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Dubai: Blue Mosque, Burj Al Arab & Half-Day City Tour

1. Dubai: Blue Mosque, Burj Al Arab & Half-Day City Tour

Start the tour with hassle-free pickup from your hotel or selected location to the first stop, Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world. Experience luxury by visiting the most iconic 7-star luxury hotel in Dubai, Burj Al Arab. Enjoy the warm Arab hospitality with a refreshing drink at the luxurious hotel lounge. Listen to the stories about the history and the foundation of Burj Al Arab. Get escorted to the 180-meter-tall hotel atrium, which is considered the world’s tallest atrium, surrounded by magnificent golden columns. Be guided to the hotel’s most expensive Royal Suite. While you explore the hotel, stop by to capture photographs of the marvelous architectural backgrounds. While at the hotel, visit the experience suite, a specially curated space with digital interactives that lets you relive historical moments. As you move towards the end of the Burj Al Arab visit, savor the taste of dates and coffee, and head to the next destination. Next, relax in the serene atmosphere of the Blue Mosque. Marvel at the architectural beauty, which was inspired by the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. As you calmly wander amid the magnificent domes, learn more about Islamic customs, culture, and architectural significance from our knowledgeable travel guides. Your next stop, the Al Fahidi Historical District, enchants you with a whole different traditional side of the currently alluring Dubai lifestyle. Continue your journey to Al Khayma heritage house, where you can treat your taste buds to authentic ethnic Emirati cuisine, and hear more about their lifestyle. As the tour draws to a close, take a classic Abra taxi across Dubai Creek to the bustling Gold and Spice Souks, where you'll have plenty of opportunities to shop and eat. With some beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime, return to your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride by Traditional Boat

2. Dubai: Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride by Traditional Boat

Marvel at the illuminations of Dubai Mall Fountain Show on a 30-minute cruise by "abra" water taxi. A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 feet in length (274 meters), the Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. Climb aboard the traditional wooden boat on Burj Lake, and cruise past some of the city's most iconic monuments, such as the Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar, and Palace. Admire the city's stunning skyline from the water, before you take your position for a grandstand view of the illuminations.  With only 6 people per boat, you are able to admire the visual spectrum of over 1,000 water expressions from an exclusive and intimate perspective.  Watch in awe as the fountains light up during a visual spectacle that features 6,000 lights, 25 colored projectors, and 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of airborne water! See a stunning choreography of light and water synced to classical, Arabic, and world music that will leave you breathless.

Dubai: Private Luxury Yacht Cruise

3. Dubai: Private Luxury Yacht Cruise

Witness the beauty of the Dubai Marina from a unique perspective on a private luxury cruise. Hop on an air-conditioned yacht, plug in your own music to the sound system, and make use of the cooler and refrigerator onboard. If you choose a 4-hour cruise, enjoy fishing gear and BBQ for cooking. Begin with a meet and greet at the Dubai Marina Walk, then head to your very own luxury yacht. Onboard, discuss the details of your cruise with the crew, and let them know the landmarks you’re interested in seeing and if you’d like to go for a swim. Set sail onto the glistening waters of the bay and enjoy a refreshing drink while marveling at the epic views. Admire the shining coastline with its many landmarks including the Ain Wheel, Bluewaters Island, Jumeirah Beach Residence, and the impressive Palm Jumeirah. Make unforgettable memories with your friends as you soak up the glorious sunshine on deck or cool off from the heat with a refreshing dip in the sea. At the end of your luxury adventure, gaze at the last of the coastal views before arriving back at the start point.

Dubai: Modern City Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

4. Dubai: Modern City Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

Marvel at the marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon at the Lost Chambers Aquarium inside the Atlantis the Palm Hotel. Then, drive to Dubai Marina to see the luxury developments and take a 20-minute boat ride around the marina and new Dubai Water Canal. Stop at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, before going to Jumeirah Mosque. Take souvenir photos of the Burj Al Arab, and drive along Sheikh Zayed Road for a panoramic tour of the ground-breaking architecture of downtown Dubai. Visit the Souk Al Bahar shopping mall before walking to Dubai Mall, where you will go to the top of the Burj Khalifa for panoramic views.

Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

5. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

Hop aboard a traditional wooden boat known, as an Abra, and cruise along the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. Take in stunning views of vistas, a native bird sanctuary, and historic dhow yards, as you relax on your comfy Arabian milieu and gaze at the picturesque sunset of the Burj Khalifa. Observe the city’s bustling atmosphere from a distance along with soothing Arabic music and guided commentary. Experience peace and tranquility on the canal waters as you gaze at the sun setting behind the tallest-standing skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa. This is one of the best and most unique ways to experience the city of Dubai. At the conclusion of your enjoyable river cruise, you will be returned to your tour starting point.

