If you're looking for information about flying over Dubai by helicopter, you're in the right place!
I will also tell you about my amazing helicopter flight in Dubai in this article 😊
When traveling to Dubai, the first thing that stands out in your mind is the excessiveness of this city, where everything seems bigger than it is anywhere else. The best way to fully appreciate the full immensity of this city that stretches over 1544mi² will be to take a little height. During a helicopter flight over Dubai, you will be able to discover the artificial islands, the skyscrapers and all the most famous places of the city.
There was not much information about this activity on the internet, so I decided to make a complete article on it when I came back.
Here's an overview of what to expect if you want to discover Dubai by helicopter 😊
WHY CHOOSE THE HELICOPTER TO DISCOVER DUBAI?
From the ground, it's almost impossible to fully appreciate the scale of Dubai and the vastness of some of its most iconic sites. In this unusual city, the sites of interest are also sometimes very far from each other. A helicopter is the perfect way to see many of the most famous sites in just a few minutes... and to appreciate them from a unique perspective!
Of course, there are also many places to discover from the ground, and many activities to try if you want to visit Dubai.
Looking for an incredible souvenir? 😊
During your stay in the city of excess, you will have the opportunity to do a multitude of diverse and varied activities. Why not make use of this activity to get an incredible souvenir as well as unusual photos to share with all your family and friends, by making a flight over the city of Dubai?
I made a 15 minutes flight a few years ago and it remains one of my best memories of this destination. The landscape is really suitable with the sea, the Skyline, ... I will stop there to let you discover this yourself 😉
The 17 minutes flight is for me the best choice, because it will allow you to see the essential of the city.
If you have the possibility to do a longer flight, it will be only a plus 😊
I must warn you right away, this activity is quite expensive. I only did it once but I have an INCREDIBLE memory of it! If your budget allows it, flying over Dubai in a helicopter will be one of the most impressive experiences you can do in the United Arab Emirates 😊
PRICES FOR HELICOPTER FLIGHTS IN DUBAI
For your discovery of Dubai by helicopter, you will have the choice between 4 flights of different duration: 12 minutes, 17 minutes, 22 minutes or 40 minutes. Of course, the longer flights will allow you to see more of the sites, but they also come at a higher price.
THE 12-MINUTE HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER DUBAI
This first option offers a 12-minute helicopter tour of Dubai from the air. This is the basic option for a unique experience and to see some of the memorable sites of the city, for a price that remains reasonable. The 12-minute helicopter tour costs about $170.
During this tour, you will be able to discover:
- The 'The Palm Jumeirah', the artificial island in the shape of a palm tree that houses the Atlantis Hotel as well as Aquaventure, Dubai's most famous water park;
- The Burj al Arab, the 5-star hotel in the shape of a giant sail;
- The Dubai waterfront, including the Jumeirah coastline,
- The Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world and one of the most emblematic places in Dubai.
THE 17-MINUTE HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER DUBAI
This intermediate tour is offered at a rate of $214. More complete than the basic option, this second option allows you to discover the diversity of Dubai in greater depth. The itinerary of this flight goes through all the places you will fly over during the 12 minutes flight, while also flying over:
- 'The World Dubaï', the artificial islands that take the shape of the different countries and continents of the world
- The Port Rashid, which you will discover after having followed the coast towards the north
- The Sheikh Zayed Road, the main avenue of Dubai, which houses many skyscrapers
Although it is only 5 minutes longer than the shortest route, this flight takes a route that will allow you to fly over the main road to the city, which is probably the most impressive place to see from the sky. This is the best option if you want to discover Dubai by helicopter without spending too much of your budget.
THE 22-MINUTE HELICOPTER FLIGHT FOR THE COMPLETE DISCOVERY OF DUBAI
If your budget allows it, this option proposed at about $282 will allow you to discover a very large number of sites of interest and to really get to know the whole of Dubai. In addition to all the places already mentioned for the previous routes, this route will allow you to fly over:
- Bur Dubai, the oldest area of Dubai, where you will find the Zabeel Park and the Dubai Frame, among others;
- Old Dubai, the traditional district of the city, with its "Barjeel", the typical wind towers of the Persian Gulf region,
- Dubai Creek, the inlet that separates the city into two parts: Deira in the east and Bur Dubai in the west,
- The Marina, the chic southwestern district of Dubai, on the waterfront, where you can also discover many skyscrapers and the marina.
As you can see, the longer routes show all that the shorter routes show. The advantage of the 22-minute flight is that you won't miss anything. It is the only one that will take you to the northern part of Dubai and will let you fly over the traditional areas of the city.
ORGANIZE YOUR DISCOVERY OF DUBAI BY HELICOPTER
If you want to take a helicopter flight over Dubai, booking your place beforehand is not necessarily mandatory. However, it is highly recommended: doing so will allow you to avoid any bad surprises once you are on site, and to make sure you will be able to take off. Reservations are also recommended if you wish to be able to choose your flight's time departure.
When you make your reservation, you can of course choose the date of your flight and check the availability of seats. An online reservation will also often allow you to benefit from a slightly lower rate than if you buy your ticket on site.
HOW TO GET TO THE DUBAI HELIPORT?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES DURING THE FLIGHT?
Of course, you will be able to take as many pictures as you wish during your discovery of Dubai by helicopter, in order to keep an unforgettable souvenir of this memorable experience. You will be allowed to use your smartphone or camera as you wish.Getting good shots during a helicopter flight is often better said than done. Flights are done during the day, and in Dubai the presence of the sun almost all year round ensures that you will be in very good conditions in terms of luminosity. You can therefore set your camera to use a very short exposure time, which will allow you to get sharp shots despite the speed of the helicopter.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FLY OVER DUBAI?
Flights are possible all year round, as long as the weather permits. The best time to fly is in the morning, when the sun is in the east. It is during this time of the day that you will be able to best immortalize this experience, and especially take pictures of the Jumeirah coast.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS?
Of course, safety comes first. Flights over Dubai are regulated and all safety standards are scrupulously respected. You will notice that Dubai is a place where controls and regulations are not taken lightly.
If the weather does not allow it, the flight departure can be postponed, or simply canceled. You will be notified as soon as possible if there is a change in your reservation. If your tour is canceled, you will be able to choose either a new date or get a full refund of your flight.
Fortunately, the weather in Dubai is mostly perfect for helicopter flights, and cancellations are quite rare. To be on the safe side, it is best to book your tour in the first few days of your stay, so as to have more options should it be rescheduled.
Flights are not allowed for children under 4 years old.
You must arrive at the heliport at least 45 minutes before your flight departure time.
You will attend a briefing before your flight, during which you will be given all the safety information and rules to respect.
A passport is required for boarding.
Regardless of the duration of the helicopter tour, the departure is from the heliport of 'The Palm Jumeirah' which is located next to the Atlantis Hotel.
You will not be able to take bags with you, but lockers are available at the heliport free of charge.
There are usually 6 seats in the helicopter, and the flights are not privatized (if there are not 6 of you, you will share the helicopter with other people).
Flights are accessible to people with reduced mobility.