One way to truly get to know a new city and understand its culture is to hop on a sightseeing bus tour. If you find yourself in the ultramodern city of Dubai, located the United Arab Emirates, you’ll definitely want to discover the City of Gold and all of its Arabian charm through a bus tour. Big Bus Dubai is a great choice for your tour; their buses are air conditioned and fully stocked with complimentary chilled water to keep travelers cool.
Big Bus Dubai offers three services:
Adult price online: US$71
Classic tickets are a great option if you’re not planning on spending too much time in Dubai. The ticket includes: 1 Day hop on, hop off with an extra day for free, a free Dhow Cruise, free entry to over 10 museums and a panoramic Night Tour. The ticket is worth the price for the free museum entries alone; highlights include the Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House!
Adult price online: US$82
Premium tickets include all the same benefits as a Classic ticket, but offer an additional included Sharjah Tour. Sharjah is a city to the north of Dubai; Unesco declared it the Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998, with its recognition reaffirmed in 2014 when it became Capital of Islamic Culture.
Adult price online: US$88
Deluxe tickets include everything a premium ticket offers, plus more! These tickets are good for not just one or two days, but seven days! Plus, they include a City Pass for entry to over 20 attractions!
Once you’ve decided on a package, it’s time to decide which route you’d like to take! If you’re rather indecisive (there’s just so much to see!), it is possible to switch routes during the tour — certain stops connect to other routes so keep that in mind. Each route also includes a pre-recorded commentary (that comes in 12 languages) so you can learn more about what you’re seeing along the way!
Blue Marina Route
This tour offers 12 different stops and lasts approximately an hour and a half. These stops include: the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, Marina Mall, Pier 7, The Beach, Marina Promenade, Marina Quays, Boulevard, Tallest Block, Media City and Souk Madinat.
Green Beach Route
Perhaps you’re more of a beach person — in that case, check out this route which features 13 stops. This route lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes from start to finish. Stops include: the Dubai Mall, City Walk, Union House, Jumeirah Mosque, Mercato, Jumeirah, Kite Beach, Jumeirah Public Beach, Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat, Atlantis the Palm, Al Ittihad Park and the Mall of the Emirates.
Red City Route
Okay, so you’re a city slicker at heart. Dubai’s city is stunning — hop on the city tour to discover all it has to offer. This route lasts approximately two hours. The 13 stops include: Wafi, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Burjuman, Dubai Museum, Old Souk, Heritage Village, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Riviera, Baniyas, Dhow Wharfage and the Deira City Centre. Wondering what a “souk” is? It’s an Arab market, or bazaar.