One way to do that is to hop aboard a Seawings seaplane at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club for a tour around the city. A range of packages are available, including an in depth look at the World Islands, but we decided on the Dubai Creek Silver – which means we share a seaplane with up to eight other people for a forty minute flight down the Creek and along the coast.
The route then takes us along the coastline of Jumeirah, giving us an unrivalled view of the towers of Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai. What stands out is just how concentrated the area is and how the skyscrapers reach so much higher than the rest of this area of city. From there we pass over Al Barsha and Umm Suqeim with the Mall of the Emirates, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab below. We whizz by Palm Jumeirah and then over JLT, the Lakes and Dubai Marina – similar to the view of SZR, the buildings seem surreal from this angle, and this close up. One of the real thrills on this flight is just how close you get to the landmarks of the city.
To see a different Dubai, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Prices from Dhs1,695 in Dubai, leaving from Dubai Creek Yacht and Golf Club, and Dhs895 in Abu Dhabi, leaving from Yas Marina. Check website for timings, www.seawings.ae.