Top 10 Best Tours in Dubai – Not to be Missed Dubai Excursions

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Offering a heady mix of opulent, modern day luxury and ancient Arabic souks and traditions, Dubai is unlike anywhere else in the world. Man made islands, first class designer shopping and 5-star mega hotels, make this oasis in the desert an absolute must-see.

Old Dubai Culture, History and Souks Walking Tour

Duration: 3-4 hours

This wonderful walking tour will guide you through Dubai, taking in some of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city. Your guide will take you to the ancient district of Bastakiya, where you can explore both the Coin Museum and the Coffee Museum before stopping for a traditional cup of Arabic coffee and listening to stories about ancient Arabia. A visit to the Dubai Museum will help you to learn more about the religions and traditions of the region, and will be followed by a walk through the old souk, where you can view clothing, textiles and souvenirs, before jumping on a boat ride across to the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk where you can shop for unusual Arabian items.

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Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp

Duration: 6-7 hours

This high octane excursions includes multiple activities on a 6-7 hour red dune desert safari. Taking place in the cooler hours of the evening, you will travel across the desert in a modern all-terrain vehicle, or you can hop on a Quad Bike if you are daring enough. Enjoy a dune bashing ride deep in the Lehbab Desert, before stopping for a camel ride at Al Khayma Desert Camp. Dress up in traditional Arabian clothes, and experience shisha smoking, Henna painting or even an Arabic makeover, as well as unlimited soft drinks, Arabic coffee and traditional sweets. The remainder of the evening will be spent watching a Tanoura dance show and belly dancing, and enjoying a barbecue buffet before returning home.

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Speedboat Tour Marina, Atlantis, and Burj Al Arab

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Duration: 1.5 hours

What better way to see the sights of Dubai than from a speed boat on the open sea. This short cruise, will take you around the iconic man made luxury island of Palm Jumeirah and out towards the Atlantis hotel with its waterpark and spectacular architecture, only pausing briefly for you to gaze in wonder at the amazing views. The boat will then carry on past the breathtaking Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel destination that stands on its very own artificial island, before returning to the Marina. Enjoy a slice of the good life on your very own speed boat tour of Dubai.

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Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Duration: 1.5 hours

As the world’s tallest building, you can be sure that the views from high up in the Burj Khalifa are spectacular beyond belief. This premium excursion offers exclusive access to the SKY Lounge elevator, where you will be personally escorted to further lifts that grant access to the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the building. You can watch specially designed projections that let you virtually “fly” over the city’s landmarks, before taking a special elevator to the worlds highest outdoor observation deck, where you can relax in luxury lounges, or take in those breathtaking 360 degree views before being gently brought back down to earth. Brand Ambassadors will be on hand throughout your tour to tell you about the building itself and the views out across the city below.

If you want to visit without a tour try this guide on how to plan your visit Burj Khalifa.

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Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai

Duration 8-9 hours

This 8 hour tour will take you on an epic journey around the historic city of Abu Dhabi, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. You will journey along the Gulf Coast past Ferrari World and through Yas Island, whilst listening to stories about the city and its rich is Arabic history. Your first port of call will be the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the 4th largest mosque in the world, before driving onwards to the Abu Dhabi Corniche with its 8 kilometre stretch of pristine waterfront.

The tour also takes in the opulent Emirates Palace, the Etihad Towers and Marina Mall. After lunch you can explore the the history of the Emirates at the UAE Heritage Village, and the Abu Dhabi Museum before heading back to your hotel in Dubai.

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Fountain Show and Lake Ride by Traditional Boat

Duration: 30 minutes

This short tour will allow you the perfect view of the Dubai Mall Fountain Show illuminations from the water on an “abra” water taxi cruise. These traditional wooden boats sail the Burj Lake, cruising past some of the city’s most iconic buildings including the Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar, and the Palace. The illuminations are a must-see for any visitor to Dubai, and from your grandstand position you will be able to enjoy a visual spectacle that includes over 6,000 lights, 25 coloured projectors, and 22,000 gallons of water, all carefully synced to classical and Arabic music for an authentic presentation.

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Full-Day Sea Safari to Musandam

Duration: 12 hours

Take in all the beauty of the Musandam and the Golf of Oman on a traditional Dhow boat on this stunning full day tour. Located on the northernmost part of the Golf, Musandam offers a wealth of turquoise waters, pebble beaches, hidden caves and secret bays for you to relax and enjoy. The northern coastline is peaceful and isolated and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Hajar Mountains that rise directly from the sea. Spend your day navigating the peaceful waters as you swim and snorkel, and keep your eyes peeled for the turtles and dolphins that inhabit the bay. A buffet lunch on the dhow is also included in your trip and you can relax on comfortable seats, traditional floor cushions and Arabic carpets.

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Dubai Helicopter Tour

Duration: 12 minutes

See this amazing location from the skies, with a helicopter adventure and sightseeing trip. Taking off from the Dubai Police Academy, you will shortly be in the air and taking in superb aerial views of the Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis as you cross the trunk of The Palm. You can also look down to see the sparkling blue seas and pristine beaches, and get a closer look of the architectural masterpieces the city has to offer, such as the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world and the JW Marquis Marriot, which is the tallest hotel in the world.

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Luxury Sunset Cruise with Barbecue

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Duration: 2 hours

Live like a celebrity on this 2 hour luxury cruise experience, that offers stunning views of the city served up in 5-star style. You will be able to socialise with like-minded travellers who also like a taste of the high life, whilst sailing around the Bay on a luxury 64-foot super yacht. You can soak up the sun on the upper deck, whilst taking in the most opulent views of the city, or enjoy quite time in the beautifully appointed cabins or luxurious lounge areas. Save money on expensive boat charters, by enjoying the finest service and sumptuous surroundings on this 2 hour sunset cruise.

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F1-Style Single Seater Driving Experience

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Duration: 105 minutes

Live life in the fast line in this exclusive F1-style racing car experience at the Dubai Autodrome. Your will get to know how to drive these specially designed single seater vehicles that are ultra light and benefit from super sharp handling and incredible acceleration. Following a safety briefing and instructions form the crew where you will be taught how to handle the controls and basic driving techniques, you will be let loose on the circuit, as you drive behind an instructor in a pace car ahead of you. Experience thrills like no other, in this fast paced, action packed Dubai driving experience.

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