A sure way to make the folks back home green with envy is to tick skydiving off the bucket list. At Skydive Dubai you can leap out of an aeroplane, tethered to a professional, for a tandem skydiving experience over Palm Jumeirah. It’s the best vantage point from which to see the scale of the fronded island – unless you’ve got your eyes closed. The jump window opens at 10am, with the first plane usually taking to the skies 60 minutes later (weather permitting). Alternatively, for an equally memorable jump over the emirate's golden dunes, head to the Desert Campus drop zone.
Seawings (+971 4 807 0708) takes passengers on scenic flights over iconic landmarks for a bird's-eye view of the city. Sign up for the signature tour, a 45-minute flight over the historic Dubai Creek, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa and more. Timings and costs vary, depending on the tour you select. Private flights also available.
Or, take a helicopter ride (+971 4 303 4992) for a one-of-a-kind perspective of the city skyline and make the most of the incredible photo opportunities along the way.