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Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the best of Dubai on a half-day Dubai sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable coach or minivan, take in Dubai’s top landmarks as you absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Snap photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own artificial island; learn about local history at the Dubai Museum, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and much more. Sign off with a visit to the Deira Spice Souk and free time to explore the brilliant Gold Souk.
  • Half-day Dubai city tour with a local guide
  • Enjoy a photo by Burj Al-Arab hotel, on Jumeirah Beach
  • Take in views of the white marble dome and minarets of Jumeirah Mosque
  • Tour the old quarter of Dubai with your local guide
  • Enjoy a water-taxi ride across Dubai Creek
  • Visit the exciting Spice Souk and shop for bargains in Deira Gold Souk

What's Included

  • Professional and License tour Guide well knowledgeable
  • Pick up and Drop Off from Dubai City Hotel by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Abra ride across the Creek ( Traditional water taxi)
  • Photo Stop from outside Burj Al Arab & Jumeirah Mosque
  • Visit Gold Souq and Spice Souq
  • Bottled water in the coach
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

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Please Note

• Your centrally located Dubai, Sharjah hotels or Dubai Port Rashid ( cruise terminal) • For guest staying in any Private Residence or Villas in Dubai , pick up can be arranged from any nearby hotels. • For Transit guest, pick up can be arranged from any nearby Airport Hotels ( without luggage) >> Departure time : - Morning Dubai City tour - Between 07:00 am and 07:30 am approximately Afternoon Dubai City tour - Between 13:30 pm and 14:00 pm approximately

What To Expect

Start your Dubai city tour with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach or minivan and travel to your first stop.

Along the way, hear about Dubai’s history from your expert guide. Then, arrive at Jumeirah Beach to take snaps of the glittering Burj Al-Arab hotel.

Hear how the hotel’s sail-shaped design has made it one of Dubai’s signature sights and learn how it stands at a remarkable 1,053-foot (321-meter) high.

Drive through exclusive Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most upscale residential districts. See the plush villas and hotels, and continue into the old quarter to get a glimpse of Dubai’s past.

Navigate past mudbrick courtyards and houses with wind towers that circulate the cooling breeze. See the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and home to Dubai Museum, as your guide tells you about its historical fortifications.

Board an abra and enjoy the views as you cross Dubai Creek. Arrive in Deira and stroll with your guide around the vibrant Spice Souk. Scan the colorful stalls of perfumed spices, herbs, and sweets, and then head for the nearby Gold Souk.

Enjoy free time to explore the gold and jewelry stores, and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Sample historic sites and the vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this tour starting in the popular Jumeirah district. Make a stop at the traditionally recreated Madinat Souk for stunning photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Atlantis, The Palm

