One of the top outdoor activities that you can do in Dubai is flying over the desert on hot air balloon. This activity is manned by a highly practiced company called Balloon Adventures Emirates which is also a trusted provider when it comes to hot air balloon operations in the world. We were able to take part in this activity one winter morning.
Tourists not only enjoy the breathtaking view of the desert but they also get a new perspective of the region’s surroundings and heritage. The experience of flying in a hot air balloon is a great activity especially for the adventurous ones.
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meeting point at IKEA Festival city
filling the balloon with air
Hot Air Balloon Ride by Balloon Adventures Emirates
Our experience during this Dubai adventure started at IKEA around 5:30am. It was an early meeting pick-up point at Festival City since we needed to be there before the sunrise. About a 45-minute drive, we arrived at the desert and we could see the staff already starting to fill the balloon with air.
don’t get too close as this is hot
Safety an Important Aspect
Prior to the ride, we were given instructions (strict rules) on what we could bring and leave behind. Handbags, wallets and other items were left inside the van as we needed to have less items as possible. Even the camera I brought, I was only allowed to bring one lens (the one that came with the camera), I had to leave my zoom lens behind.
Safety has been an important aspect in this adventure because about 20 people will be inside the basket and you will be flying in an open air where you cannot really predict the weather. The first time we tried this adventure, we were already in the desert but they had to cancel it due to the strong winds. We were unable to fly that time.
This time was different because were finally able to ride on a hot air balloon and witness the beautiful sunrise. Waking up to see the sun over the desert was worth it.
the other balloon
filled up with air
the other group is already in the basket
Cost of the Hot Air Balloon Ride in Dubai
The daily operation of Balloon Adventures Emirates provides convenient rides for local and foreign tourists. For AED 1350 for adults, you can enjoy the entire adventure with the whole family. If you want to witness the sunrise from up above, you can choose the “hot air balloon ride with breakfast” package. This is good for a half-day, morning ride with tasty breakfast for each person.
What to Expect During the Adventure
One balloon basket (the largest) could accommodate up to 24 persons. If you book for the sunrise package, you will get to see the magical view of the mountains between Dubai and Oman. And as you float, the dunes tend to appear like liquid sand while the sunrise gradually lightens up the entire desert. Amazing isn’t it? You will also see the famous Sheikh’s property surrounded by a notable man-made lake. However balloon flights are not always smooth. Sometimes, you will experience what they call sporty landing. But that what actually makes the entire trip more fun and exciting!
Hot Air Balloon
With the increasing popularity of hot air balloon adventures across the globe, Dubai remains one of the best places to visit for those who want to experience such leisure. So buckle up for an amazing ride of your life!
In addition, the company has now partnered with skilled falcon trainers in order to effectively provide the best experience to every guest. These glorious birds will fly with you as you delight in the wonderful vista beneath you.
the sunrise in Dubai’s desert
watching the other balloon
a must-try adventure
desert. taken from inside the balloon basket
bedouins down below
blankets of sand
all sand! view of the desert
almost done with the adventure (that’s our balloon shadow on the left)
landing. no more taking photos as we were to hold tight for the landing
refreshments (now they added a breakfast included in the package)
Falconry and Breakfast Added to the Hot Air Balloon Experience
I recently called the Balloon Adventures Emirates and they mentioned that they’ve added new attractions on top of the hot air balloon. Previously, we only had refreshments after the ride, but this time they’ve added a falconry exhibition where you can watch falcons flying around the area. These amazing birds gently float over the immaculate hills of sand while exploring throughout Hajar Mountains. There’s also a breakfast feature included in the new package. So you can enjoy a good meal on the desert.
For other exciting adventures, you can also try the 1950s land rover that you can drive in the desert. It’s another experience that many tourists now enjoy in Dubai. So if you’re looking for some relaxation during the holidays, there’s no reason not to try hot air balloon rides and other spectacular activities offered in the area.
Balloon Adventures in Dubai
They dropped us back at Festival City mall and we had a sumptuous 14 AED Breakfast at IKEA. More details here – Breakfast at IKEA in Festival City Mall