Our Red Route tour will take you on a journey back in time, helping you to get to grips with our city’s extraordinary transformation from a small fishing village surrounded by a desert, to the immense city that we see today.
Points of interest: Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Fountains, Al Seef Dhow Cruise, Dubai Museum, Spice & Gold Souk, Dubai Festival City Mall & IMAGINE, Dubai Frame
Main Points of Interest
The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. The Dubai Mall’s shops are cleverly grouped according to category. If you are a shoe obsessive then you have the whole Shoe District to enjoy. Electronic buffs can zigzag between electronic shops on the upper level. Besides shopping, literally the biggest attraction is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which is home to 33,000 marine animals. City Sightseers will be able to hop on the Blue Route from this stop.City Sightseers will be able to hop on the Green Route from this stop.
Al Seef Contemporary Area
The Union House building also known as the Dar Al Ittehad is an historical site where on December 2, 1971, the treaty was signed to create the United Arab Emirates. It is also the site of UAE’s and one of the world’s largest flags which sits on top of a 120 meter flag pole.
Burjuman Centre is one of the main shopping malls of Dubai. The mall houses over 320 shops and specialises in high-end brands such as Cartier, Christian Lacroix, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany. Being one of the smaller malls, it is easy to navigate. If your feet and credit cards are tired, then there is a great food court and some lovely coffee shops where you can catch your breath.
The museum takes you through the history of not only Dubai but the whole region. Dubai Museum is located in Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum gives you a wonderful insight into what life was like in Dubai not that long ago and features recreations of traditional dwellings, domestic life, creek-side shops from the 1950s, Souks and the routines of the Bedouin desert nomads.
Old Souk is a traditional market in Dubai. Old Souk is located in Deira and is a wonderful place to see how the traditional souks used to look like. Here you can also visit the shops that sell assorted spices, souvenirs and traditional artefacts.
Spice & Gold Souk
Gold Souk is a traditional market located in the heart of Dubai. Gold Souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. More than 25 tonnes of gold is displayed here and it is the largest gold market in the region and one of the biggest in the world. The traditional Souk is covered by wooded-latticed arcades with shops displaying jewellery in blinding displays.
Riviera Hotel is one of Dubai’s first tourist hotels and one of the hotspots of the city. The Riviera Hotel Dubai is located on Baniyas Street, popularly known as Creek Road. It is an established hotel offering international four star facilities and services for both leisure and business travellers.
Dubai Creek Park is located in the heart of the city. Dubai Creek divides greater Dubai into two areas - Deira, most known for its souks and local markets, and Bur Dubai with live markets and small shops integrated in residential streets.
Al Ghurair Centre
Al Ghurair Centre is in the heart of Dubai where you can enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and more.
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers is a landmark hotel on Dubai's Creek. The hotel opened 35 years ago as one of the first 5-star hotels in Dubai. Given its proximity to the old souks and historic neighbourhoods of the city, Sheraton Dubai Creek is a very popular hotel. The hotel is located less than a five minute walk from the Baniyas abra dock.
Deira City Centre
Deira City Centre was the first mall in the UAE that offers many retail outlets and entertainment. Here you can shop till you drop, have a meal or enjoy activities such as bowling and a 3D cinema experience.
Dubai Festival City Mall
A modern business and entertainment area, Dubai Festival City centers on a massive mall of the same name, home to international fashion and furniture brands, global food courts and a cinema complex. Upmarket hotels on Dubai Creek host major conferences, and have stylish European restaurants with city skyline views.The world’s Largest Water Screen Projection is also located at Festival Bay, this visual feast uses cutting-edge technology and special effects including breath-taking water displays, laser light shows and intense flames. Be mesmerised by the stunning spectacle, as well as the 30 galactic-themed fountains. It will truly transport you out of this world.
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road offers great views of many of Dubai's skyscrapers. Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the longest road in the Emirates, it stretches from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras al-Khaimah running roughly parallel to UAE's coastline along the Persian Gulf. Sheikh Zayed road is fantastic place to view tall skyscrapers illuminate after dark. It is a true spectacle.