When we look back to the City of Gold (Dubai)
When we look to the history of Dubai Back in 1990s and 2000. The city of Gold was just a desert with a single road and off course a few buildings. But now you cannot hold back from visiting the City of Gold. A city where you can’t stop count down for the places to explore during your visit.
The city of Gold with most advanced and amazing architecture, skyscrapers, world tallest building (Burj Khalifa), world most luxury hotels, world’s only 7* hotel (Burj Al Arab), world’s largest shopping malls, indoor snow parks, lush green Private beaches, famous for Gold and spice Souck, Grand Mosques, Middle east largest water Parks, artificial island (Jumeirah), visiting indoor marine animal of more than 65000, under water suites in Atlantis the Palm, Dubai Park and resorts, Helicopter rides, Sea wing seaplane, IMG world of adventure, Luxury yacht, Hot Air balloon Ride, wonder Bus, Big Bus, evening Arabic traditional wooden dhow dinner cruise in Dubai Marina, new canal downtown and Creek Dubai and off course who can forget the beauty of high red dunes for the desert safari with a lot of fun like belly dance, tanaura dance, camel ride, buffet dinner and keep counting, even the world best airline also belong Dubai (Emirates Airline).
Best way to explore the city of Gold (Dubai).
Are you confused which one to choose from the endless list may be due to your length of stay in the city of gold or short of money to explore each and everything?
Don’t worry here we go with the best things to do first follow by the rest of activities if you have enough time and budget.
Please make sure that before landing in the city of Gold (Dubai) you must enquire through call or email from your home country for the below list of activities, to avoid any last moment problem due no availability or you might land with someone who didn’t have the best services in the town.
Top things to do in the City of Gold
- Evening Desert safari
- Any one of the three Arabic Traditional Dhow Dinner Cruises
- Dubai City Tour (City of Gold)
- Burj Khalifa at top and visit to Dubai Mall and Fountain show
Evening Desert Safari
You can choose morning, evening or overnight desert safari. It depend on your choice and the time which best suit you. But what we recommend you is the evening desert safari.
The Driver will pick you in 4×4 land cruiser in the afternoon from your hotel around 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm the time always fluctuate throughout the years, but at the time of booking the tour operator will communicate you the exact time.
The driver will take you directly to the desert for some scary dune bashing in the high red dunes and after that they will take you the desert camp where you will be welcome followed by the list of things like tea, coffee, dates, juices, water, henna painting, traditional costumes to wear for pictures, international buffet dinner and finish with belly dance and tanura dance show. After that the driver will drop you back to your hotel around 09:00 pm.
Please note that in case you have back problem or having major surgeries or accompanied by child below three years or pregnant women then we don’t recommend dune bashing and you need to communicate to the tour operator at the time of reservation that you don’t need dune bashing. So they will take you directly to the desert camp without any dune bashing.
Arabic Traditional Dhow Dinner Cruises in the city of Gold
The evening dhow dinner cruise is now available in following three places.
Dubai Canal Cruise
The new Dubai canal dinner cruise starting from Burj Khalifa area in the city of gold. It covers the skyscrapers including burj Khalifa and other major landmark. The cruise start sailing forward along side the new canal water. The cruise gliding gently under the Dubai Canal Waterfall Bridge. In the evening time the waterfall give a scintillating view with some colorful lights. It connect Business Bay area to the Persian Gulf through Safa Park and Jumeirah. Marvel at iconic attractions of the Dubai skyline, such as the Dubai Festival City Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Water Canal Bridge and JW Marquis Hotel.
Once the cruise sail forward the crew will welcome you with Kawah (Arabic coffee) followed by other refreshment like dates, water, tea, juices and as the cruise sail further you will be served with international buffet dinner with a sumptuous feast of Arabic appetizers, grilled meat, fresh salads and delicious sweets from Arabia, along with hot beverages.
