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By Viator, May 2013

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Though it is strangely off the radar for many Western tourists, the Emirate of Dubai has grown into a fantastic travel destination, particularly for vacations with the family.

Located roughly 25 minutes by car from the center of Dubai City, Jumeirah Beach features some of the best white sand beaches in the region, as well as panoramic views, waves, pools, parks, picnic spots and shower facilities. Like Al-Mamzar, it is also a good place to take children, as the main swimming areas are all carefully monitored by lifeguards.

One of the most astonishing and unforgettable activities in the area is to take part in one of the many hot air balloon cruises. You’ll want to get in early or even the night before (the better cruises typically depart at dawn); but rest assured, the extra effort is worth it.

Since the discovery of oil in the mid-1960s, Dubai has experienced a population explosion and an increase in wealth that has rarely been rivaled in the historical record. Along with the stunning skyline and the enormous construction projects currently underway (such as the massive Palm Islands project), “The Walk” located at the base of the Jumeirah Beach Residence complex is a testament to the city’s grandeur. The one-mile strip is home to more than 300 vendors selling virtually anything you can imagine. There is a profusion of restaurants, music venues featuring world famous bands and acts, street painting, recycled art displays, comedy shows, sand sculptures, photography, boutiques, department stores, cafes and gyms, and booths selling fashion accessories, arts, and crafts.

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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 935 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 5-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a camel ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.05

Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 138 Reviews

See the highlights of Dubai and its surrounding desert on this Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days! Enjoy a city sightseeing tour by ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $109.33
$121.90 Save $12.57

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.41

Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 565 Reviews

Experience the historical sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city. See Dubai's famous landmarks such as ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.85

Private Tour: 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari from Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Spend a day in the desert with a private guide, and enjoy a camel ride and sandboarding session as well as a BBQ dinner and show under the stars! After leaving ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.97

Yas Waterworld Entrance Ticket Including Transport from Dubai

Let loose on the water rides and slides of Yas Waterworld on this day trip from Dubai, with transfers included. Travel to Yas Island off Abu Dhabi, and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tours

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Combine two United Arab Emir ates hop-on hop-off tours on this exciting Super Saver, and enjoy 24 hours of sightseeing in Dubai followed by 24 consecutive ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $108.57
$126.00 Save $17.43

Private 4x4 Adventurer Safari Including Sandboarding

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Try your hand at sandboarding on this private, 4-hour 4x4 sandboarding safari from Dubai. Settle into a 4x4 with your private guide and drive to some of the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.10

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