Fabulous tour and fabulous day. Saw all the hotspots in Abu Dhabi and the mask explanations are on par. The drive through the city and the hermitage was great! We also thank him for taking us to the state store and for all the fun and informative adventures of the day.
I was fortunate to have Shabeer as guide for the tour. He is simply the most pleasant, personable and knowledgeable professional guide I've encountered through all my travels. Besides all designed itinerary, Shabeer also took me to the Emirate Palace to marvel all the grandeur and enjoy an afternoon gold cappuccino. The transporation is clean, safe and efficient. Overall top notch tour and I would give 7 star if possible:)
The mosque is a must see. The tour guide had an excellent knowledge of the history of Abu Dhabi and the places of interest we visited and made the tour very interesting and enjoyable. Rather than the date market, we would have preferred to have gone to a market with a larger of variety of goods, like local crafts and clothing, particularly as the majority of passengers were Australian and there are strong quarantine restrictions in Australia.
The tour was well worth the price and very informative about Abu Dhabi, its beginnings and how it has changed over the past few decades. The tour of the Souk only covered one date shop in this produce market where we tasted the dates and had an opportunity to purchase some. We then got back onto the bus and headed to our next stop. The small museum we toured and the Heritage Village were very interesting and we had 30 minutes to shop for souvenirs as well as look through the village. The Mosque was amazing and not to be missed.
The driver is on time and willing to stop at a hotel so that i can send a postcard. It is the majestic Royal Palace Hotel. Don't expect every driver to dot that because the guard wont let you in if you don'st stay there. I don't think he took us to the real souk but a little wholesale date market for 2 minutes. But again he added a few extra stops and the whole experience is fantastic.
Picked up at hotel on time at 9.00 and for the next 70 minutes we went round picking up from other hotels before starting the tour proper!
The Grand Mosque was spectacular but the other highlights were pretty ordinary.
The Mosque part of the tour was amazing! Heritage Village was ok, but it was short and lacked structure. The real downside was the “Souk” - it was basically a large, modern store attached to a hotel and they make you sit and listen while they try and sell you very ornate rugs. Not was I envisioned!