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This is worthwhile in its giving you the chance to explore the contrasting countryside outside outside Dubai. Value was added through a very knowledgeable guide.
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This was a very interesting trip just to see what's the around the area instead of only Dubai. The mountains are huge and not too bad for a 10-minute ride through Oman. All in, a nice drive outside of the city for the day.
To get out of the city and see the desert, the mountains, different Emirates and rain was good. Tour leader was informative, friendly and very interesting. English was excellent.
Very nice tour, but I think a bottle of water should have been Provided
Good day out but to tiring . An overnight stop at snoopy island would have been better
It would have been more enjoyable with a better English-speaking tour guide.
just the two of us on a private tour, which other times has a big coach. very informative, learnt plenty about the country
It was a hot day at end of May (worst months in Dubai) but a very interesting day. Our guide was good, our driver was a bit dodgy though, as he nearly run out of petrol and we coasted along between petrol stations that wouldn't accept his card at about 50kph. He also didn't want to put the airconditioner on despite the fact that it was about 45 degrees outside. We eventually got home without pushing the car.
On the positive side: the itinerary is interesting, the guide informative, hard working and friendly. There is more to the UAE than just Dubai and this tour is a good way to see some of that. The bus was comfortable.
On the downside: we were the 1st hotel pickup in the morning which meant the next 2 hours were just spent going from one hotel to another. Also, a family with 3 badly behaved (and noisy) children spoiled things for everyone else. Children below 12 years old should NOT be permitted on this tour as it involves long drives which can bore children.
It was a very long journey across the desert to see not that much. Do not do this trip to see out of this world markets or inside old historic forts. If, however, you have spent enough time in Dubai itself and want a change and to see some of the amazing UAE countryside, then this is the trip to go on.
Great guide but average trip. Photo stops were short and through the mountains , not really in the right place. Driver was very erratic with constant braking and accelerating which was not pleasant!
The van's airconditioning struggled in the heat, making what should have been an interesting tour, quite an ordeal
I really wanted this to be good as I thought it would be a good idea to actually get out of Dubai and see more of the emirates however, I was sorely dissapointed. The trip could really be better organised but to be honest I think alot of the problem lies with the fact that there just isn't that much to do outside of Dubai! The trip is primarily spent inside the minibus and you only get out at a few locations to take photos. I would say approx 70 time spent in car and the majority of the time out of it was because you stop for lunch. The hotel where we had lunch was pretty decent in fujerah beach resort but it would have been nice if we could have spent a bit more time there to enjoy the beautiful beach it's amazing. Howvever we were quickly hurried off back to the bus. There are attempts to instill a sense of culture of the U.A.E but I would say that these are made reduntant. You get to stop to take a few photos at the old fort and also the oldest standing mosque in the emirates but these sites are seriously dilapidated and very neglected. Furthermore your interaction with them is limited to being able to stop for only a few photographs then bening ushered back to the bus!! Honestly I would say the highlight was seeing Dubai's skyline as we neared the end of the trip. I was incredibly dissapointed and to be honest I'm glad I ddnt pay so much for it. Before booking the trip I looked at many of the previous reviews to try to inform my decison and I'm surprised it has scored so highly.
Out of the other tours, I find this the least memorable as I thought we spent quite a fair bit of time on the road with minimal restroom breaks. The place where we were taken to have lunch was unpleasant but thankfully the company with 2 Canadian ladies made the tour tolerable.
Firstly I didn't like that we were only given one choice of restaurant for lunch, which was overpriced for the average quality food. Secondly there wasn't much to see or do. Also I was given the impression we could go into the fort only to find out when we got there it was closed. It also felt a bit rushed. I found tours taken in Oman were much more enjoyable.
It was a long drive through the desert. The views were spectacular once we reached the East Coast.
This trip was not very well thought out. It was great seeing the different terrain from desert to mountains to the ocean BUT....
We stopped at the Friday Market but were only given 20 min. to walk from one end to the other, there was no time to actually do any shopping. We stopped at the fish market but there was very little going on, people were cleaning up. We stopped by the Indian Ocean for lunch - we did not do the buffet, ordering from the menu was so slow that we only had 10 min. on the beach. We stopped at the oldest mosque but were there at the wrong time to so couldn't enter. We stopped at a Fort that was under construction so we couldn't go in.
We left our hotel before 9am and there was no bathroom available until we stopped at lunch at 1pm. After lunch there was no bathroom available at all. We did stop at a filthy garage that was closed to allow one lady that requested a stop.
The quide was more comfortable in German than English. Questions were asked and answered in German with no translation to English.