They get the one star for the guide who was pleasant and informative, and the tour wasn't too bad, although you're told you will visit a local house to see how the locals live, when you get there, you're ushered into a small room with the son who explains about the carpets they make, then asks how many you want to buy and stares at you for a really uncomfortable amount of time before he takes the hint that you don't want a carpet, then your sent into the next room where his mother tries to sell you perfume etc, it left us all feeling very uncomfortable. Not!!!!! however as uncomfortable as we were waiting at the mall for 45mins for our return transfers, when one of the party finally got through on the phone to the company, he was told there was no buses and we should just make our own way home!!! We were ok because we'd used the metro system previously but an Indian couple were about to pay a fortune for a taxi back to their hotel. Completely unacceptable to leave clients stranded without even an apology.
Definitely worth the price! The tour was informative, entertaining and well-organized. Guide was knowledgeable, friendly. Got a good sense of the area as well as some history which was very interesting. Burj Khalifa was awesome in many ways including an amazing view of the area, the fastest elevator ever and having an astonishing history in the number of people from many countires involved in its construction. Absolutely a must to do and see if in Dubai.
Nice tour, but we felt rushed. Our guide had thick accent and also we had some people from Germany in our group and he was talking half the time in Germany. We were rushed till we reached Burj Khalifa at 230, after which we were told to free lance there till 615 when we were picked up. The aquarium included is not the hanging aquarium in mall, it is the aquarium in Atlantis. We went to the big Aquarium ourselves after that. Overall good experience.
Our tour guides were great and very knowledgeable. We absolutely had the opportunity to get a full view of old and new Dubai. The souks were an eyesight. Definitely do your shopping in the new souk because your tour guide will pretty much walk you through the old souk and show you around. Initially I thought I wanted him to slow down during this process, but if he had we would have been swarmed by everyone to buy from them. He in turn protected us from this experience. I was not as pleased with the Aquarium experiences. We only viewed the public spaces. This public space is quite crowded. Based on the Itinerary I thought we were obtaining tickets to enter the Aquarium. Other than that the free time at the mall after we viewed the Worlds Tallest Building was appreciated. The trip started off great, but towards the end was a little questionable.