Palm Islands & the World Tours

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Fly over Dubai and you'll notice something unusual about the shoreline — the unique shapes of Palm Islands and the World, some of the world's largest artificial islands. From above, these islands resemble a trio of palm trees (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira) and a roughly circular world map, golden on the otherwise azure surface of the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates.

The Basics
First constructed in 2001, the islands are always in various stages of development, especially the World, which is set to replicate the entire world and cover 5.5 miles (nine km) of reclaimed land. Although the palms are mainly home to a mix of leisure, residential, marina and commercial structures, visitors need not own property (or even stay in one of the hotels) on the completed Palm Jumeirah or any of the other islands to get a good look at this manmade wonder. Tours by speedboat, rigid-inflatable boat (RIB), and jetski take visitors from the Dubai Marina to the Palm Jumeirah archipelago, where it's possible to see the 5-star hotels tower above the water and spot the Burj Al-Arab from afar.

The best views of the Palm Islands and the World are from the air. Flightseeing tours aboard a helicopter or seaplane provide the perfect bird's-eye views—and photo ops—of these impressive archipelagos. Heading to the Observation Deck at the Burj Khalifa or to the top of one of the city's many other high-rise skyscrapers is another way to see the sprawling development from above.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A wide variety of small-group and private tours viewing the islands are available by boat or helicopter, some in combination with Dubai city tours.
  • The layout of the islands is best appreciated from above.
  • Expect sky-high temperatures of up to 110°F (43°C) in summer.

How to Get to the Palm Islands and The World
The completed Palm Jumeirah stretches 3.2 miles (five km) by 3.2 miles. Although there is no public transit in place to reach the Palm Gateway Monorail Station on the coast, from here, travelers can take a 10-minute ride out to the tip of the palm to see the length of the artificial island from a good vantage point. Taxis can also drive out to palm leaves. Dubai's famed Atlantis hotel, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and Lost Chambers Aquarium are set on Palm Jumeirah.

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Address: Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Helicopter Flight in Dubai

Admire spectacular views of Dubai on a 15- or 25-minute shared helicopter flight. With an experienced pilot at the controls, settle into a 5-passenger helicopter and soar above the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab and other top sights. Hover around the Burj Khalifa; glide over The World, the man-made archipelago in the Persian Gulf shaped like a map; and snap photos as your pilot points out the main landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on your tour.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
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Dubai Layover City Tour Including Burj Khalifa Tickets

If you have a layover in Dubai, see the sights of the city on a layover tour that includes entrance to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. With a private guide, check out attractions like Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina and Palm Island before ascending to the top of Burj Khalifa to end your tour on a high note, literally.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dubai Seaplane Flight

Experience spectacular views of Dubai’s skyscrapers, beaches and architectural wonders on a 40-minute seaplane flight. Step aboard a state-of-the-art Cessna seaplane and thrill as you swoop around top Dubai attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and palm-shaped island archipelago of the Palm Jumeirah. Continue your flight over The World to see how its islands mark out countries and continents from above, and fly over Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and other landmarks. Choose from two takeoff locations and three departure times from each to suit your schedule.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Palm Jumeirah Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis Guided RIB Tour

View the Palm Jumeirah and other Dubai landmarks from the water on a RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) cruise. Board an RIB with a skipper, and cruise Dubai’s coastline with a camera in hand to enjoy the sights. Speed around the outer edges of the Palm past the Atlantis, The Palm; take in the tower-lined Dubai Marina and Palm Lagoon; and admire the Burj Al Arab. Live onboard commentary and choice of several departure times included.
  • Duration: 60 to 90 mins
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  • Duration: 60 to 90 mins
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Afternoon Tour Exploring the City of Dubai

Experience some of Dubai's best-known landmarks during this 7-hour city tour. Check out the quirky gallery scene in Bastakiya Quarter along with the labyrinth of souks and bazaars nearby. You’ll also visit Jumeirah to explore Palm Island, the Burj Al Arab hotel, the Jumeirah Mosque and Jumeirah Beach. Complete your trip with a swing past the Mall of the Emirates, towering Burj Khalifa and more in the city’s downtown. Your trip covers a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Dubai Speedboat Palm Jumeirah Cruise

