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  • Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Sandboarding & Camel Ride

    1. Dubai: Morning Desert Safari with Sandboarding & Camel Ride

    After pickup from your hotel in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, you’ll head off with your local guide to the desert, just 45 minutes from Dubai. Upon reaching the Lahbab Desert, you’ll have about 20 minutes to relax. For the more adventurous, you can try quad biking, which is an optional activity.  Once your 4x4 vehicle is ready, you will hit the desert for about 30-45 minutes of dune bashing. Feel your stomach leap as the Land Cruiser drives up and down the tall red dunes. Marvel at how the vehicle tackles impossibly steep inclines and the uneven terrain of the sand. 

    Enhance your desert adventure with an optional quad bike ride. Select this activity as an add-on at checkout and choose a bike for yourself or to share with one of your travel partners

    After dune bashing, you will have a chance to try sandboarding or simply admire the scenery around you. Make sur...

    It was lovely and smooth, pick up was on time our guide Amir was very nice ,explained the history of Dubai while we went to the desert, first was the camel ride ,had drinks and water.next was quad bike its was just lovely after we finished with the dune bashing which was the highlight on the tour .Our guide is the most amazing photographer.

  • Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Classic or Premium Bus Ticket

    2. Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Classic or Premium Bus Ticket

    Discover and explore the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Bastakiya Historical Village, Al Fahidi Fort, the Old Souk Of Arabia, the Old Watchtower & Heritage Village, the Gold & Spice Souks, Dubai Creek, Atlantis The Palm, and Souk Madinat & Burj Al Arab.

    Board an open-top double-decker bus to admire fantastic views and soak up the charm of old and new Dubai. From the towering Burj Khalifa, the 7-star Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis the Palm to the exotic spice souk, you'll see a lot of Dubai's top landmarks. Pass by the Museum of the Future and admire its Arabian calligraphy-inspired architecture. This fully narrated audio tour will allow you to discover over 9 locations throughout the city, with daily departures from the starting point at the Dubai Mall. You may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Air conditioning is available on the lower deck and recorded com...

    We have been here in Dubai for over a month and this was the best experience we have had. The guide was excellent and made the experience memorable. We took a couple with us that had lived here for 14 years and they were amazed at the things we saw. This is a must do when traveling here.

  • Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    3. Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    Explore the traditions and modern life of Dubai on a half-day city tour that takes in all the main sites of the contemporary metropolis, and traces back to its past as a small outpost on the Persian Gulf. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Palm Jumeirah, stopping outside Atlantis The Palm to take photos of the 1st resort to be built on the reclaimed land of the island. Next, admire the billowing sails structure of the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s 1st 7-star hotel. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque, said to be the most photographed mosque in the city. Go to the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, location for Dubai Museum and the oldest existing building in the city. Watch the world go by at Dubai Creek, where you can take photos of the many boats before boarding a traditional abra (water taxi) to cross the creek. Finally, soak up the sounds and scents of the gold and spice ...

  • Dubai: Emirati Brunch & Culture

    4. Dubai: Emirati Brunch & Culture

    Taste traditional Emirati food and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural brunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including the Emirates most famous dessert, Ligamat.

  • Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

    5. Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

    Discover the contrast of the city of Dubai and admire not only the historical quarters of the city but also the modern, futuristic Dubai during this 8 hours tour.

    Admire the unique architecture and skyline of Dubai during a photo stop at Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building at 828 meters, with the world's fastest elevator. Travel 124 floors into the sky in less than a minute.

    Afterward, a visit to the Souk Madinat, an Arabic-style shopping center with many shops and restaurants. This place offers an interesting mixture of tradition and modernity and invites you to the majestic view of the luxury hotel Atlantis on Palm Island.

    Finally, dive into the history and culture of Dubai heritage by taking a traditional water tour through Dubai Creek to a typical Arabian spice and gold market. Let yourself be enchanted by the fragrance of the Orient and the g...

    We are completely satisfied. Professional, informative guidance, assistance, tailored to our needs. We had every help on the go, during a great day full of experiences.

  • Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

    6. Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

    Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questi...

