Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
from USD $170.50
If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai, head out to discover the city’s main sights and cosmopolitan culture on a private sightseeing tour! This comprehensive Dubai city tour showcases a collection of top Dubai attractions, from beautiful Jumeirah Mosque to famous landmarks like the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. From a private vehicle, see picturesque Dubai neighborhoods, and then explore Dubai's old quarter, Al Bastakiy, and Dubai Museum by foot. Cross Dubai Creek by 'abra' (water taxi) to Deira, visit the famous spice souk and enjoy free time to shop in Dubai Gold Souk. Plus, learn fascinating details about the city from a private guide!
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In Brief

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Jumeirah Public Beach, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel. Hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private guide and begin your tour. As you travel, view Dubai’s futuristic buildings and hear how it transformed from a sleepy fishing village into today’s cosmopolitan city after the oil boom of the 1950s.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Burj Al Arab, 3 Jumeirah Street Burj Al-Arab Hotel, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Hear how the hotel’s sail-shaped design has made it one of Dubai’s signature sights and learn how it stands at a remarkable 1,053-foot (321-meter) high. Drive through exclusive Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most upscale residential districts. See the plush villas and hotels, and continue into the Jumeirah Mosque ( Photos Stop only from Outside)

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The Jumeirah Mosque, which is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. When it's lit up at dusk, the intricate artistry and true beauty are highlighted.

Stop At: Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi area, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Navigate past mudbrick courtyards and houses with wind towers that circulate the cooling breeze. See the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and home to Dubai Museum, as your guide tells you about its historical fortifications.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bur Dubai Abra Dock, Southern side of Dubai Creek, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Board an abra and enjoy the views as you cross Dubai Creek

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, Sikkat Al Khail Road Al Ras, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Arrive in Deira and stroll with your guide around the vibrant Spice Souk. Scan the colorful stalls of perfumed spices, herbs and sweets, and then head for the nearby Gold Souk. Enjoy free time to explore the gold and jewelry stores, and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Duration: 40 minutes


  • Private professional tour Guide in selected language
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in a Private Vehicle
  • Transport by Private vehicle.
  • Dubai Museum Entrance Ticket
  • Abra ride across the Creek ( Traditional water taxi)
  • Photo Stop from outside Burj Al Arab & Jumeirah Mosque
  • Visit Gold Souq and Spice Souq
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
  • Entry/Admission - Bur Dubai Abra Dock


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
• Your centrally located Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman hotels or Dubai Port Rashid ( cruise terminal)
• For guest staying in any Private Residence or Villas in Dubai , pick up can be arranged from any nearby hotels.
• Pick up service from Jebel Ali Hotels, Bab Al Shams or from Al Maha Desert Resort or others locations ( which is not in City limit) are available only with additional cost upon request based on your location.
>> Departure time : - As per guest selection


