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A great day well worth the effort to see more of the UAE. Very knowledgeable guide that gave an excellent account of the history and development of the country. Stop at Mosque and other photogenic spots. Topped off with an excellent choice for lunch before heading back to Dubai. Picked up and dropped back at our accommodation in a very timely manner.
The tour is definitely worth the money! First stop was the breathtaking mosque. Everything went well just women be sure you're not wearing any clothing that's any way see through or you won't be let in, but you can rent out the traditional dress from your guide. We then got to see the Emirates Palace and corniche. We had lunch at a lovely hotel and the food was brilliant. We got about 15mins at the Ferrari World and then travelled back to Dubai. Our guide was super informative on every aspect of the trip. Abu Dhabi is great but nothing compared to Dubai!
My tour group was small which made it extremely sociable and interactive. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and very happy to answer any questions. Buffet lunch was brilliant...at the Sheraton. Ladies beware . when visiting the mosque you have to be covered from head to foot with no see through clothing including cardigans . Only downside, No water supplied on our minibus.
Impeccable 5 star service, great facilities and centrally located. Most impressive aspect of this hotel was the absolute dedication to ensuring we had the best possible stay. The entire staff from the General Manager Maurice De Rooij down to the maintenance personal provided us with 5 star service every step of the way. The concierge, whose name I cant pronounce, spent hours with us insuring we had the best possible tours and experience Dubai has to offer. We would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Dubai and we will be staying there on future visits.
The tour to Abu Dhabi from Dubai was excellent. The coach driver was very helpful and enjoyed the day completely.
Karim, tour guide-driver is excellent. He made every effort to my day tour memorable.
The tour was mostly in the bus, watching everything from a distance. Next time I will look for a much better tour.
The city is beautiful, but need time to see it.
The trip was well organized the best part was the tour of the grand Mosque but unfortunately they should carry a few more dress covering for the ladies as some thought they dressed o.k. but unfortunately werent admitted inside. Also the lunch at the hotel was amazing.The tour to Ferrari World was o.k but disappointed couldnt see the race circuit. All up would recommend this trip.Unfortunately I have no photos as had my camera stolen at a later date.
Carlos Miguel Silva Portugal
Good tour. Nice guide that explained everything sorry, forgot the name, he's from Sri Lanka. Beautiful white mosque. Good lunch at the Sheraton.
Trip was very good, picked up on time and proceeded smoothly. Some confusion about attire for Mosque but guide provided additional garmets.
Michael United States of ...
Tour was very interesting. Guide however was constantly far ahead of the group and we were always trying to catch up. Lunch was excellent. Would recommend.
Our trip was wonderful! The Grand Mosque was very impressive and beautiful. And, the sights in Abu Dhabi were equally impressive. Lunch was very tasty and displayed nicely. Our guide seemed like this was new to him. On our hour ride, he was pretty much silent. When we arrived at the Grand Mosque, he said to be back in 1 hr, but didn't say this to all. And, he didn't say the bus would be moved to a different location. After we requested clearer information, he complied. He was very nice.
Having spent some days in Dubai prior to this trip, it was interesting to see the slightly different customs in two neighboring Emirates. The competition between the two of them for pre-eminence was also fun to observe. The enormous grand mosque was awe-inspiring even for non-Muslims, as were the palaces.
However, the guide we had was unenthusiastic and a disappointment after the prior trips, and the transportation was sub-par - an older bus that was uncomfortable. The included lunch was good, which made up somewhat for other deficiencies.
All in all, it would have been a very good trip with a different tour operator.
Was very interesting tour, but we did not have enough time to enjoy some of the stops.
The tour is basically ok but more information should be given when visiting the buildings, in particular the Grand Mosque. And the time given to visit it on our own is too few,, Saadiyat Island with Louvre and Guggenheim museums construction sites were not visited nor mentioned, as per program..
Our guide met us at the hotel on time for the tour. He introduced himself, but I could not understand him. He did not use eye contact while talking with the female passengers, which may be a local custom. The commentary was minimul and at times hard to understand,
He had extra head coverings for the ladies who forgot to bring one. He also gave one lady a jacket to wear when she had problems passing security at the mosque.
Our lunch at the Sheraton was nice, and he gave us ample time to enjoy it.
It didn't start well, we rung up twice to confirm the booking on the local number given, both times we were told that hotel pick up was 0830 to 0900. The day before our tour we received a note via the hotel saying pick up was 0800 - 0900, included also was information about clothing needed for the mosque tour, which was useful. We were in the hotel lobby for 8 and transport had just arrived. He told us he had 2 further pick ups to do, we were in Bur Dubai so were expecting other pick ups in the area, the first pick up was not too far away then there was some confusion as to where the other pick up was, he had the hotel name but not the location. Eventually some 40 mins after picking us up he was told he had to go to the Marina for his 3rd pick up. All in all we were late for the coach which we eventually met on the side of the motorway on its way out of Dubai.
Once we got on the coach at 0925, the guide, Mohammed, never introduced himself to the latecomers or gave an insight into the day ahead. The coach transmission sounded as though it was going to fall off, the first seat we sat in was broken with no signs indicating it was. Considering it was a city tour the bus windows were filthy, I know they may have ben like it later but it would have been nice to start off clean.
We arrived at the mosque at about 1030, by the time the guide had tried to sort out if the ladies clothing was suitable we had wasted another half hour. Why the tour company cant have some garments suitable for those passengers who think rules don't apply to them and can wear what they want so wasting everybody's time. We eventually got to see the mosque and it is spectacular, a modern equivalent of splendid cathedrals. We were given a tour and 20 mins free time but like always never enough time. The tour info says water provided on the bus, no water was available on our tour at all. We then drove around the city, where rich live and a quick photo stop at the Emirates palace. Then onto the heritage village, not worth the 20 mins that turned into 30 mins whilst we waited for the same couple who didn't think timings applied to them and the guide didn't think to challenge throughout the tour as they were always late returning. Lunch time arrived at 1400, buffet at the Sheriton hotel and it was lovely, good choice, hot, cold, desserts, cheese coffee and water. Then onto Ferrari world, well 30 mins to walk to the entrance, have a quick look in the shops, no sighting of the race track or anything else really. Again same couple late back so late setting off back to Dubai. Eventually arrived back at the transfer point, same bus, same 3 drop offs so another hour before we got dropped at 1900hrs. Was it all worth it, no not really, Mosque was, lunch was rest could have been anywhere. It you want to see the mosque and can't there by other means then do this tour, if you can self drive then do it that way as the rest of the could have been missed.
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