This tour gives you an orientation and overview of the city and is perfect for first time visitors. The tour is private for you and your party only and can be customized in advance or spontaneously according to your interests and expectations. Therefore the tour is also ideal for repeat visitors.
The tour takes 4 - 5 hours and is also suitable for families with children or persons who cannot walk long distances.
You will be collected from your hotel or cruise ship in a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle according to the size of your group. The tour is private and therefore flexible, the itinerary can be adjusted according to your interests and expectations.
If there are no special requests the tour usually takes us first to Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's famous man-made island shaped like a palm tree. Here we stop for photos outside hotel Atlantis with its impressive architecture.
Next stop will be at Dubai Marina, the most modern and popular residential /commercial area of Dubai. The Marina has not only stunning architecture but also many hotels with excellent nightlife.
We drive past some of the Sheikhs palaces and reach Madinat Jumeirah, a resort that houses a modern but traditional bazar. We walk around and visit a few shops, if you like, and from Madinat Jumeirah we have the best view of Dubais' no 1 landmark Burj Al Arab. This unique hotel has made Dubai famous in the world.
Our tour continues with a nice drive along the coast through Jumeirah, the most exclusive residential area of the city. Before reaching "old" Dubai, we stop for photos at Jumeirah Mosque and Zabeel Palace, the official residence of the ruler of Dubai.
The traditional part of town is situated at the mouth of the creek, a natural inlet. Here we walk through the textile market Souq Al Khabeer, a perfect place for good bargains on souvenirs, pashmina scarves and traditional clothing and textiles.
Next, we take an Abra (watertaxi) ride to the other side of the creek in order to explore the traditional Spice market and to marvel at the extravagant shop windows in the Gold Bazaar.
A special highlight of the tour is a visit to the observation deck on the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The tour will end at the entrance to Burj Khalifa, where you will be given your entry tickets. The entrance to Burj Khalifa is inside Dubai Mall, the largest Mall in the Middle East with more than 1000 shops and many other attractions such as a the Dubai Aquarium, The Underwater Zoo, Kidzania, Sega Republic, Dubai Ice Rink and most important The Dubai Fountains. The Dubai Fountains operate every day from 6 pm onwards, every half an hour. The Fountain Show is mesmerizing and takes place by the lake at the base of Burj Khalifa. The lake is surrounded by many restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating.
You will return to your hotel or cruise ship in your own time by taxi or metro. Taxis are always available and inexpensive.
I look forward to welcoming you in exciting Dubai!