This past week saw a multitude of travel & hospitality conglomerates come together for the Arabian Travel Market 2018 in Dubai. One of the key unveilings was the Dubai Pass.
Aimed at increasing the number of tourists to Dubai and making their experience as seamless as possible, Dubai Tourism launched the Dubai Pass. Essentially, it is an all-inclusive prepaid pass that grants cashless entry to more than 30 tourist attractions in Dubai. On top of that, you can reportedly save up to 60% on attractions, tours, and experiences with it.
How it works
- Go to www.visitdubai.com website and choose between the two available packages – Dubai Select and Dubai Unlimited.
- If you choose the Dubai Select pass, you can select one attraction from each pool of activities.
- Pay online.
- Present your Dubai Pass at entry or when making a prior booking.
Dubai Pass Packages
Dubai Select Pass
The Dubai Select Pass is priced at AED 399 ($108) in summers and AED 425 ($115) in winters per adult. You can choose one attraction per pre-set pool of attractions. As you can see, the top attractions and tours are part of the list. Keep in mind, this pass can only be used within 7 consecutive calendar days from the date of first use.
Dubai Unlimited Pass
The Dubai Unlimited Pass is priced at AED 899 ($245) in summer and AED 929 ($253) during the winter per adult. This pass allows you to visit any attraction across any of the attraction pools. However, this pass can only be used within 3 consecutive calendar days from the date of first use.
Let’s say, you choose the Dubai Select package and want to visit Wild Wadi Waterpark, go to the top of the Burj Khalifa and see a dolphin show. Wild Wadi Waterpark adult entry is currently priced at AED 336 ($91), off-peak entrance to the Observation deck at the Burj Khalifa is priced at AED 135 ($37), and entry to the Dubai Dolphinarium is AED 70 ($20). That’s a total of AED 471 (128 USD).
Now, if you take the Dubai Unlimited Pass, you’ll be able to do all the above and more. Throw in an entry to Legoland and their waterpark (AED 285 / $78), Ski Dubai (AED 275 / $75) and a dhow cruise with dinner in the Dubai Marina (AED 160 / $45), that’s a total of AED 1261 or $343.
Things to Remember
- Dubai Pass is only available for use after May 16, 2018
- The Dubai Select Pass validity is 7 consecutive calendar days, while the Dubai Unlimited Pass validity is 3 consecutive calendar days
- You can visit the same attraction only once.
- Some attractions would need to be booked beforehand
- You can receive the Dubai pass via email, or you can collect it from specific locations.
- There are no family packages.
- Dubai pass prices may vary depending on high-season or low-season.
- You can only visit some attractions during off-peak times (e.g., the Observation deck at the Burj Khalifa).
In my opinion, if you’re planning a trip to Dubai for pleasure, then the value of the Dubai Unlimited pass is pretty hard to pass on. Most of the available attractions are worth much more than the package value. The only hurdle that I foresee would be to cram as many activities in the 3-day validity period.
Would you buy the Dubai pass for yourself or your family? Do the available attractions seem interesting to you? Let us know what you think.