Discover the traditional side of Dubai and ascend the spectacular Burj Khalifa on an 8-hour sightseeing tour. With an informative guide, explore the old Al Bastakiya quarter and Dubai Museum, and ride an ‘abra’ boat cross Dubai Creek. Visit Jumeirah Mosque, capture photos of the Burj Al Arab. Finish at the ‘At the Top’ viewpoint on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, marveling at the breathtaking views down over the city. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.
6-hour old Dubai sightseeing tour and Burj Khalifa visit, with air-conditioned transport
Step back in time at the old Al Bastakiya quarter and Dubai Museum
Cross Dubai Creek on an ‘abra’ boat and explore Deira’s Spice and Gold Souks
Visit beautiful Jumeirah Mosque and stop for photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab
Visit the Burj Khalifa and experience the awesome views from ‘At the Top’ on the 124th floor
Small-group tour limited to 15 people for more personalized attention from a guide
Begin your 8-hour tour with a pickup from your Dubai hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and set off to explore the city’s must-see landmarks.
As you travel, hear from your guide how Dubai began life as a humble fishing village before a 20th-century oil boom saw it grow into one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
Explore its roots with a visit to Al Bastakiya, the city’s oldest quarter. See the mud-built wind towers along the narrow lanes, and then chart more of Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum, housed inside the 18th-century Al Fahidi fort. Stroll around the historical artifacts and trace the city’s lightning-speed development through the interesting scale models, photos and multimedia displays.
Having explored here, take a scenic abra ride across Dubai Creek to Deira’s souks. Absorb the exotic aromas and colors of the Spice Souk and then dive into the Gold Souk, a maze of glittering gold, silver and jewelry outlets.
If you wish, buy a souvenir from the souk (own expense), and then continue to Jumeirah Mosque, one of Dubai’s must-sees. Admire the gleaming domes and minarets of this magnificent modern mosque, and learn how its design echoes the medieval Fatimid style.
Stop for photos of the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel, and make your way into Dubai Mall to head up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest tower.
Ride a high-speed elevator to the ‘At the Top’ observatory on the 124th floor, and marvel at the incredible, bird’s-eye views. Walk around the full-height glass walls to fully appreciate the panoramas before descending back to ground level.
Your tour then concludes with a drop off in Emirates Mall.
Jumeirah Public Beach
Jumeira Beach is a white sand beach that is located and named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai, on the coast of the Persian Gulf.
Jumeirah Mosque is the most photographed mosque in Dubai. While the cool white walls look great against a clear blue sky during the day, arrive at dusk for the most spectacular shots of the exterior.
After this we will visit Islamic Art Gallery
Visit the Dubai Museum and encounter colourful dioramas and enlightening historic exhibits. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, this is the oldest existing building in the city, and is a must-visit for a taste of old Dubai.
Next you will have a chance to cross the creek by boat in authentic "Abras", enjoying the spectacular cityscape while heading towards the district of Deira, which is home to Dubai's biggest spice and gold souks. Here why not splurge on a golden souvenir, sample exotic spices.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure, located next to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Featuring over 1,200 retail stores, two major department stores and hundreds of food and beverage outlets, the mall covers more than 1 million sqm – equivalent to 200 football pitches.
Mono Rail Activity: You will be then transferred to a Monorail which is another mode of transport which connects the main land with the manmade island apart from the roadway. The monorail runs along the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah connecting the Gateway station at the entry to the Palm to the Atlantis hotel at the far end. The Palm Monorail is a good vantage point to see the Palm Jumeirah and the ride gives a good view of the island.
Marina Walk: After that we will proceed and our next stop will be at the new Dubai marina, where "The Walk," is situated, an open space with several renowned restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Finally, the tour will go through the Jumeirah lake towers brand new city, and end at the BARSHA area at the Mall of the Emirates, where one of the world's biggest and most fascinating artificial ski resort is located.
