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Some of the architecture in Dubai defies belief and on this 5-hour Dubai architecture tour, you get to see its most incredible landmarks up close. Traveling by coach or minivan with an expert guide sharing the story of each sight, marvel at architectural feats such as the sail-like Burj Al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, stunning Palm Jumeirah archipelago and more. Learn how Dubai turned from fishing village to space-age city, gain insight into how each building was constructed, and finish at the Dubai Fountain Show — another of the city’s iconic sights.


  • 5-hour tour of Dubai’s futuristic architecture and latest developments
  • Pose for photos near the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel, just off Jumeirah Beach
  • Gaze up at the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings
  • Watch the Dubai Fountain Show to see an extravaganza of dancing sprays, illuminations and lasers
  • See Ski Dubai, an indoor winter wonderland in the centre of the desert emirate
  • Learn about Dubai’s recent growth and architectural triumphs from an expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Dubai Modern Development Tour

See the architectural wonders of Dubai

Begin your Dubai architecture tour with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach or minivan and hear fascinating facts about the space-age city and the futuristic architecture that has become its emblem.

Gaze at the high-rises along the 16-lane Sheikh Zayed Road as you head for Jumeirah, the area of Dubai that has seen the most dramatic architectural development.

Admire the stunning Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a lavish recreation of a traditional Arabian marketplace. Then, snap photos of the spectacular Burj Al-Arab hotel. Rising up from an artificial island off the Jumeirah coast, this gleaming building is designed to resemble a billowing sail, and stands at 1,053 feet (321 meters) tall, making it one of the world’s highest hotels.

Continue to the Palm Jumeirah, the palm-tree-shaped island archipelago where rows of exclusive villas and residential complexes stretch along the man-made ‘fronds’ overlooking the Persian Gulf.

Stop to ogle the mammoth Atlantis The Palm, the archipelago’s architectural showpiece, and then head to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort ever built in the Middle East.

Gawk at the giant ski runs through the glass façade, and continue to the Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s highest buildings. Lean your head back to try and see the needle-shaped top of the tower, located 2,772 feet (828 meters) in the sky.

Lastly, take in a stunning performance of the Dubai Fountain Show on Burj Khalifa Lake. Marvel at the precision choreography of the fountains and jets as they dance in time to Arabic and classical music during the 5-minute show.

Afterward, return to your coach or minivan and end your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Kathleen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good

Joseph J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It covered just what I was hoping to see.

Ahmed K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Was amazing.thanks Dejan... Ahmed Khalifa 00966543425748

Natalia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great way to see the new buildings all in.a short afternoon, nice and friendly guide.

sidney raymond t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

First class


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This tour is value for money by orient tour. The tour guide is great. An drop off at the atlantis for 0.5 hour would be good. Air-con bus is comfortable and driver is on time and helpful. We also joined the private city tour on the 8th jul and the tour guide from sir lanka is excellent and kind.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Good view of some of the major sites. Visited the Mall of the Emirates to see Ski Dubai and the light fountain show. Guide was on time. Spoke clear English. Good tour for the money. I would recommend.

Rakesh Saxena India

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

It was good tour to see modern Dubai from near. Guide and car were in time. Music fountain and Burj Khalifa were excellent. Should given more time in Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Tour was value for money.

Don G S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

A very informative tour although I thought very rushed. Our guide seemed pushed for time and did manage to lose two of our party. The sights we saw were magnificent with the highlight being The Dancing Fountains Another tour I would recommend.

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