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Me, my wife and a friend of ours were at Dubai for few days. We decided to do this private tour primarily because we wanted to visit Burj Al Arab hotel that we did not manage to visit during our previous stay in Dubai. What I can say is that I not only I did not regret about arranging for this tour but probably this was the best tour we have taken in last few years. Our driver and guide Umar, took us to all the places mentioned in the itinerary but went far above and beyond that. He took us to local places to see how local people spend their time during day and night, helped us to tailor our schedule further and did everything he could to make this tour an amazing unforgetable experience for us by arranging with his boss any changes needed. Having couple of coctails at Burj Al Arab is a great experience and you should not miss it! Thanks Viator for offering only the best to your customers.
We booked this particular trip because we wanted to see Dubai's highlights during our 19.5 hour layover there.
Got in at 2 PM and we were escorted to the Dubai Terminal Hotel by the meet and greet person. Despite the hotel's warning about not getting out of the terminal, you can get back into the terminal and pass security with your passport and boarding pass for the next flight. That's the key-- you must have a boarding pass for the next flight. We took a taxi to the Holiday Inn Express across the street-- short ride, not cheap, cannot be walked on foot. Same later that night-- taxi ride to terminal. And that's really the only complaint we have-- why cannot the guide pick us up at the terminal and drop us back at the terminal? Would have saved us about 30 at least. Something about airport rules prohibiting it.
So, trip started out with the gold and spice market. Interesting to see but of course extremely expensive items there. Vendors were quite aggressive and wanted us to look, etc. We were able to go to a local grocer to buy different kinds of nuts. Then we went to a canal to get onto a local water taxi. Seems that many tourists and locals took the water taxis, but there was not much excitement there. Next we were driven to the Saga Mall for a few minutes of browsing. This is a really upscale shopping area for the rich. Traffic was quite heavy so it took a while to get to places. Burj Khalifa didn't disappoint. Try to take pictures of the closed elevator door as the graphic displays the floor and the elapsed time-- 124 floors up in just 60 seconds!! From the 125th floor you can see the Dubai Fountains so far down below you. We made it back in time to see the Fountain show at street level. Grand display, but oh so many people in the plaza!! The highlight of the night for us was the visit to Burj Al Arab and the leisurely cocktail with snacks on the 25th floor that's just below the circular helicopter landing pad. An amazing hotel!! Food and drinks were included and the selection was good.
Ahmed, our guide, was very courteous and made the trip enjoyable despite the lingering effects of a sandstorm.
Because of that, visibility was limited during the day but it was OK at night from the top of Burj Khalifa. Expensive tour but really the only way you can get into the Burj Al Arab.
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