Zip around the Palm Jumeirah and The World archipelagos by speedboat on a thrilling 2-hour cruise from Dubai. Board your sleek vessel and jet around the Palm, the palm-tree-shaped archipelago off Jumeirah. Gaze at the colossal Atlantis The Palm hotel and speed further out to sea to The World, with its artificial islets designed to resemble different countries. Lastly, cruise around the stunning, sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab. Choose from three departure times, and enjoy complimentary sodas and water, and a personalized atmosphere on this small-group experience, limited to just six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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90-Minute Private Speed Boat Hire

Enjoy Dubai from the water on a private speedboat ride from Dubai Marina that allows you to explore waterfront sights like Palm Island with a personal captain. Up to 10 people can cruise past the gleaming city skyline to check out landmarks such as Burj al Arab and Atlantis.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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5-Hour City Tour of Dubai: Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Museum

Experience both the historic and modern sides of fabulous Dubai during this 4.5-hour private sightseeing trip covering some of the city’s top sights. Step back in time on a visit to the Dubai Museum, located within the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort. Then check out Dubai’s building boom as you visit the Burj Al Arab (the world’s only seven-star hotel), the Mall of Emirates, and the towering Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. You’ll also have time to see Jumeirah Mosque, Palm Island and Atlantis Hotel. Your trip also covers round-trip transport from your hotel.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Private Dubai Sightseeing Tour

Check out Dubai’s signature sights in the comfort of your own personal vehicle on this 4-hour private city tour. With a private driver-guide, admire the futuristic and historical highlights of this glittering metropolis. Drive around Palm Jumeirah to see the magnificent Atlantis The Palm, and take photos of Jumeirah Mosque and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. After visiting Dubai Museum, ride a traditional ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek for free time to shop at Deira’s Spice and Gold Souks. Price is per group, based on a maximum of eight passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour to Aquaventure, The Palm and a Desert Safari Adventure Including Buffet Lunch and Dinner

Experience a day of fun and adventure in Dubai on this 12-hour private tour combining a water park visit and desert safari. Splash and swim at Aquaventure, Atlantis, enjoying attractions like the 1.2-mile (2 kilometer) lazy river, and water slide that goes right through a shark tank. After a buffet lunch, head into the sand dunes on a 4x4 jeep safari, where you’ll enjoy camel rides, a barbecue dinner, belly dancing and true desert hospitality. Your private trip includes a guide and private vehicle, lunch and dinner, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Dubai City Tour and Desert Safari

Combine the highlights of Dubai with an evening desert expedition on this two-part, 12-hour tour. Enjoy a morning city tour, taking in must-sees like the old Al Bastakiya quarter, riding an ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek, and admiring landmarks including the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. After a break at your hotel, ride a 4x4 to a desert camp for a fun-filled evening and barbecue buffet dinner.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Dubai Full-Day Tour with Dinner at Armani Hotel and Burj Khalifa Entrance ticket

See Dubai from all different angles on this 8-hour tour, including dinner and entry to the Burj Khalifa. With a local guide, see the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm hotel on Palm Jumeirah, and ride a boat around skyscraper-lined Dubai Marina. Next, head to the plush Armani Hotel, where the buffet restaurant overlooks Dubai Fountain Show. Savor a buffet dinner as you watch the fountain-light-and-music extravaganza, and finally, enjoy awesome bird’s-eye views of floodlit Dubai from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Abu Dhabi Seaplane Flight from Dubai Including Ferrari World and Return Transfer

Fly from Dubai to Abu Dhabi on a seaplane and enjoy entry to Ferrari World on this 6-hour experience. Board a shared Cessna seaplane with an experienced pilot, and soar over Dubai and southward to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. Enjoy aerial views of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and World Islands, and the spectacular Yas Viceroy hotel, F1 Grand Prix Circuit and Ferrari World on Yas Island. Land on the water, and after free time for lunch, enjoy the rides and attractions at Ferrari World before a return road transfer to Dubai.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Afternoon Dubai City Tour

Experience the modern and historical highlights of Dubai on a 6-hour afternoon tour from Sharjah and Dubai. Explore Dubai’s roots and traditional culture at Dubai Museum and the Al Fahidi heritage area, and cross Dubai Creek by ‘abra’ boat to Deira’s souks. Then, head for new Dubai, seeing the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, a Dubai Fountain show, and more. Sharjah and Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off, plus Dubai Museum entrance fee included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Dubai City Half Day Tour

