Choose a morning or afternoon departure on booking, and after pickup from your Dubai hotel, set out on your private 4-hour tour by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. As you travel, gaze at the skyscraper-filled city and hear about Dubai’s history and landmarks from your expert driver-guide.
Drive onto Palm Jumeirah, the artificial island connected to the coastline at Jumeirah. Travel around this stunning, palm-tree shaped showpiece, the world’s largest artificial island; and stop for photos outside the Atlantis The Palm, the gargantuan hotel on the palm’s outer edges.
Return to the mainland and enjoy a photo stop outside the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, the instantly recognizable 7-star hotel perched off Jumeirah Beach. Continue to Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai’s most beautiful mosque. Admire its traditional Fatimid and contemporary Islamic architecture and take photos of the exterior as your guide sheds light on its history and design.
Next, venture into the Al Bastakiya neighborhood, Dubai’s oldest district. Get glimpses of the restored windtower houses and pay a visit to Dubai Museum, housed in the 18th-century Al Fahidi fort, the city’s oldest building.
Stroll around the exhibits on a 30-minute visit, learning about Dubai’s traditional culture and rise to prosperity on the back of the 20th-century oil boom.
Then, head for Dubai Creek and ride across the waters on a traditional abra boat. Soak up the city panoramas from the creek, and then step ashore to visit the bustling souks at Deira.
Walk through the Spice Souk past stalls laden with fragrant spices, herbs and sweets; and delve into the Gold Souk, a treasure trove of gold and silver outlets.
Get pointers from your guide, and enjoy free time to shop at both souks, scouting for gifts among the 500 and more stalls. Lastly, return to your hotel where your tour ends with a drop-off.