You know I'm a big fan of the Hop On Hop Off Bus tours. We've done them in loads of places, and I've blogged about them before. I think they're a great way to see a place if you're not there for long.
On our first full day in Dubai we decided to buy some tickets and do the loop (it's a BIG loop!) of Dubai. We bought the 24 hour ticket for AED220/person and I thought it was quite pricey, compared to other ones we've done, but this one comes with added FREE tours and they certainly made it worthwhile.
The free tours are the Khan Murjan Discovery Walk (15 minute guided walk through the Khan Murjan Souk), the Arabian Treasure Walk (90 minute guided walk through the Spice and Gold Souks, and an Abra ride across the creek) or the Arabian Dhow Cruise (60 minute Dhow cruise down the creek).
We chose the Arabian Treasure Walk and it was fantastic! Our guide walked us past several different places of worship to the Abra stop where we jumped on the local boat transport and headed over the creek to the Spice Souk, and into a store where you could taste and purchase spices if you wished. In the Souk there was a camel milk gelato store (tried it!) where I bought a little bowl of Lemon and Mint Gelato - gorgeous!
We walked on to the Gold Souk where you can either stay and shop or jump back on the bus at a different stop, continuing your tour. Gold isn't really our thing, so we jumped back on the bus and kept on going. We hopped off at the Dubai Mall stop, heading into the vast mall for some shopping. We all know that I don't mind a bit of shopping, but we bought nothing - there was just too many shops and too many things. It was quite over-facing and off-putting. Great to look at the HUGE indoor aquarium though.
You can book online, through your hotel tour desk, or just at the bus stops.
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