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Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

1. 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 Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

2. 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

3. 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: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

4. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

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

5. 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.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

6. 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. 

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: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

8. Dubai: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Embark on a city sightseeing cruise of Dubai and indulge in a variety of flavors with your buffet dinner. Explore the mega yacht and sail past the most iconic sights that make up Dubai's skyline, including Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis Hotel. Depart from the Dubai Marina district and soak up the views. Cruise across Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Ferris Wheel, and towards the Atlantis Hotel situated in front of the famous Palm Jumeirah Island. Try the different canapes and food at live cooking stations by the yacht pool. Moving inside the main dining area, enjoy a wide selection of local and international flavors. Finally, return to the departure point where your cruise will finish.

Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

9. 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

Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

10. Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

Explore the streets of Old Dubai on a guided walking tour. Have the option to choose between a shared or private tour. Visit the coin museum, try delicious local food and drinks, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse spices and gold at local markets. Your tour begins with a visit to the historical quarter of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya). There you will have several stops where your guide will tell you about the history of Dubai and the UAE, its culture, life in Dubai, and the religion and the beliefs of the area. Then continue to the coin museum, where you will see the ancient coins of Arabia and Dubai. You can also admire fantastic views across Bastakiya from the roof. Stop in front of a mosque and learn more about Islam.  Following the mosque, shop in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about the prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then walk through the old souk, known for clothing, textiles, souvenirs, and Kashmir scarves at the best prices. Take your time to shop and sample fresh juice, street food, and local tea. Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different herbs and medicines and try the camel milk chocolate! The tour continues to the biggest market for gold in the Middle East where you can admire intricate metalwork.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 224,034 reviews

Every thing was perfect except for parking information, i spent 20 minutes to find a park for my vehicle, make sure you have a plan before heading to the gathering site

great experience and views not available from land. Toilet access post speed boat should be addressed

Top ! A super nice guide and a really beautiful setting. I strongly advise you!

Aamerr Abbas was great we really enjoyed our tour would definitely

Nyc way to explore Dubai from sea. You can get good pics.