The tour itself was decent and worthwhile. Lunch was surprisingly good. We had a slowdown since two trip goers did not pay attention to the clear instructions that were given by our guide for meeting at the 1st stop. We wound up being over an hour late, but our guide made the best of the day.
L'organisation laisse à désirer, on vous dit de vous préparer tôt, on vient vous chercher plus ou moins à l'heure pour vous emmener pas loin du centre (notre hôtel était à la Marina) pour monter dans un car et attendre plus d'une heure...pour ensuite repasser pas loin de notre hôtel à la Marina.
Ensuite vous allez visiter la mosquée, un peu trop rapidement d'ailleurs, comme toutes les visites groupée certains respectent les horaires d'autres s'en moquent totalement et bien sur nous les attendons toujours dans le même car! Le repas dans le restaurant iranien est bon mais la suite des visites est vraiment inintéressante. Je vous conseille de le faire vous-même par bus ou en louant une voiture. Vous en aurez pour le même prix sans le restaurant certes mais au moins vous ferez tout à votre rythme
Having worked on motorways for over 30 years repairing cars I know that you don,t change from one bus to another on the hard shoulder of a busy motorway considering that another set of people were collected a few miles down the road in a service station.
It was not the most modern tour bus that I have traveled on and when we told we could take pictures of the places we passed through, it helps if you stop and have clean widows to do so.
When we arrived at the first stop the the beautiful mosque it seemed the tour guide was more interested in hiring out coverings for the ladies than helping with information. My wife and I talked about the mosque and I think it is almost as beautiful as the Taj Mahal
we then driven to the presidential palace past the houses of the royal family this was where we were so supposed to take photos through the dirty windows, but the thing that was said after we stopped at the palace gates there is a better place for filming along the road and guess what we had to take them through the dirty windows.
Having done quite a lot touring you get used to the guide usual stop to the place that sells carpets or other over priced goods so we sat on the bus 2 more seasoned tourists who did not need the 15 minutes of selling.
One plus point the food served for lunch in the Sheraton was better than most buffets on a tour.
The final stop at Ferrari world was nice to see, but unless you go for the tour there it is a waste of time.
Finally the tour guide when asked a few questions by some of the guests he seemed at a loss for answers. I would also would have liked to know in advance it was going to be 2 language tour.
So taking all things into consideration I can only say I was sorely disappointed.
A great day well worth the effort to see more of the UAE. Very knowledgeable guide that gave an excellent account of the history and development of the country. Stop at Mosque and other photogenic spots. Topped off with an excellent choice for lunch before heading back to Dubai. Picked up and dropped back at our accommodation in a very timely manner.
The trip was well organized the best part was the tour of the grand Mosque but unfortunately they should carry a few more dress covering for the ladies as some thought they dressed o.k. but unfortunately werent admitted inside. Also the lunch at the hotel was amazing.The tour to Ferrari World was o.k but disappointed couldnt see the race circuit. All up would recommend this trip.Unfortunately I have no photos as had my camera stolen at a later date.