• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Dubai Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Jul 27

Dubai is the most popular tourist destination in the United Arab Emirates. With its world renowned architecture, iconic hotels, luxury shopping and dinning, and of a kind experiences, its easy to see why this is a world class tourist destination. There's no shortage of things to do either. So check out my collection of things to do while in Dubai.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Dubai Full Day Tour

Ideal for first-time visitors to Dubai or travelers on a budget, this shared bus tour takes in all the highlights in one day. Enjoy spectacular views of Palm Jumeirah island, Sheikh Zayed road, and Burj Khalifa; visit the Grand Mosque of Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Dubai Museum (entrance included); ride a traditional abra across Dubai Creek; and enjoy free time for lunch and shopping at Dubai Mall. Hotel pickup included.


Duration

9 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$38 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, there is a 4-6 hour half day tour for $19.95 per person. There is also a 2.5 hours express tour for $16 per person. Or if you'll like to explore at your own pace, there is a Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour for $57.50 per person for a 1-day ticket and $66.40 per person for a 2-day ticket.


Dubai Aladdin Tour: Souks, Creek, Old Dubai and Tastings

Visit some of the most beautiful areas in Dubai and create memories you cannot forget during this fun tour which is mix of Street Food, Museums, shopping, culture and history. See the unique side of Dubai. Enjoy stress-free visit to the local markets (souks) and Explore Grand Souk, spice Souk and Gold Souk and get the best deals with Aladdin. Visit the main highlights of old Dubai and the museums in Fahidi historical neighborhood and learn a lot about Culture, history, beliefs and lifestyle of Dubai and Arabs explained with fun. All this while getting stuffed with several tastings including arabic coffee, tea, dates, chocodates and street food. Cruise Dubai Creek with the traditional boat (Abra) and enjoy the best views.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 4:30pm

Price

$55 per person


The Burj Khalifa- At the Top 124-125th floor

The Burj Khalifa of Dubai is the tallest tower in the world, offering 360-degree sky views of the city and the Persian Gulf. Pay a visit to At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observation deck. Located on level 124, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of Burj Khalifa.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 10pm

Price

  • $45 per person for non prime hours

  • $85 per person for prime hours

Dubai Frame

Consisting of two vertical towers of 150 meters’ height connected by a 100-square-meter bridge, the Dubai Frame is a highlight of the Dubai skyline.

The Dubai Frame has a museum and gallery where you can see the growth of Dubai from a simple fishing village to the ultra-modern city it is today with the use of photos and advanced technology. After visiting the museum, you take the elevator to the bridge to get a fascinating glimpse of the city. On one side is the charming old Dubai and on the other side is the modern new Dubai.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am

Price

  • $19.58 per person without hotel pickup and drop-off

  • $41.25 per person with hotel pickup and drop-off

Alternative

If you prefer, you can do a combo tour of Old and New Dubai with Entry to the Dubai Frame for $31.89 per person


Global Village & Miracle Garden Tour

Experience two Dubai big-hitters in one afternoon-and-evening trip with this great-value Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village combo. Forget arranging your own transport and visit both destinations with all transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off laid on. With your tickets also included, you’ll be free to simply drink in the floral displays at the Miracle Garden before enjoying the international foods, scale models, and cultural entertainments at Global Village.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 3pm

Price

$50 per person


Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions in Dubai takes you on a social and entertaining journey into a magical realm which delights all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences, fun with friends and family, and is unique in this part of the Middle East.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday at 10am - 11pm

Price

$22 per person

3D World Dubai, Trick-Art Selfie Museum

3D World is a 23,000 Sq. Ft. museum where you can indulge your creativity and imagination Fun times. Memorable pictures. Explore an interactive gallery and have a blast! 3D World brings you closer to art using hand painted ‘Trick-Art’ paintings and optical illusions. Immerse yourself in a 3-Dimensional setting in the nine different zones at 3D World Dubai! “Be a part of the Art” in paintings and create memorable photos of your own with your creativity and imagination.


Duration

2 - 3 hours

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 8pm

Price

$18 per person


La Perle Dubai’s #1 Show

Enjoy an evening of unforgettable entertainment at the La Perle by Dragone at Al Habtoor City in Dubai. The live performance is a dazzling spectacle of theatre and acrobatics, combining thrilling aerial and aquatic stunts with atmospheric music and special effects. Your admission ticket includes a choice of showtimes and seating options. Upgrade to a Platinum or VIP ticket for additional benefits like canapes, drinks, and a backstage tour.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Tuesday - Saturday at 6:30pm and 9pm

Price

Tickets starting at $58.33 per person


Dubai Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Sand Boarding, BBQ & Entertainment

Get the full UAE desert experience on a plate with this tour from Dubai. With convenient hotel pickup, make everything easy with a trip that bundles multiple activities into one outing. Hold tight on a 4WD dune bash, watch the sun sink over the dunes, get a henna tattoo, get a photo of you taken in an Arabic dress ride a camel and sand board; and enjoy a Bedouin-style dinner, hookah and live entertainment (Belly Dancing, Fire Dance and Tanura Dance) beneath the stars.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 3pm and 3:30pm

Price

$36 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, you can take a morning tour (no meals or entertainment) for $28.50 per person. If you'll like to ride quad bike's in the deserts, this morning tour is also available for $50 per person. Or take an evening quad bike tour that will include dinner and entertainment for $51.26 per person.

Dubai Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride

Marvel at the illuminations of Dubai Mall Fountain Show on a 30-minute cruise by "abra" water taxi. A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 feet in length (274 meter), the Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies.


Duration

30 mins

Availability

Everyday, every hour between 5:45pm - 10:45pm

Price

$21.78 per person


Dolphin Swim And Explore at Atlantis

At Dolphin Bay, the largest coastal dolphin habitat in the world, spend 40 minutes in 3-meter deep water with these beautiful creatures. Interact with them while you try out maneuvers in the water, like the Signature Belly-Ride, the Hug & Dance, and the Foot Push, where a dolphin will push your foot while riding on a boogie board.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:30pm and 3:30pm

Price

$230.05 per person


Atlantis Lost Chambers Ultimate Snorkel Experience

Snorkel alongside an incredible 65,000 marine creatures on this Ultimate Snorkel experience at the Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm. After an introductory briefing, don a supplied snorkel, mask and flotation vest, and enter the stunning Ambassador Lagoon. Then, float safely over the surface as you observe an awesome array of colorful aquatic life, from rays and shy reef sharks to huge, shimmying schools of exotic fish such as parrotfish and spotted snapper. Shorty wetsuits are also supplied for your snorkel. An ideal marine experience for families.


Duration

35 mins

Availability

Everyday at 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, and 2pm

Price

$76.29 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, you can opt to scuba dive instead for $302.20 per person

Atlantis Aquaventure and Lost Chambers

Visit the Atlantis Aquaventure and Lost Chambers. Explore over 43 acres in the park, enjoying rides on roller coasters, water slides, wave pools and more. Marvel at the 65,000 aquatic animals housed in The Lost Chamber Aquarium.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday 10am

Price

  • $96 per person

  • $30 per person for access to just the Lost Chamber (the aquarium)


Discovery Scuba Diving Trip to Fujairah

Introductory diving makes it possible for you to explore the colorful corals and tropical marine life of Fujairah without the need for a certification course. It is ideal for people of different ages with no scuba diving experience to discover the pristine beauty of the sea in Fujairah. All necessary instruction and equipment will be provided so you don't have to rent or buy your own gear. Roundtrip hotel transfer is also included.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7am

Price

$138.80 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, you can snorkel instead for $98.92 per person


Flyboard Experience