Explore the Best of Dubai and Abu Dhabi with City Tours. Everything at your Palm.
October 18, 2022 • 4 min read
When visiting The United Arab Emirates, choosing between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a typical dilemma (UAE). Dubai or Abu Dhabi is better, right? Dubai is significantly bigger and offers more family-friendly activities, nightlife, luxury hotels, and affordable lodging options. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, is a little more pricey. Abu Dhabi is more tranquil than other cities despite being more pricey. And compared to Dubai, Abu Dhabi has better beaches. Abu Dhabi has a strict dressing code and is quite traditional and religious. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi offers a diverse selection of nightlife options. In spite of this, there are many more differences between Dubai and Abu Dhabi than is often recognized.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are both expensive. Due to the greater popularity of Dubai among travelers, you will have a better chance of discovering inexpensive hostels and motels there. There aren’t any cheap hotels or hostels in Abu Dhabi, so it can be challenging to save money there. Abu Dhabi is hardly a paradise for backpackers. Despite this, some travelers continue to backpack across Dubai. Since Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in the world, you should anticipate that everything will be pricey, but this is not always the case. If you look about, you’ll find plenty of affordable restaurants.
You should take your interests into account while picking between Dubai and Abu Dhabi or which is ideal for you. Furthermore, they’re not too far apart. From Dubai to Abu Dhabi or the other way around, many people take day trips. If you’re having trouble making a decision, decide based on your budget and consider taking a day trip to the other.
What Is Unique About Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is located on a small island in the Persian Gulf. The city’s skyline grew in tandem with the city’s oil exports. Over the past ten years, Abu Dhabi has attracted thousands of tourists because of attractions including the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Marina Mall, and Ferrari World. A far more traditional Emirate is Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is likely to be preferred by those who want to fully experience the local Muslim culture. For those who want to avoid Dubai’s oppressive crowds, Abu Dhabi is a great alternative because it is less packed with Western tourists.
What makes Dubai Unique?
The most populated city on earth is probably Dubai. It rose to prominence as the city with the fastest growing city in the entire world. The small Gulf Emirate of Dubai has transformed into one of the most dynamic business hubs in the world in just 40 years.
Whether you view Dubai as “better” than Abu Dhabi depends on what you hope to gain from your trip to the UAE. Visitors drawn to an urban living will choose Dubai. As the most populated emirate with relatively easy access to alcohol, Dubai is home to the tallest skyscrapers in the area, as well as the most well-known attractions and hottest clubs. Due to the enormous number of ex-pats that reside there, Dubai boasts a top-notch tourism infrastructure.
Types of City Tours in Dubai:
Half-Day Dubai City Tour:
Looking for a tour of the city on your next trip to Dubai? We got you covered, with our comprehensive city tour package ideal for families, friends as well as solo travelers. Get a glimpse of the modern, traditional, architectural, urban, and natural side of the ever-popular Dubai city tour with a live guide. You can choose between our morning and night tour of the city and just sit back and let us make the arrangements. Our experienced fleet will pick you up from your hotel around 30 minutes before the tour. If you have chosen the Morning tour, you will be picked up around 8:30 while those who have booked a night tour will be picked up around 6:30 pm. Each of these tours lasts for about 5 to 6 hours and takes you on a memorable trip to the major popular attractions of Dubai like the Dubai museum, Spice and Gold Souk, Al Bastakiya, Grand Mosque Jumeirah, The Palm Islands and Jumeirah beach. The cost of the Half Day Dubai City Tour is AED 75.42.
