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Is Dubai Pass Worth It? How You Can Save on Dubai’s Top Tourist Attractions

by Dubai Travel Planner

There’s no denying Dubai CAN be an expensive city to visit if you don’t plan out your expenditure carefully.

One of the top investments newcomers can make on their first trip to Dubai is getting their hands on the Dubai Pass to save on top attractions across the city.

On this page, we’re going to run you through all the different types of Dubai Pass, and how the Dubai Pass by iVenture can really help you save on a Dubai trip.

This guide has been updated as of March 2022 for the latest offerings and attraction openings.

How does the Dubai Pass Work?

OK – there’s a little bit of pre-planning and maths needed to calculate the value you will get, but stick with us as we explain your options!

We suggest you get a pen and paper out and jot your options down as it can get complicated;

Whatever Dubai Pass you select allows you to select a certain number of activities from each category or a defined list.  So you need to:

  • Decide what attractions do I REALLY want to see?
  • How many sightseeing & activity days do I have while I’m in Dubai? (You may want to allow time for day trips outside of Dubai, for example to the capital Abu Dhabi, or build in some complete rest days)
  • Purchase tickets online & set up an online account with iVenture
  • Physically collect the tickets from a Dubai collection point

Let’s go through each of these steps in detail.


What Dubai attractions are included in Dubai Pass?

The Dubai Pass covers a huge range of Dubai’s most popular attractions (and makes for a great checklist of exactly what there is to see and do in Dubai). 

In most ticket categories, you must select between either attractions classed into different pools, or for a smaller list of included attractions – we explain exactly what’s currently included below!

You can find a detailed guide to all of Dubai’s major tourist attractions here.

Listings are correct per iVenture March 2022, Check the current listing here.


How many days do I need a Dubai Pass for?

You then need to select how many days you want your ticket to last. Once activated, the days must run consecutively, ie a 7-day pass must be used within one week of being activated, you can not use 7 days over 2 weeks for example.

You have 6 months from purchasing your Dubai Pass to then activate it.


How much does the Dubai Pass cost?

The all-important question – what does the Dubai Pass cost, and realistically, how much will you save? Is it really 60%?  If you take full advantage of all the attractions, then YES.

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The card categories are (Adult/Child price):

Let’s look at each in more detail here:

 AttractionsDurationAdult (13+) AEDChild (3-12) AED
Dubai Select Pass3: 1 per pool7 days469439
Dubai Flexi Pass3 (any pool)7 days499469
5 (any pool)7 days819749
7 (any pool)7 days10791009
Dubai UnlimitedALL3 days12991229
ALL5 days19791689
Dubai Theme Parks3 (per list)5 days469469
5 (per list)7 days739739

Note that children under 3 are FREE.  There is a discounted rate for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Prices correct per iVenture March 2022.

Dubai Select Attraction Pass

This is the Dubai Pass that lets you see three top attractions over the space of a week, but each attraction must come from a different pool 1, 2 & 3 as set out in the attractions list here:

Pool 1Pool 2Pool 3
Desert Safari with Dinner*Reel Dine-In CinemaDubai Fountain Boardwalk*
iFly Dubai*At the Top, Burj KhalifaDubai Dolphinarium
IMG Worlds of AdventureLaguna WaterparkDubai Fountain Lake Ride*
Dubai Canal CruiseDubai Aquarium & Underwater ZooDubai Frame*
Ski DubaiExplorer Experience - DAUZDubai Ice Rink
Wild Wadi Waterpark™Modern Dubai Tour*Al Shindagha + Etihad Museum*
TEPfactor*Splash Tours (Speedboat)*KidZania®
La Perle by DragoneCity Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off BusFlying Cup
Emirati Kashta Cultural Tour (Seasonal)*The View At The Palm*Kitmytrip Wi-Fi Rental
EkartThe Green Planet
Ain Dubai*Traditional Dubai Tour*
Dubai Opera Architectural Tour*
The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis
Sky Views Observatory*

The notable absentees from this list are the theme parks – Wild Wadi and IMG Worlds of Adventure are included, but Atlantis and the four parks at Dubai Parks & Resorts can now ONLY be found on the Dubai Theme Parks Pass – see below.

Those marked * mean they are bookable tours; once you’ve purchased your Dubai Pass you’ll need to book an exact time for these and spaces could be limited for your dates. All others you can simply turn up and present your pass on your phone or paper ticket.

