Begin your private tour with hotel pickup in Dubai, and hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Let them know if there are any sights you want to see more of: your tour is private, so the itinerary is customizable.
Then, set out to see some of Dubai’s most spectacular architecture. On route, learn about the city’s lightning-speed growth, and its reputation for challenging architectural convention.
Hear how the mid-20th-century oil boom changed Dubai almost at a stroke, with the wealth from oil exports serving to change the city’s skyline. Suddenly, Dubai’s traditionally low-rise houses and courtyards were dwarfed by high-rises built using new hi-tech materials, all in just a few years.
Head first to the Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island, ingeniously shaped like a palm tree. Drive around the island, and hear how it was described as a ‘must-see architectural wonder’ by leading architectural website Arch Daily.
Admire the sail-shaped, landmark Burj Al Arab hotel, and visit Dubai Marina, where more than 200 high-rise buildings, all constructed within five years, surround a man-made canal. Gaze at the skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest residential building, and the 75-story Cayan Tower, noting how the latter's spiraling design ensures each apartment has a view of the sea or marina.
Next, visit downtown Dubai, the city’s cutting-edge lifestyle and entertainment district dominated by the Burj Khalifa. Marvel at the 2,723-foot (830-meter) building, the world’s highest, and hear how and why it represents the pinnacle of modern design.
Other sights on your tour include the ‘Swiss Cheese’ office tower at Dubai’s Business Bay, and the high-profile Dubai international Financial Centre.
After about five hours, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.