five of the best guided tours you can take
As tourism in Dubai continues to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, City Sightseeing, the global open-top bus brand, has re-launched operations in the city.
The Dubai Tour, first launched in 2014, takes visitors to some of the city’s most famous attractions, including stops at the Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek and Jumeirah Beach.
To celebrate the relaunch, which incorporates a number of new Covid-19 health and safety measures, City Sightseeing is offering up to 50% off residents of the United Arab Emirates.
“We are delighted to announce that City Sightseeing Dubai is relaunched today with a host of enhanced health and safety features, offering UAE residents and tourists the opportunity to safely join us on board,” said Alaa AlKhatib, Vice President, Destination. management at dnata Travel Group.
The City Sightseeing Dubai two-hour daily tour will run hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., departing from the Dubai Mall.
While open top bus tours are one of the best-known ways to explore a city, it’s not the only way to experience Dubai.
Here are four more ways to see the city:
Take a boat trip
Some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks are located on the edge of the Arabian Gulf, which means that one of the best ways to enjoy its awe-inspiring skyline is by boat.
The Yellow Boats travel agency offers a number of itineraries, but the most popular encompass all of the city’s landmarks, starting with the towering skyline of Dubai Marina, passing through the island of Bluewaters, walking the Palm Jumeirah, stopping to take photos at Atlantis, The Palm and finishing at Burj Al Arab.
The tour takes place every hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price from 225 Dh for children and 299 Dh for adults, and more information on theellowboats.com.
Take a helicopter ride
If you want to take your visit to Dubai to new heights, take a city tour from the sky. Helicopter tours provide a unique perspective on the city, which has many features designed to be viewed from above, including the Palm Jumeirah and the Islands of the World.
Ariel tours are available from bookhelicoptertour.com, with trips of 12 to 40 minutes available. Price from 646 Dh per person.
Take a gastronomic tour
If your favorite thing about visiting a new city is eating your own way, a food tour might be the best way for you to explore Dubai.
Whether you want to sample Middle Eastern cuisine or explore old Dubai via the street vendors lining the historic cove, there are plenty of options to satisfy your cravings. Frying Pan Adventures is a food tour company run by longtime Dubai residents who know the best places to take visitors for an authentic and tasty experience. From the Dubai Souks and the 3.5-hour Creekside Food Walk to the four-hour Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, there are plenty of options, so it’s best to arrive hungry.
Price from 425.25 Dh per person, and more information on fryingpanadventures.com.
Explore by electric scooter
If you want to be part of the action in some of Dubai’s most vibrant areas, an electric scooter trip is a quick and efficient way to get a feel for the city from the field.
If you’re looking for a guided tour, join Wiam and Mus, who run an electric scooter tour through AirBnB. The couple have lived in the city for over 10 years and have studied the history and culture of Dubai. They run a daily night tour, which takes visitors around the marina, stopping at Ain Dubai, JBR, Marina Promenade, and Marina Mall, with plenty of local knowledge along the way.
Tours run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily and cost Dh189 per person. More information can be found here.
Update: July 20, 2021, 6:01 am