The Best of Dubai: Half Day HighlightsPrivate Tour

Discover miraculous Dubai, rising from the desert to become one of the most impressive cities in the world.
This experience is on request only. Please contact us for pricing.

Things to know


5 hrs

Suitable for:

Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Driving tour: including a private vehicle throughout the tour


No tickets included 

Other inclusions:

Gratuities optional
Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: The entrance to the Burj Khalifa, next to the Dubai Mall in the centre of town.

What makes this tour special

Uncover one of the most impressive and iconic cities in the world, Dubai.  In this five hour tour, your expert local guide will take you to Dubai’s most impressive attractions - showcasing some of the fantastic sites around this truly modern city. 

The Rise of Dubai

Dubai’s lightning entry into the 21st century has spawned record breaking skyscrapers, innovative indoor skiing centres in the desert and luxury man-made islands in the Gulf.  The city has become one of the world’s premier tourist destinations and has experienced an incredible transformation since the oil boom years.

Starting at your hotel, or at a prearranged meeting point, your personal tour of Dubai will begin with a stop for a photo opportunity at the Burj Khalifa - the tallest building on the planet, built with a patterning system typical of Islamic architecture. You will then visit the Palm Jumeirah - a vast man made island regarded by some as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Shortly after you will pay a visit to the Burj al Arab,  the world’s first seven star hotel. Built in the shape of a dhow, a traditional wooden cargo vessel, it is an icon synonymous with Dubai’s meteoric rise. The impressive Jumeirah Mosque will be up next with a unique opportunity for people not of the Islamic faith to view a local place of worship.

Old Dubai

The Bastakia or old quarter is an iconic heritage site that was originally founded in the 19th century by Persian merchants. Here you will find the Dubai museum, which documents the fascinating life of the local Bedouin population before the oil boom. Next, journey across the Dubai creek in a traditional Abra water taxi, a means of transport that has been used locally for centuries, to the gold and spice souks. The gold souk is a traditional market dominated by jewellery stores, bursting with literal tonnes of gold at any one time. An assault on the senses, the spice souk is a smaller working market that sells fragrances such as frankincense alongside herbs and aromatic spices.

Travel Curious Tip: Ascend the Burj Khalifa in your own time.

We built this tour because 
Dubai is magnificent and vast, therefore be at ease with the comfort of a knowledgeable guide and private transport. 

What you'll see

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Putting People and Planet First

Prioritising Your Safety

Flexible cancellation

Do not worry, we have you covered with our flexible cancellation terms.

Avoid the crowds

Travel like a VIP, avoid crowds, and unnecessary queues.

Authentic Experiences

Bespoke local tours handcrafted for you by our global travel specialists

Professional Guides

All guides are handpicked, trained and licensed to ensure you are immersed in the local culture

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QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).


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