Dubai From Above
While Dubai is a fascinating city to explore on the ground, it is something else to see it from above. Whether gliding over the desert in a hot-air balloon, looking down on bustling Dubai Creek or the coastline from a private seaplane, or kicking back in the observation lounge of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, there are many ways to see Dubai from on high.
Take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of Dubai.
The best ways to see Dubai from the sky
Want to see all Dubai has to offer – all at once? Whether by hot-air balloon, helicopter, plane, and more, take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of the desert city.
Sightseeing by helicopter in Dubai
With flights leaving every half-hour from the centrally located helipad adjacent to Atlantis The Palm resort, Alpha Tours helicopter tour is one of the best fuss-free ways to see Dubai from above. The full circuit from the Palm Jumeirah to Downtown and back again ticks off all the major landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, The World islands and Atlantis itself, with ample photo opportunities along the way.
Seaplane over Old Dubai
See Old Dubai on one of Seawings' history and heritage charters. Flying over the maze of souks and shisha cafes, and rows of dhows bobbing on Dubai Creek, passengers are given a handy field guide to Dubai’s most fascinating points of interest, circling the flight path less travelled over Port Rashid, to the bustling streets that surround Deira’s clock tower.
Desert drift in a hot-air balloon
Could there be any better way to start the day than floating over Dubai's expanse of golden sand dunes? An early morning tour with Balloon Adventures Emirates is the perfect option for both professional photographers and avid Instagrammers, with the sands reflecting the sunrise’s ever-changing colour spectrum of deep red, orange and yellow. Keep an eye out for the wild camels and – if you're lucky – a herd of elusive Arabian mountain gazelles.
A trip to Dubai isn't complete without seeing the city from the 124th floor of the world's tallest building. The glass walls of the observation deck, At the Top – and its newly opened sister lounge, At the Top Burj Khalifa SKY on level 148 – give guests an unbeatable 360-degree view of the city and, on a clear day, the seemingly endless desert beyond. For one of the region’s most visited attractions, crowd control has been fine-tuned to an art form, with fascinating statistics and records fed to visitors as they ascend in the high-speed lifts. Afterwards, head down to level 122 to At.mosphere, for - what else? - a delectable high tea at 421 metres above sea level.
Skydive over Palm Jumeirah
Fancy an adrenaline rush with equally thrilling views? Free-falling at 210 kilometres an hour from 14,000 feet above the world's largest manmade island is sure to get your blood pumping. Skydive Dubai welcomes beginners, with trained instructors walking newbies through their tandem jump, and even pointing out points of interest on the way down. Not ready to make the leap? The drop zone’s cafe is a far more relaxing option for those who prefer to simply watch.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing