Abu Dhabi Urban Development Tour From Dubai

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Abu Dhabi Urban Development Tour From Dubai
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Learn about Abu Dhabi’s fast-paced development and pioneering architectural projects on a full-day city tour from Dubai! With an expert guide, travel by coach and discover futuristic buildings aplenty while touring the renewable energy development of Masdar City and the man-made Yas and Saadiyat islands. Hear how Abu Dhabi evolved from its fishing port days, gain insight into its future plans, and see top city sights including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the iconic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Mosque (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque).
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In Brief

Location:
United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily except Fridays and Saturday
Highlights:
Comprehensive tour of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Great overview and orientation of the city
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Start with pickup from your Dubai hotel, and travel into Abu Dhabi by coach to learn about the city’s development. Until recently, Abu Dhabi was little more than a fishing port with a handful of buildings and a fort; however, the discovery of oil in the 1950s changed its fortunes, and investment has poured into the booming city ever since.

In an effort to catch up with its glamorous big sister Dubai, Abu Dhabi has benefited from heavy investment in architectural innovation, and the city now boasts an ever-expanding skyline. Hear little-known Abu Dhabi facts from your guide as you travel around town.

Pass Jebel Ali Port, one of the world’s largest man-made harbors, and then travel to the city’s outskirts for a visit to Masdar City: a multibillion dollar residential and renewable energy project that’s attracted interest from architects around the world.

Travel onward to Yas Island and stroll around the artificial island and leisure park. The lavish-looking Yas Viceroy Hotel on the Yas Marina F1 circuit makes for a perfect photo stop! Continue to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-designed motorsport theme park. While your itinerary doesn’t allow time for rides, the visit offers insight into the type of high-profile attractions now in Abu Dhabi. Shop for Ferrari souvenirs if you wish, and enjoy free time for lunch in town (own expense).

In the afternoon, visit the second man-made island of your tour: Saadiyat Island. Home to contemporary museums and a performing arts center, the island showcases the city’s cultural ambitions. Stop for a photo by UAE Pavilion — an award-winning recyclable building — and head inside the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat to see scale models and a short video about Abu Dhabi’s future development plans.

Return to the mainland for photos outside Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s gleaming-white marble place of worship. Finally, finish your tour with the return drive to Dubai and drop-off at your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private Tour
  • Local guide

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Your centrally located Dubai hotel

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.79 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Is an amazing experience, great architecture. Is not enougt time to visit the city
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
Great tour! Think on include 1 hour more on Sheik al Zeyed Mosque. Masdar City, Sadiyat, Ferrari World are amazing. Great staff overall.
• Submitted 08 Sep 2016
a nice and knowledgeable tour
• Submitted 07 Mar 2016
Fantastic! Masdar City was the best would love to take a full day, more detailed, tour on that place! The rest was fun to - and guide was fantastic! The drivers was good and drove very safe! :
• Submitted 11 Jan 2016
Sehr gute Organisation,reibungsloser Ablauf, viel zu sehen ,immer gerne wieder
• Submitted 29 Sep 2015
Excellent!!!! OMG! I enjoyed this tour 100 Please do it. the visit to Masdar city excellent, very interesting. Ferrari world was okay. visit to the Abu Dhabi project museum very interesting. Stop by the Mosque although only the outside and short it was great. Overall great tour.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2015
Great trip very informative guide
• Submitted 30 May 2015
Excellent tour- very informative .Too little time at fararri world to get round the shop .. Could take done time off lunch at the mall to make it longer Highly recommended for a whistle stop tour of Abu Dhabi
• Submitted 13 May 2015
Outstanding tour with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. I was the only person on the tour and was treated very well. Masdar City was a highlight, and I loved learning more about the mega art projects on Saadiyat Island as it was directly related to my job. I highly recommend this tour and am in fact including it as part of the program for an upcoming trade mission that I'm planning.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015
awesome tour, our guide was lots of fun and very knowledgeable. Good way to hit most of the high points in Abu Dhabi in one afternoon
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
A well organised tour and a professional guide who gave us a lot of interesting information about places and culture
• Submitted 14 Feb 2015
Great experience and great tour guide! Would have liked to enter the Ferrari World and would have liked to have more time in Abu Dhabi. Other than that, it was a nice experience.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Great tour, driver and tour guide were great!
• Submitted 14 Jan 2015
Very informative. Wonderful guide Jana!
• Submitted 14 Jan 2015
A really good tour with a knowledgeable guide for a very good price. Would definately recommend.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2015
Jana the tour girl was awesome . She provided the most detailed information during the tour . It was a great experience . I highly recommend that tour , the company in charge was Orient tour and they were amazing . Ask for Jana ( she is from Germany) , she will Give you the best your ever . Thanks
• Submitted 15 Jan 2015
Really good value trip. It was just us in the car. The guide was really informative. The guide did throw an additional extra as it was just us to show us inside the mosque! Most beautiful building I've seen! Date market was great! Also good insight into future with tour of the sadiyat island.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2014
Great and knowledgeable tour guide and small group helped to make this tour great even in 42 degrees Celsius heat.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2014
Very good gide,too much time in futuristic, eco-friendly city of Masdar. Too bad, that there is not included the admission to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
• Submitted 08 Feb 2016
A well organised and enjoyable tour with a professional guide who gave us a lot of interesting information about places and culture. Would have liked to enter the Ferrari World and would have liked to have more time in Abu Dhabi. Other than that, it was a nice experience.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2016
Great trip and great guide - the Serbian guy. A bit too much time at Ferrari World and would have preferred seeing more of Abu Dhabi city itself - rather than the Mall. But overall, very informative and interesting trip. Good value for money
• Submitted 02 Oct 2015
Very interesting. Abu Dhabi is worth a visit Very good tour.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2015
interesting trip got an insight into abu dhabi past and present guide was helpful and attentive only issue was mall we stopped at for lunch did not offer a wide range of food, only international food court !
• Submitted 19 Jun 2015

In Brief

Location:
United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily except Fridays and Saturday
Highlights:
Comprehensive tour of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Great overview and orientation of the city