Dubai Full-Day Spanish Language Tour - City of Contrasts

6. Dubai Full-Day Spanish Language Tour - City of Contrasts

Explore Dubai with a Spanish-speaking guide on this full-day tour and see the city’s famous contemporary architecture. Discover artificial island developments, as well as more historic sites, such as Al Fahidi Fort and Gold Souq. The 8-hour tour will begin with a photo stop at Al Farooq Mosque. Continue to the billowing sail-like construction of the Burj Al Arab, considered the world's most luxurious hotel. Next, you will explore one of the city’s most attractive shopping malls at Madinat Jumeirah, before crossing to Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree. Proceed to Dubai Marina, one of the most modern areas of the city with its sea channel and skyscrapers.  Go to the traditional district of Bastakiya and walk around its ancient streets. Then, visit Dubai Museum at Al Fahidi Fort. Stroll through the fabric souk to the dock, where you will board a traditional abra water taxi to the other side of the creek. Here, smell a huge variety of aromas from Iran, India, Syria and Lebanon at the Spice Souq. Continue to the Gold Souq and enjoy the wonderful water displays of Dubai Fountain, before glimpsing the world’s tallest building at the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

7. Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

Experience Dubai, old and new, on a comprehensive half-day city tour, and visit the traditional Gold Souk, before going to the top of the world’s tallest building. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Dubai Creek on the way to the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the famous wind-tower houses in the city’s first neighborhood. Go to Dubai Museum at the 225-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, and learn about Arabic arts, history, culture and lifestyle. Take a traditional water taxi from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai, and stroll through the Spice Market and Gold Market. Stop to take a photo of the Jumeirah Mosque and the sail-like façade of the grand Burj Al Arab Hotel. Enjoy some free time for a tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic recreation of an ancient Middle Eastern marketplace. Next, visit the manmade Palm Jumeirah Island and stop in front of the Atlantis Hotel. Marvel at the world-class accommodation, villas, and residential apartments of the crescent-shaped island, and see the site of Dubai Aquarium. Experience the beauty of Dubai’s skyscrapers from the Dubai Marina Walk, and admire the yachts of millionaires alongside traditional dhows. Drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, between yet more imposing skyscrapers, and head to Dubai Mall for a view of the Burj Khalifa. Enter the world’s tallest building to ride the fastest elevator on the planet. Go to the 124th-floor observation deck for panoramic city views. Take free time in Dubai Mall to watch the fountain dancing in sync with classical, Arabic, and world music, or to indulge in some fine dining before your drop-off in the Dubai Mall.

Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

8. Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

Start your full-day Dubai adventure by meeting your guide in your hotel in Abu Dhabi. After a short meet and greet you will set off to discover one of the world's most fascinating, modern cities - Dubai.  Begin your tour with a drive to Dubai from Abu Dhabi - along the way, whilst heading through the outskirts of Dubai along the main highway you will witness one of the largest concentrations of skyscrapers in this region, and the third-largest concentration in the world. This tour will showcase the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai, giving you some insight into this multi-faceted city. Visit popular tourist locations in Old Dubai such as the Dubai Museum, Spice Market, Gold Souk, and the Abra Ride water taxi. Follow this with a trip to New Dubai where you will pause for photo stops at landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. End your journey through Dubai with a convenient and relaxing car ride back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. 

Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

9. Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover the spectacular sights of Dubai, and learn how it developed from a small fishing village on Dubai Creek to the lively metropolis of today. Visit the old district of Bastakyia, and enter Dubai Museum in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Ride a water taxi across Dubai Creek and enjoy superb views of the city en route to Deira. Be enchanted by the exotic spices on sale in the famous Spice Souk. Then, ponder whether to buy any of the glittering souvenirs in the Gold Souk. Stop to take photos of the Jumeirah Grand Mosque, built in the medieval Fatimid tradition. Take a photo of the iconic Burj Al Arab, then, if the option is selected, you can go to the Burj Khalifa for an optional lunch around the musical fountains. Head to Dubai Mall, where more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class designers can be found. Continue to Palm Islands to see the famous Atlantis Hotel, located at the crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Then take a stroll past the luxury yachts of Dubai Marina. Drive through the ultra-modern Jumeirah Lake Towers complex en route to the Barsha area with its famous Emirates Mall and permanent skiing facility.

Dubai: Al Fahidi walking tour with Photo-Shooting &Abra ride

10. Dubai: Al Fahidi walking tour with Photo-Shooting &Abra ride

See the best of the historic Al Fahidi district on a walking tour as you learn about the culture and history of the UAE. Visit markets, museums, and charming neighborhoods, and take a ride in a traditional Abra water taxi. Meet your guide and begin by enjoying a welcome drink of Arabic tea with dates at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in the Al Fahidi district. You can also try out luqaimat, ragag, and camel milk. Tour a traditional house and learn about the history of the UAE. See a traditional Emirati bedroom, a tent replica located at the restaurant, arish palm front houses, and also the megastructures. After admiring the buildings in the Al Fahidi and Al Seef districts, head to the Middle East's largest coffee museum. Enjoy a live Arabic coffee-making session and learn about how coffee has become a crucial part of the UAE's culture. Stop by a Mosque and check out the distinctive architecture as you learn more about Islam. Then, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi for a quick creek tour. Admire the old trading ships and take some photographs to show friends and family. Visit the gold souk, the area where the majority of Dubai's jewelry stores are to be found. Then, discover the spice souk, where there are all manner of aromatic spices, herbs, nuts, oil, saffron, and other things to excite the senses.

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The boat and the experience was fantastic. Watching the fountains from this view was beautiful. Note. The meeting point was not as advertised so took a while to find it. The queue was long even for those with tickets.

Loved it and was worth getting the best view of the fountain show - can’t beat that. It was also great value for money being on the boardwalk

Amazing experience on the 3 hour cruise. The two guys on the crew were brilliant and really looked after us. Highly recommend

I would like to leave a positive review for Adnan who took us on a tour around Dubai - Photography was amazing. Thankyou

Amazing view amazin scene with sunset by Burj Khalifa