For tourists sightseeing, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the top two destinations in the Emirates to visit. With only 140 km between them it’s easy to tick off both cities on you next visit to the United Arab Emirates.
While it’s possible to see both cities in one day, you’re not really going to get the best out of either. Allocate at least one or two days in each, and you’ll have time to explore the history and culture of the Emirati people.
Dubai is the fast-paced, future-forward centre of the Middle East. Home to the world’s tallest tower, biggest mall, largest man-made island and soon the biggest observation wheel in the world – Dubai is bursting with attractions. Luxury resorts, buzzing nightlife and a vibrant dining scene make this city an unmissable destination.
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the Emirates and home to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which has been rated as one of the world’s top attractions. Visitors flock to Yas Marina Circuit each November for the finale of the Formula 1 and with the new Louvre opening, Abu Dhabi has firmly positioned itself as a major tourist centre.
At Seawings we've been flying guests across the Emirates for more than a decade, with 24 landing locations across the country and in Oman. We offer a range of scenic flights, private charters and tours and can help you plan the perfect holiday in the UAE.
Here are our top recommendations for sightseeing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that really make the most of your time:
SCENIC FLIGHTS – SEE IT ALL FROM A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
Join us in Dubai and soar through the air on a Seawings Silver flight! After an exhilarating take-off admire the sparkling Jumeirah coastline. The famous Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, World Islands and Burj Khalifa – you’ll cover it all. You’ll fly over Dubai Marina and Bluewaters Island which is home to Ain Dubai, set to be the largest observation wheel in the world once completed. Before landing look out for the traditional Abra boats sailing on Dubai Creek and the Dubai Frame which marks the border between old Dubai and the city’s futuristic downtown precinct. You’ll see all of Dubai and it’s attractions on this thrilling 45 minute seaplane experience.
Our Abu Dhabi Seawings Pearl Tour showcases the city’s beautiful islands and stunning attractions. You will enjoy sweeping vistas of the city’s iconic skyscrapers, beaches and architectural marvels on this thrilling 30-minute airplane tour of Abu Dhabi. You’ll see the new Louvre perched on the water’s edge and marvel at the impressive Mina Zayed Port. Soar past the impressive Royal Palace and neighbouring Emirates Palace Hotel, with countless domes and intricate landscaping. See the city stretch out in front of you as you fly across the city’s famous Corniche. A highlight are the beautiful mangrove forests that help to keep Abu Dhabi’s waters sparkling.
GUIDED CITY TOURS – GET TO KNOW LOCAL TRADITION AND CULTURE
A guided tour gives you an insiders’ insight to a city’s history and culture. While the big bus tours tend to cater to the masses, the experience just scratches the surface. We think small private city tours are the way to go for sightseeing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Our top two half day city tours are below:
In Dubai we recommend our Private Heritage Tour. After touching down at Dubai Creek, go on a journey into the historic heart of Dubai with our Private Heritage Tour. This urban excursion gives you a taste of local culture with an expert guide taking you through ‘old Dubai’ souks and back streets. This tour includes a traditional Abra boat ride, and entry to local Museums, and winds up in the historic neighbourhood of Al Bastikiya with an authentic Arabian meal for lunch.
In Abu Dhabi the Private Discovery Tours cover’s the city’s past and present, including visits to top attractions including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and coffee break at the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel where you’re treated to a Cappuccino sprinkled with real gold flakes!
These city tours can be combined with the Seawings Scenic flights making this a winning combination for sightseeing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Get in touch with us and book your next tour for sightseeing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi today!