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The 10 Best Dubai Tours

1
Dubai Desert Safari

One of the most quintessential Dubai tours is a desert safari, taking you far from the glittering city lights. This is your chance to experience a slice of true wilderness, with sand stretching as far as the eye can see.

You’ll bounce through the desert on a jeep tour, doing a spot of dune bashing to get the heart pumping. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the Arabian oryx and sand gazelles. These adventurous excursions usually stop somewhere like Al Khayma Camp for a smorgasbord of activities such as sandboarding, camel riding, and falconry. You will return to Dubai after a traditional desert feast.

2
Burj Khalifa Tour

You can’t leave Dubai without visiting the tallest building in the world! At 2,723 feet, the Burj Khalifa undoubtedly has the best views in town from its observation deck on the 125th floor. You can ascend the tower and see the whole of Dubai sprawling below so don’t forget your camera! Head up to the outdoor terrace on level 148 for even more jaw-dropping panoramas before taking the elevator back down.

For the ultimate Burj Khalifa experience, visit at sunset to see the city come to life in the golden rays. Or, to avoid the crowds, early mornings are best.

3
Palm Jumeirah Speedboat Tour

Palm Jumeirah is the famous tree-shaped archipelago that’s home to flash hotels and luxurious residences belonging to the rich and famous. It’s one of the most iconic islands in the world, and the best way to see it is from the water

The top Dubai tours of Palm Jumeirah are by speedboat, allowing you to see the island up close in a short space of time. You’ll enjoy a fast-paced ride through the ocean, with the Dubai city skyline providing a glamorous backdrop. See if you can spot the Burj Al Arab and the Ain Wheel dominating the scene.

4
Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina

Dhows are the traditional wooden boats that have been sailing up and down Dubai’s coast and creeks for years. It’s the most romantic way to travel on the water and gives a unique perspective of some of the top city sights.

For the best views, enjoy a cruise along Dubai Marina, which is surrounded by futuristic architecture and sleek superyachts. This is a place where the old-world rubs shoulders with modern-day life, creating an intoxicating experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Some tours put on dinner and entertainment to take your journey to the next level.

5
Dubai City Tours

Dubai tours come in all shapes and sizes, with the most popular ones concentrating on some of the city’s major landmarks. You’ll learn about the history of Dubai from your expert local guide as you visit all those places you’ve heard about in the guidebooks.

In modern Dubai, you will discover gems like the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Frame, and the Atlantis Hotel, with plenty of photo stops at each. Over in old Dubai, it’s time for the souks, where gold and spices are the stars of the show. The final touches are the beautiful Blue Mosque and the Al Khayma Heritage House.

6
Quad Biking & ATV Tours in Dubai

Head off into the desert for a day of adrenaline and adventure on a thrilling Dubai quad biking tour. You’ll experience the magic of the wild on an intimate level and get a taste for life on safari. After a comfortable transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle, it’s time to pull on your helmet and prepare for a rip-roaring ride.

For wildlife spotting and breathtaking scenery, choose a morning ATV excursion, and make the most of the cooler temperatures. Meanwhile, if you’d like to include dinner under the stars while watching traditional Emirati belly dancing, then the evening jaunts are just the ticket.

7
Camel Riding Tours

If there’s one thing that every visitor to Dubai wants to do, it’s camel riding. The city is a desert oasis after all! Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before, once you’re onboard your trusty mount, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the views.

These fun Dubai tours are all about enjoying fresh air and tranquility as you plod silently through the sandy sea. Rolling dunes and hardy wildlife often feature, and on some trips, you’ll get to visit a traditional Bedouin camp for coffee and a meal. Opt for the sunrise ride for a cooler desert experience.

8
Abu Dhabi Tours from Dubai

Abu Dhabi is just 150 kilometers south of Dubai, so if you have a day to spare, it’s well worth paying a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The skyscrapers here are just as sparkly as the ones in Dubai, but the city feels a little more authentic than its glamorous sister.

On your day tour you’ll explore the magnificent marble halls of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and see the flamboyant Presidential Palace of Qsar Al Watan. Other highlights include ancient artwork in the Louvre Museum and theme park thrills at Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World.

9
Hot Air Balloon Rides over Dubai Desert

There’s no better way to appreciate the desert than by taking a hot air balloon flight over the sea of sand (although helicopter tours are a close second!). These epic Dubai tours will show you just how vast the wilderness is, with the dunes looking like tiny waves far down below.

You’ll start out early in the morning to catch the sunrise flooding the desert, before drifting silently overhead. Wildlife is often spotted at this time of day, so keep an eye out for gazelles and camels. Back down on earth, you’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast before heading back to the city.

10
Theme Parks & Aquariums

When it comes to theme parks and wildlife attractions in Dubai, there’s something different for every day of the month! Top pics include the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where you can come face to face with creatures of the deep. The whole family can plunge down slides at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark or meet their cartoon heroes at IMG Worlds of Adventure.

Back on dry land, adrenaline junkies will love visiting Ferrari World and Ski Dubai for some seriously speedy thrills. Or, for something a bit more relaxing, head to Miracle Garden for out-of-this-world floral displays and fairytale castles.

Planning your visit to Dubai

About Dubai

The glittering city in the desert has rapidly grown to be one of the most popular city break destinations in the world. Towering skyscrapers, boundless adrenaline activities, and luxury hotels in Dubai all combine to offer a vacation like no other.

Dining and entertainment are world-class, with cultural influences from around the globe. Attractions are reliably top of the range, with innovation and technology at the core of everything the city does. Yet beneath the gloss, you’ll also discover a rich local history as you enjoy one of the many Dubai tours that lift the lid on this ambitious urban oasis.

Good to know before arriving

The easiest and most efficient way of navigating the sprawling Dubai metropolis is by taxi which can be hailed on the street or arranged through your hotel. For shorter, central journeys the Dubai Metro is also a good option. Taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour around Dubai is a fun introduction to the city, with some great views from the top deck.

If it’s your first visit, we recommend booking a hotel in Dubai Creek, Downtown, or Dubai Marina for easy access to the main sights. Staying a few days? Then get a Dubai Explorer Pass for discounts on multiple attractions and Dubai tours.

Places and experiences that cannot be missed

Once you’ve had your fill of the iconic sights like Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Khalifa, and the Marina on the must-do Dubai tours, it’s time to explore a little deeper. Take a walking excursion around the old city to discover the real Dubai then enjoy a dinner cruise or food tour to learn about local cuisine. For a change of scenery, book a day trip to the Hatta Valley, Al Ain, or the dramatic Fjords of Musandam.

Dubai isn’t known for being cheap, but there are plenty of free things to do, including strolling around the Gold and Spice Souks and visiting the Camel Museum.

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