Dubai has captured the imagination of millions around the world with its numerous world records. Moreover, some people are also interested in the culture and traditions that form the backbone of the city. Whatever might be your interest, one sure thing is that your holiday in Dubai would be exciting as well as interesting. If you are someone planning a Dubai trip in the near future, here are the 10 best Dubai tours that ought to be a part of your itinerary.
Best Time to Visit Dubai
Before we check out the tours, it is important to discuss the best time to visit the city. The ideal time to visit the city would depend on your requirements. When it comes to climate, the winter season (between November and March) is the best, as the temperature is relatively low. However, as this is the peak tourism season, the cost of a Dubai holiday would be higher during this time. On the other hand, a summer holiday in Dubai would be good for your pocket. But the temperature shoots up during the summer, making it impossible to explore the outdoor attractions during the day.
Best Dubai Tours
Here are some of the popular Dubai tours that you can enjoy during your vacation in Dubai.
Dubai Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing in Dubai is a special experience as there are so many marvelous things to see here. Be it the modest Old Dubai or the sparkling New Dubai, every part of the city has the ability to enthrall the visitors. The advantage of going on a sightseeing tour is that you would be accompanied by a tour guide, who would not only tell you about the places you see but would also answer your questions. You can choose between a half-day tour and a full-day tour, as per your requirements. Some of the places that the sightseeing tours cover include Dubai Museum, Bastakiya Quarter, the souks, Jumeirah Mosque, abra ride on Dubai Creek, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Mall, and Fountain Show, Burj Khalifa, etc. You would also find several combo sightseeing tours like Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa or such other attractions of the city, which would be cost-saving.
Half-Day Tour (Morning or Evening)
Full-Day tour (12:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Half-Day tour: 4 hours
Full-Day tour: 7 hours
Half-Day tour: AED 119
Full-Day tour: AED 250
Desert Safari Tour
Another thing in Dubai that is as alluring as the sprawling city is the desert. This is where the roots of Dubai lay; a place where the Bedouin tribes lived in the past. A tour that would take you back to the desert is the desert safari tour, which is one of the most popular tours that the city offers. Different types of desert safari tours are available, of which the most common ones are the morning desert safari, the evening desert safari, and the overnight desert safari. In general, the desert safaris are meant for adventure and entertainment. Tourists can look forward to an array of fun activities including dune bashing, sandboarding, camel riding and quad biking on the sand dunes. As for entertainment, get ready to be fascinated by the graceful moves of the Tanoura and belly dancers. Apart from this, there are several other activities to look forward to during the desert safari tour along with a delicious barbecue dinner.
Timing: 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Duration: 6 hours
Tickets: AED 305
Burj Khalifa Tour
The Burj Khalifa tour is a must-do for those who are visiting Dubai. The steely structure is the tallest building in the world. Home to a luxury hotel, a high-end residential unit, restaurants, and corporate offices, the Burj Khalifa cannot be visited by anyone unless you have a legitimate purpose. However, tourists can peek into the interiors of the Burj Khalifa with this tour. People who have opted for this tour can enter the building through the Dubai Mall, located right next to the Burj Khalifa. The tour would begin with a visit to the museum on the ground floor, which would give you an insight into the story behind the construction of the building. This is followed by a ride in the elevator (the fastest in the world) to the 124th floor of the building, which houses the 360o observation deck. The observation deck gives you a panoramic view of the entire city, including the buildings, the desert, and the ocean. The view is completely surreal!
One of the reasons why Dubai is a family-friendly holiday destination is that there is an array of theme parks in the city. Right from one that caters to tiny tots to those that satisfy the adventure lovers, there are ample amazing theme parks in the city. IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor theme park in the world, offers more than 20 state-of-the-art rides and numerous other attractions. There are also the Dubai Parks & Resorts, which has three unique theme parks: Motiongate Dubai (Hollywood-theme park), Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai. Apart from this, VR Park (a virtual reality theme park), Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (aquarium inside Dubai Mall), Kidzania (a miniature city for kids), Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Dolphinarium, Ski Dubai (the largest indoor ski park), etc. are some of the best theme parks in the city.
