One way to get up high is to hop aboard a helicopter tour, for an adrenaline-fuelled flight. Fly High Dubai Helicopter Services by Alpha Tours offer tours departing from Atlantis, The Palm’s helipad and taking you all the way to Yas Island helipad . Passengers get gorgeous views with the chance to see Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Ghantoot, the F1 track on Yas Island and much more. In Abu Dhabi, Falcon Aviation has tours starting and finishing at Marina Mall. On their 20-minute tour you’ll see Emirates Palace and the flag pole before flying over Saadiyat and Al Maryah island and back. Their 30-minute tour flies you to Yas Island, then you’ll zoom over Maqta Bridge and the Grand Mosque. The return journey takes you over Hyatt Capital Gate, Al Bateen and Emirates Palace. It’s best to book ahead but walk-ons are accepted if there is space – so if you’re out shopping and just fancy a blow-out, hop on board. Take ID.
Falcon Aviation:20-minute tour is Dhs900 per person or Dhs2,700 for six; the 30-minute tour is Dhs1,200 per person or Dhs3,600 for six until April. Falcon Aviation, www.falconaviation.ae (02 444 0007). Alpha Tours: starting from Dhs1,500 per person, www.alphatoursdubai.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 29 49 888/800 ALPHA WAY)
If you have a special occasion to celebrate or you’re just filthy rich, then charter an Agusta 109e helicopter for a bespoke tour. Or you can take the standard route, which varies according to air traffic, but departs from Dubai Festival City at the south end of the creek in Dubai and flies to Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The trip ends back at Dubai Festival City; you can opt to finish at Emirates Palace, but the price is the same one-way (45 minutes) or return (1.5 hours). You can just turn up on the day but it’s advisable to book in advance to secure a seat. Take ID.
Dhs15,000 for five to five passengers subject to weight, plus Dhs2,000 landing fee at Emirates Palace. Helidubai. Email email@example.com, www.helidubai.com (04 224 4033).
Aerogulf Services Company
Dhs580 per person (four to five persons) for 15 minutes.
Open daily 10am-5pm. Dubai Festival City, Festival Marina, www.aerogulfservices.com (04 232 5255).