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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Experience the newest face of Dubai on a 5-hour tour of its architectural wonders. With an expert guide, learn how the high-octane emirate has mushroomed since its days as a rustic trading port, growing at breathtaking speed and sending skyscraper after skyscraper into the clouds. Admire the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel and palm-tree-shaped archipelago of Palm Jumeirah. See the snow-laden slopes of Ski Dubai and crane your neck as you gaze up the phenomenal Burj Khalifa tower. Then, finish your tour with a flourish and watch the dazzling Dubai Fountain Show!

Highlights

  • 5-hour tour of Dubai’s futuristic architecture and latest developments
  • Pose for photos near the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel, just off Jumeirah Beach
  • Gaze up at the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings
  • Watch the Dubai Fountain Show to see an extravaganza of dancing sprays, illuminations and lasers
  • See Ski Dubai, an indoor winter wonderland in the centre of the desert emirate
  • Learn about Dubai’s recent growth and architectural triumphs from an expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Dubai Modern Architecture Tour

See the architectural wonders of Dubai

Your tour starts with a pickup from your Dubai hotel. Relax in your comfortable, air-conditioned coach or minivan and listen as your guide tells you facts and stories about this skyscraper-packed city and its recent development.

Drive along the vast, 16-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, craning your neck to see the passing high rises. Admire Souk Madinat Jumeirah, an extravagant recreation of a traditional Arabian marketplace. Then, view the iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel. The building stands on an artificial island and soars to a height of 1,053 feet (321 meters), making it a must for your photo album.

Continue to Palm Jumeirah, the man-made island that is one of Dubai’s signature landmarks. Designed in the shape of a palm tree, the sandy archipelago is fringed with luxury villas and exclusive hotels. Pause at Atlantis The Palm hotel — arguably the island’s most famous building — that stands imperiously on the edge of the Persian Gulf.

Next, head to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort to be built in the Middle East. View its giant ski runs through the glass exterior and learn how powerful snow guns renew the snow on the slopes every night, fresh for the next day. Afterward, stop at Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s highest buildings. Dwarfing Dubai’s skyline, this space-age tower stands at a remarkable 2,772 feet (828 meters). Lean back, peer upwards and you might just see the top!

Continue to Burj Khalifa Lake to see the Dubai Fountain Show. Stretching across the water, these performing fountains were designed by WET, the company behind the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. During a show, they put on a dazzling 5-minute display of theatrical sprays illuminated by 6,600 lights and lasers. Watch spellbound as the fountains dance, twist and shoot water high in the air in time to Arabic and classical music.

After the show, rejoin your coach or minivan and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Was amazing.thanks Dejan... Ahmed Khalifa 00966543425748

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great way to see the new buildings all in.a short afternoon, nice and friendly guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

First class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour is value for money by orient tour. The tour guide is great. An drop off at the atlantis for 0.5 hour would be good. Air-con bus is comfortable and driver is on time and helpful. We also joined the private city tour on the 8th jul and the tour guide from sir lanka is excellent and kind.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Good view of some of the major sites. Visited the Mall of the Emirates to see Ski Dubai and the light fountain show. Guide was on time. Spoke clear English. Good tour for the money. I would recommend.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

For a first time visitor, it was a great tour to get orientated and learn about this fascinating city. Our guide was very good and informative speaking in English and German.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Informative tour about the past and current developments in Dubai

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2015

The title is very misleading, there is no 'architectural' information provided at all. It should be called Mall Visits. Not what I wanted or expected. Very boring disappointing and a waste of my valuable time.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2014

We were expecting an architecture based tour, with a guide who would inform us about who and how the main buildings were built in Dubai. Though our guide was lovely, he gave us a general tour of Dubai without any emphasis on architecture.
There was a mix up with coaches and a fair bit of confusion at the start: pick up taxi, dropped at a roundabout near a hotel, short mini bus ride, joined a big group on a bus then back to roundabout for first stop!
All in all, we got to see a lot of the city through bus windows as we sat in rush hour traffic a lot. Taking us to Ski Dubai for a quick photo next to the glass window inside the Mall with 22 others is not an architecture tour.

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