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1 Day in Dubai

By Viator, August 2018

4.5 4250 Reviews | Add your review

From sci-fi–like architecture and cutting-edge leisure attractions to empty desert and bustling beaches, Dubai has plenty to fill your time, feed your soul, and fire your adrenaline. Plus, because the city is so compact, it’s easy to enjoy the must-dos even if time is short. Here’s how to get the best from Dubai in just one day.
 
Morning: City Sightseeing
Start at the At The Top observatory of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, where the Level 124 viewing deck is the perfect curtain-raiser to the city—letting you experience Dubai’s most celebrated skyscraper along with stupendous city, gulf, and desert views. After an hour here, check out Dubai’s landmarks on a guided city tour. View modern must-sees such as the Burj Al Arab, ride a traditional boat (abra) across Dubai Creek, and browse the souks and wind towers of old Dubai. Alternatively, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour that lets you see all the sights and explore as you wish.
 
Afternoon: Sands, Sea, and Fun
Dubai’s desert offers up myriad dune-based adventures. Ride a 4WD into the sands for dune bashes, camel rides, sandboarding, and traditional Arabian experiences, all capped by a sunset barbecue in a Bedouin-style camp. For a different kind of fun, book tickets to one of Dubai’s two water parks—Aquaventure or Wild Wadi—to enjoy their daredevil slides and gentler attractions. For thrills and views together, opt for a helicopter flightseeing ride or admire Dubai’s legendary skyline from the water on a RIB trip along the coast.
 
Night: Dinner Cruises and Desert Nights
There are many ways to spend evenings in Dubai, with most centered on enjoying the glitz of the city or the quiet beauty of the desert. To admire the city lights while you eat, book a dinner cruise on Dubai Creek, and sail by wind towers and minarets on a wooden Arabian dhow or glass-enclosed boat. Other options include Dubai Marina dinner cruises that glide you past its rows of sparkling skyscrapers. For an Arabian Nights–style evening, book one of numerous tours into the desert where groups enjoy a live barbecue under the stars complemented by sequined belly dancing and tanoura whirling dervish shows.

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Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Dubai, null
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Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1064 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 $27.16
$33.80 Save $6.64
Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Dubai, Half-day Tours
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Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 526 Reviews

Experience a true fusion of traditional Arabian charm and futuristic dynamism. Enjoy panoramic views of Dubai’s dramatic skyline, perfect sandy beaches and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.30
$77.00 Save $7.70
Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark Admission, Dubai, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 159 Reviews

Dive into the water slides of the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai with an all-day entrance-only ticket. How you spend your time there is up ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $75.35
Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise, Dubai, Water Parks
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Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 239 Reviews

Dubai's Only Luxury Cruise with Freshly Prepared Meals onboard! Revel in the sights of nighttime Dubai on this memorable dinner cruise on the glass-enclosed ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $113.00
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding, Dinner, Dubai, Dinner Cruises
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Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding, Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1765 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 6-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, Watch a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.40
$89.87 Save $22.47
Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Splash the hours away at Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai with this all-day entrance ticket. Make your own way to Wild Wadi and enjoy the aquatic adventures at ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 to 3 hours

From USD $82.50
Dubai RIB Boat Cruise: Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, Dubai, Water Parks
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Dubai RIB Boat Cruise: Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

Speed around Dubai’s coastline on a 75- or 99-minute cruise by RIB (rigid-inflatable boat), and see Dubai Marina, the man-made archipelago of Palm Jumeirah, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
$60.00 Save $15.00
Helicopter Flight in Dubai, Dubai, Day Cruises
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Helicopter Flight in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 196 Reviews

See Dubai’s flamboyant sights from the air on a 12,15- or 25-minute helicopter flight over the city! Aboard a 5-seater helicopter with clear glass sides, glide ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Flexible

From USD $179.00
Sahara Arabian Desert Dinner Experience with Transport from Dubai, Dubai, Helicopter Tours
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Sahara Arabian Desert Dinner Experience with Transport from Dubai

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Dine under the stars in true Arabian style on this desert dinner experience from Dubai. Leave Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan and head for the luxurious Al ...  Read more

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

From USD $133.00
5-Star Premium Rustar Dhow Cruise Dubai, Dubai, Dining Experiences
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5-Star Premium Rustar Dhow Cruise Dubai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Come aboard the world's biggest and Dubai's best floating restaurant, Rustar dhow cruise Dubai. The scrumptious buffet Rustar serving is catered exclusively ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.60

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