    Very relaxed and delicious meal with a knowledgeable guide into the culture and answered all questions fully. The meal was very Indian as opposed to the more traditional Arabic which what I would expect from that part of the world. Very interesting conversations about being environmentally friendly yet we were served water in small containers made of plastic. To take food away(which was fabulous to be able to do this!!) we were given foil containers and plastic bags to take food away(which was fabulous!!) maybe everyone could be told to bring their own multiple use containers if they want to be able to take food away. I highly recommend this activity as a first insight into the culture...but it did leave me wanting to know more and with no pointers as to what I can do to have more access to the local people to learn more about their culture.

  • Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    7. Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    Enjoy a unique half-day tour of Dubai, exploring its old neighborhoods as well as some of the more traditional bazaars and souks. Following a pickup from your hotel, transfer to experience a magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing through the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the charming wind-tower houses built by the wealthy merchants of old Dubai. Continue to Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and now home to Dubai Museum. See some of the city’s archives and exhibits that chronicle the development of the city. Next, climb aboard a traditional wooden abra water taxi and cross Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Soak up the scent of exotic spices, and see some of the best jewelery in town.  Re-board your transfer vehicle and drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity outside one of Dubai’s most important landmarks. End with a drive past the ultra-luxur...

    Too much driving around and waiting before the trip actually started. Tour guide was bit nervous because of the wasted time and he left out the women’s museum from the program without any explanation.

  • Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

    8. Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

    Your tour will begin from the old Al Fahidi Courtyard Houses in the Bastakiya District. From there, you will get to walk through the Coffee Museum, coin, and Dubai Museum. You will then be guided through the textile souk to arrive at the Dubai Creek and Dhow for breath-taking views. Next, you will enjoy an Abra Ride across the Creek, which will involve a traditional boat taking you across to the Deira side of Dubai. Once there, you can explore the various souks (markets), such as the Spice Souk, and Gold Souk in the city. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive knickknack or a diamond necklace, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit you here. Later on, you will encounter the Al Shindaga Watchtower, one of the three watchtowers used to guard Dubai. Your tour includes all entrances to museums as well as your abra ride, and will conclude in the Al Ras district.

    exactly the type of experience we were looking for. very personal and private and thorough coverage of old Dubai and the houses with brief commentary and engaging stories. bravo!

  • Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    9. Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    Start your city tour of Dubai with pickup straight from your hotel. Then, dive into the city and compare and let your guide surprise you with the contrasts of old and new Dubai. See the city's traditional side and watch colorful abras sail along the Dubai Creek. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and the exotic scents at the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Visit the historic Bastakiya district and make your way to the Dubai Museum, located in the old Al Fahidi Fort. Learn about how the city blossomed into a trading center. Then, go out and see the Dubai of today and marvel at the world's first 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Gaze up at the elegant towers of the Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Head back to your accommodation with a better orientation of the city and a deeper insight into Dubai's many layers of history.

  • Dubai: Bus Tour with Transfer

    10. Dubai: Bus Tour with Transfer

    Start with pickup from your accommodation in Dubai and head to the old town. Experience the historical side of Dubai and learn about the foundations of this metropolis. Stroll around the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, home of the Dubai Museum and the oldest existing building in the city. See the Jumeirah Mosque, known for its 8th-century Islamic architecture and said to be the most photographed mosque in the city. Watch the world go by at Dubai Creek and take photos of the traditional water taxis. Wander through the famous markets and gold and spice souks to absorb the bustling atmosphere. At the end of a day of sightseeing, enjoy the convenience of being dropped back off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Al Bastakiya

What a wonderful experience! Our guide Sharaf was very professional and informative.I learned a lot about the Dubai culture.The dune bashing was an exhilarating experience.I highly recommend this excursion.

We had an amazing day in the safari. Our tour guide Thilanga was great, he made sure we had a great time and he took some great photos of us. I highly recommend this experience.

We are completely satisfied. Professional, informative guidance, assistance, tailored to our needs. We had every help on the go, during a great day full of experiences.

The guide was excellent and the whole experience was very enjoyable. Consider taking some anti sickness medication if you think you need it.

Our guide was very helpful and informative. Overall it was one of the best values of anything I did in Dubai.