Dubai is one of those places that you just have to visit once in your life! With an endless number of things to do, stunning sights and super fun attractions, the city is every grown up’s favorite playground!
Dubai is a city with unbelievably good tours that you must take for a complete experience! That’s why below I have compiled my favorite tours in Dubai. So whether you are staying in the city or want to explore the Emirates a bit further, I have got you covered!
Let’s go! Find the best tours and travels in Dubai below:
- 1) Best tours inside the city
- 2) On the water – Best Dubai boat tours
- 3) Best tours outside of the city/Dubai Day trips
1) Best tours inside the city
You haven’t travelled to Dubai if you haven’t seen what the city has to offer! And to make the most of it, I advise you to take AT LEAST one of the tours below. Trust me, there are endless ways to explore Dubai so you just need to choose your favorite and off you go!
1. City sightseeing tour
There is no better way to get a feeling about a city than to walk through its streets and Dubai is a perfect place to get lost in! In your wanders, you will discover historic neighborhoods such as Al Fahidi (formerly known as Bastikiya), Deira with its SYMBOLIC gold and spice souks and modern Dubai as well!
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a free walking city tour in Dubai! However, if you would like to do a self-made tour, I recommend checking out my 5-day itinerary in Dubai post where you’ll find lots of good tips for you to explore this gem of a city!
But I have found several other tour options for you! For example, you can take this 3-hour private Dubai City tour that will take you exploring the ancient neighborhood of Al Fahidi and its souqs or old Dubai markets. For a more than affordable price, it’s perfect for those who like to have the guide to themselves and go at their own pace!
Or if you’d like to escape the heat of the day, you can join in this 4-hour night Dubai walking tour, where you will explore the new area of the city, such as the Dubai Marina and admire the wonderful Fountain Show at the Dubai Mall!
PRICE: US $85 for the Dubai private tour
2. Burj Khalifa tour
There is no way that you could go to the city of Dubai and not visit the Burj Khalifa! Period!
The tallest building in the world couldn’t be located anywhere else-Dubai and its opulence strikes again!
But it is not only the tallest building in the world, it’s got 5 more world records such as having the elevator that travels the longest distance and the highest observation deck in the world! I advise you to leave your vertigo at home and enjoy this outstanding piece of architecture.
I have written a whole article about Getting tickets for the Burj Khalifa and I STRONGLY recommend you read it before you go to know what part of the building you would like to visit and to find the right ticket suited to your needs for the best price so you can make the most of your experience!
However, if you don’t have much time, I have found these tickets at a great price! If you book the “At the Sky” option, you will have access to levels 124, 125, 148 and the observation deck; it is a steal!
PRICE: US $97 for At The Top Sky Dubai tickets, when selecting the Non-Prime Time option, which is from 7pm to 10pm.
3. Food tour
Honestly, taking a food tour is a must in every place I go!
And I think it should be for you too! There’s no better way to get to know a culture than through its traditional food and that’s no exception with Dubai.
In my itinerary in Dubai post you can check out the best dishes to try and the best restaurants to try them at as well, but if you’d like it a little easier, you can book this 1.5-hour food tour where you’ll get to taste the finest traditional Emirati meals.
Alternatively, I have found this 3-hour private food tour of Dubai with 10 tastings included, from saffron ice cream to a camel burger! I truly believe it’s so worth it and one of the best local Dubai tours!
PRICE: US $71 for a 1.5 hour tour
4. Seaplane tour
Dubai is a place that it is better seen from up high – whether it’s from the tallest building or from a seaplane, the view is definitely going to be amazing! By the way, last time I was on a seaplane, you couldn’t take the smile off of my face!
If you want to try this unique experience yourself, I have done my research and found a great seaplane Dubai tour for you. You can either choose a 20-minute ride or a 45-minute one, where you’ll be able to admire the skyscrapers and Dubai Marina (Psst, there is a water landing as well!).
PRICE: US $237 for a 20-minute ride, and US $450 for a 45 -minute ride
5. Burj Al Arab tour
Have you heard that Dubai has the only 7-star hotel in the world?
