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Abu Dhabi Tour from Dubai

United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai isn’t the only futuristic city in the UAE — Abu Dhabi is right up there with it for boundary-pushing architecture and attractions. This full-day tour lets you experience its highlights in a day, including the skyscraper-lined Corniche, Grand Mosque, and Heritage Village, a recreation of a Bedouin village. Free time at one of the city’s glitzy shopping malls, plus transport and hotel pickup and drop-off in Dubai are included.
  • Full-day tour of Abu Dhabi from Dubai
  • See the highlights of the UAE’s futuristic capital
  • Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a marble showpiece of domes, colonnades, and courtyards
  • Take a panoramic tour of the palm-lined Corniche, Union Square, and the Emirates Palace hotel
  • Explore the Bedouin-style village, souks, and craft workshops at the Heritage Village
  • Shop, stroll, and eat at the Marina Mall and take photos at Yas Island
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle, including hotel pickup and drop-off in Dubai
Start with a hotel pickup in Dubai and journey through the desert by air-conditioned vehicle to Abu Dhabi.

On route, pass Jebel Ali, the world’s largest man-made port, and hear about the UAE capital’s history, recent growth and futuristic architecture from your guide.

Stop first at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered the UAE’s main place of worship. Explore this vast, modern mosque, one of the world’s largest, and admire its marble domes and courtyards.

Then, take a panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi's center, admiring sights like the Emirates Palace hotel, the sculptures of Union Square, and the Corniche, the manicured seafront lined by beaches and glass high-rises.

Next, visit the Heritage Village, a recreation of a traditional Bedouin settlement. Stroll around the Bedouin-style tents and souk, and watch the craft demonstrations at the workshops.

Make a photo stop at Yas Island, home to the icredible Ferrari World theme park, and enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s main claim-to-fames — its world-class shopping. Call at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, one of the city’s largest retail hotspots, and get free time to dive into the boutiques, fashion outlets, and restaurants.

Lastly, return to Dubai where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Heritage Village
The Heritage Village, specially designed by late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as a reminder of the past for the younger generation
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
The mosque was designed to be an architectural wonder that incorporated both modern and classic Islamic artistic styles.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Marina Mall
Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Photo stop at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Yas Marina
Yas Island drive and passing by the famous house of F1 cars Yas circuit Marina Abu Dhabi
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Emirates Palace
Photo stop at Emirates palace hotel from outside and the sky line of Abu Dhabi, Emirates palace is the most luxurious hotel in the capital
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free


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Brilliant....our guide was so friendly...
, Jul 2017
Brilliant....our guide was so friendly and informative.
The pickup time from the hotel was...
, Mar 2017
The pickup time from the hotel was not accurate eventough I called the local tour company the day before. I only wanted to go because of the Mosque and it was worth it, the rest of the sites are just ok! the lunch location could have been better
perte de temps
, Jan 2020
A part la mosquée rien d'interessant, un guide peu loquace voire fainéant, le complexe Ferrari nul, vraiment tour à éviter
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires, cela nous aide à améliorer notre service. soyez assuré de toujours faire de notre mieux pour développer nos programmes afin de répondre à toutes les attentes de nos précieux clients. Comme nous apprécions vraiment vos commentaires.
Mooie stad en top tourguide!
, Mar 2019
De tour naar Abu Dhabi was zeker de moeite waard. Fijne tourguide die heel aardig was en veel informatie over het land gaf. Zeker de moeite waard. Naar mijn mening is Abu Dhabi echt een hele mooie stad om te bezoeken

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Dubai Top 5 Tour | Feb 2020
This was the second tour I have taken with you, this time for my wife who came with me to Dubai. We had a great tour and a good time. The only recommendation would be to have a smaller group (we had only 9 last time) and several were late which eliminated the tour by Atlantis. Not fair to those of us on time. Otherwise, very nice. Thank you.
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Top 5 but with 1 huge disappointment