For the most part, this was an ok tour or what it was. My biggest complaint is that I booked and paid for a small group tour of no more than 15 people, and I was put on a huge bus totally full of maybe 60 people. This meant that everything took forever as there were so many people. Additionally, we wasted over an hour at the Islamic Art Center listening to a sales pitch, so everything was rush rush rush all day. Lastly, we took the monorail over to Palm Jumeirah where the Atlantis Hotel is, and all we did was get there and then get picked up by the bus. We didn’t even have an opportunity to walk down the street and take photos of the hotel. Perhaps if I had been on the tour I booked and paid for, we might have had time. I think the monorail ride was for the experience, but that time could have been better spent someplace else if all we were going to do was ride it and get back on the bus. I do not fault the tour guide- he was nice, knowledgeable (mostly we listened to the audio on the bus) and he did his best to corral everyone and get them moving so we could get to the next site, but this was not the kind of tour I wanted to take, and I felt rushed all day long.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our day, touring around in a comfortable air conditioned coach. The only real issue was timings. We were given an hour and a half to get up the Burj Khalifa and have lunch which was just not adequate. It must have taken about 50 minutes in the queue before we got to the viewing area on the 124th floor. We thought it would be quite quick to get down again but unfortunately, as you have to use the same lifts, it took almost as long. This left us with no time for lunch as our guide said he would have to leave without us if we were not back to the meeting point in time. (more people joined us for the afternoon part of this tour). Some of the stops were too long for taking photos and the visit to a carpet/wall hanging shop was unnecessary. We also had ages in a sweet/spice shop when most of us wanted to spend more time in the gold souk!
We were also surprised not to go into the mosque or to be taken back to our hotel as the information on the Viator site suggested that those features were included. Nevertheless we enjoyed our day but it could have been even better.
This tour was great, lots of different things to see and of course the Burj is the highlight even for those who don’t like heights you can’t even feel the lift. The only thing I would say is if you struggle with the heat the Souks are very hot to walk around and saw a few people faint..
We enjoyed seeing things in Dubai in a day, but the tour started by picking us up late due to traffic, which prevented us from going into the mosque and several other visits being rushed. When questioned about the lateness, the guide got defensive and asked if the traffic was his fault. If you only have a day and want to get a glimpse of some of the more popular things to see in Dubai, this is for you. It's not a leisure pace and much depends on your 'tourmates' being back to the bus on time.
The tourist guide pick up was 15 minutes early. His name is Farthy, a very knowledgeable guy with local highlights and history. There is a lot of tour contents packed into 1 day but he and the driver did their best to control the group of 21 tourists and time scheduling.
Everything was good except perhaps we only allowed 1 hour to visit the Burj Halifa after the ticket was given to us. The reality is there are too many tourists packed at the tower, the queuing to go up took Neale 1/2 hrs and 25 minutes queuing to come down by the fast lifts. That leaves 15 minutes for viewing at the top viewing floors and that already incurred a 10 minutes in excess over the 1 hrs allocated time prior to the luncheon.
The lunch was surprisingly good in a comfortable restaurant inside the mall.
All in all quite happy with the tour.
This tour was extremely disappointing. So many items listed on the itinerary were not met and the guide was terrible. He told us nothing of Dubais culture or history. It seemed as though he was telling us things simply as we drove past them. Eg we drove past a flag so he told us about the flag which we heard abut multiple times as we drove past multiple flags.
Our trip break down
A visit to Al Bastakiya, the citys oldest quarter.
we didnt go here.
Visit the Dubai Museum, housed inside the 18th-century Al Fahidi fort.
we didnt go here.
Jumeirah Mosque, one of Dubais must-sees.
we didnt go here.
Instead, we drove to a completely different mosque
Bora Mosque, 51,Al Suffaar Street - I had to look this up as like I said, he didnt tell us anything about the places we DID go to.
This mosque was twenty minutes drive rom the Jumeirah Mosque.
After this we crossed the road to an Art Gallery where we were all hustled inside and presented with all sorts of art works we could buy. We couldnt leave for ten minutes all the while being hustled to buy something. It was the biggest scam.
Take a scenic abra ride across Dubai Creek to Deiras souks. Absorb the exotic aromas and colors of the Spice Souk and then dive intothe Gold Souk
We DID do this, the abra ride being the most genuine thing we did all day. At the spice souks we were told nothing of the history/culture of the building/the merchants, instead again hustled into another shop and present with another scam/products to buy. At least this time we were allow to leave when we liked. The gold souks we could walk around not hustled into a room, but again, no information passed on prior about the history/culture.
Stop forphotos of the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arabhotel.
We DID this at the security gate though cant complain seeing as we actually did it.
The best part of the tour was lunch and heading to the top of the Burj Khalifa, both of which we did on our own, without the guide.
My advice would be to either tour with another company or just go on your own. We were extremely disappointed in our tour and felt we wasted an entire days travel time and expenses that we could of made better use of.
Wonderful day! Tour guide picked us up exactly on time at the JW Marriott hotel. Very nice guide. He kept the tour interesting and we never felt rushed. We had a very good lunch and had plenty of time at the Burj Khalifa. Would highly recommend.