Best Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Comprehensive tour of the city
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
Head first to Jumeirah Beach, where you'll get a great view of the striking sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, one of the tallest hotels in the world, at 1,053 feet (321 meters). Continue along Jumeirah Beach shoreline to Jumeirah, one of Dubai's upmarket residential areas. With your private guide, wander through its winding lanes and hidden courtyards, and take in views of the mud-brick homes topped by traditional wind towers, designed to catch cooling offshore breezes.
Back in your vehicle, head to Al Bastakiya's old Al Fahidi Fort – one of the city’s oldest buildings – and take a walk around its traditional courtyard houses. The site is also home to Dubai Museum, so head inside for a look around with your guide. Browse the collection of local antiquities, cannons, fortified walls and turrets of the old city, and learn about life in the emirate state before the oil boom.
Next, hop aboard a traditional water taxi called an abra, and cross Dubai Creek to the neighborhood of Deira. On this side of Dubai Creek, which is Dubai's central waterway, follow your guide toward the spice souk to soak up the colors and perfumes of the city, and then continue to the legendary Dubai Gold Souk to shop for souvenirs or glimmering accessories.
Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.
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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by private vehicle
- Entrance fees: Dubai Museum
- Water Taxi
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
- Not wheelchair accessible
- It is considered offensive to
photograph Arab women
Reviewed by: Caitlin R, August 2015
Our guide, Kumar, was absolutely fantastic and made us feel like we were touring the city with a good friend rather than a tour guide. His knowledge was second to none, and he was able to answer any questions we had about the city and helped give us context as to what we were seeing. We could tell that he is very passionate about what he does, and his personal attention and passion meant we felt very special indeed - as if the whole city was there just for us. Taking into consideration the distance travelled around Dubai in a comfortable, air conditioned car, the private water taxi experience and the expertise of a fantastic tour guide, along with photo opportunities at some of Dubai's most famous landmarks, we felt this tour was an absolute bargain. It's unfortunate that we can only give five stars, because this tour was worth another two or three.
Reviewed by: Robert D, July 2015
Great way to see Dubai from the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle, with regular stops to take photos or view the sights more closely. We went to the Gold Souk, the Spice Market, a mosque the outside only and took a water taxi ride as part of this experience. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions. The pick up from our hotel was also part of the trip, which saved us having to find a meeting point.