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Dubai

Old world meets otherworldly in this most glamorous of desert hotspots.

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Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

1. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Take the world’s fastest elevator as you ascend Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Holding the title as the world's tallest building, ride up to the 125th floor and check out the view from the observation deck balcony. The Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai at a staggering 2,723ft. Enjoy the aerial view of the surrounding emirate with 360-degree panoramas. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this Middle Eastern icon while seeing views of the city through one of the deck's telescopes. Purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music playing on the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain, set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, from your viewpoint.

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

2. Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

Enjoy thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East, on dozens of rides and waterslides. With your day ticket, prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon. Ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an inner tube and take a trip on the rapids of a tidal river. Test your nerves on the exhilarating Ziggurat, and plunge more than 27 meters down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. Unwind on a private beach, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments from on-site restaurants. Take the little ones to Splashers, a water playground especially for kids.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

3. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Embark on a cruise around Dubai to see its highlights from the water. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the Burj Al Arab. Enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on board, depending on the option chosen.   Receive a red-carpet welcome upon boarding your yacht. Juices and water will be available, and the crew will help you with any requirements. Spend quality time networking aboard the 64-foot vessel. Benefit from creature comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and 3 beautiful cabins with natural light. Take your seats in the lounge area with abundant sun and shade. 

Dubai Miracle Garden: Skip-The-Line Ticket

4. Dubai Miracle Garden: Skip-The-Line Ticket

Walk around Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden, with this half-day skip-the-line ticket. Discover a surreal world surrounded by 50 million flowers. This is nature like you've never seen it before, be blown away by the sculptures that have won 3 Guinness World Records. Make sure you bring your camera; you don't want to miss out on a photo opportunity. Want to see the largest Emirates A380 airbus? No worries, this colorful airport is a photo you'll want to capture. See familiar faces as its home to Mikey Mouse, Mini Mouse, and their friends. Stroll around, listen to the live music, admire the street dancers in floats and enjoy an unforgettable experience with your family and friends that you won't forget in a hurry.

Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

5. Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

Spanning 1,260 square meters, the Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai is located on Level 4, Concourse A in Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The area offers comfortable seating and a delectable array of Arabic, Asian, and international cuisine freshly prepared in the site's kitchen. Brewed tea and coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages from the well-stocked Aerobar are also served throughout the day. The lounge is equipped with free WiFi, dedicated smoking rooms, and shower rooms with quality amenities. There is also a specially designed children's play area with sustainable wooden toys for the younger travelers.

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

6. Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Avoid the crowds and treat yourself to a premium experience on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, including access to the outdoor terrace of the world's highest observation deck. Select the sunset option to enjoy the city as the sun sets over the skyline.  Ascend the 555-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, starting at the SKY Lounge. Watch as specially designed projections let you “fly” over city landmarks en route. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music that can be heard through the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain set on the Burj Khalifa Lake from your panoramic viewpoint. Descend to ground level, where a new exhibition allows you to relive the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Hear testimonials from the brains behind the building, from the interiors to the landscaping, architecture, and more.

Burj Khalifa 124 & Lunch or Dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club

7. Burj Khalifa 124 & Lunch or Dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club

On this 5 hour program, you will enjoy the views from the 124th level of Burj Khalifa. Then, depending on the time slot that you selected, you will then head down to the 3rd floor to enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner at the Burj Club for an alfresco dining experience overlooking Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. Feel the thrill of a high-speed ride in one of the world's fastest elevators. Marvel at the views from the world's tallest skyscraper as you step out onto an outdoor observation terrace 452 meters above the ground. Sample Menu Appetizer • Vichyssoise soup: traditional leek and potato soup with truffle oil (V) • Oriental lentil soup with lemon and baby spinach (V) • Caprese: Buffalo mozzarella, marinated tomatoes and basil pesto (V) • Seasonal mixed green salad with chicken or prawns (H / S ) Main • Organic corn-fed oven roasted chicken breast, potato mash and seasonal vegetable • Penne bolognese: beef and root vegetable bolognese with basil leaves (SG) • Vegetable fried rice with green peas, broccoli, carrot and soy sauce (V) • Grilled seabass with cherry tomatoes ragout and basil leave Dessert • White chocolate cheesecake, New York style (SG) • Fruit platter: selection of seasonal fruits (H) • Lemon meringue tart, strawberry coulis (D) 3-course set menu, guests may choose one of each. S = Shellfish, H = Healthier option, V = Vegetarian, N = Nuts, SG = Signature *Menu item subject to availability and may change without prior notice  

Dubai: La Perle by Dragone Entry Tickets

8. Dubai: La Perle by Dragone Entry Tickets

Take advantage of a pre-booked ticket to see La Perle by Dragone. The performance features a cast of 65 artists, each bringing their own unique skillset to the performance. See actors and acrobats in aquatic and aerial stunts during the fast-paced live show. La Perle combines the spirit of Dubai with an iconic aqua stage to deliver an unforgettable spectacle in, on, and above water. Performers dive into the pool on stage and fly through the theater at spectacular heights, creating a visually captivating experience. Located in the heart of Dubai at Al Habtoor City, La Perle is the region’s first resident show with its own purpose-built theater. The venue provides a unique experience for audience members. With just 14 rows in the 1,300-seat theater, the audience is close to the action.

Dubai: Dinner in the Sky Experience

9. Dubai: Dinner in the Sky Experience

Take part in an unforgettable experience in Dubai and dine from a table suspended 50 meters in the sky by special crane. Once you have been lifted above the ground, watch your chef as they start preparing and cooking a 3-course menu live before your eyes. Join other brave travelers at the shared experience, with a maximum group size of 22 people. Take photos from the suspended table as it rotates slightly as you dine. Marvel at Dubai's vertical monuments and skyscrapers, along with landmark sights such as Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, the Burj Al Arab and much more. Benefit from a professional supervisor who will happily assist you at the table during your meal for your safety.

Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

10. Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

Climb aboard a plush, glass-enclosed boat, and enjoy a dinner cruise of Dubai Marina, Ain Wheel, and JBR. Get the red carpet treatment from the moment you are welcomed on board with a complimentary drink to the minute you disembark at Dubai Marina. Wander around the boat’s two decks, including a glass-enclosed lower deck for optimum views, and an open-air upper deck to enjoy the breeze off the Persian Gulf. Dine from a delicious buffet of continental and oriental dishes, along with an excellent selection of juices and thirst quenchers. Relax to the sound of melodic music, designed to add a romantic touch to your evening. After dinner, retire to the outdoor terraces to make the most of the stunning views as you cruise back to the dock (estimated time of arrival 10:00 PM) at the end of the tour services. Sample Menu:  Salads  Asian Tuna Salad Fingerling Potatoes with honey-mayonnaise and forum vinegar Lebanese Fattoush salad with cucumber and tomato Hummus Fasolia Basil pesto pasta French dressing Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar Soup  Egyptian Lentil soup with spices and olive oil  Bread Selection  Artisan Bread rolls Arabic bread  Main course  Lamb Shepherd's pie Chicken with Mushroom Sauce  Grilled spice rubbed fish with lemon cream sauce Kadai Vegetables Rosemary roast potato with confit garlic cloves Singaporean vegetable noodles with kaffir lime Steamed basmati rice Live noodle station Live pasta cooking station Dessert Coconut Pudding Assorted cupcake Umm Ali Assorted seasonal fruit salad White forest cake Tea and Coffee

Frequently asked questions about Dubai

What top attractions are a must-see in Dubai?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Dubai?

    For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren't used to the desert heat.

  • Where should you stay in Dubai?

    You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won't have to miss out just because you can't afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai's luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.

  • Be conscious of cultural differences

    If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    +971
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 209,789 reviews

Thank you Moosa (Tour guide)! You gave us an adventure we will NEVER forget!! This experience is a MUST if you come to dubai! We did all the excursions on this voucher and I had the best 32nd birthday every. We also met the best people who shared our Dune! Much love to OceanAir!

Amazing Experience! Must do In Dubai! Rashid the Guide was super friendly & fun. Amazing photos took from Rashid! Thank you so much for the greatest experience & pick and drop off from our hotel Rashid! :) HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Amazing trip, the driver was very helpful and was very funny, Ahmed made our trip very pleasant and has extensive knowledge

santosh was amazing. all the activities were great and I'd highly recommend, best experience in dubai

Mithu, brilliant driver, great experience. I would highly recommend, a great value for money.