Because it is such an exclusive and expensive hotel, many people choose to eat or drink at one of its venues instead of staying the night. HOWEVER, you always need a reservation. If not, you won’t be let on the premises!
First, The Burj is located on its own island. Since it is connected to Dubai by a private bridge, it is not easy to get there, but it is possible by booking a meal/experience there. Here is what you can do:
- Afternoon tea, high tea or breakfast at Sahn Eddar – This restaurant/tea house is located on the first floor and is the most affordable option for visiting the Burj Al Arab. Bookings are open to the public, although there is a dress code. Remember: be on time! If you are more than 15 minutes late you may lose your booking!
- Afternoon tea or drinks at Skyview Bar – If you want to experience the spectacular views from one of the world’s tallest hotels, then this is your option. Obviously a little pricier than the ground floor Sahn Eddar but you can enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea while looking out over the gulf. Alternatively, if would like to enjoy a few cocktails and the view, then you can book a table for this also however note that there is a minimum spend applied to this type of booking. Check out this Drinks Package at the SkyView bar!
- Spa treatment at Talise Spa – If you would prefer to treat your body instead of your appetite then booking a treatment at Talise is your best bet. They have countless different massages and treatments to choose from, all of which will make you feel like a movie star! It is recommended that you arrive 20 minutes before your booking time to make sure you don’t miss it and to bask in the great surroundings.
6. Atlantis Waterpark tour
There is no way you can miss The Atlantis Hotel – It is a massive structure in the shape of a gate that serves as a hotel and amusement park. Sign me up!
Apart from the obvious, the Atlantis Hotel also has one of the most famous waterparks in Dubai. It is called Aquaventure Waterpark and it has more than 30 slides and attractions that will for sure help you get rid of the sweat from those hot Dubai days!
As I talked about in my things to do in Dubai with kids post, the Atlantis Waterpark is definitely a highlight and especially recommended for those travelling with the little ones of the family!
7. Skydiving tour
Are you up for having a once in a lifetime experience while in Dubai? Hear me out: you can actually skydive over the Dubai Marina! If you have always wanted to do it but never got the chance, consider this a sign!
The tour is basically 60 seconds of freefall from over 13,000 feet where you’ll be able to admire the stunning Persian Gulf and skyscrapers in the city of Dubai. Book this skydiving experience and face your fears like a champion!
PRO TIP: For those adventure seekers that also have a foodie soul, you should look into this Dubai Dinner in the Sky experience (Dinner in the Air, as they like to call it), offered by the company that organizes the Skydiving experiences. It literally means having dinner while being 50 meters high off the ground!
PRICE: US $432 for a desert dropzone, US $582 for the Palm dropzone
8. Photography tour
Whether you are into photography or you are just an Instagram lover, I definitely recommend taking a photography tour in this incredible city. They will basically take you to the best spots to get quick snaps of this beautiful city that is Dubai!
For those who only have little time in Dubai, you can take this 2.5-hour snapshots photography tour that will take you to the main landmarks! Alternatively, if you are a real aficionado you should check out this 6-hour professional photography tour, where apart from seeing most of the city you will get to keep the best memories in your memory card!
PRICE: US $17 for the snapshots tour, US $72 for the professional tour
2) On the water – Best Dubai boat tours
Surrounded by the Marina, the Dubai Creek and the Persian Gulf, it is no wonder that everybody loves their boats in Dubai! Whether you choose a speedboat, a cruise or a traditional Arabian boat, you are bound to have a great time, I assure you!
Here are the best options that you can take in case you want to explore Dubai by boat:
1. Speedboat tour
To spice things up a little, why not see the city while enjoying a speedboat ride? This activity is created only for the thrill seekers and fun-loving travelers!
If you’re interested, I recommend checking out this speedboat tour where you get to choose the length of the tour, where you would like your tour to go and whether you want a private tour or not!
Alternatively, you can book this 90-minute speedboat tour around the marina, you will love it!
PRICE: US $27 for the 90-min speedboat ride
2. Dhow Cruise Tour
One of the most typical sightseeing tours in Dubai is to take a Dhow Cruise (a traditional Arabian boat) through the waters of the Dubai Creek that crosses the city.
