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High in Dubai
By Waseem Dahhan
From touring the city’s landmarks in a helicopter to soaring above the serene deserts in a hot air balloon, here’s our round-up of the best ways to take to the skies and enjoy the best of views.
Zip through Dubai’s best landmarks in a helicopter with Heli Dubai
Tour Dubai Bond style? Check! With Heli Dubai helicopter tours, you will see Dubai through the window of helicopter; taking off from the helipad at Festival City, you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk and the historical areas of Dubai. You will then follow the coastline over Jumeirah beach, Safa Park and the breathtaking skyline along Dubai's main highway to make your return over Zabeel parks and palaces. Time your tour after sunset to be stunned by the glittering lights of Dubai by night.
Tel: 800 FLY (359) or +971 4 208 14 55
Enjoy a breathtaking aerial excursion that starts at sea with Seawings
On Seawings’ seaplane tours, you will get airborne from the pristine waters of the gulf only to enjoy the most astonishing views of the picturesque emirates. Seawings offers various exciting seaplane tours in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as private charters to a number of destinations across the UAE. Choose between the Dubai Creek tour of the charming Old Dubai and the Jebel Ali tour offering you the chance to admire the architectural wonders of the modern side of the city. If you happen to be in Abu Dhabi, you can catch a glimpse of the capital city of the UAE with the Abu Dhabi Pearl tour.
Tel: +971 4 807 0708
Jump from an airplane plummeting through the skies and parachute to land safely with Skydive Dubai
Ok, maybe jumping out of an airplane is not all for the views but there are still a whole lot of them to enjoy once your heart comes back to a beat. With a drop zone located near the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Skydive Dubai offers Tandem skydives for those who want to feel the thrill of free falling. All tandem dives are done while you are harnessed to a professional instructor who is there to make sure you touchdown unharmed as you enjoy the amazing views.
Tel: +971 4 377 8888
Rise with the sun over the desert in hot air balloon with Amigos Balloons
Watch with excitement as your balloon is inflated, heated and becomes lighter than air, then climb aboard. Rising with the sun above the desert, and drifting silently with the wind will make you feel like time is standing still, before the exhilarating blast of the burners gets the pulse racing once more. After landing, you can celebrate your achievement with a satisfying breakfast and refreshing drink in the sun.
Tel: +971 4 289 9295
Soar as a bird in a Microlight with Jazirah Aviation Club
Microlights are small aircraft that seat two people only, but do not let their size fool you. These small planes will have you skimming swiftly through the clouds as if you were a bird. As Microlights come in closed and open cockpits, it is up to you to choose whether you want to feel the wind – and the occasional bug – against your face or be cocooned in a closed cockpit as you glide through the skies. To experience the tremendous fun of a Microlight flight, you will have to hand your fate to one of professional pilots at Jazirah Avation Club in Ras al Khaimah, who will take you for a jaw-dropping joyride above the emirate.
Tel: +971 7 244 6416
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