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Dubai

Old world meets otherworldly in this most glamorous of desert hotspots.

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  • Dubai: Sunrise Balloon Flight with Breakfast & Falcon Photo

    1. Dubai: Sunrise Balloon Flight with Breakfast & Falcon Photo

    Your balloon adventure starts out with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. Then, head out before sunrise to the desert to begin a 4-hour adventure! You’ll float above the Arabian Desert for about an hour in the rising morning sun. In addition to seeing giant red sand dunes you’ll be on the lookout for camels, wild gazelles, vivid green oases, date farms, and the ever-changing shadows on the desert landscape. Keep an eye out for the mighty Arabian oryx in their natural habitat. Once you have landed, drive to a private desert conservation reserve and freshen up in the clean, private bathrooms. Get the opportunity to take a photo with a Peregrine falcon and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of delicacies such as hand-cut smoked salmon, a fruit platter, and more.  After the end of this magical ride you’ll be transferred back to the city and dropped off at your hotel.

    Despite corona and Ramadan everything went smoothly - from booking to the end. Especially, for the first time it is a must see, flying over the desert with beautiful view of the sunrise. Pickup on time in air conditioning bus. Also the drop on the way back went good. Balkon Ride as expected last for one hour. Afterwards nice ride with a safari jeep to the camp. Camp made delicious buffet, with opportunities to take Picture with falcons and riding camels. However the time at the camp were too short: only one hour. All in all nice experience especially for the first time. Thus 5 stars

  • 60, 75 or 99-Minutes Dubai Marina Landmarks Speedboat Tour

    2. 60, 75 or 99-Minutes Dubai Marina Landmarks Speedboat Tour

    Cruise through Dubai Marina, marveling at its spectacular modern skyline, the exclusive yachts in dock and the vibrant urban lifestyle that the development supports. Take you past the Yacht Club, the five-star hotels along the beach and the fabulous JBR Walk. Discover Dubai’s new development the Bluewater Island, located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach. It sits alongside two hotels, a few high-end restaurants, and residential apartments and features the famous Ain Dubai Ferris wheel. There is no better way to experience Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR, than from the sea. Capture the amazing waterfront community come to life as you cruise by. See the iconic five star Atlantis Hotel. The hotel has one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world and is a spectacle to see from the water. You will be given the ideal view of this magnificent building, truly a modern day wonder of Dubai. A ...

    Our tour guides Max and Suresh at the yellow boat were highly professional and great.

  • Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - 24 or 48 Hours

    3. Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - 24 or 48 Hours

    Discover all of Dubai's stunning sights on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24-hour or 48-hour pass, you can explore this great destination in your own time-frame. You'll have access to our main sightseeing route, which shows you all the main sights of this fabulous city. Along the way you'll discover all of the major landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame and much more. Enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views from the open-top deck, and learn all about Dubai's heritage by listening to the multilingual audio tour commentary as you cruise around on the double-decker bus. Tour stops: 1. Dubai Mall 2. Al Fahidi Historica Neighbourhood 3. Dubai Museum 4. Old Souk 5. Heritage Village 6. Gold & Spice Souk 7. Dubai Creek 8. Madinat Jumeriah 9. Atlantis The Palm

    The hop on hop off city bus tour was very economical if you want to visit all the major tourist hot spot. Don't use taxi because you can get around Dubai efficiently with city tour bus. I gave a 4*because the hours should be extended to about 9pm because there are so much to see, but bus stop running in most places between 5:30pm and 6pm.

  • Dinner & Traditional Show in the Desert: 5-Hour Tour

    4. Dinner & Traditional Show in the Desert: 5-Hour Tour

    Enjoy an evening in the desert, and relax during a delightful BBQ and the entertainment provided by traditional tanoura and belly dancers. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Dubai and driven to the deserts on the outskirts of the city. This is the perfect excursion for those who wish to experience the desert at night but aren’t interested in dune driving or dune bashing. A much more relaxed experience, this tour is especially suited for families, including the very young and the elderly. After you arrive at the the camp you can go on a short camel ride, or sit back and have your hand decorated with henna. After dinner you can enjoy Arabic coffee and a shisha. Other optional activities are available as well, such as quad biking and taking photographs with a falcon. Note that the optional activities are not included in the tour price.

    Hello, we were incredibly excited , was the best tour I ever had! Great service and they were able to manage multiple people without any delays ! Highly recommend! Will do again with others!

  • Dubai: Private City Highlights Van Tour with Transfer

    5. Dubai: Private City Highlights Van Tour with Transfer

    Start your private city tour of Dubai with convenient pickup from your accommodation. Discover a city of contrasts, from historic monuments to contemporary skyscrapers. Explore the old town with its traditional souks. See the vibrant water taxis cruising down the Dubai Creek. Experience the beating heart of this coastal city at the Dubai Marina. Admire the super yachts and the man-made islands such as the Palm Jumeirah. Allow yourself to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai. Gaze up at the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and stop to take photos in front of other modern architectural masterpieces. At the end of your tour, relax as your private guide takes care of taking you back to your hotel.

  • Dubai: Private City Highlights Van Tour with Burj Khalifa and Transfer

    6. Dubai: Private City Highlights Van Tour with Burj Khalifa and Transfer

    Discover Dubai in a private setting and customize the route to suit your interests. Your private guide will pick you up from your desired address and tell you interesting facts about this unique city. See the fascinating Palm Islands, the modern Dubai Marina, and the old town with the famous gold and spice markets. Enjoy a photo stop at Burj Al Arab, an iconic example of the city's world-class, contemporary architecture. Finish your private tour at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Ride up to the observation deck for breathtaking views. Then, drive back to your accommodation in your private vehicle.

Frequently asked questions about Dubai

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Dubai?

    For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren't used to the desert heat.

  • Where should you stay in Dubai?

    You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won't have to miss out just because you can't afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai's luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.

  • Be conscious of cultural differences

    If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    +971
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 171,152 reviews

100/100 best experience. The penguins were great, the staff were great. Very cold but when enjoying the company of the penguins you forget about the cold. We had a cuddle with the penguin which legit melted my heart. LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS EXPERIENCE.

Great skiing, however, the real experience is 10x better. Easy slopes. Only 3 slops in my eyes (I’m a confident skier) & website says black slope… but again, in my eyes - it was an easy red.. VERY COLD so bring layers.

Amazing experience, our guide Mujeeb was very friendly and also explained us many interesting things about dubai and the UAE. The camp with the dinner was very nice as well. Highly recommended!!

We had a awesome time on our desert Safari. Our guide was awesome. The entire experience was great. He also took some amazing pictures of us which is always a plus in our book.

We had a great time on this tour. Hahn,was our guide.