The Middle East has an air of exotic intrigue, with a fascinating culture and history to explore. In Dubai itself there are curious contradictions between ultra-modern skyscrapers set against the vast desert landscape. So, what are the best Dubai sightseeing tips for new visitors?
We definitely recommend exploring by land, sea and sky – and in Dubai you can easily do all three! Old world traditions are still practised today alongside the newest global trends, whether you wish to take in the atmosphere at the camel racing track, snapchat the tallest tower in the world – Dubai can deliver.
Getting around is easy and safe, and the best way to go is by taxi – they are cheap, plentiful and regulated. As with any destination you visit be sure to respect local culture, and you’ll be set for an incredible trip. For more tips on culture click here.
Our top tips for Dubai sightseeing are below
The Dubai Fountains are best seen at night
While the daytime performances are inspiring, to get the best experience you really need to visit at night – then you’re able to see the fountains dance every half hour until 11pm. Plus, the world-record breaking lightshow displayed over the Burj Khalifa for New Year’s celebrations is set to run nightly until the end of March 2018 – these shows are at 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and 10pm on Thursday and Friday. If you’d like to enjoy dinner while watching the show check out our blog of restaurants with fountain views and make a real night of it.
A visit to Dubai Creek is wallet-friendly and wonderful
Dubai often has an image of being expensive and extravagant, but that’s not always the case. If you want to enjoy a day out without breaking the bank, a stroll through Dubai Creek is sure to please. You can visit the Dubai Museum for just 3 AED entry, then afterwards take an Abra across Dubai Creek to the Gold and Spice Souks for 1 AED. Walking through the souks won’t cost a thing, but the street vendors will do their best to get you to part with your cash. The beautiful jewellery, scarves, and sweet dried fruits make for wonderful gifts. If you’re going to buy something be sure to barter first, it’s all part of the fun. To really get to know Dubai’s history and culture, it helps if you have a local guide – find out more about our private heritage tours here.
Book your Burj Khalifa tour in advance
Visiting the Burj Khalifa is classic Dubai sightseeing. The tallest building in the world tends to have a queue as it’s a popular attraction, and the most sought after viewing sessions sell out in advance. If you want to catch the ultimate sunset viewing session you’ll need to book well in advance, especially during peak travel season over December and January.There’s a new At The Top SKY experience that offers even higher viewing platforms than the regular offer, priority access and welcome refreshment – perfect for if you have a busy schedule.
The best views of Dubai are seen from the sky with us!
To really get a sense of the futuristic architecture and incredible feats of engineering, the best views of Dubai are from the sky. Our award-winning seaplane tours show off all of Dubai’s iconic attractions, plus you get to feel the thrill of a water take-off, which a complete experience in itself. You’ll soar high over the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah coast, look upon the quaint Dhow and Abra boats crossing historic Dubai Creek and see the World Islands from a unique perspective.
The snaps you can take from 1500 ft high are simply stunning and bound to boost your Instagram credentials. On our Silver Seawings tour you see all of Dubai in 45 minutes – perfect if you’re only visiting for a short time.
Fly with us
Get in touch with us to book your seaplane tour today, or talk to our team to find out more about our scenic flights and Dubai sightseeing tours.