WanderlustHow to Experience Dubai From the Sky

Dubai looks amazing from above so enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Emirate from these great heights

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From Palm Jumeirah island’s sandy fronds, to the city's panorama of skyscrapers, Dubai looks amazing from above. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Emirate.

Embark on a helicopter adventure

For an aerial adventure to remember, explore Dubai’s landmark locations in your own private helicopter. There are numerous operators to choose from, with routes taking in incredible sights, like the artificial archipelago of the World Islands and the stunning Atlantis resort, as well as more unlikely (but still incredibly picturesque) places, such as the Camel Race Club and Emirates Golf Course. Whether you take to the skies for a 15-minute whistle-stop tour or a leisurely one-hour flight, you’ll be rewarded with endless Instagram-friendly moments.

Helicopter flying over Dubai's skyline

Visit the observation decks at Burj Khalifa

Stretching towards the stars like a giant glass-and-steel wand, the views from the tallest building in the world are something pretty special. The Burj Khalifa has two 360-degree observation decks on levels 124 and 125, while a guided tour grants access to SKY on level 148, where you’ll find an outdoor terrace and premium lounge at a dizzying 555 metres high. Soak up the sweeping city views before getting a closer look at some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks through high-powered telescopes and virtual reality immersive experiences. Once the sun sets behind the desert sands, the city twinkles like a million diamonds.

Afternoon tea in Dubai

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

As its name suggests, Skyview Bar & Restaurant is all about the city’s sparkling skyscraper panoramas. At 200 metres above sea level, this chic cocktail bar on the 27th floor of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is an elegant destination for afternoon tea. Decorated in the rich blues and greens of the Gulf, guests gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows while tucking into decadent caviar and salmon blinis, fresh scones and pastries, and fine loose-leaf teas sourced from India and China.

Skydive over the Palm Jumeirah

For those looking to inject some adrenaline-fuelled fun into their sightseeing itinerary, Skydive Dubai offers daredevil dives over the world’s largest manmade island. Embark on a tandem jump at the Palm Dropzone for a free-fall thrill that starts at 13,000 feet. Or, if you're an experienced skydiver, join their skydive school to perfect your skills. There are few more exhilarating experiences than hurtling through the air as you zoom towards the Palm.

Seaplane taking off over Dubai creek

Old meets new on a seaplane tour

Soar above Dubai’s modern marvels, historical spots and stunning natural wonders Indiana Jones-style, in one of Seawings’ classic Cessna seaplanes. The Signature & Heritage Tour sees explorers swoop over a maze of souks and follow the winding path of Dubai Creek, before being dropped off in Al Bastakiya with its atmospheric alleyways and enchanting spice market. It’s a magical way to witness the wonders of the Emirate.