Burj Al Arab

The stunning sight of a hotel "adrift" on the Persian Gulf is not to be missed.

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Burj Al Arab: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

1. Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

See Dubai from the water on a adrenaline-filled speedboat tour. See Dubai's key landmarks in a unique and fun way as you cut through the waters from the marina to the beach. This thrilling round-trip journey departs from the famous Dubai Marina. The host has an office on the Marina where a red carpet awaits to greet you. Once you have checked in, your guide will run through a safety briefing, so please arrive 15 minutes early. Choose from a 90 minute full tour of the sights which will cruise through the marina up to Jumeirah Beach. From here, this unforgettable tour is full of great views and fun facts of all the coastline hotels, beaches, and of course Dubai's top landmarks, including:  • Dubai Marina • The Dubai Eye Wheel • Jumeriah Beach • The Harbour Project • The Huge Palm and its hotels • The Atlantis • Dubai Rulers Private Island • The Burj Al Arab

Dubai: Group City Tour with Dubai Frame Tickets

2. Dubai: Group City Tour with Dubai Frame Tickets

Embark on an adventure of Dubai in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, discovering many of the city's highlights with a licensed guide. See the Palm Jumeirah, the Blue Mosque, Dubai Creek, and more up close. Visit the iconic Dubai Frame at your own pace, marveling at its grandeur. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel. Start by stopping by The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, our first attraction, and witness the magnificent view of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel before enjoying a Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Then, be driven to Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque. The mosque’s design, inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, combines Andalusian and Ottoman architecture and can accommodate about 2000 worshippers at the same time. Visit the Dubai Creek and enjoy an Abra Ride (ancient water transport system) to cross the Creek. Stroll through the Gold and Spice Souks, lined with shops and stalls selling exquisite gold and spice items. Next, head to Al Khayma Heritage House at Al Fahidi Historical District. Enjoy Emirati hospitality with a welcome tea/coffee. Explore the old Emirati lifestyle as you tour the traditional house, learning more of UAE’s journey, starting with the desert from the tents to reaching Mars. Before concluding the house visit, explore the traditional Emirati bedroom with its antiques, observing the architectural expansion of the authentic house from the tent replica at the restaurant to Arish palm front houses finally to the megastructures. Then move to the last stop of the tour—the Dubai Frame. Witness the 150-meter building that replicates the shape of a photo frame. With 2 lofty towers connected by a glass bridge, you can see Old Dubai on one side and modern Dubai on the other. After the tour concludes, be dropped back to your selected location.

Dubai: 30-Minute Jet Ski Tour to Burj Al Arab

3. Dubai: 30-Minute Jet Ski Tour to Burj Al Arab

Get a unique experience from the sea and drive your own jet ski on this 30-minute jet ski tour. You will be met at our station close to the Burj Al Arab. Use the changing rooms on site and leave your personal belongings in the lockers. You will be provided with a life jacket, premium goggles, and a waterproof case if needed. You’ll then receive a quick safety briefing from your instructor.  Then, head out onto the water on your Yamaha jet ski. Stop by the world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, for pictures taken by your instructor. On your way back, you will have a great view of Downtown Dubai, as well as the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.  When the tour is finished, there is a shower you can use, with towels provided if necessary.

Dubai: Private Yacht Charter from Dubai Marina

4. Dubai: Private Yacht Charter from Dubai Marina

Enjoy a cruise on a private luxury yacht and marvel at the Dubai skyline. Experience the lively atmosphere on deck and stop for a swim during the daytime cruise. Meet your private skipper at the Dubai Marina and board the gleaming, 42-foot private motor yacht. Amenities include a spacious sun deck, seating area, comfortable indoor saloon, cabins, a kitchen, and a washroom. Feel free to bring your own food and music for this open-water adventure. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, such as Palm Island, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Palace, Marina Lagoon, and Jumeirah Beach. Settle on deck as you sail into the Persian Gulf. Soak up the panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline as you glide along the coast. Admire The Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab, and towering Atlantis The Palm hotel. If you’ve chosen an evening cruise, marvel at the views of the floodlit landmarks and high-rises, all beautifully illuminated in the fading light. If your cruise is scheduled in the daytime, you can top up your tan as you enjoy the cooling sea breezes. Enjoy the music from the boat’s sound system or stop for a swim.

Dubai: 22-Minute Helicopter Flight

5. Dubai: 22-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard for an exciting helicopter flight from the Dubai Police Academy, and then fly over the breathtaking wonders of Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis the Palm Hotel. Look down on the unique World Islands archipelago. Cruise above the beaches of Dubai and see the Burj al Arab from a different perspective. Admire the world's tallest building from up high as you get closer to the Burj Khalifa. Fly over the heritage area of Al Fahidi to see the historical wind towers. Pass over the spice bazaar of the Old Souk and the monuments of Dubai Creek. Listen to a commentary from your live guide and ask any questions you may have.

Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour 24, 48 or 72 Hours

6. Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Discover all of Dubai's stunning sights on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass, you can explore this great destination at your leisure. You'll have access to 2 sightseeing routes, which showcase all the main sights of this fabulous city. Along the way you'll discover all of the major landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame, The Walk at JBR the Beach, and much more. Enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views from the open-top deck, and learn all about Dubai's heritage by listening to the multilingual audio tour commentary as you cruise around on the double-decker bus. Red Route Tour stops: Red Route Tour stops: 1. Dubai Mall 2. Museum of Future 3. Al Seef 4. Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood 5. Dubai Museum 6. Old Souk 7. Heritage Village 8. Gold & Spice Souk 9. Dubai Creek 10. Dubai Frame Blue Route Tour stops: 1. Dubai Mall2. Souk Madinat3. Atlantis the Palm4. Dubai Marina5. JBR The Beach6. Marina Promenade7. Grosvenor House Dubai8. Mina Seyahi9. Mall of the Emirates

Dubai: Jet Ski Ride

7. Dubai: Jet Ski Ride

Meet your guide and set off on your voyage from the Fishermen's Harbor. Enjoy a free 10-minute boat ride with a backdrop of the skyline of Dubai and its tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Choose from the available tour options, depending on your preference. Either way, enjoy your time on a jet ski and take in Dubai's highlights. Depending on the selected option, take in sights such as beautiful views of the Burj Khalifa Skyline, Burj Al Arab, DJBR, and Barasti Beach.

Dubai JetSki: Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Atlantis

8. Dubai JetSki: Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Atlantis

Discover the impressive coastline of Dubai along with all of its towering skyscrapers on a fun cruise and exciting jet ski adventure. Meet your guide at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2 for an escort to the Jet Ski station. Set off on your adventure from the well-known Jumeirah Fishing Harbor 1. Enjoy a free ride for approximately 10-minutes with a backdrop of the skyline of Dubai and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. While experiencing the adventure of jet skiing, if you wish to enjoy the beauty of some of the other best attractions, you can select 1 of the options provided, depending on your preference. These options include 30-minute, 60-minute, and 120-minute options, as well as a 20-minute donut ride option.

Dubai: Marina Private Boat Tour & Palm Jumeirah Sightseeing

9. Dubai: Marina Private Boat Tour & Palm Jumeirah Sightseeing

Climb aboard a luxury boat for a 2 hour, 90-minute, or 60-minute cruise of Dubai that covers all the major landmarks of the city, such as Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah. All the boats are crewed with fully licensed captains. Cross Dubai Marina to the sail-like Burj Al Arab. Enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf on a soothing journey across its waters. Complimentary water will be provided for your comfort. Get an alternative perspective of the city’s iconic landmarks while you sit back and relax. A recorded guide will point out places of interest along the way. Enjoy on board state-of-the-art facilities, such as an audio system with amp and 6 speakers. Just plug your phone in and listen to your own music! The boat also features a front and aft ladders, and a swimming platform. Make a short stop at your own convenience to enjoy the views and take some memorable souvenir photos.

Dubai: 1.5-Hour Self-Drive Boat Trip

10. Dubai: 1.5-Hour Self-Drive Boat Trip

Experience what it is like to captain your own boat on a thrilling adventure along the coastline of Dubai. Reach speeds of over 60 kilometers per hour and pass famous landmarks as you set sail from the heritage fishing harbor near Jumeirah Beach. Listen to stories about the city from your escort-guide along the way. Cruise past famous beaches and iconic buildings, such as the Burj Al Arab hotel, and marvel at the manmade island of Palm Jumeirah. See the distinctive Atlantis the Palm hotel and stop to take photos of luxury mansions and upscale developments. Take control of a boat that is safe, sturdy, easy to drive and cannot be tipped over to enjoy a unique adventure on the water for all the family.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    The Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial island across a private bridge. The easiest and most affordable way to reach it is by taxi, but if you're feeling flash, call the hotel to book a Rolls Royce or helicopter pick-up!

  • How to get in?

    Unfortunately, it's not as easy as just showing up at the hotel and gawking. You won't even make it to the lobby without proof of a reservation (if not a room, then at least a restaurant meal or the hotel's famous afternoon tea). Access is also granted as part of some guided tours.

  • How much is it a night?

    Of course, not every room is as expensive as the Royal Suite, but even the cheapest rooms will cost you at least $1,800!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    24 hours a day
  • Is it expensive?
    It's an astounding building from the outside, but it costs quite a bit to get in - best to check out the range of tours available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily, but your visit needs to be booked in advance.
  • How to get there
    The hotel sits on a little island off mainland Dubai. The nearest metro stop is Mall of the Emirates, then walk across the bridge. However, it is more direct to get a taxi.
  • Additional information

    • Dress nicely - this is one of the world's fanciest hotels. | You can only enter the Burj as a visitor (as opposed to a guest) if you have a reservation in a restaurant. There are a selection of packages offering this.

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What people are saying about Burj Al Arab

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16,504 reviews

Very friendly and professional staff ran the speedboat tour. Safety was a priority and staff ensured we were wearing lifejackets and knew what to do incase of an emergency. Complimentary chilled bottles of water available. Plenty of opportunities for photographing the sites such as the Atlantis Hotel and the Burj Al Arab. Staff on board gave us some background information on the sites and helped us take our photos with the sites in the background.

Very polite and friendly staff. Excellent level of information through headphones during tour. Clean, good condition buses with air conditioned section available for passengers comfort. Complimentary chilled bottles of water for passengers. Detailed colour maps highlighting tour routes.

Trip was lovely the meeting point was not clear to the taxi driver. We was late by 20mins. But the staff was great still got us on the boat. Showed us all the private islands and what was around us. Great trip

An enjoyable and fun experience, well organised. Plenty of water provided to drink as it was pretty hot! Provided the opportunity to see the Palm and Burj Al Arab from a different perspective.

My husband and I had an awesome time and enjoyed every aspect of the tour as it was very informative, thanks to our very helpful guide Maaz Khan.