Hot Air Balloon
Though you’ll take off on your hot air balloon ride from a location in the dessert that’s just 30 minutes from Dubai city centre. The rolling dunes, acres of blue sky and abundant desert oases will feel a million miles from the towering skyscrapers, modern developments and glamour of the city.
In order to allow guests to witness the spectacular desert sunrise, hot air balloon trips start early. A minibus will collect you from your hotel before dawn, whisking you to a desert location where you’ll watch your magnificent balloon inflate, before climbing aboard and ascending high into the sky.
From the air, you’ll be able to get a better idea of the country’s desert landscape, with mile upon mile of rolling sand dunes spreading out in every direction. In amongst the dunes you’ll be able to see bright green oases as well as the herds of native camels, gazelles and oryx that thrive in this harsh climate.
Thanks to Dubai’s calm and clear skies, balloon rides take place on most days throughout the summer months. As hot air ballooning is a popular activity for holidaymakers visiting Dubai, it’s a good idea to book your ticket well in advance, though you may also be able to secure a place on a balloon at short notice.
Depending on the company you fly with, you may have the chance to meet indigenous tribes, learn how people live in a desert climate and see their ancient way of life for yourself. Most tour companies offer drinks and snacks as part of the excursion, ensuring all you need to worry about is getting out of bed on time.
A fantastic way to see Dubai, a hot air balloon trip will let you appreciate the breathtaking nature of the city’s setting and see the region in a whole new light. An unmissable part of any stay in the region, a hot air balloon ride is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
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