- Dubai museum
- Spice & Gold Souk
- Al Baskatiya
- Grand Mosque Jumeirah
- The Palm Islands
- Jumeirah Beach
Full-Day Dubai City Tour:
One of the best ways to explore the city of Arabs is a full-day Dubai city tour that takes you on a tour of major Dubai attractions in a day, and also includes a monorail ride and boat ride. The tour starts at the Jumeirah area heading towards Burj Al Arab where there is a photo stop, so click 100s of pictures. Next, we cross the new Canal and halt for a photo stop at the Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. The tour then moves to old Dubai which reflects its history and culture where we visit the Al Fahidi and Bastakiya districts where the Dubai museum is housed in a fortress around 200 years old! Then we cross the creek and head towards Deira district where the spice and gold souks are located, which is one of the largest in the world. After you have bought some spices and souvenirs, the tour goes to its next stop which is the Zabeel Area and Dubai Palace. Then the tour heads towards the iconic Burj Khalifa and famous Dubai Mall where you can have lunch. The second half of the tour is about what has made Dubai a global destination from a small fishing village in the Gulf. A tour of modern Dubai starts now with a drive to the manmade iconic island of Palm Jumeirah. Here you will be transferred to the monorail which will give an elevation and you can catch breathtaking views of the Palm Jumeirah which runs from the entry point of the Palm to the Atlantis hotel at the far end. Explore this ultra-luxurious hotel which redefines hospitality, click pictures in the grand interior. Once you have admired the beauty of Atlantis, we go to the new Dubai Marina where The Walk is located, lined with restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. We pass through the mega township Jumeirah Lake towers and reach our last attraction which is the Mall of the Emirates, where you can have more fun. You will be picked up and dropped off at your Hotel in Dubai or you can join at Dubai Internet city metro. Pick-up time is 30 – 60 Minutes before departure time. The cost of the Full Day Dubai City Tour is AED 249.44.
- Grand Mosque of Jumeirah
- Burj Al Arab
- Al Fahidi and Bastakiya district
- Deira district
- Zabeel Area and Dubai Palace
- Burj Khalifa
- Dubai Mall
- Palm Jumeirah
- Dubai Marina
Dubai Night City Tour:
Explore the city by night by booking the city sightseeing Dubai night tour and get amazed with a different picture of the city, glowing with all its light and architectural wonders. Want to escape the daytime heat and still want to take a tour of the city? This is the best choice among late night tours in Dubai. Start your tour conveniently with the Dubai night city tour and explore the major attractions of the city. The tour starts at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a bustling Arabian style market overlooking the Arabian sea. Get yourself souvenirs and click awesome pictures here, before we head to the posh Jumeirah Beach Area where the residences of the rich and influential are located, i.e. the Jumeirah Beach Residency. These new states of the art residential districts seamlessly merge with the natural beauty of Dubai and truly one of its kind. After a tour of the JBR area, the tour moves to the next stop, Box city, another unique design area made just out of box containers! Click dozens of pictures at this remarkable architectural place. From the Box, the tour crosses the lighted man-made Canal and the vibrant City Walk gleaming with colorful lighting in the night. We drive on the famous Sheikh Zayed Road to reach the click-worthy Dubai Frame and then the fully lighted Dubai Garden Glow which has Dinosaur and Glow Parks and much more and all glowing with light. The tour then takes you to the Dubai International Financial Center which is not only the commercial hub of the town but also home to world famous restaurants and art centers. Take a nice evening stroll at this bustling street before we head to Downtown Dubai where our tour ends. Get an up-close view of the Burj Khalifa and the colorful lighted fountains and capture the memories. You will be picked from your hotel, 30 to 60 minutes before the departure of the tour. The cost of the Dubai City Night Tour is AED 130.76.