This is a perfect place for couples, family gathering or large parties. The timing of the cruise is longer then the other two cruise in marina and creek. Due to which its much better place for party and other gatherings. Though the cruise is a bit expensive as compare to the other two options. But the experience of the new canal dinner cruise worth every penny you spend.
Marina Dhow dinner Cruise
Marina is the new part of Dubai with some amazing view point and skyscrapers alongside the water of Marina Yacht Club. The cruise start sailing from Marina yacht club near marina mall and heading forward in the middle of five star hotels, private beaches and other skyscrapers.
It gives you a heart touching romantic view in the surrounding as the cruise sail forward toward the Atlantis side with some fresh air along the way and gentle Arabic and international background music.
You will be welcome with kawah (Arabic coffee) followed by other chilled refreshment and international buffet dinner with fresh salad and delicious Arabic sweets and hot beverages.
Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise
Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise is located in the old part of Dubai and it is a perfect place for those who love to visit historical places. If you like to explore the old part of Dubai then Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise is the place for you to spend your evening.
The main highlight of creek dinner cruise is exploring the architecture and sightseeing of old Dubai under the moonlight in the creek. There are Abra Dock as well which are one of the most popular way of transportation for crossing the water in the Creek. Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise is the best place to have dinner with your loved one in the middle of ancient architecture. The cruise include International Buffet Dinner, Soft drinks, water tea coffer, juices Live Tanoura Dance show and Arabic and International Music etc.
Dubai City Tour (City of Gold)
A half day (4 hours) city tour in the city of gold should be in your itinerary to explore and cover some major land mark. The pickup time is normally 09:00 to 09:30 am in the morning and drop off around 01:00 to 01:30pm.
Dubai City Tour includes many famous landmarks like Pass by Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Mosque (Photo stop), Jumeirah Beach, The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis the palm (photo stop), Pass by Bastakiya & Mina Bazaar area, Burj Al Arab (photo stop) and Entry to Dubai Museum, sometime the driver also stop at spice and gold souk but as the guest always take a lot of time so most of the tour operator skip spice and gold souk. But you should not worry about this because you can easily travel to spice and gold souk from your hotel and go around for as long as you want instead of rush in the place and runs back to the bus.
Burj Khalifa at top and visit to shopping mall
When you book Burj Khalifa at top (124th floor) or top sky (148th floor) there are option that you can book tickets with pick and drop services but in that case you have to rush back because they will give you specific time for pickup and drop off. So its recommended to only book tickets as you can easily reach Burj Khalifa through metro station or taxi with reasonable fare. In this case once you get down from Burj Khalifa you can go around in Dubai mall either for shopping or either enjoying the water fountain in front of Dubai Mall. You can also visit to the underwater zoo in Dubai mall.
If you are planning to Book underwater zoo as well then it’s better to book combo offer (Burj khalifa+ under water zoo because it will be on lower cheaper price.
After that if you have enough time you can visit gold and spice souck or visit Mall of the emirates both places can be access through metro or RTA buses or Taxi.
How to find best tour operator with quality services in the City Of Gold (Dubai).
When you enquire for any of the above tour you will get many quotes from different tour operators with different prices and almost same inclusions.
This might confuse you that why some offer lower prices and some high prices. In such cases the best way to choose is to ask the exact itinerary.
Don’t believe on extreme lower prices because everyone in the market looking to earn something and if they are offering something on a very low prices it mean they will do cost cutting for each and everything and at the end the quality of services will always be an issue. Because they use lower prices as a tool for attracting customers.
If possible read review or ask complete itinerary at the time of reservation. The best thing is to get the information from the tour operator through official email address so that you have the proof of whatever they promise you. If you have those proofs and anyone cheat you by not delivering whatever they promise you can complain to Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Dubai. They always take strict action against such tour operators. You will be compensated in such situation.
This is not the end many more exciting things to do in Dubai but your feedback and suggestion on the above would be highly appreciated enjoy reading our travel blogs and stay tune for the next one.