Dubai 4-Hour Traditional City Tour
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 4 hours
It was a good tour but we were told that pickup was from 8:30 -9 am and we planned our morning based on that. So we went to breakfast in the hotel at 8 am - then the driver comes literally as we were taking our first bite at 8 am. When I told him about the time.. he didn't seem to know what I meant but was pleasant about it. He said he can wait for me for 5 or so minutes if that works. Well, I gulped down my coffee and took a small bagel to go. So we went with him only to find out that we needed to pickup 4-6 more individuals before the tour. We were driving for 1.5 hours picking up.. only to start the tour a mile from our hotel. Poor planning tour company. We should have been the last pickup since the tour started down the street from our hotel. When the tour started it was great. But the guide carried no sign so there was no way to identify him other then his shirt.. there were a few people wearing the same shirt. Other than that the tour itself was great. Recommended!
It took a while to get going, think it did not start till mid afternoon once all had been picked up from various hotels. It was not perfect listening to the commentary in both German and English, would have preferred an English audio. May have been better to stop at Al Fahidi rather than the Gold Souk, a more interesting area. However trip on the abra boat was good, and visits to the Dubai Museum and other stops also good.
This trip is a must to really understand this vibrant city. Local customs were also explained and myths busted. It was an excellent way to learn about the culture and history of old Dubai, we stayed well away from the very modern Dubai with the sky scrapers, but instead focused on the older side of the city. We took a local boat across the river, which was quite memorable and also visited a couple museums.
The tour provides great information about history, culture and food that we would not have learned otherwise. The small group helped us to be fully engaged with the guide, who gave us brilliant stories not just about Dubai but the entire region. We spent some time at the souks and the textile market as well. All in all good 2 hours spent.
They came to pick us from the hotel, transfer us to our tour bus (the timeing hasn't been the best). After departing from Burj al Arab we had the best guide, both in english and german. From there we had a nice tour. Drop-off at the hotel was included as well. Good value for money.