star-3Dorothy G
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Jan 2020
Our guide (from Tunisia - sorry can't remember his name) was excellent! Although there was a group of French tourists in our tour, he was able to attend to us (English speaking) and them effortlessly. He was detailed in his explanation of each site. However, it was not his fault that the "At the Top" part of the tour to Burj Kalifah was totally a let down. The operators kept accepting more people in the queue although it was already jammed packed. We had to wait 45 mins before we could reach the lift to get up to the 125th floor. Along the way, there were jostling, pushing, raising of voices in the crowd and not a staff was in sight to manage this rowdiness. If there was a stampede, many would have been injured esp the children. When we reached the 125th floor, we saw that it was another long queue for the lift to get down so we took a quick look of 5 mins before joining the queue to go down as we did not want to miss the timing to catch the transport and the tour guide was waiting for us. Indeed, although he gave us 1.5hours for the entire Burj Kalifah tour, we were still about 15 mins late in coming down to meet him and the driver. The view up there was disappointing at night. The windows were dirty and so we could not take any pictures from the 125th floor. Other than this disappointment, we are happy with the other Top 4 tours. Through it all, the driver and the guide were very patient with us especially the wait at Burj Kalifah.
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Top 5 Dubai Tour

Dubai Top 5 Tour | Dec 2019
Excellent tour. Tour guide was great, places we saw were great, recommend this tour to all! We were picked up and returned to our hotel, Pullman Dubai.
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Fantastic Tour of Dubai Highways

star-5Geoffrey A
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Jul 2019
This was the ultimate tour of our 3 days in Dubai. From the time we were picked up at our hotel by the professional driver and tour guide the sights we visited were amazing and the information provided was amazing. A cruise of the city canals gave u a different perspective of the Cities highrise buildings, the Museum was incredible, visit to Dubai mall and the spices and silk and gold markets was amazing and then dinner while watching entertaining water display show was great but the final highlight of the tour was visiting the tallest building in the world 928 metres and traveling up the 124 floors in 30 seconds was awesome and then the views of the City ayt night was breathtaking. The tour lasted 8 hours but was well worth it.
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Sweet Deal

Dubai Top 5 Tour | Jun 2019
Awesome experience, our tour guide had a lot of info and spoke two other languages, we saw and experience so much for a great price.
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A Great way to see Dubai in one day

Dubai by Night, this is one of the best selling tours in the city | Mar 2019
We were on a cruise, and so were picked up at 14:00 from the Cruise terminal by private car, and taken to a Hotel pick up point, where we transferred to a minibus. We first drove through the main part of Dubai, and went to Atlantis at the end of the palm, and spent about 20 mins. taking photos. We then drove to the Dubai Creek, where we had an hour’s panoramic boat cruise up and down the creek, around the Business and Marina areas. Next was the Souk at Madinat Jumeirah, where we had half an hour to shop, or take photos of the nearby canals and Burj Al Arab hotel. By now it was starting to get dark, and we then headed to the Dubai Mall by the Burj Khalifa. The rest of the party had a meal included in a restaurant overlooking the Burj Khalifa lake, but as we were on a cruise excursion, our meal wasn’t included, and we chose to skip the visit to the restaurant. Instead we spent an hour and a half going round the massive Dubai Mall, and watching the fountain show at the Burj Khalifa lake. We also had time for a quick fast food meal. We then met up with the rest of the group, outside the entrance to the Burj Khalifa. We then had about an hour and a half, to go up to the 125th floor of the Burj and see Dubai all lit up at night. At the end of the tour, we were then given a private car ride from the Burj, back to the cruise terminal, where we arrived just before 23:00. Altogether a great value relaxed tour, contrasting the best of Dubai by day and night.
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This tour is great value for money...

star-4Philipa P
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Feb 2018

This tour is great value for money. Great for getting around. Excellent tour guide. Food at armarni hotel amazing with huge range.

Wasn't interested in the rug museum and felt that the time spent here could have been used better at the burj as we were very rushed here.

Only one drink on cruise

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Its a little bit over-hyped. Its not...

star-3Uday D
Dubai Top 5 Tour from RAK City | Dec 2017

Its a little bit over-hyped. Its not bad but nothing to boast about.

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Overall the experience has been ok...

star-3Mauro M
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Nov 2017

Overall the experience has been ok. I would have preferred the dinner to last longer than what it did less than one hour. We had to eat quickly to move just after to the top of Burj. Armani Mediterraneo Dubai has a very good buffet which deserves more time so to taste the different dishes and maybe attend a fountain show just outside. An advice: you might be tempted to eat as much as you can there, but remember that, just after the dinner, a superfast elevator will bring you to the top of Burj Khalifa!!! I would completely skip the carpet market stop before the dinner, which looked like an event set up to advertise the sales of some carpets.......
Finally, this tour is advised if you are in the very first days of your stay in Dubai. Part of the afternoon tour by bus, in fact, might result as redundant if you have already throttled across the city with BigBus or City Sightseeing Dubai. However, congrats to the guide, an Egyptian guy, super friendly and very knowledgeable!
The speaker is very expert and knowledgeable on Dubai an will

