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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Dubai draws millions of visitors each year, most of whom flock to its cutting-edge skyscrapers, leisure attractions, and desert dunes. While many sights get busy—especially during the peak winter season—there are ways to beat the long lines and escape the main crowds. Here are our tips.

 

Book Ahead

Dubai’s top attractions, such as the Burj Khalifa and Wild Wadi Waterpark, are all very popular in peak season, so it’s wise to book entrance tickets in advance. Prebooking often allows you to select time slots before they’re booked up—or when an attraction is quieter—and save you time and hassle while you’re in the city. Some advance tickets also give you skip-the-line access, so you’ll spend less time waiting in lines outside.

 

Visit Dubai in Summer

Dubai’s high season is November–April, when the comfortably warm weather and almost permanent sunshine draw the most visitors. Consider traveling mid-November or mid-March, when numbers tend to dip, lessening the crowds. Alternatively, brave the May–September summer season, when most tourists stay away. Although the heat makes outdoor activities challenging, most key attractions, such as the Burj Khalifa and malls, are open and air-conditioned.

 

Hit the Desert and Sights Early

Many Dubai attractions are best enjoyed early, before the sun and daytime crowds reach their height. As most desert safaris are timed for the evening—when convoys of 4WDs race over the dunes—consider a sunrise or midmorning trip to experience the desert at its quietest and during one of its most evocative times. The same rule applies to Dubai’s principal sights: Arriving at opening time will help you dodge the main crowds.

 

Sightsee Beyond Dubai

While visitors flock to Dubai’s landmarks and parks, many overlook other parts of the UAE. Go off the beaten track by joining tours that take you out of the city. Day trips to inland Al Ain, the UAE’s quiet east coast, and the mountains around Hatta are all great escape-the-crowd options.

 

Go for Luxury

Private and luxury tours let you relax and explore without jostling for space. Many also feature customizable itineraries that let you choose where to go—losing the crowds along the way if you wish. Book a private city tour that whisks you around Dubai’s sights in your own chauffeured sedan, or enjoy a cruise along the coast on a luxury yacht that’s completely yours for a few hours.

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Two Park Pass - Dubai Parks and Resorts

Two Park Pass - Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Throw yourself into two theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts over one day with this 1-Day 2-Park admission. Select two parks from the total of four — LEGOLAND ® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, and Bollywood™ Parks Dubai — and enjoy the rides, experiences, shows, and attractions at each as you please. Plus, enjoy access to Riverland Dubai, the parks’ central entertainment and dining destination, where you can shop and eat between your park visits.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.63
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US$101.63

Wild Wadi Dubai Tickets

Wild Wadi Dubai Tickets

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Secure entry in advance for your preferred day and enjoy the time to look forward to your visit with this admission ticket to Dubai’s Wild Wadi Water Park. Then, when the time comes, simply make your own way to the aqua park—the biggest in Dubai—and enjoy full-day access to its 30-plus rides, slides, and water play zones. Food, drinks, and locker and towel rental are not included.
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  • 9 hours
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US$73.50
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US$73.50

Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket with One-way Transfer

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Look out from the Burj Khalifa’s ‘At the Top’ observation deck with this entrance ticket to the 124th-floor viewing point. Ride the moving sidewalk to the tower as you watch a multimedia presentation on Dubai’s history, and take the high-speed elevator up to the observation deck. Then, behold the incredible views over Dubai Marina, the Burj-Al Arab and other sights through the panoramic windows. Use the digital telescopes to view and learn about the landmarks below, and browse the gift store before returning to ground level.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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US$82.00
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Private Dinner In The Middle Of The Desert

Private Dinner In The Middle Of The Desert

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Travel over the desert sands on a private Jeep tour from Dubai, including a barbecue dinner in the dunes. Your personal driver makes a stop at a camel-breeding farm, followed by a thrilling ride through the red dunes en route to this tranquil destination. Try sandboarding while your private guide sets up camp on a traditional carpet where you’re treated to Arabic coffee and dates with your meal. Price is per group, based on a maximum of six people.
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  • 7 hours
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US$243.00
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US$243.00
Price varies by group size

Sky View Observation Deck Tickets

Sky View Observation Deck Tickets

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The Sky View observatory features a stunning 25m-long glass floor at the cantilevered enjoying exceptional views of the Burj Khalifa, the city, visitors can also admire through a panoramic elevator with glass on 3 sides, and the Panorama 52 restaurant. Sky Views offers unique adrenaline-raising experiences introduced for the first time in the region, including an outdoor glass slide propelling visitors. Another first in the region, the Edge Walk, is a thrilling air-walk experience allowing visitors to step onto the external perimeter in a hands-free walk taking in the sweeping views of Burj Khalifa while defying gravity.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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VIP Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner served at table and 3 live Shows

VIP Dubai Desert Safari with Dinner served at table and 3 live Shows

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Enjoy a memorable evening tour to the Dubai Desert, just an hour from the city. Set out on a thrilling dune-bashing excursion in a 4WD and climb high into the dunes to watch the sunset. Then, visit a traditional Bedouin desert camp and enjoy activities like camel riding, henna painting, and sandboarding. End the night with a delicious BBQ dinner, accompanied by a belly dancing and Tanoura dance show.
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  • 6 hours
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US$95.00
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US$95.00