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Where to Find the Best Views in Dubai

By Viator, August 2017

4.5 3412 Reviews | Add your review

Thanks to its distinct skyscrapers and palm-shaped islands, you haven't really seen Dubai until you've seen it from above. From flight-seeing tours and marina cruises to sky-high observation decks, here's where to find the best views of the city.

Helicopter Rides 
To admire Dubai's extravagant features in style, hop in a chopper for a helicopter tour. As you soar above the city, you'll get a bird's-eye view of the Palm Jumeirah, Burj al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and The World, a man-made archipelago.

Seaplane Tours
Start with a thrilling take-off from the water before gliding above Dubai in a Cessna seaplane for unbeatable views of the city's top attractions. To also see Abu Dhabi in style, opt for a day trip with return transfer by seaplane.

Burj Khalifa
The ultimate Dubai view is from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Once you're in the elevator, you'll travel at 33 feet (10 meters) per second before alighting at the 124th-floor At the Top observation deck. 

Burj al Arab
Burj al Arab, standing proudly offshore, bills itself as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Its 27th-floor restaurant, Al Muntaha ("the highest"), is one of the best places to get a view of Dubai's skyline, The World, and Palm Jumeirah. If you want to linger, the adjacent Skyview bar is open afternoons and evenings.

Sightseeing Cruises
After you've seen Dubai from above, hit the water to get a different perspective. Cruising options include speedboating around the Palm Jumeirah, touring the Dubai Marina by inflatable boat, and dining aboard a dhow along Dubai Creek.

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Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1037 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 $38.80
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Burj Khalifa Level 148 'At the Top SKY' Entrance Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 189 Reviews

Witness Dubai from the Burj Khalifa’s highest observation deck with this 'At the Top SKY’ premium experience. After Arabic coffee and dates in an exclusive SKY ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $104.94
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Dubai Speedboat Palm Jumeirah Cruise

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Jet around the spectacular Palm Jumeirah on a speedboat during an exciting 2-hour cruise from Dubai Marina! Choose from three start times and hold tight as ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.50
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Abu Dhabi Seaplane Flight from Dubai Including Ferrari World and Return Transfer

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Soar across glittering coastlines and marvel at architectural landmarks from above on a 45-minute seaplane flight from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Enjoy aerial views ...  Read more

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

From USD $485.00
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Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket

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Take sightseeing to new heights with an entrance ticket to Burj Khalifa's 'At the Top,' one of the world’s tallest observation decks, located on the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.10
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Dubai Seaplane Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Take to the skies above Dubai on a 45-minute seaplane flight, and enjoy incredible aerial views of the city’s finest attractions and flagship landmarks. Choose ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $485.00
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Glide up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Take to the morning skies as the sun starts to rise over the Hajar Mountains and ...  Read more

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

From USD $328.50
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Burj Khalifa 'At the Top' Including Afternoon Tea at Burj Al-Arab

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Combine bird’s-eye views of Dubai from the spectacular Burj Khalifa with an indulgent afternoon tea at the Burj Al-Arab hotel on this enjoyable 5-hour tour. ...  Read more

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

From USD $285.00
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Helicopter Flight in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 192 Reviews

See Dubai’s flamboyant sights from the air on a 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 $231.08
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Dubai Combo: Helicopter Flight and Desert Camp Experience by 4x4

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Combine two must-do Dubai experiences on an exciting combo tour, in 1 day! After a 15-minute helicopter tour, taking in aerial views of Burj Khalifa tower and ...  Read more

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

From USD $232.00

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