Begin your half-day tour with a pickup from your central Abu Dhabi hotel. Meet your guide and travel by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan or coach to the neighbouring emirate of Dubai.
Admire Dubai’s futuristic skyline as you approach and drive first to the lively seaside district of Jumeirah Beach. Here, sop for photos of the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab: the luxury hotel that rises from an artificial island and has quickly become one of Dubai’s emblematic sights.
Continue into the stylish residential neighborhood of Jumeirah. See the exclusive hotels and villas, and admire the marble dome and minarets of Jumeirah Mosque.
Make your way into the oldest part of the city — Al Bastakiya, just south of Dubai Creek. Delve into the narrow lanes to glimpse the traditional wind-tower houses, and hear how visiting merchants and pearl traders first settled here in the late 19th century.
Visit Dubai Museum housed in Al Fahidi Fort, built to defend the emerging city in 1787. Trace Dubai’s history through the exhibits, and afterward, board an ‘abra’ water taxi to cross the waters of Dubai Creek.
Step ashore in the Deira quarter and head for the famous Spice Souk. After absorbing the sights and aromas here, call by at the Gold Souk. Stroll around the outlets and perhaps snap up some glittering gold and jewelry before your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off back in Abu Dhabi.