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10 Of The Best Tours In Dubai

Lorre
Updated Aug 02, 2018

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for its manmade wonders. The skyscrapers, modern architecture, and the Palm Jumeirah are impossible to ignore. Yet, this city on the Persian Gulf is starting to be recognized for its diverse, vibrant culture and lively nightlife. Cosmopolitan Dubai is well on its way to becoming a design and creative arts powerhouse. This region is home to thousands of years of civilization. History can be found around every corner in this fascinating part of the world. A good tour can get you started on the path to appreciating all this extraordinary city has to offer. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.


For the best experience, book one of these best tours in Dubai.

Top 3 activities to book in Dubai

1. Dubai Tour: desert safari with camel ride (from 136.00 USD/509.96 AED)

Explore the wonders of the desert with this seven-hour safari. Ride a camel through the dunes for 45 incredible minutes. Watch a falconry display and observe as these amazing birds of prey hunt on command. Learn the traditional Bedouin way of making bread in the desert. Get a henna tattoo while watching the sun set. Dinner is part of this educational and interesting journey into the past. Presentations of traditional music and dance are part of this fascinating tour.

Dubai: desert safari with camel ride

Price: from 136.00 USD/509.96 AED

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2. From Dubai: Jeep Safari , Barbecue, and Quad Tour (from 76.00 USD/284.98 AED)

Jeep in the desert outside of Dubai
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Head into the vast expanse of the desert for this fun-filled, five-hour tour. Drive into the desert outside of Dubai in a 4x4 Jeep. Tour a camel farm and view local art. Enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner while watching belly dancers and whirling dervishes. Smoke a shish pipe and try out a henna tattoo. Explore the camp in a quad ATV if you dare. Watch the sun set in the desert and take in the quiet of it all.

From Dubai: Jeep Safari , Barbecue, and Quad Tour

Price: from 76.00 USD/284.98 AED

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3. Dubai: guided sightseeing boat tour (from 57.00 USD/213.73 AED)

Dubai Skyline
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Skim over the waves of the Persian Gulf and admire Dubai’s famous skyline from a sexy speedboat. Choose between 75-minute and 90-minute options. Take in spectacular views of the Atlantis Hotel, the Pal Jumeira, and the Burj Al Arab during this exhilarating excursion. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen.

Dubai: guided sightseeing boat tour

Price: from 57.00 USD/213.73 AED

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4. Dubai Helicopter Flight (from 220.00 USD/824.93 AED)

View of Dubai during a helicopter flight
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Fly high above Dubai with this fantastic helicopter tour of the city. Flights last for either 15 or 25 minutes. All flights take off from the helipad at Atlantic the Palm. See Burj Al Arab, the World Islands, Dubai’s famous skyscrapers, and Palm Jumeirah from the sky. Don’t forget your camera.

Dubai Helicopter Flight

Price: from 220.00 USD/824.93 AED

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5. Abu Dhabi Urban Development Tour From Dubai (from 84.48 USD/310.30 AED)

Abu Dhabi
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Explore Abu Dhabi with this full-day tour from Dubai. Learn about the architecture, history, and development of Abu Dhabi during your drive across the desert. During the excursion you’ll see Masdar City, the Yas Viceroy Hotel, the Yas Marina F1 circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, the UAE Pavilion, Manarat Al Saadiyat, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. What a great opportunity to see more of the Persian Gulf!

Abu Dhabi Urban Development Tour From Dubai

Phone: +1 7026485873

Price: from 84.48 USD/310.30 AED

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6. Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

Falconry in Dubai
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Try your hand at the ancient art of falconry with this entertaining desert expedition. Head into the desert outside of Dubai and watch as trained handlers demonstrate how to work with falcons. Learn how these amazing birds are trained to hunt. The tour introduces basic information about Bedouin culture and traditions. Drive into the Dubai Desert Conservation Range and try your hand at spotting Arabian Oryx, gazelles, and desert monitors. Snack on traditional desert treats such as chebab and ragag before heading back to the city.

Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

Phone: +1 7026485873

Price: Price currently unavailable

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7. Dubai Seaplane Flight (from 396.10 USD/1454.88 AED)

Palm Jumeirah
Source: Wikimedia

Soar above Dubai for 40 glorious minutes with this wonderful seaplane tour. Take off from either Jebel Ali or Dubai Creek. Take in magnificent views of Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands, Port Rashid, Jebel Ali, and Dubai Marina from above. There’s no better way to appreciate the scale and grandeur of the city’s building projects.

Dubai Seaplane Flight

Phone: +1 7026485873

Price: from 396.10 USD/1454.88 AED

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8. Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration (from 328.00 USD/1204.74 AED)

Hot air balloon
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Watch the sun rise as you drift above the desert in a hot air ballon. Rest in the quiet of the morning far away from the noise and energy of the city. Watch falcons dip and rise in the air around you during a spectacular one hour, pre-breakfast flight. After landing, enjoy a gourmet meal of salmon and caviar at a camp in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve before heading back to Dubai. A falconry demonstration is included in this unique tour. This really is an extra special way to start the day.

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration

Phone: +1 7026485873

Price: from 328.00 USD/1204.74 AED

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9. Dubai Hop On Hop Off Tour

The Dubai Hop On Hop Off Tour is ideal for first-time visitors to the spectacular city which blends modern dynamics with traditional Arabic culture. Big Bus Dubai is so convenient as the bus passes allow visitors to hop off as often as they wish. The buses reappear regularly, allowing time to explore the best sites in the city.

Choose between the one, two, or five-day tickets that allow unlimited rides for the duration. Commentaries in 12 languages make sure you don’t miss a moment of the exciting destination. Take in museums, souks, ancient palaces, and futuristic architecture. The beaches are beautiful and the dining is dreamy. You can even download an app to help plan your tours. Enjoy the best of the vibrant city at your leisure with the freedom to make your own choices.

Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 Day, 3 Day or 7 Day

Price: from 72 USD

Duration: 24 hours - 7 days

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Number of Reviews: 1879

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10. Burj Khalifa 'At The Top' tour

This 90 minutes Burj Khalifa includes enjoying the view of Dubai city from the top of the Burj Khalifa with access to floors 124, 125 and 148. Accompany a guide and learn about the surroundings as you take in the amazing sights. The iconic sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel offers opportunities for great photos. You also get to have afternoon iced tea! The observation deck right ‘At The Top’ of the Burj Khalifa is the highest in the world. Desert, city and ocean views will take your breath away. Whooshing your way up to the top is an experience not to be missed. Round off the tour with a Dubai fountain show. Keep your camera handy as the show is mesmerizing, and the views of the city and surrounds are breathtaking. Afterward, why not stroll around the Dubai Mall and enjoy some shopping and dinner in your own time?

Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Price: from 106 USD

Duration: 1.5 hours

Rating: 4.7 / 5

Number of Reviews: 3311

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So much to do in Dubai

This modern city has much to offer: an interesting music scene, fantastic art, delicious food, and a vibrant and increasingly diverse culture. It’s easy to recognize the allure of the modern parts of this international city, the great shopping, stunning architecture, and fascinating building projects. But the city has so much more to offer than just bling. Multicultural and diverse, welcoming and full of history, Dubai has plenty to keep a traveler busy. We hope that these tours help you get to know and enjoy the wonderful city of Dubai.

This article was originally published on Sep 21, 2017

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Lorre Luther is a writer who lives in the Netherlands.

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