7 days in Dubai & Maldives Itinerary

7 days in Dubai & Maldives Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Riyadh

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 31st (Sat) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, and browse the different shops at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dubai online itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Dubai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Dubai. In July, daily temperatures in Dubai can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Dubai

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Male, Maldives

— 2 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, then stroll around Sultan Park, then admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, take in the views from Sinamale Bridge, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then stop by Island Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Male trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Dubai to Male takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect nights in Male to be a bit cooler, around 30°C, while days are cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Museums · Spas · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.