There are a couple of options here as well – First of all, you can do a sightseeing cruise that will take you up the creek exploring the main sights, such as this 1-hour sightseeing cruise.
Alternatively, you can take an evening cruise and have dinner while exploring the magical waters of Dubai on this 2-hour luxurious dinner cruise.
PRO TIP: If you can’t afford these but you still would like to try the experience, you can also get a public Abra boat ride here to take you across the creek, just like the locals do! It will only cost you UAD 1 (US $0.30)!
PRICE: US $13 for the 1-hour sightseeing cruise
3. Bateaux Dining Cruise Tour
If you’re looking to surprise your partner, I got you covered – this is the perfect plan! How about you book a delicious gourmet dinner that takes place while you cruise through Dubai’s historic creek on an elegant glass-enclosed Dubai yacht tour? Sounds amazing, right?
A great way to check out Dubai during the night and have a 4-course yummy meal is by booking this 3-hour dinner cruise. Travelling can (sometimes) be exhausting and can also take a toll on a relationship, so this is the perfect excuse to find a little bit of quality time with your travel companion!
PRICE: US $81
3) Best tours outside of the city/Dubai Day trips
Do you have more time on your hands? Are you already done exploring the best things Dubai has to offer? No worries! For those looking to get away from Dubai because you have seen it all, there are plenty of tours that will take you away for the day and bring you back just in time for a great night’s sleep at your amazing Dubai hotel!
Many of these places can be visited on your own with you own rental car, and for that I’ve written a post on Things to Know Before Renting a Car in Dubai. However, if you’d like everything to be arranged for you, you can check out the following tours around Dubai!
1. Abu Dhabi day trip
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates, makes for a great day trip from Dubai and gives you the chance to compare the two most important Emirati cities!
If you’d like to travel around the Emirates a little bit more and not only stay in Dubai, you should check out this 1-day Abu Dhabi tour from Dubai! It’s super affordable and you will be taken to the best landmarks in the capital of the Emirates. Plus, there is a quick photo stop at the entrance of Ferrari World as well (no tickets included, though).
Alternatively, if you are really into the Ferrari universe, I have found this Abu Dhabi tour that includes a Ferrari World Amusement Park ticket as well, so you can have a little bit of culture and a little bit of fun in just one day! Best combo!
PRO TIP: Bring a hat, lots of water and sunscreen, all necessary for a whole day out in the Emirates!
PRICE: US $31 (without Ferrari World Ticket)
2. Camel Tour
Did you know that camels are a big part of the heritage of the city and Dubai camel rides are a very popular activity for travelers visiting the area?
If you’d like to do so, I would advise you to book your tour through a tour provider that cares about the camels and treats them with dignity and respect.
That’s why I recommend this morning desert safari in Dubai with a camel ride included that has exceptional reviews. You can check their whole statement on camel treatment on their website – their transparency and incredible tours are why they are thriving and receiving such a good response to their work!
PRICE: US $163
3. Desert Safari Tour
This one’s simply unmissable! Trust me, the best way to experience the desert is to hop on a Dubai desert tour, as it’s one of the most famous things to do in the area! The Arabian desert has been a set to so many movies like Star Wars or even Sex & the City, which only emphasizes the obvious: this place is magical!
By the way, a perfect tour should include some typical Dubai dune bashing in a 4X4, traditional dances and a great barbecue – this is exactly what I found for you in this desert safari Dubai tour! Apart from all this, you can also choose to enjoy a guided visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the morning as part of your tour, so you can make this tour a whole day experience!
PRICE: US $39
4. Adventure Parks tour
I’m 99% sure that Dubai holds yet another record for the number of amusement parks that it has, so I couldn’t go on without explaining them all to you!
The biggest parks are the following:
- IMG Worlds of Adventure – The largest indoor amusement park and the perfect spot to avoid the heat. It is full of themed rides such as Marvel or Cartoon Network, and it’s probably my personal favorite out of them all!
- Legoland Amusement Park and Waterpark – If you’d like to enjoy a Lego-themed park that, apart from normal rides, is also a waterpark, you should check out Legoland. It’s definitely perfect for fans and nostalgics!
