Burj Al Arab

The stunning sight of a hotel "adrift" on the Persian Gulf is not to be missed.

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Burj Al Arab: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

See Dubai from the water on a adrenaline-filled speedboat tour. See Dubai's key landmarks in a unique and fun way as you cut through the waters from the marina to the beach. This thrilling round-trip journey departs from the famous Dubai Marina. The host has an office on the Marina where a red carpet awaits to greet you. Once you have checked in, your guide will run through a safety briefing, so please arrive 15 minutes early. Choose from a 90 minute full tour of the sights which will cruise through the marina up to Jumeirah Beach. From here, this unforgettable tour is full of great views and fun facts of all the coastline hotels, beaches, and of course Dubai's top landmarks, including:  • Dubai Marina • The Dubai Eye Wheel • Jumeriah Beach • The Harbour Project • The Huge Palm and its hotels • The Atlantis • Dubai Rulers Private Island • The Burj Al Arab

Dubai: Group City Tour with Dubai Frame Tickets

2. Dubai: Group City Tour with Dubai Frame Tickets

Embark on an adventure of Dubai in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, discovering many of the city's highlights with a licensed guide. See the Palm Jumeirah, the Blue Mosque, Dubai Creek, and more up close. Visit the iconic Dubai Frame at your own pace, marveling at its grandeur. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel. Start by stopping by The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, our first attraction, and witness the magnificent view of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel before enjoying a Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Then, be driven to Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque. The mosque’s design, inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, combines Andalusian and Ottoman architecture and can accommodate about 2000 worshippers at the same time. Visit the Dubai Creek and enjoy an Abra Ride (ancient water transport system) to cross the Creek. Stroll through the Gold and Spice Souks, lined with shops and stalls selling exquisite gold and spice items. Next, head to Al Khayma Heritage House at Al Fahidi Historical District. Enjoy Emirati hospitality with a welcome tea/coffee. Explore the old Emirati lifestyle as you tour the traditional house, learning more of UAE’s journey, starting with the desert from the tents to reaching Mars. Before concluding the house visit, explore the traditional Emirati bedroom with its antiques, observing the architectural expansion of the authentic house from the tent replica at the restaurant to Arish palm front houses finally to the megastructures. Then move to the last stop of the tour—the Dubai Frame. Witness the 150-meter building that replicates the shape of a photo frame. With 2 lofty towers connected by a glass bridge, you can see Old Dubai on one side and modern Dubai on the other. After the tour concludes, be dropped back to your selected location.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ and Sunset

3. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ and Sunset

Get ready to experience the fabulous marine scenery by witnessing the iconic destinations of Dubai while sailing on an exceptional Dubai cruise. When you board your yacht, you will be warmly greeted with juice. Drinking water also will be available throughout the journey, and the crew will be ready to serve you with any requirement. While cruising, observe the city's highlights and sail through the Dubai Marina and JBR Towers to Blue Water Island. Cruising over to the Dubai Eye and passing by the Dubai Harbor & Big Cruises, you shall also see the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the renowned Burj Al Arab hotel. You shall choose between breakfast, lunch, or a BBQ dinner, depending on your choice, and the meal will be served on board. Spending quality time on the Yacht, enjoy the 5-star comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and lovely cabins with natural light. Unwind yourself in the lounge area, which offers plenty of sun and shade, and relax your heart out.

Dubai: 22-Minute Helicopter Flight

4. Dubai: 22-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard for an exciting helicopter flight from the Dubai Police Academy, and then fly over the breathtaking wonders of Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis the Palm Hotel. Look down on the unique World Islands archipelago. Cruise above the beaches of Dubai and see the Burj al Arab from a different perspective. Admire the world's tallest building from up high as you get closer to the Burj Khalifa. Fly over the heritage area of Al Fahidi to see the historical wind towers. Pass over the spice bazaar of the Old Souk and the monuments of Dubai Creek. Listen to a commentary from your live guide and ask any questions you may have.

Dubai: Private Yacht Charter from Dubai Marina

5. Dubai: Private Yacht Charter from Dubai Marina

Enjoy a cruise on a private luxury yacht and marvel at the Dubai skyline. Experience the lively atmosphere on deck and stop for a swim during the daytime cruise. Meet your private skipper at the Dubai Marina and board the gleaming, 42-foot private motor yacht. Amenities include a spacious sun deck, seating area, comfortable indoor saloon, cabins, a kitchen, and a washroom. Feel free to bring your own food and music for this open-water adventure. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, such as Palm Island, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Palace, Marina Lagoon, and Jumeirah Beach. Settle on deck as you sail into the Persian Gulf. Soak up the panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline as you glide along the coast. Admire The Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab, and towering Atlantis The Palm hotel. If you’ve chosen an evening cruise, marvel at the views of the floodlit landmarks and high-rises, all beautifully illuminated in the fading light. If your cruise is scheduled in the daytime, you can top up your tan as you enjoy the cooling sea breezes. Enjoy the music from the boat’s sound system or stop for a swim.

Dubai JetSki: Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Atlantis

6. Dubai JetSki: Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Atlantis

Discover the impressive coastline of Dubai along with all of its towering skyscrapers on a fun cruise and exciting jet ski adventure. Meet your guide at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2 for an escort to the Jet Ski station. Set off on your adventure from the well-known Jumeirah Fishing Harbor 1. Enjoy a free ride for approximately 10-minutes with a backdrop of the skyline of Dubai and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. While experiencing the adventure of jet skiing, if you wish to enjoy the beauty of some of the other best attractions, you can select 1 of the options provided, depending on your preference. These options include 30-minute, 60-minute, and 120-minute options, as well as a 20-minute donut ride option.