Dubai Flexi Attraction Pass

This one costs slightly more than the Dubai Select Pass, but as then the name suggests gives you more flexibility. You can still choose a 3-attraction option, but they can be from the same pool. Or you can make it a 5 or 7 attraction pass (by the time you hit 7 though, look into Dubai Unlimited for better value)

See also the Dubai Theme Park Pass might be a good fit.

Dubai Unlimited

This is where you will get the best savings as it’s open to all attractions. You have only 3 to 5 days to use it, but you can squeeze multiple attractions into one day (only conditions, no repeats allowed, and must be at least one hour between redeeming each attraction).

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In total there are 35 attractions included at present which can add up to some whopping big savings over the space of 5 days.

Dubai Theme Park Pass

Does what it says on the tin! For your theme park buffs out there, this is a specialised ticket for water parks and theme parks allowing you a few flexible options to choose from – you can choose from a 3 or 5 park pass option out of:

  • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark™
  • Laguna Waterpark
  • Dubai Parks & Resorts 1 day, 2 Park Pass (Uses 2 passes – covers MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai & LEGOLAND® Water Park)

You have 5 consecutive days to use the 3 park pass or 7 consecutive days to use the 5 park pass – each park pass is only redeemable once.

NB there’s no child discount on the Dubai Theme Park Pass.

We note that after being absent from this ticket last year IMG Worlds of Adventure and Aquaventure at Atlantis the Palm are back on the Theme Park Pass!

Still confused by which attractions you are getting the best value for? Pop on over to the Dubai attractions section of our website for detailed reviews of the top tourist attractions in Dubai.


Next Step – Registering your card & booking times

Once you’ve completed your purchase, you will then be asked to register your card, this then allows you access to pre-book any activities that have specific time slots before you arrive.

Boat tours, city tours, and desert safari activities need booking in advance for timed slots.


Where do I collect my Dubai Pass from?

If you would like a physical card, there are two collection points in Dubai’s major shopping malls which are easily accessible by the Metro or by Taxi at:

  • Dubai Mall – City Sightseeing Counter
  • Mall of the Emirates – City Sightseeing Counter (this venue looks to now be closed – please check with iVenture)

You’ll need a photo ID to collect. Once you reach your attraction, you present the physical card for entry (one per person in your group).  At some venues, this will allow skip-the-line entry, but not all.

They have now introduced iPass which eliminates the need to go and collect a physical ticket if you are happy to use your phone for everything (you will need data/wifi).


Is the Dubai Pass value for money?

If this is your first trip to Dubai and you are here for the action and family adventures then absolutely, you will get plenty of value for a Dubai Pass.

The fact they have finally moved to an online ticket, not requiring physical collection is a huge plus.

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However, the need to buy a separate theme park pass now for many of the most popular family attractions has really reduced the overall value of this ticket, while the price has significantly risen in 2022; plenty of new lower value Pool C attractions added but not Pool A.

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Other Attraction Pass Options in Dubai.

For a long time, the Dubai Pass stood with little competition in the multi-attraction ticket market in Dubai, but there’s now a very good (if not better!) competing product, Go City Dubai.

Go City Dubai comes in 2 ticket types:

  • All-Inclusive Pass – see as many attractions as you can in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 Days (from 1,149 AED/999 AED)
  • An Explorer Pass for 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions that gives you more time to redeem selected attractions over 2 months (from 669 AED/549 AED)

Operating with a slightly simpler system, no “pools”, simply select the number of attractions you want to see with the Explorer (with 60 days to redeem) or unlimited entry to close to 40 attractions with the all-inclusive (valid for 14 days, no need for consecutive days).

Go City Dubai – despite its name – also includes many Abu Dhabi attractions making it an appealing option if you’ll be splitting your time between the two UAE cities.

Both the Dubai Pass and Go City have their pros and cons so read the fine print carefully to determine which you’ll get more value from.

The Entertain Tourist UAE is another good option to consider, especially if you’re travelling in a group. It doesn’t include ALL the top attractions – but quite a few – all in 2-4-1 deals, including a huge range of dining venues in addition to attractions. The new tourist product only costs about 200 AED and can prove excellent value for short term visitors with a month to redeem.


Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai

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