Dubai from Above – Find the Best Views in Dubai
Given the many skyscrapers (and rooftop bars) in Dubai, it is not difficult to see Dubai from above. Actually, seeing this super city from above is an amazing way to fall in love with the city.
And while those rooftop bars offer indeed scenic views, here are some other ways to see Dubai from above.
Find out from where to have the best viewpoints in Dubai.
At the Top – Burj Khalifa
The classic! Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is not only a popular site to photograph, but is also a popular place to take pictures from.
The view from level 124+125 (456 meters high) or level 148 (555 meters high) is the most iconic view in Dubai, and you´ll get wonderful views of the city.
You will see how much construction work is still going on, you´ll get to see the desert (which is very close to the city center), but you´ll also have some stunning views of Dubai Fountain.
Overlooking Dubai this way is indeed a unique experience.
One of Dubai´s newest attractions is the golden Frame, located close to Zabeel Park.
It just opened in January of 2018, and this frame allows you to overlook the city and have great views of Burj Khalifa.
But you also have a unique view if you walk the glass floor – looking 100 meters down while casually strolling along.
This place is as nice to visit at night as during the day, and the entrance fee of about 12€ is worth it.
While 15 minutes seem extremely short, it is enough to get perfect views of Dubai.
Flying over the beaches, the Palm, Burj al Arab, and Burj Khalifa, a helicopter ride gives you the chance to see all the iconic places of Dubai.
You can book longer helicopter flights and even get to Abu Dhabi by helicopter – probably the fanciest way to get around in Dubai.
The newest attraction in March of 2018 opened at JBR Walk. This fun Flying Cup definitely offers great views of JBR – The Walk and the Beach.
You do not even need a drone to get amazing shots of the pristine waters of the Persian Gulf. Whether you do it by yourself or in a group, it is something different and, by Dubai standards, quite affordable (for about 20€, you can buy your ticket at the counter just in front of it).
You get 40 meters above the ground and the capsule rotates, so you have a panoramic view.
Bring your camera to take these shots, and if you are feeling brave, get a drink and enjoy it up there while your feet are dangling in the air.
You do not have to be scared though – you are secured by a belt.
The experience lasts about 10 minutes, and you can even book the whole capsule and have your birthday celebration up in the sky.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
One of the most beautiful rides you can take is a hot air balloon ride.
A balloon ride above Dubai´s desert is gorgeous and unique – seeing the sun rise in the desert (yes, it means waking up very early) while passing sand dunes is a very special way to experience Dubai.
While there is no guarantee how high you will soar above the ground (as it depends on the weather conditions), it is a fun thing to do and one of the best views you will have from above.
Duration: about 40 minutes.
Dinner in the Sky
The concept of having dinner in the sky (and we are not talking about plane flights), has arrived in Dubai as well.
Head to Dubai Marina and have a fun dinner (or lunch or afternoon tea) experience. There are some similarities to the Flying Cup, but in this case, you get up even higher (about 50 meters) and have a different view.
You´ll overlook Dubai Marina, Zero Gravity – the hip beach club in Marina, and have views of the beach! Hold your cutlery and especially your camera tight, so you do not see it falling 50 meters down, as there is no ground under your feet.
Oh, I should, of course, mention that food and drink are included (prices depend on the dining option, but the activities start from about 120€ for the afternoon tea, which includes sandwiches and snacks and some non-alcoholic drinks).
Something for the bucket list (even mine) is to see Dubai´s attractions from a seaplane.
The trip starts from the water and you´ll get to see Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah before landing back in the Persian Gulf.
Each of the passengers has a window to look out from, which gives you perfect views of the Dubai skyline.
For the very brave ones, a unique way to overlook Dubai is from a jump from the plane.
At 120 miles per hour, you fall freely, and while you probably will not be able to enjoy the view at the beginning, you might do so once you are more relaxed and soaring rather than falling.
Whether you decide to go on a tandem skydive or do it solo, skydiving allows you to see Dubai in a way only few have – so just do it (easy said as I would not, but maybe you are braver than me 🙂