- Souk Madinat Jumeirah
- Jumeirah Beach
- Dubai Garden Glow
- Dubai Frame
- Dubai International Financial Center
- Downtown Dubai
Abu Dhabi City Tour From Dubai:
Explore the city’s old and new charms with stops at all the must-see attractions with your Abu Dhabi City Tour tickets. If you are in Dubai and want to explore Abu Dhabi, here’s a great opportunity for you. Make the most of your time in UAE’s capital city by exploring the sights and landmarks as you consider the Abu Dhabi City Tour. Our Abu Dhabi City Tour is a full-day trip and offers you two options on your confirmed ticket – The Pass and The Pass With Lunch. This tour is a guided tour of the city with our professional tour guides, and also provides multilingual audio guides in your desired language. Visit the gigantic and stunning Grand Sheikh Zayed mosque, where its magnificent chandeliers, designs and architecture will leave you spellbound. Stroll down the Corniche waterfront which also includes a play area for your children. Discover the rich history of the Heritage Village – a great family-friendly attraction that re-creates traditional Bedouin life. Witness the two beautiful museums – LOUVRE and GUGGENHEIM as you drive through the Saadiyat Island project. Grab a quick bite to eat at Yas Mall and click many photos with the spectacular Emirates Palace Hotel backdrop. The tour begins in Dubai from your hotel and starts at 09:00 am. Your hotel pickup will be 30-60 minutes before the start time. The Sheikh Zayed mosque is open between 8.30 am and 11:30 am, Sunday to Thursday. The Heritage Village opening hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday, Sunday from 09:00am-1:00pm and from 5:00pm-9:00pm and on Friday from 5:00pm-9:00pm. The cost of the Abu Dhabi City Tour From Dubai is AED 120.68.
- Grand Sheikh Zayed mosque
- Heritage Village
- LOUVRE and GUGGENHEIM
Types of City Tours in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour
Explore the Capital of the United Arab Emirates on an Abu Dhabi City Tour. Start the day by visiting the architectural masterpiece, The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the country. The next stop is at the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village where you can see the traditional way of life in the desert. From there you can wander around the Iranian Market with a rich culture where you can test your bargaining skills. A visit to the gulf is incomplete without dates and there are numerous dates markets along the way you can shop at.
You can head along to the Fishing Harbor to see the fishermen and their catch of the day. On your tour you will go to the Emirates Palace Hotel, the epitome of luxury in Abu Dhabi, this is a perfect place to get your instant candids. You can shop at the two top shopping destinations in Abu Dhabi, the Marina Mall, and the Central Souk. To wrap up the day take a walk along the Corniche, an 8km stretch of waterfront that gives you a fantastic view of the city’s skyline.
- The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
- Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
- Iranian Market
- Emirates Palace Hotel
- Marina Mall, and the Central Souk
Half-Day Abu Dhabi City Tour
Embark on an ultimate, 4-hour Half-Day Abu Dhabi city tour to discover the best attractions of the capital city of UAE. Book your tickets now on Thrillark and explore Abu Dhabi at your own pace, as you see some of the iconic landmarks and attractions that Abu Dhabi has to offer. Head to the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is one of the city’s most prominent architectural sites, or take a walk along the Corniche. Do not miss a photo opportunity in this glorious marvel of architecture, called the Emirates Palace. Drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where you will see the famous Louvre and Guggenheim museums before entering the fruit and dates market in Abu Dhabi harbor. Enjoy a stop at the Heritage Village, which depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.
- Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- Saadiyat Island
- Louvre and Guggenheim
Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa from Abu Dhabi
Experience the good life in Dubai by visiting cultural and architectural hotspots and marvel at this modern metropolis with an inseparable Emirati flair. Get picked up from your hotels in Abu Dhabi and embark on a journey to discover this dynamic and one-of-a-kind metropolis, where heritage meets cutting-edge technology. At Dubai Museum, we go on a journey through the city’s history. The beautiful water taxi “Abra” will take us to the spice oriental market, where the intoxicating aromas of coffee and incense will greet us. The tour then takes us to the Middle East’s largest gold market, “the gold Souk.” Mazes of alleyways with jewelry vendors selling jewelry of all kinds. Make sure to sharpen your bargaining skills beforehand. They will come in handy. The Emirates Mall then welcomes you to modern Dubai, where skiing and VIP shopping are commonplace. We visit the breathtaking architectural wonder, The Burj Khalifa.Visit the tallest building in the world and look down on the glorious city of Dubai with your loved ones in this surreal experience. Our final trip will be to the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah, which combines traditional and modern elements.
Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa from Abu Dhabi commences at 8:30 AM. The duration of the Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa from Abu Dhabi is 4 Hours. The cost of the Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa from Abu Dhabi is AED 742.64.
- Dubai Museum
- Middle East’s largest gold market, “the gold Souk”
- The Emirates Mall
- Burj Khalifa
- Madinat Jumeirah
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