Then drive onto the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, an incredible architectural marvel for a closer look at another icon, the Atlantis Resort.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum 02 adults required.Pickup will be in a Suitable vehicle on sharing basis from different hotels in Dubai.
  • Children below 5 years old must be seated in a child seat while traveling in any kind of vehicle in UAE. If you have a child below 5 years joining the tour, please mention in the remarks.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Dress code: lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised. Hats are advisable when in direct sunlight.
  • Guests visiting the UAE during the Summer months (June – September) are advised that peak daytime temperatures sometimes reach 42 – 45 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels can also exceed 90 percent during this period. We recommend all our guests to take adequate precaution.
  • If you want to book this tour on private basis,please search the activity, product code : 2168PDXB02 - Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
  • The local tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of the scheduled programs because of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or other similar circumstances.
  • The duration of the actual tour takes 4 – 4.5 hour but the driving time from Dubai hotel and return may take another 60 – 90 minutes depending on traffic conditions and time of day.
  • Tour schedule & Language - English / German ( bilingual) Morning Tour - Monday & Thursday : Afternoon Tour -Sunday,Tuesday & Friday ( The guide will speak both languages during the tour)
  • Tour schedule & Language - English / Spanish ( bilingual) Afternoon Tour -Wednesday & Saturday ( The guide will speak both languages during the tour)
  • If any given tourist sites are closed an alternate attraction in case of the venue's closure
  • Burj Al Arab photo-stop changed to Madinat Jumeirah (no more photostop in Open Beach due to construction)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dubai City Half-Day City Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Dubai City Half-Day City Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Dubai City Half-Day City Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dubai City Half-Day City Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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It was very hot - if you have a battery operated fan, take it along for the times you're not on the tour bus.
It’s a nice 4 hour tour that allows you to see many sights without the constraint of it consuming the whole day.
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Good spice market
Raja_D, Aug 2022
Tour guide explained well and covered all specified places. He gave good history also. Liked spice market.
Amazing experience
bruno_m, Aug 2022
Amazing tour and experience. The guide was great, extremely polite and keen to explain everything about the touristic points and other curiosities about the city and its history and politics. It was offered cold water in the bus, coffee in an old house where we could feel a bit more about the local customs, then we had some free time for shopping. Very organized and on time as proposed. If you want to know more about Dubai and its most well desired places and take some good pictures, specially of the old city, I highly recommend to take the tour.
Recommended
Sally_W, Aug 2022
Enjoyable tour and a good way to see the city. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. The only thing I would change would be the time spent at the gold souk. We were interested in seeing Dubai, but not buying gold.
Excellent
Caroline_o, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was Mohamed. He was excellent from start to finish. Very informative, chatty, friendly. The tour was fabulous. A whistle stop tour of Old and New Dubap. I would highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Carolin…, Thank you for this review on our Dubai City Tour. This tour is designed to show you the most interesting spots and landmarks of Dubai. We too highly recommend this tour even if you have seen this city before. The information that you will get from our licensed guides while on this tour is invaluable. We hope to see you on some of our other highly rated tours or safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
A ‘Must-do’ Tour
Phillip_Z, Jul 2022
Whether you are short on time or want a good orientation to get you started in Dubai, this tour is a must. It is informative, picturesque and well-organised. You will see the great landmarks like Palm Island, the Burj al Arab, Buru Khalifa and many more before going on a brief abra ride to Deira where you can be overwhelmed by the spice and gold souks. So. Much. Gold! Our guide, Chamil, was excellent. He was informative, courteous and very approachable. He was very happy to answer questions. The bus was comfortable and expertly driven. Being a hot day (as always) it was nice to have bottled water provided.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Phillip_Z, Thank you for an amazing review of our Dubai City Tour. We couldn’t agree with you more. It is true that one of the best ways to get introduced to this wonderful city is to partake in this tour. The itinerary has been constructed in a way that you get to see the important and famous landmarks of Dubai along with some general knowledge regarding this country. For repeat visitors to the U.A.E. We recommend them to take a private tour, as in a private tour you can control your timings and itinerary. Our licensed and experienced group of guides/drivers make this tour a “must do”. We are proud to read that you have enjoyed being around with our experienced guide Chamil and you rate him as “excellent”. We have forwarded your kind words to Chamil to motivate him providing the same level of service to his future clients as well. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Dubai
Richardine_A, Jul 2022
It was a great experience . It was the best. The tour guide have great guides and explanation for every stop
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Richard…, Thank you for your review! We take pride in conducting the tours with our team of licensed and experienced guides/drivers. Our itinerary is designed to cover all of the important spots of this city. We will be expecting your return soon for you to experience our other highly rated tours and safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Got to know alot about old Dubai and the nee one
vzwbssq4fv, Jul 2022
Amazing experience but the weather is hot make sure you book in a session in which its not extremely hot like July
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear vzwbss..., Thank you for such a nice review of our Dubai City Tour. We take pride in constructing an itinerary where our guests can see the most in the shortest span of time, paired with a team of licensed and well experienced guides. We would love to see you return in the U.A.E again on some of our other highly rated tours and safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
Yair_B, Jul 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and provided interesting anecdotes about the sites we visited. The tour covered locations that are worth seeing in a logical and organized package.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Yair_B, Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are glad that you loved our Dubai City Tour. We are very glad to hear that you found our guide “knowledgeable“ and that he provided “interesting anecdotes“. We couldn’t agree with you more on how our tours are tailored specifically to cover all important locations of this amazing city. We hope to serve you again soon on some of our other highly rated tours or safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
We suggest to do it, even if it is your last day in Dubai
Oscar_G, Jul 2022
We made this tour in our last day in Dubai. Everything that we visited we already visited before. Even that we liked but what made our experience ever better was out tour guide, he is knowledgable, polite and dedicated.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Oscar_G, Thank you for this amazing review of our Dubai City Tour! The information provided by our licensed guides is one of the highlights of this tour. Also, you can never see enough of this amazing city. We hope to see you return soon for our other highly rated tours / safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Unforgettable tour