Atlantis & Burj Al Arab 3-Hour Cruise on Luxury Yacht

7. Atlantis & Burj Al Arab 3-Hour Cruise on Luxury Yacht

This tour offers the chance to spend time on a beautiful luxury yacht. See the most attractive views and landmarks of Dubai, while expert staff cater to your needs.   Start the trip with a welcome drink (non-alcoholic), before the yacht sails out of Dubai Marina. Discover Dubai from a different perspective as you pass famous sights, including the Palm Jumeriah, Atlantis, The Palm and the striking Burj al Arab.   Anchor in a lagoon and enjoy swimming in crystal blue waters (if you have booked more than 2 hours). After a swim, it's time to eat, before you head back to Dubai Marina.

Dubai: 1.5-Hour Self-Drive Boat Trip

8. Dubai: 1.5-Hour Self-Drive Boat Trip

Experience what it is like to captain your own boat on a thrilling boat trip along the coastline of Dubai. Reach speeds of over 60 kilometers per hour and pass famous landmarks as you set sail from the heritage fishing harbor near Jumeirah Beach. Listen to stories about the city from your guide along the way. Cruise past famous beaches and iconic buildings, such as the Burj Al Arab hotel, and marvel at the manmade island of Palm Jumeirah. See the distinctive Atlantis the Palm hotel and stop to take photos of luxury mansions and upscale developments. Take control of a boat that is safe, sturdy, easy to drive and cannot be tipped over to enjoy a unique adventure on the water for all the family.

Dubai: Parasailing Experience with Burj Al Arab View

9. Dubai: Parasailing Experience with Burj Al Arab View

Enjoy a great experience, mix of adrenaline and sightseeing solo or in duo. You will fly 100m from the water for a 10min parasailing ride next from the Burj Al Arab, enjoying scenic views of this emblem of Dubai and of the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. You join us at our marina located next to the Burj Al Arab. Our guest manager introduce you the captain and his helper and then you board on the boat. There are up to 4 group flying on the same session, each session is up to 1h and the flight time is 10min. You are given a briefing and then the boat leaves the marina and cruise 5min to be in place. Once ready the helper calls the first group and get them ready to fly. Our boat is specially designed for parasailing with the engine inside and not outside and a specific area to take off and land on the boat. You are not going in the water at any point during the session. But you can get a bit wet from the boat ride. Once everyone had their parasailing experience we come back to the marina We have options for pictures and video with special material with a GoPro to take shots during the tour.

Dubai: Marina Private Boat Tour & Palm Jumeirah Sightseeing

10. Dubai: Marina Private Boat Tour & Palm Jumeirah Sightseeing

Climb aboard a luxury boat for a 2 hour, 90-minute, or 60-minute cruise of Dubai that covers all the major landmarks of the city, such as Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah. All the boats are crewed with fully licensed captains. Cross Dubai Marina to the sail-like Burj Al Arab. Enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf on a soothing journey across its waters. Complimentary water will be provided for your comfort. Get an alternative perspective of the city’s iconic landmarks while you sit back and relax. A recorded guide will point out places of interest along the way. Enjoy on board state-of-the-art facilities, such as an audio system with amp and 6 speakers. Just plug your phone in and listen to your own music! The boat also features a front and aft ladders, and a swimming platform. Make a short stop at your own convenience to enjoy the views and take some memorable souvenir photos.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    The Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial island across a private bridge. The easiest and most affordable way to reach it is by taxi, but if you're feeling flash, call the hotel to book a Rolls Royce or helicopter pick-up!

  • How to get in?

    Unfortunately, it's not as easy as just showing up at the hotel and gawking. You won't even make it to the lobby without proof of a reservation (if not a room, then at least a restaurant meal or the hotel's famous afternoon tea). Access is also granted as part of some guided tours.

  • How much is it a night?

    Of course, not every room is as expensive as the Royal Suite, but even the cheapest rooms will cost you at least $1,800!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    24 hours a day
  • Is it expensive?
    It's an astounding building from the outside, but it costs quite a bit to get in - best to check out the range of tours available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily, but your visit needs to be booked in advance.
  • How to get there
    The hotel sits on a little island off mainland Dubai. The nearest metro stop is Mall of the Emirates, then walk across the bridge. However, it is more direct to get a taxi.
  • Additional information

    • Dress nicely - this is one of the world's fanciest hotels. | You can only enter the Burj as a visitor (as opposed to a guest) if you have a reservation in a restaurant. There are a selection of packages offering this.

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What people are saying about Burj Al Arab

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16,504 reviews

Great tour around the palm & past the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis, I booked this to fill a couple of hours one afternoon it was a great choice, as we were being given our safety briefing and life vests our guide made us aware that the water was quite choppy out of the marina & bay, this just added to the fun, you got a great sense of the speed & the pilot guided us into several waves to create masses of spray, great views and a great tour, the boat stopped in front of several landmarks & the guide took our pictures. Good speedboat ride, good views, would definitely recommend.

Alena did a great job! She was a wonderful guide and showed us the best points of interest in an amazing way! We loved this tour and recommend Alena as a tour guide!

Great fun for adults and teenage boys. Stopped for photo shoots and a little info at key points along the way. Would highly recommend

Excellent hosts, very friendly and definitely caring whilst on board ensuring everyone was happy. 100% would go again

the tour is complete, it takes us to know the best points of the city. really incredible