Discover the main attractions of Dubai on this half-day guided tour of the city. First, wander through the Gold Souk, then take a traditional Abra boat ride across the Dubai Creek. Following that, stop at the Jumeirah Mosque before driving through the man-made Palm Island to the Atlantis the Palm hotel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Afternoon Skyline CityVan Tour, Platinum line

Cover all Dubai’s highlights in comfort, without contending with cabs or public transport, on this deluxe van tour. Sit back as the sights come to you and enjoy unobstructed views through the open roof. Admire the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa; visit Dubai Mall; and hear details and stories you may otherwise miss, via audio commentary available in 10 languages. Hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Modern City Tour of Dubai

Discover the ultra-modern architecture of Dubai’s city skyline on a half-day tour with a professional guide. Head downtown to ogle the views from Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper; browse high-end shops at the Dubai Mall; see the palatial Atlantis, the Palm on the Palm Jumeirah; and visit the Dubai Marina and more as you learn about each striking edifice.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Afternoon Dubai City Tour

We begin the Dubai city tour in the afternoon with a pick up from your hotel. Then we will drive through the Bastakiya, Al Fahidi Fort, Ruler's Court, Old Mosque, Textile Street, Central Bank, Ministry of Finance, Heritage Village, spice and gold souqs and photo stop at the Dubai Creek.Proceeding towards Jumeirah Road, passing by the Dry Docks Dubai and the Historical Union House with photo stops at the beautiful and famous Jumeirah Mosque, the Burj Al Arab (the world's biggest 7-star hotel in the world), and the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai city tour is the best and one of our cheapest excursions in Dubai.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Morning Skyline CityVan Tour, Platinum line

Discover the best that Dubai has to offer during this 4-hour comprehensive tour. Visit all of the main highlights of this modern metropolis such as Burj al Arab, Palm Island, the Dubai Mall, and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Then head to the Old Town and learn about the history and culture of the Emirates at the Dubai Museum to end the tour.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Dubai at Night Tour with Optional Burj Khalifa Ticket

Soak up the magic of Dubai after dark on this 4-hour panoramic evening tour. As dusk falls, admire the city’s famous sights bathed in floodlights as your guide shares facts about Dubai’s history and culture. See the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and other landmarks; admire the beautifully lit waterways of Little Venice, known as the Madinat Jumeirah; and experience the lights, music and dancing cascades of a Dubai Fountain Show. Upgrade to visit the Burj Khalifa observation deck to witness the views down over the sparkling city.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-Day Dubai Sightseeing Tour with Lunch at the Musical Fountains

Explore the thriving metropolis of Dubai on this guided, full-day, small-group sightseeing tour. Step into Dubai’s past at Bastakyia, its most engaging neighborhood. Cross the Dubai Creek to take in the breathtaking view of the city. Visit Dubai Gold Souk, a market located in the heart of the commercial business district. See the Jumeirah Mosque, the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai and much more. Midday, enjoy a buffet lunch by the Dubai Fountain, the world's largest, choreographed fountain system.  Admission ticket for the Dubai Museum plus a hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Dubai Tour with Optional Burj Khalifa Ticket and visit Dubai Mall Aquarium

Get out and about in Dubai on a full-day tour of the city’s highlights. Your tour guide will pick you up directly from your hotel, then it’s on to explore sights like the Dubai Marina, Palm Island, and the  Burj al Arab. Take a ride in a traditional water taxi, do some shopping at Dubai Gold and Spice souks, and learn about local culture and everyday life along the way. Upgrade to visit the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall Aquarium.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Dubai Top 5 Tour

Experience five of Dubai’s most iconic modern sights, including the views from ‘At the Top’ at the Burj Khalifa, on a 7-hour sightseeing tour. Learn about Dubai’s architectural marvels from an expert guide as you discover landmarks such as the Palm Jumeirah, luxury souks and more. Enjoy a cruise to see the Mina Seyahi lagoon and Dubai Marina, and ascend to the Burj Khalifa’s 124th floor ‘At the Top’ observatory to witness the breathaking views. Finish by watching a Dubai Fountain Show and enjoying dinner at the chic Armani Hotel.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Complete UAE Tour from Dubai

Explore all seven emirates of the UAE in one day on this 14-hour tour from Dubai. Experience Dubai’s highlights including the Burj Khalifa, and discover the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi with a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and photo stop at Ferrari World. In between, enjoy panoramic coastal and desert drives to east-coast Fujairah, and smaller emirates including Ras Al Khaimah. Air-conditioned minivan transport, entrance fees, and Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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