Bamidele_S, Jul 2022
It was a great day with lots of excitement. The driver is gentle and experienced. The tour guide is multi linguist and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Bamide…, Thank you so much for your review on our Dubai City Tour. All of our licensed and experienced guides are multilingual. We love reading that you were happy with both, our driver as well as guide. We will be hoping for your return soon to the U.A.E. for you to experience our other highly rated tours and safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Excellent learned a lot on this tour
balvinderrai57, Jul 2022
The tour guides was very knowledgeable and friendly Took our photos in the tour very helpful I would recommend thuds guide and the trip
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear balvind... Greetings from ORIENT TOURS! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about the Dubai City Tour you have recently booked with us. We love to read that you rate our guides as "very knowledgeable and friendly". Our team strives to provide the best service to our customers and let them leave our destination full of beautiful memories. Best regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Great experience.
Rachel_A, Jul 2022
The ride on the water taxi to Dubai Gold Souk was fun. I enjoyed my visits to Souk Medinat Jumeirah and the Atlantis resort. The tour guide staff was very informative and nice.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Rachel_A, Thank you so much for this review on our Dubai City tour. The water taxi (Abra) is one of the most fun activities in this tour. It’s of great cultural significance and it shows how people use to ferry across the Dubai creek. Our licensed and experienced guides have no shortage of information relating to this amazing country. Our suggestion, is to ask them more questions. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excelent!!!
Isaac_Z, Jun 2022
Excelent tour guide! Great experience and we loved the places that we visit. The service was very good! They came for us at our hotel and we had air conditioning at all times.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Isaac_Z, Thank you for such a nice review of our Dubai City Tour. We take pride in organizing a tour where we visit all the iconic landmarks of Dubai. This is a great way to get introduced to this wonderful city and we recommend to do this on your first day of visit to the U.A.E. so the guests have a better overview of the city and receive all the knowledge that will help them during their remaining stay. We hope you return soon so you can experience some of our other tours and safaris. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
FRAUD
Alesia_G, Jun 2022
The tour I booked was not what we got. The Dubai museum is closed for 2 yrs only had a total of 30 min
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear Alesia, Greetings from ORIENT TOURS! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. As we have spoken on the day of your tour, the itinerary that you expected to participate in and that you showed to our tour guide during the tour, was not the one that Orient Tours is conducting. The screenshot you shared has clearly stated the name of one of our competitors as the local supplier and not us, Orient Tours. We believe that you must have booked with us but thinking that you booked with them. We hope that in the meantime, as we have suggested you over the phone that day, got in touch with Viator to clarify this. From our end we must say that the tour was conducted as every day and as per the tour description published on the Viator/TripAdvisor website. We regret any inconveniences you may have had. Best regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
Great introduction to Dubai
Lucy_G, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic day on our city tour. This is a great introduction to Dubai and a good way of accessing lots of sites that aren’t immediately next to each other. First we visited The Pointe to take photos of Atlantis the Palm Hotel. We then photographed the Burj Al Arab and went inside a beautiful mosque. We then went to old Dubai, visiting a traditional house and being greeted with coffee and dates (which we loved!) You then take a boat ride across the water to reach the gold and spice souks. We enjoyed the variety of this day and our guide was really knowledgable and friendly. Would definitely recommend doing this tour as an introduction to your time in Dubai!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Lucy_G, Greetings from ORIENT TOURS! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about our Dubai City Tour, As you say, the tour is indeed a great way to get an overview over the city in an interesting way for a good value for money. You get to see all the famous places of Dubai during that great tour and you can take beautiful pictures as well. Love to see you mentioning that our guide was "very knowledgeable and friendly". Thanks for recommending our tour :) Best regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
The route was alright,...
Sebastian_B, Jun 2022
The route was alright, you could see the city from different angles; the guide, however, was rather mediocre, his explanations (if any) were superficial and he repeated sentences a lot, at stops he let us walk ourselves and did not the explain the sights at hand (mosce etc) - all in all i cannot recommend the tour
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Sebasti..., Greetings from ORIENT TOURS! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Regret reading that we were not able to meet your expectations. All our guides are fully trained and licensed by the local tourism authorities with most of them working for us more than 10 years. We deeply apologize that the guide during your tour made you not recommend the tour. We would love to look into this internally to ensure that we continue to provide only the best service to our valuable clients. Please share your booking details (full name, tour date, booking reference number) by email to sarah@orienttours.ae Please let us know when you are back in town! Best regards, Sarah P. Dubke Senior Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience
King_S, Jun 2022
Awesome way to get to know Dubai. Our guide was excellent and really did a good job. I would recommend this to all my friends
1 traveler found this review helpful
not a great guide
Destiny_P, May 2022
The tour guide was kind of rude and rushed a lot. He was snapping at other guests like they were children which I found to be disrespectfully. One lady asked to use the bathroom and he sighed and rolled his eyes, seemed very visibly frustrated/irritated. I tried to ask one question about the culture and was brushed off and never answered. He seemed very preoccupied with always moving to the next thing. Generally not super informative either. Kept repeating the most irrelevant information, like a particular location having lots of hotels. I did however like the stops on the tour! Got a lot of cool pictures. I think I could have had a better experience if the time was allocated differently. Some things got way too much time while others got basically no time at all.
Excellent trip
Elsie_F, May 2022
Both driver and the guide were very helpful. We were giving water to cool us down. The guide was able to answer questions
It was a wonderful time....
Shabeeb_C, May 2022
It was a wonderful time. guide was nice and explained the thing in clear way. Even though it was a short trip still a memorable event in the life
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Shabee..., Greetings from ORIENT TOURS! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about the Dubai City Tour you have recently joined with us. Great reading that you mention that our "guide was nice and explained the thing in a clear way". We have forwarded your kind words to him to motivate him providing the same level of service to his future guests. We believe the tour is a great start into a Dubai holiday to get an overview and background information about the destination. If you want to dive deeper into the city we would recommend a full day private tour that will be tailor made upon your request. Best regards, Sarah P. Dubke Senior Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
1 traveler found this review helpful
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