Dubai

Dubai city tour: Old & New Dubai Abra ride, Palm Island, Souks

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Dubai city tour with guide
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the landmarks of Dubai old and new on a half-day guided city tour. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, get to know modern Dubai, seeing Dubai Marina, the Burj Al Arab, and meg-tall Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest tower. Plus, delve into historical Dubai with visits to Al Bastakiya, Dubai Museum, and the Gold and Spice Souks, plus an ‘abra’ water taxi ride on Dubai Creek. Hotel, port, and central pickup and drop-off included.
  • See top Dubai sights including the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab
  • Visit Dubai Museum and ride an ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek
  • Learn about Dubai’s history and culture
  • Air-conditioned transport, museum entrance fee, plus hotel, port, and central pickup and drop-off included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Short stops mean that this tour fits as much as possible into one morning—ideal for first-time visitors.

What's Included

  • Air conditioned vehicle with Professional guide English speaking
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Please see the important note)
  • Photopstop outside Atlantis the Palm
  • Abra boat ride across the creek
  • Tour is a complete tour of Dubai that covers both old and modern Dubai.
  • Drivealong and photostop at Palm Island - eighth wonder of the world
  • Photostop for Burj Al Arab - the luxury 7 star hotel
  • Blue Mosque visit - Mosque of Jumeirah
  • Musuem of Future (Outside photo stop)
  • Dubai Skyline , Downtown Dubai
  • Photostop Burj Khalifa - worlds tallest building
  • Drivealong and photostop the Zabeel Rulers Palace
  • Dubai Frame photo
  • Deira creek - Abra boat water taxi ride included
  • Ancient cooling systems - the wind towers
  • Al Fahidi drive through
  • Walking through the famous Dubai gold souk
  • Walk through the Aromatic spice souk of Dubai
  • Fresh chilled mineral water
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos - The souks one must BARGAIN - Check price only during tour. BUY IN HURRY YOU LOSE
  • INDIVIDUAL GUEST PICKUP :- If the booking is for one person the guest will be requested to come to a close by common pick up hotel which will be one of the centrally located hotels. If the guest request to have pick up from the hotel of their stay will be charged USD 8 per person and they can pay locally. This is only applicable for those guest staying at centrally located hotels. However, if there is more than one booking from the same hotel we will pickup up from the same hotel. The agency do not accept any claim or compensation in this regard.
  • Entry inside Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, Ski Dubai

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

If the number of guests are 2 or more, we do pick up from all hotels in the Emirates Dubai. Please remember Dubai is a city with many hotels are next to each other - therefore we stop at a known place and guide you to the vehicle. The locations included in our pickup area are Deira area, Bur Dubai, Downtown including Burj Khalifa areas, all around Sheikh Zayed road, Barsha, T-com, Media city, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residents and Jumeirah Lake Towers, Outside city limit participants and individuals (one person bookings) pickup locations and their pickup points:- Ghusais, Riu deira, Nahada, Muhaishna and other emirates report at Ibis Al Rigga or Hyatt Place Al Rigga, Silicon Oasis, Discovery garden, DIP, Jebel Ali, Studio city, J.village, Arabian raches, Dubai Land international city and all outskirts locations must report at the Marina mall main entrance. IMPORTANT:- Since we are not charging supplements for booking with one person, therefore hotel pickup is not offered; whereas we suggest a close by hotel or come to common pickup point as mentioned above. Our apologies unable to bear the relocation cost or accept claims as the products sold at a very budget price.

What To Expect

After pickup from your Dubai hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to your first landmark: Dubai Marina, where high-rise residences frame an artificial waterway.

View the palm-dotted Dubai Marina Walk, and admire the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), where cloud-piercing residential towers gaze over the Arabian Gulf. Continue to palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah island, and view the upscale boulevards of villas here before snapping photos of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel.

Call at the Blue Mosque, modeled on Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, and enjoy a guided interior tour (subject to prayer times and festival closures) to admire its Ottoman-inspired architecture. Marvel at the Burj Khalifa, the planet’s tallest building, and Dubai Mall, and pass landmarks including the Dubai World Trade Center and royal palace on route to old Dubai.

Here, discover the wind towers and courtyards of Al Bastakiya, Dubai’s oldest quarter, and chart the city’s history at Dubai Museum. Take in the Heritage Village and Souk Al Kabeer, and ride an abra across Dubai Creek to Deira’s souks. Stroll through the traditional Gold Souk and Spice Souk, perhaps purchasing goodies (own expense) on route.

Your tour then finishes back at the original start point.

Burj Al Arab

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dubai Gold Souk

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palm Jumeirah

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Burj Khalifa

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Al Fahidi (Pass By)

Sheikh Zayed Road (Pass By)

Dubai Spice Souk (Pass By)

