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Wouldn’t a flying carpet riding over desert dunes be the ultimate adventure? Well, hot air balloon rides in Dubai might not exactly be the same — but they are just as magical. The view from several hundred meters above the ground is breathtaking, to say the least. And if you are lucky, you may just spot a herd of roaming gazelles on the ground below.
No trip to the UAE is complete without a hot air balloon ride over Dubai. Depending on the package you choose, your experience may include everything from breakfast, desert safaris or a trained falcon soaring through the air with you on your ride.
But that’s only the gist of it. So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the best hot air balloon rides in Dubai.
WHY YOU NEED TO TRY HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES IN DUBAI?
When it comes to recreational activities, the city of Dubai is known for having the best desert safaris this side of the UAE —activities that are closer to the ground. So, why ride a hot air balloon here? Well for one, it’s a great choice for families with kids looking for outdoor activities that are less extreme than other entertainment options in the city, like skydiving. Plus, if you are on your honeymoon, wouldn’t you jump at the chance to take a romantic balloon ride over the clouds? But which hot air balloon companies in Dubai will give you your money’s worth? Here are our top picks:
HOT AIR BALLOON DUBAI
Another great place for balloon rides Dubai is Hot Air Balloon Dubai. Specialising in half-day, 1-hour flights and 4-hour flights, this company uses two types of balloons in its fleet — one that can hold 10 passengers and another that can hold up to 20.
The cheapest package offers Dubai-only pick and drop-offs, in-flight snacks, free in-flight wifi, sunrise views, falcon show, a photo session with falcons, camel rides, and group photos with the pilot after landing, Arabic style buffet breakfast in the desert and a flying certificate signed by the pilot. Pricier packages offer extra activities like quad biking, “dune bashing” desert safaris and an after landing breakfast at Skydive Desert Margham. Here is a rundown of their hot air balloon Dubai discount:
- AED 1209 (discounted at AED 1109) for Deluxe Ride
- AED 1499 (discounted at AED 1399) for Premium Ride with Desert Safari
Customers also have an option to hire exclusively chartered flights on request — ideal for taking large families or for proposing to a loved one high up in the air.
Pick-up and drop-off services are included in all packages. However, this service charges extra for passengers coming from Sharjah, Jebel Ali or other emirates. For more information regarding the cost of hot air balloon trip in Dubai, refer to the following details:
- Contact: +971 42855682
- Location: Suit no: 1202, Tiffany Tower,
Cluster W-JLT, Dubai
P.O. Box: 941941, UAE
What is the COVID-19 protocol for your tours?
Our responsiveness to the ongoing pandemic is designed to be agile and adaptive, monitoring and working with the latest available information from the WHO and government authorities. Implementing new procedures into our hot air balloon tour operations in order to protect your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our staff. Wearing of mask is mandatory at all time during the tour from pick-up, while on the balloon and also while being dropped off. Temperature checks are also mandatory before pick up by the driver as well as on arrival at our take off location. Also note that our hot air balloons are fully sanitised before and after every flight. Any passenger or member of staff showing any symptom of covid-19 will not be allowed to participate in any part of our tour.
What are the criteria for the passenger for flying?
Age limit for any passenger will be above 5 years to less than 70 years (less than 5 years and more than 70 years’ passenger will not be allowed to fly).Maximum weight for any passenger will be 120kgs (if exceeds then two tickets need to be purchased) Passenger need to sign a declaration form declaring that he/she doesn’t have any serious medical problems such as – Heart problem – Knee & back bone Surgery in last 6 months – Phobia of height – Pregnant lady more than 3 months. – Physical & Mental disabilities. Child age group (5-12 years) above 12years of age is considered an adult.
Do you have Balloon Flights all year round?
The Balloon flight is generally from September to May with annual variations. Weather in Dubai can be tricky and unpredictable, especially in early spring: but the months of the winter are regularly good for ballooning. Winter flights offer crystal clear views of desert dunes, sun rise, mountains on the south east and the skyline of Dubai on the north – west side.
Do the passengers need to carry/provide any documents before flight?
Yes all passengers must submit any photo identity (Passport copy/Emirates ID/any Government issued ID) for the security reasons either prior or once they arrive at the site.
How long is the tour and where do we land?
Balloon flying time is around 1 Hour, slightly less or more depends on different flying criteria. Generally the balloon landing depends on the direction of the wind. Our ground crew continuously follow the balloon and once we land they will bring us back to the breakfast area at Skydive Margham Desert.
How can we get a refund if our flight gets cancelled due to bad weather or any other reasons?
If the weather does not permit your flight, we recommend you to reschedule your flight for the next available day to avoid missing out on this unforgettable experience. If it’s not possible, we can validate your ticket for one year or refund in full, subject to our cancellation policy.
Who controls the safety standard of the balloon flight?
All our Pilots hold a GCAA – UAE valid License and have several hours of balloon flying experience with a very good record. We strictly maintain the Safety and Quality standards set by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation of flight can be done through our online portal or through the travel agent (whichever applicable). Every day at 6.00 AM approximately is our flight take-off time (Dubai local time). Before that you need to cancel. Find the below mentioned refund policy. – Before 72 hrs of flight schedule time: 100% Refund – Within 48 hrs to 72 hrs: 75% Refund – Within 24 hrs – 48 hrs: 50% Refund – Less than 24 hrs: No Refund
How many passengers can fly in a balloon?
We are using two types of balloons – One with a capacity of 20 Passengers and the other has the capacity of 24 Passengers but due to the current scenario surrounding COVID-19 the capacity has been reduced to 16 Passengers and 20 Passengers respectively.
When are passengers notified about their pick up time/point?
We will email you the evening one day prior before 8pm to confirm the pick-up time, pick-up point and details of the flight.
How can we book this experience/flight?
Book the flight through our website or travel agent. For online booking you can do the payment through net banking or through credit card.