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Hot-air balloon flights over Dubai’s desert

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Last updated: 19 April, 2024

Floating over the Dubai desert at sunrise in a hot air balloon is a magical experience; the chance to get a unique perspective on just how extensive the desert really is.

As the sun rises and its rays touch the surface of the dunes, the colours change from pale yellow to orange, and in some parts where the iron content is high, almost scarlet.

If you’re lucky, you might have some early morning mist; as it clears, the extraordinary landscape of rolling dunes is revealed. Keen-eyed viewers may also see groups of camels traversing the sands.

Children over 4 are permitted, accompanied by an adult, but they need to be tall enough to see over the basket unaided – and unafraid of heights!

Logistics

Price from: £250
Minimum age: 4
Age suitable: 12+
When: All year around
Duration: 4-5 hours

Getting there & doing it

The flight itself takes about an hour, but allow around 4-5 hours for the whole experience including transfer time. Most packages include transfers to the take-off site from the city and breakfast, with optional add-ons such as photo sessions, video of your flight and falconry also available.

There are a number of hot air balloon operators. You can book direct or through a third-party agent as part of a wider desert experience.

Take a sweater or something warm as it can feel chilly in the desert, and at high altitude in the mornings. A full safety briefing is given before take-off, and safety belts are worn for landing.

When to do it

The ballooning season is generally September to May, weather permitting. Early morning fog or high winds can ground the balloons, but sometimes only lead to a delayed take-off, in which case you’ll have breakfast first and then fly.

Weekends and school holidays will be busier, so if you can avoid these times you’ll likely have more space in the basket.

Who to go with: organised tours

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