Timing: 10 AM to 11 PM (approximate)
Duration: 7-8 hours
Tickets: AED 60 to AED 295
Water Park Tours
When the heat of Dubai makes sightseeing or exploring the city difficult, take a break and head to a water park in the city. Just like the theme parks, there are several water parks in Dubai, each one offering some amazing thrilling rides and slides. One of the best and also the oldest is Wild Wadi Water Park, located in the Jumeirah area. Wild Wadi has more than 25 water slides and rides, some of which are the fastest and the tallest as well. Then there is the Atlantis Aquaventure, located in the premises of Hotel Atlantis, the Palm. Aside from the exhilarating rides, you would also find an aquarium, a private beach and a dolphin bay here. Legoland Water Park (part of Dubai Parks & Resorts) is another popular water park that is great for kids aged between 2 and 12 years.
Timing: 10 AM to sunset (approximate)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Tickets: AED 109 to AED 354
Dhow Cruise Tour
Another unique tour that you would find in Dubai is the dhow cruise tour. A basic dhow cruise includes a ride in a traditional dhow turned into a restaurant, where you get to enjoy a scrumptious buffet meal as well as some amazing entertaining shows while enjoying the sights. The dhow cruise happens at the Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek. In recent times, the dhow cruise is also available at the Dubai Water Canal, which is the new waterfront area in the city. A luxury dhow cruise dinner would be the one that happens around the Palm Jumeirah. Dhow cruises are a great way of relaxing with family and friends and also a different way of sightseeing. Dhow cruise tours in Dubai are also popular for New Year’s Eve and other important celebrations, events, and parties. If you want to experience a different kind of dhow cruise, you can also opt for Musandam Dibba tour and Oman Khasab tour, which would take you away from the city of Dubai to treat you with natural landscapes of the Musandam Peninsula, which is located in Oman.
Timing: 8 PM to 10 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Tickets: AED 110 to AED 210
Abu Dhabi City Tour
Although Dubai has everything to keep you engaged and entertained throughout your holiday, the neighboring city of Abu Dhabi should not be ignored. The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is elegant and stylish without being over-the-top. The best way to save time is to go on an Abu Dhabi city tour from Dubai. This tour would cover your transportation along with taking you to the most important locations of the city. Some of the places that are covered in most Abu Dhabi city tours include Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Presidential Palace, Saadiyat Island, Heritage Village, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Corniche, etc. You can also choose Abu Dhabi tour packages that include a visit to the important attractions like Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World, Louvre Museum, Yas Waterworld, etc.
If you find the city sightseeing tour a bit restricting and want a little more freedom while exploring Dubai, the hop on hop off tour would be right for you. The hop on hop off bus tour happens in a double-decker bus. There are three routes to choose from, which include City Tour, Beach Tour, and Marina Tour. The beauty of this tour is that you can get down from the bus at any of the stops if you want to explore the place a bit more. Once you are done with checking out the place, you can join the bus tour again. Moreover, during the bus tour, you would be able to listen to a recorded commentary that would give you interesting information about the places you see. You can choose between 24 hours and 48 hours of tours.
Timing: 8:50 AM to 8:20 PM
Duration: 24 or 48 hours
Tickets: Starting from AED 194
Although not many people know, Dubai is quite high on adventure. Be it land, air or water, you would find all kinds of adventure activities in the city. One of the extreme adventures you can try here is sky diving, where you jump from an airplane at a height of 4000 ft. Those who are not ready for the actual sky diving adventure can try indoor sky diving at iFly Dubai. Dubai also offers the world’s largest urban zipline with XLine at Dubai Marina. Another place that you ought to visit if you love ziplining is Jebel Jais (located in Ras Al Khaimah), which is the tallest mountain in the UAE and offers the longest zipline on earth. People who love water adventures are in for a mega blast in Dubai, as you can try wakeboarding, parasailing, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and a host of other water activities at the beaches of Dubai. If you want to try a bolder adventure, head to Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where you can dive with sharks.
Timing: Depends on the adventure
Duration: Depends on the adventure
Tickets: AED 513 to AED 1200
Dubai is a paradise for those who love shopping. But there are so many shopping malls, boutiques and traditional markets in the city that planning where to shop can be confusing. This is where a shopping tour would become helpful. During the tour, you would be accompanied by a guide who would take you to the right shopping places as per your shopping needs. Most shopping tours include the souks of Dubai, Dubai Mall, Dragon Market, Karama Market, etc. You can also opt for personal shoppers who would take you to exclusive boutiques of the city for a premium shopping experience. While Dubai is a haven for shopping all year round, you must not miss the Dubai Shopping Festival, a month-long shopping festival that happens in December-January. You would get to enjoy up to 75% discount at stores across the city.