With its futuristic skyscrapers, manmade archipelagos and vast stretches of sandy coastline, Dubai paints a striking picture. The most thrilling way to cover a lot of ground and enjoy sweeping views of these sights is by soaring overhead in a helicopter. Helicopter tours in this city definitely add another dimension to a sightseeing experience, but the aerial views also show off the city’s startling contrasts and inspired architecture.
Take a 15- or 25-minute helicopter flight over Dubai and you’ll get an unbeatable bird’s-eye view of landmarks such as the Dubai Marina and the grand Burj Al-Arab hotel. Best of all, you’ll fly right over the dramatic Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands archipelago. The two ambitious manmade island projects, one a series arranged in the form of a 17-frond palm tree and the other a collection of islands forming a map of the world, are equally mind-boggling feats of design that are most impressive from above.
First-time visitors to Dubai can also combine a helicopter flight with a city tour to fly over the Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest buildings, before visiting top attractions like the Jumeirah Mosque and the Al-Fahidi Fort on a guided coach tour. Alternatively, opt for the ultimate Dubai experience and couple your city flight with a night camping out in the desert, combining the best of Dubai’s urban and natural landscapes.