  • Dubai Airport, Dubai United Arab Emirates


  • Dubai Port Rashid Cruise Terminal

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pickup will be in a Private suitable air-conditioned vehicle with Private Guide.
  • Children up to 5 years of age must be provided with a child safety seat. Kindly let us know if you have an infant 5 years and below joining the tour. Infant seat will be provided without any additional charges.
  • Infant seats available
  • Guest can discuss with our tour guide and customize the itinerary, guest have to pay directly if any additional entrance ticket applicable which is not included in the above itinerary.
  • Dress code: lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised. Hats are advisable when in direct sunlight.
  • Guests visiting the UAE during the Summer months (June – September) are advised that peak daytime temperatures sometimes reach 42 – 45 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels can also exceed 90 percent during this period. We recommend all our guests to take adequate precaution.
  • The local tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of the scheduled programs because of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or other similar circumstances.
  • Please note, the tour duration will be between 4.5 - 5 hours,depending on traffic.The stated tour duration includes pick-up and drop off times.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had an incredible time on our private half-day tour of Dubai. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2020
Our tour guide, Snow, was wonderful and full of information about Dubai. We visited all of the key sites including the spice and gold markets.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020
Excellent tour both days. 4 wheel drive into the desert was exhilarating to say the least. The Bedouin dinner banquet and dancing at night was wonderful. Good to see different areas of the city and earn about Mosque life and customs.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2018
In addition to the Emirate Meal this is a tour that should be taken at the start of one's vacation. It provides a good introduction to the city itself and some of the historical background. Having talked to other people who took a group tour, I would highly recommend taking this private tour, as it gives more time at each stop and is also more flexible for any personal interests.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2017
We booked the tour on-line which was easy to do and offered what we were looking for. We were picked up on-time from our hotel by our guide who was also driving our private vehicle which was comfortable and fully air conditioned. From start to finish he was friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable giving us great information about Dubai and the places we visited. We never felt rushed, we were given time to explore the places we visited on our own, but had been given all the information we needed ahead of each stop. The tour we had, took just over 4 hours but we could have taken longer if needed. I would thoroughly recommend anybody who wants to learn a bit more about Dubai to take this tour and I would certainly look to use Viator again in other places we may visit in the future.
• Submitted 13 Jun 2017
We were picked up from our hotel in a people carrier and it was just the 4 of us with a driver and a very knowledgeable guide. We were taken out to the beach and saw the sail shaped Burj hotel, then to the old town where we visited a mosque. From there we were taken on a ferry across the river to the gold market and had a chance to walk through and look at the spice shops and the intricate gold work. Meanwhile the driver had driven round to pick us up when we were ready. We then finished by going to an old fort which had been restored and made into a museum. Our guide was very attentive and informative. We were then dropped back at our hotel. A really interesting day.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2017
Great tour. Amazing insights into historic Dubai. Well balanced - old and new
• Submitted 06 Jan 2017
Our guide showed us all the sites, on our own way to see the city!
• Submitted 16 Oct 2016
Tour was great. The guide was very knowledgable and accommodating. He made suggestions as to what we should see and alsoasked if we had anything in mind. Great day overall, even had water in the car for my family and I. Great tour, highly recommended
• Submitted 19 Sep 2016
We did this tour with Mehel as our guide and found him very knowledgable. He knew the history of Dubai and the UAE and we found it most interesting. He also went out if his way to make sure my 80 year old mother was as comfortable as could be in 45 degree heat. The only down side was that the museum was closed when we arrived - not Viator's fault. It would have been good if museum personnel had informed the tour company of this change. Overall a worthwhile tour. Thank you Viator!!
• Submitted 27 Jul 2016
We did this tour with Mehel as our guide and found him very knowledgable. He knew the history of Dubai and the UAE and we found it most interesting. He also went out if his way to make sure my 80 year old mother was as comfortable as could be in 45 degree heat. The only down side was that the museum was closed when we arrived - not Viator's fault. It would have been good if museum personnel had informed the tour company of this change. Overall a worthwhile tour. Thank you Viator!!
• Submitted 27 Jul 2016
Absolutely awesome tour of the city. Considering we didn't book till the night before and our guide was here with his driver promptly st 8.30am. We were taken to sell the highlights of Dubai and much more. Where the best position for a photo. As we had done the Burj zkhslifia the day before so that was crossed off the list. My husband mentioned where was May Dan racetrack and our guide added that into the tour. It was the absolute highlight for my husband and one he will remember. If you want to see Dubsi and learn the history then this tour is the one for you. Highly recommend any visitors book this tour with s knowledgable guide snd a great driver.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2016
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 24 Jun 2016
Best tour! Both my guide and my driver were so knowledgeable about all facets of Dubai! They talked about the geopolitics of Dubai like experts and even threw in how religion and history shaped the city! Would give a 15/10! Mohammed Sammi was the best!
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
Mohammed the best guide in Dubai !!
• Submitted 02 Jun 2016
The 1/2 day city tour was brilliant. It was made so by our guide who really took us on an interesting trip of Dubai thru' the ages. We started at the glitzy end, the Burj Al Arab and made our way to the old time Spice and Gold Souks. Thru the drive our guide gave us several tidbits about Dubai and its evolution. It was informative and interesting. The ride across the creek in an Abra was a fantastic experience. We finished at the Dubai Museum housed in Al Fahidi fort which is a must see for all visitors. Our guide and driver were courteous and friendly throughout and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
• Submitted 31 May 2016
Private touring is the way to go in Dubai, especially with Hanj. He was so personable, knowledgeable, and fun.
• Submitted 26 May 2016
Excellent trip, well worth the money, for a good day out in dubai. Many thanks to the guide and his driver for an excellent day out.
• Submitted 16 May 2016
We really enjoyed our tour. Manish our guide was very good. We wanted a change to the schedule and him immediately did it for us. Very informative tour. Thank you
• Submitted 16 May 2016
Excellent tour - Mohammed, our guide was excellent - friendly and very informative. We learned about culture as well as the places we visited. We were collected from the hotel in a people carrier with a driver and a tour guide. We saw all that was advertised and spent as much time as we wanted in each location. This tour is great value for money and was a great insight into the old and new Dubai. Definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 07 May 2016
Best value for the price. Picked up at specified time, great guide, clean van an courteous driver. Will use Viator from now on. Had just gotten off QE2 and was disappointed in their expensive excursions and mediocre guides and tours. Viator was a great change.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2016
Great tour to hit the highlights and cover the city. Knowledgable and provided plenty of historical background.
• Submitted 06 May 2016
Malik was great- very thorough and passionate about the city! Gives GREAT tours!!
• Submitted 28 Apr 2016

In Brief

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
4 hours 30 minutes