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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Dubai’s old and newest sights on a 4.5-hour Dubai private tour. With a private guide, travel by air-conditioned minivan between the city’s must-see sights. Admire top Dubai attractions such as Jumeirah Mosque and the iconic Burj Al-Arab, visit historical Al Bastakiya with its wind-tower houses, and head inside Dubai Museum to trace the city’s history. Lastly, cross Dubai Creek on a traditional ‘abra’ water taxi, and explore the Spice Souk and Gold Souk as your guide provides informative, personalized commentary. Dubai private tours don’t come more comprehensive or enjoyable!


  • 4.5-hour private city sightseeing tour of Dubai
  • See Dubai's famous sights like the Burj Al Arab hotel near Jumeirah Beach
  • Admire the white marble dome and minarets of beautiful Jumeirah Mosque
  • Learn about the city while visiting Dubai Museum in Al Bastakiya, Dubai's old quarter
  • See Dubai from the water on a water-taxi ride across Dubai Creek
  • Discover the exciting spice market and Gold Souk in Deira with a private guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Admire top Dubai attractions such as the Burj Al-Arab on a private layover tour

Start your experience with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private guide and begin your 4.5-hour private tour.

As you travel, view Dubai’s futuristic buildings and hear how it transformed from a sleepy fishing village into today’s cosmopolitan city after the oil boom of the 1950s.

Drive to Jumeirah Beach and take photos of the Burj Al-Arab hotel, rising like a sail from just off the shore. Hear how the hotel is one of the world’s highest at 1,053 feet (321 meters) tall.

Travel into Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most upscale residential neighborhoods. View the exclusive villas and Jumeirah Mosque, and continue to the old Al Bastakiya district near Dubai Creek.

Stroll down the narrow lanes past courtyards and traditional mud-brick houses. View the wind towers of the homes as your guide explains how they were designed to maximize the cool breezes.

Next, visit Dubai Museum, set inside Dubai’s oldest building: the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort. Explore the displays and models that chart the city’s history, and then ride an abra across Dubai Creek to Deira.

Delve into the Spice Souk to discover the stalls selling perfumed spices, herbs and nuts, and finish your retail sorties at the maze-like Gold Souk.

Browse the stores for bright gold, silver and jewelry and afterward, finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Sarah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great way to see Dubai on limited time. Tour was interesting and flexible to fit in what we wanted to see. It allowed a lot of time at the Gold Souk, so if you are not interested in spending a lot of time shopping for jewellery, I suggest flagging this when you book and allocating more time elsewhere. We just finished up a little early, and were dropped at Dubai Mall at our request rather than back to our hotel.

Frederick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Mohammed was very good, knowledgeable, and enjoyable. He showed and guided us through the various sites in Dubai in a very personable and learning manner. He was very respectful of the Emerati ways and customs. I have been to Dubai many times prior on business. However, it was my wife's first time. We could not have had a better guide. His temperament and the driver were both first class. I would book this trip again.

Willard F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour guide and driver. They went above the call of duty. Not enough time to see everything!

Hilton M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide!

Shemeika W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour! Our tour guide was great and very well informed. So convenient not having to deal with a crowded bus tour. The personal service is definitely worth it!

Dan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This would have to be the best tour of Dubai bar none we were very lucky to have Kumar as our tour guide here is very passionate and knowledgeable about his city it worked out that this was a private tour for my wife and myself it was in a very comfortable airconditioned SUV we visited all the major attractions including the Spice and Gold souks which is an incredible and interesting place all in all we had a great time highly recommended

Lidia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The guide was wonderful Felt that we understood the culture and it's history. Fantastic

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Kumar was wonderful! He turned up at our hotel on time, was polite, extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and spoke perfect English. His car was spacious and air-conditioned. He answered our myriad questions and nothing was too much trouble. We chose a private tour because we had limited time and this tour suited our needs perfectly. We requested our own start time and asked to be dropped off at the Dubai Mall at the end of our tour. If you have time constraints then this is money well-spent. Kumar used his personal story and family history to give us a real insight into this intriguing Emirate. Thank you for a great experience Kumar!

Caitlin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

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