Helicopter tours in Dubai
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Famous for its incredible architecture, amazing beaches, thriving entertainment sector, and desert safaris, there is a huge variety of fun things to do in Dubai to make sure you have a memorable time. But if you are looking for a stunning bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s skyline, you need to book yourself on to one of the best helicopter tours in Dubai.

This page provides an overview of the various helicopter rides in Dubai, including what to see, how much helicopter tours cost, how to book online and find discounts, what is the best time to fly and some travel tips.

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What will I see?

City skyline helicopter tours in Dubai
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Fly over Dubai and catch some of the best highlights of the city from the air. Sit back and relax as you take in panoramic views of the city and its most famous landmarks along the way.

The Dubai coastline is home to some of the best attractions in Dubai including the Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah beach itself.

Towards the city, enjoy the stunning bird’s-eye view of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building and the crown of Dubai. You will also fly around other extraordinary skyscrapers such as JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel and Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Don’t miss the Persian Gulf before returning towards the heliport. Fly along World Islands and take amazing pictures.

Whether you are a local or a traveler visiting the city for the first time, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

How much do helicopter tours in Dubai cost?

Palm helicopter tours in Dubai
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The cost of a helicopter tour depends mainly from the duration of the flight, the comfort provided by the helicopter company and also if it is a private or shared flight. Usually helicopter tours cost between 170$ up to 750$.

What are the best companies to book a helicopter tour in Dubai? Are there any discounts available?

Helicopter tours are big business in Dubai and there is a healthy competition between helicopter companies.

You may book directly with the helicopter company (Helicopter Tour Dubai, Atlantis, Helidubai) or book with an online travel agency such as Viator, Getyourguide, Headout or Ceetiz to name a few.

Prices are very competitive and discounts are offered on a regular basis. Make sure you do a price comparison before booking as you will often find generous discounts.

There are also a lot of combined tickets including other attractions to see in Dubai. This can be a great option if you are short on time and want to save some money.

What is the best time to fly?

Dubai skyline

Usually, late morning or early in the afternoon are the best times to fly in Dubai. You will get limited shadows and more brilliant colors with the sun overhead.

Also please keep in mind that as the day lengthens, the possibility of clouds or rain increases. If you book your tour in the morning, it gives you more flexibility to reschedule your flight later in the day.

How long do helicopter tours in Dubai last?

Usually, helicopter tours in Dubai last between 12 minutes up to 40 minutes. The duration of the tour depends on what you wish to see.

From where do helicopter tours in Dubai depart?

Heliports are located just a few minutes from downtown Dubai, so you don’t need to travel far to take a helicopter tour. Also hotel pick-ups can be arranged for free with most of the helicopter companies in Dubai so don’t worry about getting there.

Can I cancel my booking before the starting date?

Coastal helicopter tours in Dubai
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We recommend you to double-check the cancelation policies of the tour before booking.

Cancelations policies differ according to the helicopter company you book with. You may usually cancel your booking 72 hours before departure and get a full refund. However, if you wish to cancel your helicopter tour 48 hours (or less) prior to the scheduled departure time, you may need to pay a fee. If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the departure, you won’t get any refund.

May I pick my seat before the booking?

Helicopters tour companies in Dubai use six-seat helicopters with two passengers in front and four in the back. Therefore two passengers will be seated in the middle seats in the back and with a slightly less direct view of the scenery.

Please note that the seating arrangement is based on the weight of the passengers. Weight needs to be well balanced to make it fly properly and ultimately for safety reasons.

However, you can voice your seating preferences to the staff during the process, and they will try to accommodate your wishes before the start of the flight.

What do I do in case of bad weather?

Have a look at the weather forecast before scheduling. In cases of poor visibility, lightning, extreme winds, or heavy rain, your flight might be canceled. Helicopter companies will offer you a full refund or the possibility to reschedule your tour.

Are children allowed inside the helicopter?

Yes, of course! Children are allowed to join a helicopter flight. If your baby is younger than one year old, he/she may sit on an adult’s lap. Over 2 years old, children have to pay for their seat as a regular adult.

Travel tips

Dubai coastline

  • Wear dark clothing to minimize the glare on the helicopter’s windows.
  • Don’t forget your passport, some companies may require it before boarding.
  • No bags are allowed inside the helicopter. You can store bags and coats in the free lockers.
  • Pay attention and follow all safety instructions and do not hesitate to ask questions to the staff.
  • Avoid wearing earrings as they could get in the way of your headphones.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, do not forget to take medication prior to your flight.
  • If you ask for a guaranteed window seat, you may need to book a private tour.
  • Use high-speed film for your camera and hold your camera lens near the window to minimize reflections.

Wishing you an excellent helicopter tour in Dubai. Have a safe flight and enjoy the view ?

Born in Paris, Guillaume Picard has spent years immersing himself in diverse cultures, living everywhere from Asia's hubs like Singapore and Bali, to European destinations such as Portugal and Italy. Now, as the CMO of TourScanner, he's at the helm of a platform that echoes his passion for travel. Guillaume oversees the content, particularly the blog, offering readers firsthand insights and tales from his global escapades.