- MotionGate – This Hollywood-themed attractions park is what dreams are made of! You will feel like you are inside one of your favorite movies, perfect for the little ones in the family!
- Bollywood Park – Bollywood is not just a film genre, it’s a whole universe – and it has reached Dubai! If you’d like to enter this crazy universe that has captivated half of the world you should check out Bollywood Park.
NOTE: All of these parks are located in the same area so if you don’t have much time, you can stay at their on-site Polynesian-style hotel Lapita in order not to waste any fun time while in Dubai!
PRO TIP: Oh, and by the way, if you just can’t decide between them, it is also possible to visit two of the attraction parks in one day. Parks are literally a 10-min walk from each other and if you want to make the day count you can get 2 parks in 1 day passes! As you can see from the price, it is just a little more expensive than buying a one park pass so it is a great option if you don’t want to choose!
PRICE: US $83 for a 2 parks-1 day pass
5. Air balloon Tour
Another way to see the desert and the city from the air without having to do an 11,000 foot skydiving freefall (which is not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand!) is to book a hot air balloon Dubai ride.
It is quite the thing to do in Dubai, and a super romantic activity if you ask me! So what are you waiting for? Get your partner or your dearest friend or even your mum and hop on a 5-hour hot air balloon ride where you will be amazed at the beautiful Arabian desert sunrise and enjoy a romantic breakfast!
PRICE: US $240
6. Helicopter Tour in Dubai
If hot air balloons are not your thing, no worries, there are alternatives as well! For example, you can just hop on this helicopter ride in Dubai that goes over the Palm where you’ll be able to see the Persian Gulf Coast and the city of Dubai from a closer point of view, all while feeling like a million bucks!
By the way, you can choose the length of your helicopter ride: 12-, 15- or 25- minutes long.
PRICE: US $145 for a 12-minute ride
7. Oman day trip
Did you know that you can visit Oman, the gem of the Middle East, on a day trip from Dubai? Yes, it’s true!
The best way to do this is through a tour provider, as the entire activity consists of traveling through two borders on the same day. Taking an organized tour is faster and you also get to take better advantage of the day!
The Musandam Peninsula is the area that you will be exploring as it is the closest to Dubai and full of natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. On this 1-day cruise from Dubai you’ll be exploring the most incredible caves and islands and you’ll be able to admire the jaw-dropping scenery in Oman and its sea life, all while munching on a delicious buffet lunch!
PRICE: US$ 47
8. Hatta Mountains
If you are a little tired of the city and its malls and you are looking to get away for awhile, I recommend exploring the mountains in the Emirates (yes, you read that right, there’s not only desert to this part of the world!). They’re called the Hatta Mountains and they’re located right by the border with Oman.
You can enjoy a day trip to Hatta from Dubai, where you will get picked up in a 4×4 Jeep that will take you to explore this rugged area of the Emirati landscape, plus a visit to the Hatta Heritage Village.
PRICE: US $69
9. Yas Island Tour
Yas Island is an artificial island built in Abu Dhabi that provides amazing leisure, shopping and entertainment experiences to all visitors! From hotels to amusement parks, shops and restaurants, this is the place to be when you have already exhausted all of your options in Dubai!
If you are interested in visiting Yas Island, you can check out this 10-hour tour from Dubai – you will be taken to Abu Dhabi to admire the most important sights and you will get to explore Yas Island and have lunch at the immense Yas Mall!
PRICE: US $46
There you go, this is my complete list of my favorite tours in Dubai!
If you read my 5-day itinerary in Dubai post, then you already know all about the different activities available in and out of the city, but in this post, I only explain to you my favorite tours!
I hope now you have a clearer idea of what are the best and must-do tours in Dubai! I know it can be an overwhelming task to choose the best one and that’s why I have done the selection process for you. All that’s left for you now is to choose the tours that will fit your preferences! Easy, right?
Wait, but have you chosen a place to stay in Dubai yet? If not, no worries – you can check out my Best hotels in Dubai post for my recommendations on that!
All of the tours above have the best reviews and are at a fairly good price! Let me know if you try out any of these and if you enjoyed it in the comments below!
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