Dubai is a city of surprises, a place where you find inspiring Arabic history behind a facade of iconic skyscrapers and architecture. But you won’t see any of it if you spend a 12-hour stopover in the airport. Passengers are allowed to leave the airport and most nationalities can receive a free 30-day visa on arrival, so a stopover can incorporate the best of the city in as little as 12 hours. This unique package ensures you make the most of the time, combining three very different experiences. It’s the highlights of Dubai in an action-packed stopover. Prearranged chauffeured transfers take you from and to the airport, so there’s no need to stress about your onward flight; just relax and savour the city.
There’s only one way to start. Soar across the city in a seaplane and gasp at the world-famous architectural landscape. On a 25-minute flight you capture the essence of the city, watching the iconic buildings slowly roll past your personal viewing window. The desert glistens to one side while the enchanting coastline wraps itself alongside artificial islands and the famous sail of the Burj Al Arab. Complementing the exquisite views is the unique feeling of taking off and landing on the water. There’s also an option of upgrading the seaplane tour to a 40-minute sightseeing flight.
After the seaplane touches down you explore the cultural heart of the city. A heritage tour unravels the mystique of Dubai and Arabia; atmospheric souks, colourful boats, crumbling forts, and a history that’s filled with intriguing tales. Complete the package with a journey up the world’s highest building. You’ll be transferred to the Burj Khalifa to enjoy the views from the viewing platform on the 124th floor. Explore slowly, taking in the 360-degree panorama, before returning to ground level at your leisure. A car then provides the convenient journey back to the airport. Many passengers might have spent 12 hours waiting. You’ll have seen three unique sides to Dubai in that time.