6 Things to do in Dubai

1.) Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest skyscraper takes panoramic viewing to the next level. Mind-blowing elevator technology flashes you up to the 124th floor, where the extraordinary 360-degree view of downtown Dubai awaits you. Gaze at the landscape from a birds-eye point of view.

Burj Khalifa defies gravity and surpasses all expectations. The structure rises gracefully from the desert and gives Dubai a new glow. It's now considered the city's center for the finest shopping, dining, and entertainment. Your ticket gives you access to this incredible structure.

Reaching the observation deck—the 124th floor—in just over 1 minute allows you to have more time to snap great pictures of the city, desert, and ocean below you. Once you are ready to come back down to earth, the dancing fountains welcome you with a creative, splashing show.

 

2.) Al Maha Desert Safari Experience with BBQ Dinner

Enjoy an adrenaline rush as your field guide takes you on an exhilarating 4x4 drive in the big sand dunes in a special area called 'Al Maha'. The dunes are bigger in size when compared to the other areas of Dubai. Camel rides, dune sandboarding, traditional henna painting, and a 3-course barbecue dinner await in the desert on this evening adventure. Enjoy the golden brown color dunes beyond Dubai for an evening of food, dance, and entertainment.

After you're picked up from your hotel, leave the roads behind and cut a course through the windswept dunes of the Emirati desert. In a comfortable and luxurious 4-wheel-drive vehicle, ride through the vast wilderness of endless dunes, illuminated by the burnished glow of the setting sun.

Arrive at a traditional Bedouin campsite, where you're welcomed with a drink and a snack of sweet dates. Afterward, you can climb onto the back of a gentle camel or sit and smoke an aromatic shisha (or hookah). If you're feeling daring, try your hand at surfing down the dunes for a unique thrill, and consider adorning yourself with beautiful henna paintings.

The grand finale comes in the form of a delicious 3-course Arabian feast accompanied by a captivating performance by a belly dancer. Dine on schawarma and falafel sandwiches to start, fill your plate at the barbecue buffet, and sip on soft drinks and tea. Listen to the melodies of local folk music and watch the whirling skirts of tanoura dancers under a moonlit sky as your Arabian night winds to a close.

 

3.) Abu Dhabi Tour from Dubai

Get up-close looks at the grand domes of a historic mosque, explore Arab culture at an intriguing museum, find out how an ancient city is building up its modern profile, and make a special trip to a world-class racetrack on this immersive excursion to Abu Dhabi.

Hop in an air-conditioned ride as your guide picks you up directly from your hotel in Dubai's bustling streets. Cruise through desert landscapes and along oceanfront roads until you reach the United Arab Emirates' coastal capital. When you arrive, head toward the sparkling white edifice of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Snap photos of its towering minarets and listen to your guide share stories about its construction, which took more than 10 years to complete.

Continue on toward the city center and enjoy a visit to the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, where you can spend some leisure time learning more about traditional Arab culture and investigating age-old artifacts in a carefully curated museum. Afterward, refuel with a tasty lunch of freshly prepared dishes before cruising the crescent-shaped road that runs along Abu Dhabi's stunning waterfront to see workers busy constructing new branches of the renowned Louvre and Guggenheim museums.

Before you head back to Dubai, swing around to Yas Island to examine the massive Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor theme park in the world.

 

4.) Aquaventure Waterpark & The Lost Chambers Aquarium Combo Saver

For the ultimate water-themed way to escape the heat, spend a day combining thrills at Aquaventure—the largest water park in the Middle East and Europe—and undersea exploration at The Lost Chambers, the largest aquarium in the Middle East and Africa.

Both parks are housed within the remarkable Atlantis, The Palm resort, making it easy to combine both in 1 exciting day. Start by blasting off on water coasters and plummeting down a 9-story, near-vertical slide straight into a shark-filled lagoon. Take it down a notch and soak up some sun as you glide effortlessly along a lazy river ride, or simply kick back with a book on the beautiful private beach.

Dry off and continue the watery fun as you explore The Lost Chambers Aquarium, where you can come face to face with more than 65,000 marine creatures. Explore the mystery of the lost city of Atlantis through 20 unique exhibits, including a touch tank and Aquatheatre interactive show.

 

5.) Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Take in dazzling Dubai's class, glamour, and culture from the top of an open-air double-decker bus. Swinging by iconic landmarks like Atlantis The Palm and Jumeirah Mosque, this hop-on hop-off route gives you the flexibility to set your own itinerary and pace.

Hop aboard for a day of exploring, admiring 360-degree views from the open-air top deck as you pass by towering skyscrapers, elegant malls, famous mosques, and luxurious beaches. Hop off at the grand Burj Al Arab Hotel on its man-made island, or visit Jumeirah Mosque. Gaze up at the impressive Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building—and wander through the Deira Gold Souk, a traditional market specialized in jewelry.

Stop at the Dubai Museum for insight into Dubai's pre-oil days. Then, head to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House—the gem of the re-established Shindagha Heritage Area—and marvel at its elegant interiors and grand architecture. Your pass also grants you access to 3 informative walking tours and a dhow cruise. Explore Bastakiya, Dubai Musuem, and the Old Souk on foot, stroll the bustling Spice Souk and Gold Souk with a guide, and enjoy the city sights that line Dubai Creek from the water aboard a traditional wooden vessel.

Historic (Red) Route stops include:

  • Gold Souk
  • Dubai Creek
  • Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Dubai Museum
  • Old Souk

Modern (Blue) Route stops include:

  • Dubai Mall
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Umm Suqeim Public Beach
  • Burj Al Arab
  • Atlantis the Palm

Marina (Golden) Route stops include:

  • Dubai Marina
  • The Walk @ JBR
  • Marina Promenade 1
  • Grosvenor House Dubai
  • Infinity Tower

Global Village & Miracle Garden (Orange) Route stops include:

  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Miracle Garden
  • Global Village

Palm Crescent (Pink) Route stops include:

  • Rixos the Palm
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Sofitel Dubai the Palm
  • One and Only the Palm
  • Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

 

6.) Helicopter Sightseeing Experience Tour

Enjoy the cream of the crop of Dubai sightseeing. Soar high above iconic landmarks from the comfort of a luxurious helicopter. To get a true feel for the extravagant lifestyle of the Dubai elite, this is the ultimate experience—and a unique way to see the city and its incredible engineering feats.

With the choice of either a 15- or 25-minute flight, you have the opportunity to enjoy bird's-eye views of incredible structures like the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa. Gaze at the rest of the skyscrapers reaching into the sky as well as the beautiful coastline with the brand new Palm Islands and The World man-made archipelagos.

You feel like you've joined the rich and famous as you take off from the helipad at the Atlantis, The Palm resort. Plus, with a maximum of only 6 people on board, this is an intimate experience to remember, with incomparable panoramic views of one of the most exciting cities on earth.

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