Begin your 8-hour tour with a pickup from your Dubai hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and set off to explore the city’s must-see landmarks.
As you travel, hear from your guide how Dubai began life as a humble fishing village before a 20th-century oil boom saw it grow into one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
Explore its roots with a visit to Al Bastakiya, the city’s oldest quarter. See the mud-built wind towers along the narrow lanes, and then chart more of Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum, housed inside the 18th-century Al Fahidi fort. Stroll around the historical artifacts and trace the city’s lightning-speed development through the interesting scale models, photos and multimedia displays.
Having explored here, take a scenic abra ride across Dubai Creek to Deira’s souks. Absorb the exotic aromas and colors of the Spice Souk and then dive into the Gold Souk, a maze of glittering gold, silver and jewelry outlets.
If you wish, buy a souvenir from the souk (own expense), and then continue to Jumeirah Mosque, one of Dubai’s must-sees. Admire the gleaming domes and minarets of this magnificent modern mosque, and learn how its design echoes the medieval Fatimid style.
Stop for photos of the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel, and after a tasty lunch near the Dubai Fountains, make your way into Dubai Mall to head up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest tower.
Ride a high-speed elevator to the ‘At the Top’ observatory on the 124th floor, and marvel at the incredible, bird’s-eye views. Walk around the full-height glass walls to fully appreciate the panoramas before descending back to ground level.
Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off.