Atlantis the Palm, Dubai is the lost fantasy land of activity and excitement, beckoning visitors with its astounding waterpark, impressive luxury suites and celebrity guest list, but lesser-known, it’s also where you can find a range of helicopter tours taking off for out-of-this-world cityscape views.
Experience the thrill of Dubai from above, swerving by the skyscrapers, witnessing the magical metropolis below and gazing in awe at the incredible manmade feats of a fascinating destination. Here’s a collection of the most popular tours that will have you off to a flying start planning your UAE itinerary.
Paying a flying visit? The 15-minute Fun Flight tour is a great way to get a whistle-stop tour of Dubai’s most famous landmarks in aerial view. As you take off from Atlantis the Palm, you’ll pass the iconic Burj Khalifa, hailed as the tallest standing structure in the world at a jaw-dropping height of 829.8 metres. Reaching into the clouds, witness this record-breaking feat as it defies science and you defy gravity. Back down Jumeirah Beach, you might spot your fellow guests braving the drops at Aquaventure or soaking up the sun on the stunning Jumeirah Beach coastline.
A sky-high voyage from the modern manmade wonders of the city, down to the historic creek known as the birthplace of Dubai, this 25-minute City Circuit tour hovers above the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road, the World Islands, Emirate living neighbourhoods and into Dubai Creek and Marina. Teaming with traditional markets and a winding river bank, there’s a sense of nostalgia down this end of an otherwise futuristic Dubai that’s even more apparent from above.
Extend your experience and extend your view of Dubai on this 45-minute loop around Dubai’s old and new areas, as well as largest manmade harbour, the Jebel Ali Port. This bustling port is a flagship of the UAE’s success, while the ever-developing Palm Jebel Ali is just as impressive and 50% larger than the Palm Jumeirah. Another project to add to Dubai’s never-ending portfolio is the Dubai Canal, a new, environmentally friendly lifestyle destination, and not too far from here is Safa Park, a verdant sanctuary in the city.
The perfect way to surprise a loved one (providing they don’t have a fear of heights!) or to celebrate a special occasion, spend an incredible full hour soaring over the city, its outskirts, striking manmade islands and iconic attractions. From the minute you take off, your friendly Captain becomes your knowledgeable guide, often giving helpful tips to explore attractions once you’re back on land. The Sensational Sixty tour begins hovering above the scenic spots of the Palm Jumeirah, before continuing to circle the World Islands, Jumeirah Bay Island, Kite Beach, Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park and the mesmerising Burj Khalifa to name a few. On the bucket list of many visitors, this experience will leave you on Cloud 9 long after your feet land back on solid ground.