L'organisation laisse à désirer, on vous dit de vous préparer tôt, on vient vous chercher plus ou moins à l'heure pour vous emmener pas loin du centre (notre hôtel était à la Marina) pour monter dans un car et attendre plus d'une heure...pour ensuite repasser pas loin de notre hôtel à la Marina.
Ensuite vous allez visiter la mosquée, un peu trop rapidement d'ailleurs, comme toutes les visites groupée certains respectent les horaires d'autres s'en moquent totalement et bien sur nous les attendons toujours dans le même car! Le repas dans le restaurant iranien est bon mais la suite des visites est vraiment inintéressante. Je vous conseille de le faire vous-même par bus ou en louant une voiture. Vous en aurez pour le même prix sans le restaurant certes mais au moins vous ferez tout à votre rythme
Having worked on motorways for over 30 years repairing cars I know that you don,t change from one bus to another on the hard shoulder of a busy motorway considering that another set of people were collected a few miles down the road in a service station.
It was not the most modern tour bus that I have traveled on and when we told we could take pictures of the places we passed through, it helps if you stop and have clean widows to do so.
When we arrived at the first stop the the beautiful mosque it seemed the tour guide was more interested in hiring out coverings for the ladies than helping with information. My wife and I talked about the mosque and I think it is almost as beautiful as the Taj Mahal
we then driven to the presidential palace past the houses of the royal family this was where we were so supposed to take photos through the dirty windows, but the thing that was said after we stopped at the palace gates there is a better place for filming along the road and guess what we had to take them through the dirty windows.
Having done quite a lot touring you get used to the guide usual stop to the place that sells carpets or other over priced goods so we sat on the bus 2 more seasoned tourists who did not need the 15 minutes of selling.
One plus point the food served for lunch in the Sheraton was better than most buffets on a tour.
The final stop at Ferrari world was nice to see, but unless you go for the tour there it is a waste of time.
Finally the tour guide when asked a few questions by some of the guests he seemed at a loss for answers. I would also would have liked to know in advance it was going to be 2 language tour.
So taking all things into consideration I can only say I was sorely disappointed.
The tour is definitely worth the money! First stop was the breathtaking mosque. Everything went well just women be sure you're not wearing any clothing that's any way see through or you won't be let in, but you can rent out the traditional dress from your guide. We then got to see the Emirates Palace and corniche. We had lunch at a lovely hotel and the food was brilliant. We got about 15mins at the Ferrari World and then travelled back to Dubai. Our guide was super informative on every aspect of the trip. Abu Dhabi is great but nothing compared to Dubai!
Our guide met us at the hotel on time for the tour. He introduced himself, but I could not understand him. He did not use eye contact while talking with the female passengers, which may be a local custom. The commentary was minimul and at times hard to understand,
He had extra head coverings for the ladies who forgot to bring one. He also gave one lady a jacket to wear when she had problems passing security at the mosque.
Our lunch at the Sheraton was nice, and he gave us ample time to enjoy it.
Luego de confirmar por llamada telefónica internacional la hora de recogida en el hotel, fueron 1 hora antes de lo acordado, suerte que igual estábamos casi listas. La visita a la Mezquita valió la pena, eso sí, las mujeres debemos ir completamente tapadas y es mucho el control que se hace de eso. El Ferrari World es un Parque de atracciones, en el cuál solo se entra y se están unos 20 minutos. Sería mucho más interesante ver y visitar el Circuito de Fórmula1, por el cuál ni siquiera pasamos, que fue una de las cosas que me decidió a tomar este tour, entendiendo que se visitaba. A pesar de preguntarle varias veces al guía sobre el Circuito, siempre se nos dijo que al final, pero luego del paseo por la Corniche, salimos en forma directa hacia Dubai. En vez de perder tiempo en una tienda a la cual se nos llevó antes de almorzar, se debería dedicar más tiempo al paseo. El almuerzo fue bueno, en el Sheraton. En el bus no había agua para los pasajeros como se indicaba. En conclusión, no colmó mis espectativas y el Circuito lo veré por televisión.
It didn't start well, we rung up twice to confirm the booking on the local number given, both times we were told that hotel pick up was 0830 to 0900. The day before our tour we received a note via the hotel saying pick up was 0800 - 0900, included also was information about clothing needed for the mosque tour, which was useful. We were in the hotel lobby for 8 and transport had just arrived. He told us he had 2 further pick ups to do, we were in Bur Dubai so were expecting other pick ups in the area, the first pick up was not too far away then there was some confusion as to where the other pick up was, he had the hotel name but not the location. Eventually some 40 mins after picking us up he was told he had to go to the Marina for his 3rd pick up. All in all we were late for the coach which we eventually met on the side of the motorway on its way out of Dubai.
Once we got on the coach at 0925, the guide, Mohammed, never introduced himself to the latecomers or gave an insight into the day ahead. The coach transmission sounded as though it was going to fall off, the first seat we sat in was broken with no signs indicating it was. Considering it was a city tour the bus windows were filthy, I know they may have ben like it later but it would have been nice to start off clean.
We arrived at the mosque at about 1030, by the time the guide had tried to sort out if the ladies clothing was suitable we had wasted another half hour. Why the tour company cant have some garments suitable for those passengers who think rules don't apply to them and can wear what they want so wasting everybody's time. We eventually got to see the mosque and it is spectacular, a modern equivalent of splendid cathedrals. We were given a tour and 20 mins free time but like always never enough time. The tour info says water provided on the bus, no water was available on our tour at all. We then drove around the city, where rich live and a quick photo stop at the Emirates palace. Then onto the heritage village, not worth the 20 mins that turned into 30 mins whilst we waited for the same couple who didn't think timings applied to them and the guide didn't think to challenge throughout the tour as they were always late returning. Lunch time arrived at 1400, buffet at the Sheriton hotel and it was lovely, good choice, hot, cold, desserts, cheese coffee and water. Then onto Ferrari world, well 30 mins to walk to the entrance, have a quick look in the shops, no sighting of the race track or anything else really. Again same couple late back so late setting off back to Dubai. Eventually arrived back at the transfer point, same bus, same 3 drop offs so another hour before we got dropped at 1900hrs. Was it all worth it, no not really, Mosque was, lunch was rest could have been anywhere. It you want to see the mosque and can't there by other means then do this tour, if you can self drive then do it that way as the rest of the could have been missed.
Para confirmar fue dificil contactar la empresa del tour pues el telefono que aparecia en el voucher nunca contestaron , finalmente viator nos confirmo el trip, fue una experiencia muy interesante nos recogieron a tiempo en nuestro hotel, el guia muy amigable, hablaba ingles pero tambien espanol, la Gran Mesquita es espectacular, nos llevaron por las villas donde puede apreciarse el inicio de los Dubaities antes del petroleo , luego fuimos a almorzar en un hotel 5 estrellas exquisito, pasamos por el parque de Ferrari y finalmente nos regresaron al hotel. Las estadias en los sitios deberian ser un poco mas largas ya que 20 minutos o 30 son poco asi se llegara un poco mas tarde al hotel. Por lo demas todo estubo muy bien. muy recomendable la experiencia.