• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Dubai Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Apr 28

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. If you'll be visiting Abu Dhabi just an hour and half away, check out things to do there as well.


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


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, 2pm and 4:30pm

Price

$45 per person

Alternative

Art, Jewels & Chocolate Tour Of Dubai - $85 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 8am - 11pm

Price

$42 per person


Alternative

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

Old and New Dubai with Entry to the Dubai Frame - $32 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

Alternative

Butterfly Garden Admission - $27 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

Alternative

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

$22 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 $71 per person

Alternative

Water Canal Cruise and La Perle Show with Dinner - $110 per person


Evening Desert Safari

Leave the bustle of the city behind on this guided desert adventure. Head out in a 4x4 vehicle for a journey over the dunes of Dubai’s Red Desert. Watch the sunset over the vast expanse of rippling sands. Enjoy sand boarding and a camel ride, an ancient mode of transportation. Relax on comfortable cushions as you savor sips of Arabian coffee and get a henna painting. Dine on a traditional BBQ buffet dinner and hookah while watching live shows (Belly Dancing, Fire Dance and Tanura Dance) beneath the stars. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 3pm

Price

$29 per person

Alternative

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

$22 per person

Alternative

Burj Lake Boat, Water, and Kayaking Activities - $15 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

$244 per person

Alternative


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

$88 per person

Alternative

Lost Chambers Scuba Dive - $302 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

  • $90 per person

  • $74 per person for access to just Aquaventure

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

Alternative

Wild Wadi Waterpark - $70 per person


Discover 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

$139 per person

Alternative


Flyboard Experience

Flyboarding is one of the hottest new water sports and the magnificent coast of Dubai provides an idyllic backdrop for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure. Unleash your inner daredevil with a thrilling flyboard session at and propel yourself up to 45-feet (14-metres) in the air using high-speed water jets.


Duration

30 mins

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 5pm

Price

$85 per person

Alternative

Parasailing Adventure on Jumeirah Beach

See Dubai from a different perspective—from high above the water. On this exciting parasailing adventure, soar above the Arabian Gulf and enjoy views of Palm Island, Dubai Marina, and other incredible sights off the shoreline of this world-class city. This tour is for the adventurous only—you may rise to heights of up to 500 feet (152 meters) if the winds allow.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday from 9:30am - 5pm

Price

$89 per person


Burj Al Arab Jetski Tour

Experience the thrill of speeding around the waters of Dubai on a high-powered jet ski. Zip past famous landmarks like Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Kite Beach, and Burj Al Arab, the only 7-star hotel in the world. Good for all levels of jet ski riders, cruise through the water at your own pace, appreciating the skyline and creative architecture of the city's most striking buildings.


Duration

30 mins

Availability

Everyday from 8am - 7pm

Price

$75 per jet ski (up to 2 people)


Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

View the Palm Jumeirah and other Dubai landmarks from the water on a RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) cruise. Board a 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 Jumeirah; and admire the Burj Al Arab.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday, at the top of each hour from 9am - 6pm

Price

$36 per person

Alternative

Alexandra Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai Marina

Explore the waterways of Dubai Marina on this 2-hour, sightseeing dinner cruise. Climb aboard the Dhow Alexandra, a wooden Arabic Ship that has been refurbished and renovated into a high-class floating restaurant operating in Dubai Marina. The Dhow Cruise Dinner has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Enjoy a buffet dinner with five salads, seven main-course dishes, a seafood soup and four dessert options, plus entertainment and a spectacular view of the city skyline from the water.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9pm

Price

$44 per person

Alternative


Pub Crawl

Discover the newest and most fun Pub Crawl in Dubai now taken to another level! A top-notch tour in some of the most popular bars and clubs in town & a great way to dive into the local nightlife in Dubai. With the help of our experienced guides, with a random group and a very carefully planned tour, fun is guaranteed. Enjoy the opportunity to socialize, drink and have unique fun night-outs in total comfort with a private transfer and amazing venues.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Every Friday at 6:30pm

Price

$60 per person


Lux Crawl: The Ultimate Nightlife Experience

Discover Dubai’s nightlife scene on a bar crawl with transportation by limousine. You’ll visit some of the city’s top clubs with a “party host,” enjoying cocktails, games, prizes, and VIP-style table service. This is a great way to meet fellow travelers.



