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7 Must Try Dubai Iconic Tours and Adventure Activities

Dubai is the place to go if you want to experience it all. Travel to Dubai and be amazed by the world-class hotels, iconic landmarks, luxury malls and international restaurants. The city has evolved over time to become one of the world’s most prominent and popular tourist destinations, luring visitors from all walks of life to its shores to experience what this ‘must-see’ destination has to offer. 

One of Dubai’s biggest draws are the wealth of extraordinary tours and adventures you can experience, many not comparable with any other city in the world. If you hold a Dubai visa and are planning a UAE vacation, this collection of Dubai activities will help you to have an unforgettable experience in the emirate.

Go hot-air ballooning in the Arabian Desert

Zoom off early in the morning to the spectacular surroundings of Dubai’s immense desert, iridescent in the morning sun rays. This is a much nicer time to explore the tranquility of the desert to avoid what is traditionally described as blistering heat. The hot-air balloon journey is the real-life equivalent of the fantasy magic carpet ride, in which you glide over the undulating dunes and take in the splendours of the desert as far as the eye can see. 

There are many other alternatives and combo hot-air ballooning Dubai tours to choose from, but a sunrise hot-air ballooning excursion is something truly not to be missed.

Try your hand at skydiving over Palm Jumeirah

For daredevils, one of the most adventurous things to do in Dubai is leaping out of a plane over Palm Jumeirah, the palm-shaped island that is home to some of the city’s most luxurious resorts. The ecstasy of the adrenaline rush of soaring in the air, 13,000 feet above ground level, coupled with the excitement of falling towards the lines of high-end apartments and hotels fanning out like a palm tree, is something words cannot convey. You have to experience skydiving at Palm Jumeirah to truly comprehend what all the fuss is about on this adventure tour.

Embark on a shark safari at Atlantis Shark Lagoon

For an exciting underwater journey, head to Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis hotel in in Palm Jumeirah, where the Atlantis Shark Lagoon is filled with sharks and stingrays. Put on a wetsuit with modified helmets and head underwater to walk and swim amid fascinating marine species. This Dubai underwater experience lasts 20 minutes and is suitable for those over the age of ten.

Take a tour of Burj Al Arab 

Almost every Dubai visitor has wondered what it would be like to stay in the world’s most prestigious hotel. One of Dubai’s iconic symbols, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has a price tag that can only be afforded by those with bundles of cash. However, for those who want to get a glimpse of its gracious hospitality and breathtaking interiors, book an inside Burj Al Arab tour. 

There are a variety of experiences to choose from, including the ‘Royal’ guided tour of the hotel, sunset tours and a tour that includes the famous Gold Cappuccino, sprinkled with 24-carat gold flakes, served at UMA Lounge. While admiring the lavish sights of this magnificent hotel, you will also learn about its history, how it was constructed and why it is the most luxurious hotel in the world. This one-of-a-kind tour is one that everyone with a Dubai visa should try if they get the chance.

Go ziplining at Dubai Marina

Taking in the city skyline from various angles and vantage points is among the most fun things to do in Dubai. While there are plenty of viewpoints to enjoy these from, there are also a few tour activities in Dubai that allow you to take in the breathtaking sweeping vistas on an adventure ride. Extreme adventurers can see Palm Jumeirah while skydiving, while those looking for something calmer can ride on Ain Dubai to see the Persian Gulf and Dubai city skyline. 

Those who want a mild adrenaline rush can do so on an XLine Dubai Marina adventure. This is the longest and steepest urban ziplining ride in the world, making it one of the most iconic activities in Dubai to enjoy. There are two zip lines, both starting from Amwaj Towers and concluding at Dubai Marina Mall – meaning you can enjoy this ride alongside a family member, friend or your beloved. 

Take a flight tour over Dubai 

A Dubai flight tour is the best alternative for visitors who want to see the city skyline from above, but do not want to leap from a plane. A seaplane trip, aeroplane tour, helicopter flight or a gyrocopter tour are all options for flying around the city and seeing many of its classic sites and modern, awe-inspiring skyscrapers. It’s an off-beat way to take a city tour and see all of Dubai’s key attractions.

Enjoy a limousine tour of Dubai

Exploring the enticing city attractions and soaking up the city vibe with a luxury limousine tour is another wonderful way to add a touch of luxury to a regular Dubai city trip. Get the finest views of the city while relaxing in the plush comfort of a sleek limousine with a chauffeur to take you around and introduce you to all the gorgeous sights of Dubai. Discovering this chic city in absolute luxury is something you should experience while in Dubai.

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