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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore Dubai’s old and newest sights on a half-day sightseeing 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 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 and Gold souks as your guide provides commentary.
  • 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 the city's old quarter
  • See Dubai from the water on a water-taxi ride across Dubai Creek
  • Discover the spice market and Gold Souk in Deira with a private guide
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 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 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 the 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jumeirah Public Beach
Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel. Hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private guide and begin your 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.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Burj Al Arab
Hear how the hotel’s sail-shaped design has made it one of Dubai’s signature sights and learn how it stands at a remarkable 1,053-foot (321-meter) high. Drive through exclusive Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most upscale residential districts. See the plush villas and hotels, and continue into the Jumeirah Mosque ( Photos Stop only from Outside)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Jumeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque, which is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. When it's lit up at dusk, the intricate artistry and true beauty are highlighted.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
Navigate past mudbrick courtyards and houses with wind towers that circulate the cooling breeze. See the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and home to Dubai Museum, as your guide tells you about its historical fortifications.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Bur Dubai Abra Dock
Board an abra and enjoy the views as you cross Dubai Creek
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Spice Souk
Arrive in Deira and stroll with your guide around the vibrant Spice Souk. Scan the colorful stalls of perfumed spices, herbs and sweets, and then head for the nearby Gold Souk. Enjoy free time to explore the gold and jewelry stores, and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Dennis
, Feb 2020
Mary articulate and Knowledgeable young man who answered all our questions is an excellent tour.Very personable
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Great tour with great tourguide
simonresch1
, Feb 2020
Our tourguide George was great! He showed us a lot of places a normal tourist would never visit. He was also quite flexible as we were more interested in the old Dubai. Great hours in Dubai!
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Great way to see the real Dubai!
don
, Jan 2020
We had an incredible time on our private half-day tour of Dubai. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English.
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Dubai City Tour
dplestrange
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide, Snow, was wonderful and full of information about Dubai. We visited all of the key sites including the spice and gold markets.
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Excellent tour both days. 4 wheel...
Peter F
, Jul 2018
Excellent tour both days. 4 wheel drive into the desert was exhilarating to say the least. The Bedouin dinner banquet and dancing at night was wonderful. Good to see different areas of the city and earn about Mosque life and customs.
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We asked for tour to start at 11 am...
mirna.mladic
, Jan 2018
We asked for tour to start at 11 am usually it satrts on 10, it is supposed to be 4,5 hrs tour, but it lasted only for 3,5 hrs. Our guide was all the time in a hurry, asked us to hurry, we actualy had no time to see anything of spice and gold markets souks, he just took us to the first shop to buy some spices for souvenirs-very expensive shop, of course. Also, the heritage village is nothing to see, they show you some carpets and then expect you to buy them, souvenirs are 5 times more expensive in the village then anywhere else. I was disappointed
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear mirna, Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback about our Dubai City Tour that you have recently joined with us. We apologize for not having fully met your expectations. We do fully understand your disappointment and have taken internal steps to repeat similar issues with a shortened tour due to the guide rushing our valuable guests through the city. This is definitely not the kind of service our guests usually experience with us. We would like to see you joining one of our tours/safaris soon again! Thank you for choosing ORIENT TOURS and taking the time to review us! Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
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Not that many things to see the...
Bernadette G
, Oct 2017
Not that many things to see the guide kept saying why did you book on a Friday IWell heres a thought why didnt you refuse the booking if it was too much of an effort. I was unaware never having been to Dubai that Friday was like the sabbath and most shops were either not open or only opened after 1pm. Tour pick up was originally 9am. Company changed it till 12noon after we rang to confirm pick up time .most of the time was spent driving around and we would get somewhere and then get 10 minutes to take a photo of a hotel . Boring
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Bernad, Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback about our Dubai City Tour that you have recently joined with us. We apologize for not having fully met your expectations. With your pick-up being rescheduled to noon, you were able to experience the entire Dubai City as per the tour description. The first stops are on all days only photo-stops (Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque) and are followed by the visit of Dubai Museum, the abra crossing by water taxi and the souq visit. By that time all shops will be open as usual. We do understand that the comments of our tourist guide may have let you feel not having made most of your time at the tour. We have taken internal steps to avoid this in future. But rest assured, our amended pick-up time has made it possible to experience the full tour as per the description. We would like to see you joining one of our tours/safaris soon again! Thank you for choosing ORIENT TOURS and taking the time to review us! Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
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In addition to the Emirate Meal this...
Laurie D
, Sep 2017
In addition to the Emirate Meal this is a tour that should be taken at the start of one's vacation. It provides a good introduction to the city itself and some of the historical background. Having talked to other people who took a group tour, I would highly recommend taking this private tour, as it gives more time at each stop and is also more flexible for any personal interests.
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We were really tired from flight but...
Warren D
, Aug 2017
We were really tired from flight but these guys did a good job. The prices at the Souk are a rip off. Don't buy there.
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We booked the tour on-line which was...
Robert F
, Jun 2017
We booked the tour on-line which was easy to do and offered what we were looking for. We were picked up on-time from our hotel by our guide who was also driving our private vehicle which was comfortable and fully air conditioned. From start to finish he was friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable giving us great information about Dubai and the places we visited. We never felt rushed, we were given time to explore the places we visited on our own, but had been given all the information we needed ahead of each stop. The tour we had, took just over 4 hours but we could have taken longer if needed. I would thoroughly recommend anybody who wants to learn a bit more about Dubai to take this tour and I would certainly look to use Viator again in other places we may visit in the future.

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