Discover the different faces of glittering Dubai on a day trip from Abu Dhabi. Travel to the neighboring emirate by air-conditioned vehicle and explore its fascinating history, culture and spectacular 21st-century architecture, all in one go. Ogle top Dubai attractions such as the astonishing Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and the Palm Jumeirah, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and visit Dubai Museum to uncover the city’s past. Plus, peruse the gleaming shops of the Gold Souk, roam the aromatic Spice Souk, and enjoy free time for lunch at glitzy Dubai Mall.
Meet your guide at your central Abu Dhabi hotel, then hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Gaze out at the desert and Arabian Gulf as you travel to Dubai and, after around 1.5 hours on the road, relish your first sight of its skyscrapers, rising mirage-like from the desert.Drive to the Palm Jumeirah, the man-made archipelago shaped like a palm tree and marvel at the mighty Atlantis, The Palm hotel that soars up from its outer edges. Admire the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel, one of the world’s tallest hotels at 1,053 feet (321 meters), and crane your neck to see the tip of the breathtaking Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,716 feet (828 meters) as your guide explains how it took six years to build with up to 12,000 workers on site each day.Stop at Dubai Mall, the city's state-of-the-art shopping mall, and enjoy free time for some retail therapy or lunch (own expense) at any of the restaurants or food courts.Pay a visit to Dubai Museum, housed in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, and trace the city’s rise to 21st-century metropolis through the interesting displays, replica buildings and other exhibits. Sail across Dubai Creek on a traditional abra water taxi and delve into the Deira district to visit its souks. Stroll around the Gold Souk past shops shining with gold and precious stones; and explore the traditional Spice Souk, where the stalls brim with exotic spices, herbs and other goodies. Get haggling tips from your guide and perhaps snap up some bargains as reminders of your day.When your Dubai tour ends, return to Abu Dhabi where your day finishes with a hotel drop-off.