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This tour was disappointing - the...

star-1Jo A
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Sep 2017

This tour was disappointing - the tour guide while he did part a lot of local knowledge seemed to spend more time on his phone and talking to the driver than engaging. He also didn't stress the importance of keeping to allocated times and a 7 hour tour went in excess of 8.5hrs which with time to spare would have been ok but we had a shuttle booked to get to the airport. We asked him about taking a taxi to ensure we would be back at the hotel on time but he insisted things would be ok and in the end we ended up only just making it and that would because we insisted on getting on the shuttle and not waiting for other people to get back from the last stop. The bus driver then was rude and aggressive when we requested we get dropped off first. Overall this tainted the content of the tour which was a nice overview of the sights of Dubai.

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Dubai Top 5 Tour was great. The...

star-4Satrupa G
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Sep 2017

Dubai Top 5 Tour was great. The deliver picked us on time from the hotel lobby. The tour was great, our guide was awesome. We had no issue with this tour or the guide at all. Everything was great apart from waiting for some guests who were late coming back from Burj Khalifa.

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Tour guide was great. I can't recall...

star-5John L
Dubai Top 5 Tour | Jul 2017

Tour guide was great. I can't recall his name but he was great and a wealth of local knowledge.

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The tour began well with the marina...

star-2Elena S
Dubai Top 5 Tour | May 2017

The tour began well with the marina cruise choppy and bumpy for those who get sea sick easily - be warned and some opportunities to take pictures. No commentary on the bus and the multiple languages made it difficult when to follow the instructions. Jumeirah souk to get a picture of the Burj Al Arab was a disappointment. Instead of being shown where to get the view that was discussed, we wandered about looking for it, going way too far off. Then, upon rushing back to the meeting spot, we see that the group has already left no head count done and we run down the road and thankfully catch up was able to notice the clothing of another tour member. Very disappointing. The drive down the palm was ok and the chance to take a picture in front of Atlantis is rushed. The dinner at the Armani restaurant was wonderful but rushed again. We had less than 1 hour to eat 55min and if you want to see the fountains, that will take up your dinner time. Food is fabulous. Then going up the Burj Khalifa was another disapointment not the tour's fault. 30min in line ups to get up, 20 min in lines to get down, left 10 min up there but couldn't get any pictures since the few windows there were taken by others and very smudged with fingerprints that pictures were useless anyway. Waiting for everyone to recovene was tiring and made for an extremely long tour. This tour needs to be better laid out and organized. More information from the guide about what is to be seen/experienced would've been nice. An please do a better job organizing the drivers and the rides back to the hotels. Our driver didn't know where the hotel was and added on another 30min to the night due to getting lost. There are much better tours from which to select.

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Excellent tour we loved everything...

Dubai Top 5 Tour | Mar 2017

Excellent tour we loved everything about it .The Guide was absolutely a beautiful human being ,and I am embarrassed that I don't remember his name. He made us feel special, and we joked about our different lifestyles and how our sense of humour and humanity reinforced our hope for peace in the World, and the realization that people from different cultures and religions respect each other for who they are as individuals, and how they treat each other on a daily basis, is the most important Factor ,in sharing this beautiful Planet .perhaps the world needs to travel more so we don,t miss out on the influence from the truly amazing Human Beings that you will meet when you travel from one side of the world to the other and will change who you are as Person to be passed on to the Next. Thank you!

Wade ......Canadian Christian.....

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For short or long stays this is a...

Dubai Top 5 Tour | Feb 2017

For short or long stays this is a great tour that captures the main sites over an afternoon and evening. It is a good way to break oneself into an area. The tour guide was exceptional in the way he conducted the tour. There was initially an issue with us and some others on the tour not being picked up as arranged from our hotels and we later found out that it was the driver of a sub contracted tour company. We had to play catchup by two hours with the tour. It all worked out as the tour guide from 'Insiders Tours' waited and began the tour when we all arrived. Insider Tours also sent another driver and a car to our hotel who drove us across town to meet the group. The tour guide was ropable with the other driver of the sub contracted company but he was very professional and got on with his job. Full credit to him. One other sour issue was the contact telephone number on the Viator confirmation was a mobile number that was switched off. When we arrived two days before we did confirm with the Company who conducts this tour as required and all seemed to be okay. However, that all paled into insignificance as we undertook this great tour.

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