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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; venture into the traditional Al Bastakiya district, 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. Dubai sightseeing at its easiest and best!


  • 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, Bastakiya, with your local guide
  • Enjoy a water-taxi ride across Dubai Creek
  • Visit the exciting Spice Souq and shop for bargains in Deira Gold Souq

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What You Can Expect

Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Jumeriah Mosque on this half day tour of Dubai

Start your 4.5-hour 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 Al Bastakiya 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.

Customer Reviews

Rose-Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Interesting and informative guide who showed us highlights of the old and new city. We really gained an insight into the Emirates culture, economy and lifestyle. We really appreciated the pick up from the hotel and drop off at the end of the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent value for the price. The guide was very knowledgeable and insightful, providing lots of information about the places we visited.

Colin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Packed in a lot in a short time,ideal in such hot weather!Dylan was friendly,entertaining and knowledgeable throughout.Good experience thank you Dylan.

Maria Teresa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great idea to do the tour to have a first overview of the city. Our guide was very good and knew a lot from the city!

Alison S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Dr Norman was just brilliant as our guide, we so enjuyed the history and relaxed tour

Melissa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour really enjoyed riding the little boats, the museum was nice, and got to check out the souks

Lisa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well we had a fantastic time, everything ran smoothly. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful person who was very eager to advise of things to do whilst in Dubai. Thanks for a good tour will use viator again soon

Adrienne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We only had a day in Dubai and we wanted to see everything so this tour was ideal for us. We were collected promptly from our hotel at 1pm and brought to the tour bus. We started with a photo stop at the Burj Al-Arab and saw the beautiful white beaches which were full of holidaymakers and locals.
The coach was air conditioned which was welcome in the hot sunshine. Second stop was at the Jumeirah Mosque which was very beautiful to see. We also loved the included visit to the Dubai Museum at the Al Fahidi Fort which offered a lot about the history of Dubai. A highlight was the trip across the busy Dubai Creek in an Abra water taxi to visit both the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk in the Deira old town area. We were dropped off at the Dubai Mall to see the Burj Khalifa from where we made our own way home. Our only regret was not seeing the The Palm Islands.

Kevin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent service pick up and return . The Dubai Museum was a wonderful insight into the past. The visit to the spice and gold souk was good . The guide was pleasant and informative.
The mandatory tipping was an unnecessary end to a great tour.

Matt C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great quick way to see city!

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