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Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

1. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Take the world’s fastest elevator as you ascend Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Holding the title as the world's tallest building, ride up to the 125th floor and check out the view from the observation deck balcony. The Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai at a staggering 2,723ft. Enjoy the aerial view of the surrounding emirate with 360-degree panoramas. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this Middle Eastern icon while seeing views of the city through one of the deck's telescopes. Purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music playing on the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain, set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, from your viewpoint.

Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

2. Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

Spanning 1,260 square meters, the Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai is located on Level 4, Concourse A in Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The area offers comfortable seating and a delectable array of Arabic, Asian, and international cuisine freshly prepared in the site's kitchen. Brewed tea and coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages from the well-stocked Aerobar are also served throughout the day. The lounge is equipped with free WiFi, dedicated smoking rooms, and shower rooms with quality amenities. There is also a specially designed children's play area with sustainable wooden toys for the younger travelers.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

3. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Embark on a cruise around Dubai to see its highlights from the water. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the Burj Al Arab. Enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on board, depending on the option chosen.   Receive a red-carpet welcome upon boarding your yacht. Juices and water will be available, and the crew will help you with any requirements. Spend quality time networking aboard the 64-foot vessel. Benefit from creature comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and 3 beautiful cabins with natural light. Take your seats in the lounge area with abundant sun and shade. 

Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

4. Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Avoid the crowds and treat yourself to a premium experience on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, including access to the outdoor terrace of the world's highest observation deck. Select the sunset option to enjoy the city as the sun sets over the skyline.  Ascend the 555-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, starting at the SKY Lounge. Watch as specially designed projections let you “fly” over city landmarks en route. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music that can be heard through the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain set on the Burj Khalifa Lake from your panoramic viewpoint. Descend to ground level, where a new exhibition allows you to relive the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Hear testimonials from the brains behind the building, from the interiors to the landscaping, architecture, and more.

Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

5. Dubai: Museum of the Future Admission Ticket

Experience a museum that tries to transform the world rather than tell a story of the past with this ticket to the Museum of the Future in Dubai. Visit this iconic building that is one of the world's most complex architectural structures.  Pass through this unique space which accommodates several immersive future environments that aim to position visitors in an empowering version of the future. Explore the future of space travel, climate change, health, wellness, and spirituality.  Learn about the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Discover the possibilities of concepts like human augmentation. See how education, smart cities, energy and transportation may be transformed in the future. 

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

6. Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

Enjoy thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East, on dozens of rides and waterslides. With your day ticket, prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon. Ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an inner tube and take a trip on the rapids of a tidal river. Test your nerves on the exhilarating Ziggurat, and plunge more than 27 meters down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. Unwind on a private beach, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments from on-site restaurants. Take the little ones to Splashers, a water playground especially for kids.

Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

7. Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

Explore the desert on this SUV tour from Dubai. Cruise up, down and through desert dunes in Land Cruiser. Drive an ATV over sand dunes before enjoying live entertainment and dinner at a Bedouin camp. Begin by exploring the desert and get a glimpse of the harshness and intensity of the desert sands. Later on, try dune bashing in a 4x4 Land Cruiser (which is fully equipped with all necessary safety features) and sandboarding on the silky red-sand dunes. Next up is the quad bike area, where you will receive a short briefing of safety instructions before enjoying the thrill of riding an ATV over the vast sands. Finally, relax in a traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you can indulge in activities like camel riding and henna painting. Enjoy being entertained by belly and folk dancers while eating a delicious barbecue dinner.

Burj Khalifa 124 & Lunch or Dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club

8. Burj Khalifa 124 & Lunch or Dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club

On this 5 hour program, you will enjoy the views from the 124th level of Burj Khalifa. Then, depending on the time slot that you selected, you will then head down to the 3rd floor to enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner at the Burj Club for an alfresco dining experience overlooking Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. Feel the thrill of a high-speed ride in one of the world's fastest elevators. Marvel at the views from the world's tallest skyscraper as you step out onto an outdoor observation terrace 452 meters above the ground. Sample Menu Appetizer • Vichyssoise soup: traditional leek and potato soup with truffle oil (V) • Oriental lentil soup with lemon and baby spinach (V) • Caprese: Buffalo mozzarella, marinated tomatoes and basil pesto (V) • Seasonal mixed green salad with chicken or prawns (H / S ) Main • Organic corn-fed oven roasted chicken breast, potato mash and seasonal vegetable • Penne bolognese: beef and root vegetable bolognese with basil leaves (SG) • Vegetable fried rice with green peas, broccoli, carrot and soy sauce (V) • Grilled seabass with cherry tomatoes ragout and basil leave Dessert • White chocolate cheesecake, New York style (SG) • Fruit platter: selection of seasonal fruits (H) • Lemon meringue tart, strawberry coulis (D) 3-course set menu, guests may choose one of each. S = Shellfish, H = Healthier option, V = Vegetarian, N = Nuts, SG = Signature *Menu item subject to availability and may change without prior notice  

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

10. Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

Explore the streets of Old Dubai on a guided walking tour. Have the option to choose between a shared or private tour. Visit the coin museum, try delicious local food and drinks, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse spices and gold at local markets. Your tour begins with a visit to the historical quarter of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya). There you will have several stops where your guide will tell you about the history of Dubai and the UAE, its culture, life in Dubai, and the religion and the beliefs of the area. Then continue to the coin museum, where you will see the ancient coins of Arabia and Dubai. You can also admire fantastic views across Bastakiya from the roof. Stop in front of a mosque and learn more about Islam.  Following the mosque, shop in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about the prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then walk through the old souk, known for clothing, textiles, souvenirs, and Kashmir scarves at the best prices. Take your time to shop and sample fresh juice, street food, and local tea. Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different herbs and medicines and try the camel milk chocolate! The tour continues to the biggest market for gold in the Middle East where you can admire intricate metalwork.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 239,000 reviews

Definitely worth buying a 2 or 3 day ticket and doing the different routes on separate days, as this gives one enough time to hop off and on at leisure. Cold bottled water supplied for free, so no need to bring your own.

Amazing, very informative. The tour guide is very patient and very knowledgeable about the history of Dubai.

Our guide was so informative and helpful. A truly wonderful tour. Would highly recommend!

Interesting tour, thank you to Abdullah! He made us feel comfortable the entire tour.

Beautiful, symbolic and an overwhelming experience!