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Discover the best of Dubai with these 10 unique tours

If you want to see a unique side of Dubai, check out these 10 experiences full of adrenaline-pumping adventures, romantic views and inspiring culture.

Cruise ferry sailing in Dubai Marina

Few places have the power to inspire wonder and adventure like Dubai. The dazzling architecture and innovative vibe of this city is infectious. In just a few years, this desert gem has climbed travel money lists and top ten lists around the world. Lucky for adventurous travelers, Dubai lives up to the hype. Dubai has more than luxury hotels, yacht parties, shopping and five-star restaurants. If you want to see a unique side of Dubai, check out these 10 experiences full of adrenaline-pumping adventures, romantic views and inspiring cultural immersion.


10/10 Dubai Marina Royal Dinner Dhow Cruise

During this two-hour dinner cruise, guests will enjoy a wonderful evening of decadent dining and nighttime sightseeing. Guests are served an international buffet dinner on board a traditional wooden boat known as a dhow. Guests are treated to breathtaking views of the city and an unforgettable night under the stars as they cruise around Dubai Harbour.

  • Visitation:
    Dubai Marina Royal Dinner Dhow Cruise

  • Duration
    : 2 hours

  • Costs:
    $107.56 per adult

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9/10 Dubai: 5-Hour Guided Tour for a Professional Photographer

Dubai is one of the most photogenic cities in the world and guests wouldn’t want to take a few iconic pictures while visiting. Guided by a professional photographer, this tour explores some of Dubai’s most treasured sites, including bustling local markets and religious and cultural sites. To participate, guests just need to book a tour and bring their cameras and a healthy appetite for adventure.

  • Visitation:
    Dubai: 5-Hour Guided Tour by a Professional Photographer

  • Duration:
    6 hours

  • Costs:
    $70.00 per adult

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8/10 10 Tastes of Dubai with Locals: Private Food Tour

This tour combines a wide-ranging tour of Dubai’s diverse cultural influences with a decadent overview of the region’s cuisine. Stops include markets, temples, historical monuments and more. Along the way, travelers sample foods representative of local style and tastes. This interactive and immersive gastronomic experience is a breathtaking tour that expertly combines food discovery and sightseeing across Dubai.

  • Visitation:
    10 Tastes of Dubai with Locals: Private Food Tour

  • Duration
    : 3 hours

  • Costs:
    $143.34 per adult

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7/10 Explore old Dubai, Al Fahidi district, museums, markets, food and Abra

This unique tour takes travelers through Old Dubai, introducing them to the history, culture and food that defined Dubai before the high-rises, glitz and glamour. Get in touch with the humble and authentic origins of this desert wonder with visits to spice markets, the historic Al Fahidi quarter and a traditional boat ride. Led by a local guide; travelers will experience a part of Dubai that is often overlooked but worth learning about and experiencing.

  • Visitation:
    Explore Old Dubai, Al Fahidi District, Museums, Markets, Food and Abra “Small Group”

  • Duration:
    3 hours

  • Costs:
    $27.91 per adult

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6/10 Hot air balloon ride, vintage Land Rover ride and breakfast from Dubai

Soar high above the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a hot air balloon with a trained captain on this scientist-listed tour. Breathtaking views of the desert below will captivate adventurous guests on this journey as they immerse themselves in the tranquil desert landscape. The ride also includes a falconry display where these majestic birds fly thousands of feet in the air. Falconry is an enduring part of Emirati culture, and the birds and their keepers gracefully hold visitors’ attention.

  • Visitation:
    Hot air balloon ride, retro Land Rover ride and breakfast from Dubai

  • Duration:
    5 hours

  • Costs:
    $375 per adult

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5/10 Helicopter trip to Dubai

Dubai is a modern wonder best seen from the air. Intrepid visitors can board a helicopter for an aerial tour of this world-class destination. The tour includes flyovers of major attractions that are best seen from the air, such as the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa. An adventure for the whole family, children are allowed in the helicopter accompanied by an adult.

  • Visitation:
    Helicopter trip to Dubai

  • Duration:
    12 minutes

  • Costs:
    $189 per adult

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4/10 Sightseeing cruises Dubai with a guide

A boat tour for thrill seekers and guests, explore the iconic Dubai waterfront on a motor-driven inflatable boat that travels at speeds of up to 21 mph. The experienced captain pauses the tour to take photos before restarting the engine and cruising through Dubai Marina on this exciting and informative tour. Iconic views on this journey include Atlantis, The Palm, an ultra-luxury hotel with a typical pyramid profile.

  • Visitation:
    Sightseeing cruises Dubai with a guide

  • Duration:
    1-1 hour 39 minutes

  • Costs:
    $48 per adult

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3/10 From Dubai to Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Watan Palace with OceanAir™️

A must see in Dubai is Abu Dhabi, the nearby capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city boasts the best of contemporary design and innovation, but is also rich in cultural attractions. This tour includes several photo stops, including the Presidential Palace and Ferrari World. Detailed stops include entry to the Heritage Village and the Grand Mosque to learn more about Emirati culture.

  • Visitation:
    From Dubai to Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Watan Palace with OceanAir™️

  • Duration:
    8-9 hours

  • Costs:
    $96.90 per adult

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2/10 1-hour jet ski tour of Dubai, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis

Do you feel the need for speed? This one-hour jet ski tour offers a unique and high-adrenaline experience of Dubai. With an experienced, safety-conscious guide, passengers can see the city’s highlights from Dubai Marina. World Island and Palm Jumeirah are two unforgettable sights included in the tour. Photo stops and rest breaks are scheduled throughout the tour, and the pace is fun and exciting.

  • Visitation:
    1H JET SKI Tour Dubai, Burj al Arab and Atlantis

  • Duration:
    1 hour

  • Costs:
    $169.00

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1/10 Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camels, Stargazing & 5* BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️

Emirati culture and Dubai’s humble beginnings are juxtaposed with the vast desert just beyond. This excursion immerses visitors in an ancient culture originating from the desert while welcoming guests to learn about and play in this unique environment. In the first half of the experience, after an orientation to the history and culture of the area, travelers have the opportunity to ride a quad bike across the dunes or go sand surfing along their steep slopes. The second half of the experience includes an evening of traditional flavors and entertainment at the luxury Al Khayma Camp.

  • Visitation:
    Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camels, Stargazing & 5* BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️

  • Duration:
    7 hours

  • Costs:
    $88.20 per adult

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