travel planning fresh and exciting.

SIMPLE BOOKING

Plan with as many specialists as you want. Book and pay for complex, tailored trips in one place.

TRIP PROTECTION

Your entire trip is 100% protected, giving you the flexibility to book and travel with confidence.