Zabeel Palace

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dubai Frame

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

The Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque And Centre

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Free pickup and drop off offered from almost 500 hotels in Dubai. Dubai Museum is closed on Friday . Inside museum visit is not possible on Friday's, however you can see the forts from outside and we will take you thee for a photostop. On friday some of the shops inside spice and gold souk will be closed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickups commence between 8am - 930am approx. All days except Fridays, the 8 AM pickup start from new Dubai and transfer to old Dubai.
  • No pickup is offers from Arabian ranches, Jebel Ali, Silicon Oasis, Dragon mart area, Mirdif, Al Nahda, Muhaisnah, Ghusais, Mamzar, Naif, Sabka, Al Ras these places are far from city limit.
  • Tour operators buses are prohibited by law to pickup the guests from residence.
  • INDIVIDUAL GUEST PICKUP :- If the booking is for one person the guest will be requested to come to a close by common pick up hotel which will be one of the centrally located hotels. If the guest request to have pick up from the hotel of their stay will be charged USD 8 per person and they can pay locally. This is only applicable for those guest staying at centrally located hotels. However, if there is more than one booking from the same hotel we will pickup up from the same hotel. The agency do not accept any claim or compensation in this regard.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Luggage transfers are not included in the tour prices, if any luggage must be informed in advance supplementary charges apply
  • Infant seat available, charges apply
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If the booking is for one person guest are requested to contact us at least 24 hrs prior to the tour - so that we will be able to let the guest know which is their pickup. The agency will not be held responsible - if you are not aware of your location or if you are unable to join the tour
  • Tour is offered only tourist . The tour is restricted to people holding UAE residence visa - due to insurance issues.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


Get your cameras ready as the bus doesn’t stop at all famous locations.
It is a good start when you don't spend much time in the city.
I would highly recommend doing this at the start of your trip as they also provide a few handy translations and info about traditions and local customs which are good to know as you go around :
I would highly recommend doing this at the start of your trip as they also provide a few handy translations and info about traditions and local customs which are good to know as you go around :
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Great half day excursion
Amanda_M, Mar 2024
Very enjoyable trip and our tour guide Whiskey was fantastic as was the driver. Was great to hear about and see old and new Dubai. Would definitely recommend
Great Introduction to Old and New Dubai
Marlene_L, Feb 2024
Great trip for first time travellers to Dubai. Quick visits to lots of places for photo opportunities. The Gold and Spice souqs were really interesting. We were very relieved that the tour did not include shopping stops but instead focussed on sharing the sights with us.
Very pleased
Laveda_M, Feb 2024
This tour was amazing. First, I didn't realize that it was going to be a private tour. The driver picked us up promptly and took us to our tour guide. She was extremely nice and patient. She was very informative. I'm so happy that I chose this particular tour.
Great experience!
Bernardka_K, Feb 2024
The guide, who explained lots of facts and also answered our questions. It was great and very educational.
Great tour, good value, excellent guide
Carol_J, Feb 2024
This tour was as described, we got to see, briefly, many sights. We generally had fifteen minutes for a short walk aound and photos then on to the bus for the next stop. It was a small group of eleven. Whiskey was our guide, he was very well informed, friendly and helpful.
Great knowledgable guide....
Emese_A, Feb 2024
Great knowledgable guide. The tour covers a lot in a short time, perfect if you spend only a few days in Dubai.
The Best day tour of Dubai
Micheline_E, Feb 2024
The best about this trip is the tour guide Whiskey who is most knowledgeable.. Our driver Mohammed was also very careful. We managed to visit places mentioned in spite of the rainy day. And Whiskey kept us together and at a pace that made the day memorable
Great way to see Old and New Dubai!
Alexandria_H, Feb 2024
We really enjoyed the mixture of Old and New Dubai on this tour and the info our guide, Jahan, shared with us about the UAE! Great way to spend part of a day and see a lot of sights during a short stay.
Dubai is an amazing city. Great architecture & very clean.
Thelma_S, Feb 2024
Whiskey, our tour guide, is very friendly & knowledgeable. He is also a creative & talented photographer.
Interesting History
Tarsha_H, Jan 2024
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and hospitable. During the tour we were able to see many key spots. Because of the length of the tour it would have been helpful to provide some snacks from local souks.
Extraordinary
Madona_D, Jan 2024
It was an excellent informative trip. Whiskey the tour guide was gullible, friendly and quite professional in the truest sense of the term.
OK trip, you'll see a lot
Fiona_B, Jan 2024
Took 90 mins from pick up to the tour starting which was 60 minutes too long. This trip runs often enough to have timings better. We got picked up by car and taken to a central location for the minibus. After this the tour was ok. If it's a whistle-stop tour in a day you're after this trip does it. We visited so many places and attractions in a short space of time. Most were for photos but we did get a very enjoyable boat ride across the creek. We enjoyed the walk through the spice and gold souks and the chance to walk on jumeira beach. Our guide Whisky was informative and entertaining. Overall, good value for money
Amazing!
fabio_v, Jan 2024
In 5 hours you see most of the must see places in Dubai. The tour guide Whiskey is very knowledgeable and sociable, thank you very much for the great experience!
Great Introduction to Dubai
Suranjith_D, Jan 2024
All the key highlights of Dubai were covered with great insights of the destination as well. Whiskey really made the tour come alive.
Good whistle stop tour
Benjamin_R, Jan 2024
Good whistle stop tour of Dubai although we didn’t make it to the Marina which was mentioned on the itinerary.
Souks
Tim_R, Jan 2024
Various and interesting souks. Funny issues that include a souk for utensils. The herb and gold souks were great.
Good guide and visited...
Steven_C, Jan 2024
Good guide and visited many places. Pick up wasn't great as some people did not get email early enough and turned up late
Great tour guide!
Charmaine_S, Jan 2024
Our tour guide Whiskey was exceptional! He made the day so informative and FUN! A great way to see the Old and New Dubai!
Highly recommended tour
MariaTheresa_D, Jan 2024
This tour is highly recommended. We were able to see the highlights of Dubai in half a day. Our tour guide Whisky is good, very friendly and knowledgeable. The time given to take photos at each attraction is enough. This tour is a must if you have limited time in Dubai.
Worth it
Nikul_P, Jan 2024
Our tour guide Whisky was very informative and thorough. Covered everything needed to in time. Very knowledgeable.
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