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Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Short on time in Dubai or just fancy ticking through the city’s highlights? If so, this half-day tour is perfect. Ride an ‘abra’ boat on Dubai Creek, explore the Gold and Spice Souks, and admire the Atlantis, the Palm and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Air-conditioned transport and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Half-day Dubai city highlights tour
  • See top Dubai sights including the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque, and Atlantis, The Palm hotel
  • Ride a wooden abra on Dubai Creek and explore Deira’s Gold Souk and Spice Souk
  • Photo stop by the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
  • Learn about Dubai’s architecture and culture, and its growth from a port to top tourist destination
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle, with pickup and drop-off at most Dubai hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This classic half-day city tour is offered in multiple languages.
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Pick-up and drop off at most Dubai hotels or other preferred locations
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Professional, licensed guide
Abra water taxi fee
Cold mineral water

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Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pickup is available from Dubai city hotels, apartments, and Cruise terminal Dubai ( Port Rashid ). Pickup from Dubai Airport available from Holiday Inn Airport hotel. Pickup from Bab Al Shams, Al Maha resort, and Jebel Ali is available with an additional fee.


  • Cruise Terminal 2, Port Rashid - Dubai, Dubai - Port Rashid - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour duration will be between 4 and 5.5 hours, depending on traffic including the pickup and drop off
  • This tour may be conducted in two different languages simultaneously
  • This trip is not wheelchair accessible
  • The pickup time will be from 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM. Make sure to be ready at the hotel lobby by 8:00 AM. On Fridays, you will be picked up from 14:00 PM to 14:45 PM
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Kindly share your WhatsApp number for easy communication during the pickup
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Some visits might be closed due the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips

  • "Many other options are available so unless you particularly like seeing religious buildings, you may want to choose another." See review


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Great overview of Dubai
, Jan 2020
Ria was a fun guide, and she was good about providing explanations and background. I liked that we were a small group and that I got a hotel pickup rather than having to make my way to a central meeting point, though the others in my group were staying at locations quite far from each other and me, and traffic was pretty bad. That meant that I’d been in the van a full hour before the tour even began. We covered a lot of territory and were given ample opportunities to get out and walk or explore. The one stop that was unique to this tour (according to my research) was the Blue Mosque. I’d picked the tour thinking that was a big deal. Nope—it’s a fairly small, albeit beautiful, mosque that is privately owned and used principally for tourists. I don’t regret the stop but if I were to choose again I wouldn’t feel compelled to pick this particular tour to stop there. Many other options are available so unless you particularly like seeing religious buildings, you may want to choose another. Having said that, I did like seeing modern and older Dubai, and getting around so thoroughly. As I said, guide Ria was good—interesting and very accommodating if our individual interests. She also very helpfully dropped each of us off where we wanted. Most went to Dubai Mall to explore further. The tour was a great experience overall.
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Great overview of Dubai
, Sep 2019
It was a great way to see key highlights from Dubai in a very compressed time period. The guide was very helpful and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge about Dubai. I dis find it a little off-putting that every place we visited was introduced by how much it cost to build, but I think that’s part of the Dubai culture. Overall worth the time and money.
Great day
, Sep 2019
Great tour to do so much history to learn and outstanding photo shots. Guide was brilliant gave us lots of useful information and advice on shopping. We did this as our last day tour and it was the perfect way to end our vacation.
Such a lovely tour!
, Aug 2019
Took this tour as a way to see the sights and was amazed!! My tour guide Ruhee was so polite and knowledgeable of the history and the sites. It was lovely to see the two different sides of Dubai (Old Dubai vs Modern Dubai) with stopping points to take many pictures. It was also such a beautiful experience to enter a mosque! The transportation was a great and comfortable coach bus. I was able to leave my heavy back pack on board and walk around with just a small purse. The tour ended around 2PM so keep that in mind if you’re making reservations for anything in the early afternoon. (You can leave early if need be) I would definitely take this tour again and recommend it to everyone.
Great tour
, Nov 2018
We saw the highlight of Dubai. Our guid, Ramadan, made it extremely interesting and enjoyable. He especially did a great job explaining the Islam religion and what happens during prayer time in the mosque. We had plenty of time for pictures and questions at each stop. We were picked up at our hotel and dropped off where we wanted. Very convenient. I highly recommend this tour. Superb value!
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A great trip and the best way to see...
Magdalena F
, Aug 2018
A great trip and the best way to see Dubai at glance learn about the country, the locals and the customs. Friendly and a very professional tour guide highly recommended!
The sights we visited and the...
, Mar 2018
The sights we visited and the information received were wonderful. However, the transportation arrangement from the tour company and the time management from the tour guide for the overall tour were not quite well arranged. The bus that picked me up from my hotel to the city tour was going straight to another city tour after our last sightseeing point so I had to jump out the bus to catch a taxi in order for me to make it to the airport to catch my flight to Russia. It was not the best trip I've had though I think they tried to do their best but just not quite well experienced enough.
Very nice informative trip, great to...
Ludmilla G
, Feb 2018
Very nice informative trip, great to start with it in Dubai! A very informative tour guide and lots of to see and experience!
A good way to see several things in...
Kim L
, Dec 2017
A good way to see several things in a short amount of time. Finished much later than planned due to traffic and I almost missed my afternoon tour, so would recommend not doing 2 on the same day! Guide and driver professional.
This was the worst tour of our...
Stuart G
, Oct 2017
This was the worst tour of our holiday.There was miscommunication in picking up other tour participants and the guide spoke to the driver harshly.I had booked an English speaking tour yet our tour was in both English and German and as the tour went on it seemed to become a German speaking tour with some English thrown in.My wife and I left the tour at the gold souk as we had planned to do even before the tour started,this ended up being a good decision.15 minutes of time allocated to spend at the gold souk for the other tour guests was a joke.Bathroom use was offered after we asked for it however the facilities we were directed to were a disgrace.This tour company needs to do better and be more professional.

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