Duration

4 - 6 hours

Availability

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6pm

Price

  • $120 per person for the silver package (visit 2 clubs)

  • $150 per person for the gold package (visit 3 clubs)

  • $170 per person for the platinum package (visit 4 clubs)

Salsa Lovers Dancing Experience

Great opportunity to meet with like minded people, network, share some similar interests, culture, make friends and to practice your salsa moves. Visit the most popular salsa venue in town. If you love dancing, but don't know where to go, you can skip the typical club and try this Latin dance experience. You can meet-up with a group of fellow Salsa enthusiasts, let your host lead the way to a Salsa club, and even try a few new dance moves.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$148 per person


Hot Air Balloon Ride

Be transported to the desert, board your piloted balloon, and absorb the views and watch for wildlife as you float over the dunes and the sun illuminates the sands.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 4:30am

Price

$375 per person

Alternative

iFLY Dubai - $63 per person



Helicopter Tour

Discover Dubai, the fastest-growing city in the world, from the air on this whirlwind helicopter tour. Beginning from Dubai Festival City and continuing along Dubai Creek through the suburbs, explore this fascinating city, with its impressive skyline and luxurious hotels. See the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, located next the one of the world's largest shopping malls. See the wind towers, beaches, golf courses and much more. Light refreshments included.


Duration

30 mins

Availability

Everyday, time TBD

Price

Starting at $179 per person

3-Course Lunch at Atlantis the Palm

Select from a choice of 3 restaurants and indulge in a 3-course menu as you experience the magic of Atlantis Hotel. Have the flexibility of ordering what you feel like from the restaurants' set menus on the day (1 starter, 1 main course, and 1 dessert). Nowhere else in the world will you find so many celebrity chefs, comforting casual options, and award-winning restaurants under one roof.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday from 12pm - 3pm

Price

$52 per person

Alternative

Afternoon Tea at Plato's in Atlantis the Palm - $41 per person


Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

Delve into traditional Emirati culture over a delicious local meal on an engaging experience in Dubai. Visit the charming Al-Fahidi neighborhood in old Dubai’s Al Bastakiya district, and take a seat in a delightful, wind towered courtyard. After Arabic coffee and dates, enjoy a tasty feast of local specialties, including syrup-soaked ‘ligamat’ donuts. As you eat, enjoy a question-and-answer session with a local expert, covering local culture. Learn about Emirati dress, food and daily life, and leave with a deeper understanding of Dubai’s past and present.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Saturday - Thursday at 1pm

Price

$35.50 per person

Alternative


Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi is defined by its extravagant architecture, but it can be hard to cover its highlights on a self-led visit from Dubai. Benefit from air-conditioned transport throughout and a guide’s commentary on the UAE capital’s history, buildings, and culture on this tour. Explore the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, take photos of Ferrari World, and see and learn about attractions such as the Dates Market, Corniche, and Emirates Palace.


Duration

7 - 8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$25 per person

Alternative

Sharjah City Tour

Get to know the spirit of Sharjah City during this 4-hour tour from Dubai. With your guide and group, explore the highlights and landmarks of the city known as Pearl of the Gulf. Stop at landmarks such as the Al Arsa souk, the Heritage Museum and the King Faisal Mosque. Learn about the culture, traditions and history of the city from your guide. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Dubai hotels are included.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Saturday - Thursday at 9am

Price

$21 per person

Alternative


Hatta City Tour

Hatta is Dubai’s mountainous little sister. An exclave of the emirate that sits on the border with Oman, it benefits from some fantastic natural scenery and a more laid-back pace of life than the UAE's big cities. Less than a two-hour drive from Dubai, it’s a good pick for a weekend escape and close enough for a mini-daycation. In winter, Hatta is the go-to spot for hiking, biking, kayaking, and adventure, while in summer it's worth a visit for its cooler climes.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 10:30am

Price

$61 per person


Chillout Ice Lounge

Visit the only ice lounge in the Middle East, a spellbinding place featuring ice sculptures, ice seating, and an illuminated interior, all at sub-zero temperatures. Dress warmly with the outer layers provided and enjoy a complimentary drink at the bar.

Duration

40 mins

Availability

Everyday, at the top of each hour from 9am - 9pm

Price

$21 per person

Alternative

IMG World of Adventure

Get ahead with planning your Dubai vacation by reserving tickets for the city’s IMG Worlds of Adventure—the world’s biggest indoor theme park. Dive into the amusement zones and enjoy their rides, attractions, virtual experiences, and dining and shopping at your own pace for the rest of the day.

Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Everyday at 12pm

Price