Do you have a special occasion coming up, or are you looking for a way to impress someone important? You might have friends visiting looking for something to do in Dubai or maybe you’re just the kind to treat yourself to an adventure on an ordinary day. In a study about the secret to happiness Forbes encouraged spending money on experiences rather than things. While there are lots of exciting and interesting experiences to be had in Dubai, you will soon see why nothing quite compares to hot air ballooning over the Dubai desert. For starters, this is quite possibly the most unique way to experience the desert and admire its beauty!
Hot air ballooning with Balloon Adventures is a full experience with ballooning, falconry, camel rides, vintage Land Rovers, a Royal desert retreat and a gourmet breakfast. Let us introduce you to the Hot Air Balloon UAE Residents Special that you are not going to want to miss! If you haven’t already, add hot air ballooning to your ‘while you are living here Dubai bucket list’. An Emirates ID is required for every Residents Special booking; don’t forget to bring this along on the day of your adventure.
Be amazed by how impressive it is when the burners fire during the balloon inflation in the predawn morning. The feeling of standing next to one of the largest hot air balloons in the world is quite surreal and waking up before sunrise is easy when it’s for an exciting experience like hot air ballooning. Meet us at the Dubai Outlet Mall so that we can transfer you to our balloon take-off site in the Dubai desert. Arrive to the energetic scene of ground crew and balloon pilot preparing the hot air balloon for the adventure. Safety is important to us which is why the experience starts with a quick safety briefing. Watch the exciting balloon inflation process before hopping in the balloon basket for an adventure of a lifetime.
Gently float up into the sky, reach heights of 4,000ft (just over 1km) and ride the ‘magic carpet’ as you glide over the desert dunes. As the beautiful Arabian sun rises over the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, the sun’s rays cast shadows across the sea of desert. As the only balloon company allowed to land in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, our usual flight path is over this pristine and protected area of the Dubai desert. Spot native wildlife down below like Arabian oryx and gazelles and take in the captivating views of the vast desert landscape. This is arguably the best 360° panoramic view that Dubai has to offer; it’s one that turns everyone into a talented photographer. With views like this, it’s hard not to get a spectacular photo!
As residents of the UAE, we’re almost certain that you have already watched a falcon show or held a falcon, but have you ever shared the skies with a falcon? As icons of Emirati culture and heritage these magnificent birds are quite popular in the UAE. As the pioneers of hot air ballooning in Dubai we wanted to add a cultural twist to ballooning; we collaborated with Land Rover, Platinum Heritage and Royal Shaheen to create the world’s first in-flight falcons show. Our lucky guests get to experience this one of a kind falcon show from the sky on every balloon flight.
After landing the adventure doesn’t end there! Hop into a true vintage classic and icon of the Dubai desert; a restored Land Rover from the 1950s. Get great photo opportunities with these eye-catching vehicles and enjoy a drive in the Royal desert retreat. This is the largest fleet of operational Series I & II Land Rovers in the world. As the first motorised vehicles introduced to the desert, these chariots embody a strong legacy. The iconic outline of the vintage Land Rover was once described as a symbol of freedom. You will soon see why when you are travelling across the desert in this open top vehicle with the breeze in your hair!
Reflect on your exciting adventure while relaxing in a beautiful setting in a Royal desert retreat. Soak up more beauty of the Dubai desert before heading back to the city in this authentic hidden gem. The Heritage Bedouin camp is built traditionally and gives you a glimpse of Bedouin culture. This is a truly unique spot to wrap up you adventure and settle down for a lavish breakfast. With plenty of comfortable areas to lounge, this relaxing retreat will be hard to leave!
Now that you have explored the desert from the sky in a hot air balloon and on land in a vintage Land Rover, you will get the chance to experience the desert in the most original way: on camel back. Enjoy a short camel ride in the desert on the outskirts of the Heritage Bedouin camp and discover why these animals are so iconic to Dubai.
They say breakfast is the meal of champions and after the adventure you would have had, you will certainly feel like one! Enjoy an unlimited gourmet buffet of eggs Benedict, shakshuka, smoked salmon, halloumi cheese, fruits platters and more. Trust us when we say you’ll be heading back to Dubai with your appetite for breakfast and adventure fully satisfied!