Private Full-Day Abu Dhabi City Tour with a Local!

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Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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The tour guide will always either make or break your experience. Yes, it would be nice to see the attractions, which you will get to see with me, but it would be better when there is a story to tell. There are too many guides around that have a memorized script that they stick with and repeat like a radio (unfortunately). But what makes this experience unique is me, your host, Ebrahim. I am from Abu Dhabi and I am a proud citizen of the United Arab Emirates. I do not take the responsibility of representing my country lightly. When you are with me, you are a guest, eager to learn about the culture as much as you are eager to see the nice skyscrapers and luxurious hotels. I do this tour in my free time because I have a full-time, well-paying job. Thus it is not about money for me. I rather give you a good experience and not get paid than charge you for a mediocre one. I also do not rush you, which is why the duration of this experience is flexible.

Take this rare opportunity!

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

I will provide headscarves for women as part of the entry requirement for the Mosque

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • In the world we live in today, safety has reached a whole new level. But rest assured, I am prepared to host you in compliance with all local regulations and I have taken all necessary safety measures to ensure you come and leave healthy!
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • There will be a fair amount of walking however for those unable to do so, most attractions offer other means of transportation such as club cars.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity)
This is a memorial dedicated to commemorating those who have lost their lives in service of their country, but that's not all. There are several intriguing facts that only a local of the country would be able to share. Don't miss out!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
While this is a popular attraction and well known to tourists, my expertise and stories will certainly add a special value to your tour. The Mosque is named after His Highness Sheikh Zayed, but not many explain the man's role in building the nation as I do! (The duration also includes driving time)

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Emirates Palace
The Emirates Palace is actually a hotel. A lot of tourists go there for how beautiful its architecture is, however, there are 'hidden treasures' that need to be pointed out. Call me Captain Jack! (Duration also includes driving time)

- Please note that we WILL go inside the Palace and not just stop by. So no need to worry!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Etihad Towers
The Etihad Towers can be seen from Emirates Palace and it is a great place to take pictures

• Admission Ticket Free

The Founder's Memorial
This is perhaps the most important yet forgotten attraction in Abu Dhabi. There is a story to tell behind this memorial. Let me share it with you! (10 minutes)

• Admission Ticket Free

Abu Dhabi Theatre
We will be just outside this theatre to take some photos as the theatre itself is not open to the public. But rest assured, you get a view of Abu Dhabi that you wouldn't get anywhere else.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Qasr Al Hosn
The oldest building in Abu Dhabi and the place where the ruling family of the capital first settled. Built in 1795 as a fort, it was transformed into a palace in which the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan grew up.

ADDED BONUS! We will head to the House of Artisans which is just outside the Palace and inside guests can experience the "Bayt Al Qahwa" which translates to House of Coffee where they will experience Arabic coffee and see how it made live by a local.! On top of that, the 'Artisans' are actually local women who engage in traditional crafts.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

The Corniche
Drive by the corniche and stop for photos.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Abu Dhabi Dates Market
At the Dates Market in Abu Dhabi guests will be sampling different types of dates as well as get insight on the importance of this food to the people of the United Arab Emirates. Dates are of significant importance to not only culture and tradition but also in the Islamic faith! Learn more with a Local!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Excellent! Professional and very knowledgeable. Must Book!
Orlando_Q, 31-03-2022
Ebrahim is very professional and knowledgeable. He is a proud citizen of Abu Dhabi and it reflects in his approach to the tour. He lives in Abu Dhabi and is very familiar with the city, its history, culture, and sights. His car is new and very comfortable. He is very accommodating and will customize your tour experience if you wish. We completely customized our day with Ebrahim to fit our needs and he obliged by picking us up earlier to be able to fit in all the sights and experiences we requested.

Towards the end of the day, I mistakenly took my wife's heart medication believing them to be aspirin. Ebrahim immediately responded by taking us to a nearby hospital. He handled the emergency room procedures and stayed with me as the nurses and doctor attended to my situation. He communicated with my wife who was waiting outside several times, to calm and keep her informed. Everything turned out well, and I received great care in the emergency room. This scary situation turned out well thanks to Ebrahim's quick action and support. I am very grateful to him. With the doctor's assurance that I was fine, we left the hospital and finished our tour. Ebrahim went above and beyond his tour guide duties to ensure my safety and well being. By the end of the day (and it was a long one), I truly felt I had found a new friend in the UAE.

Please do yourself a favor when in Abu Dhabi and contact Ebrahim. He will make sure your time in the UAE is a memorable and rich experience to last a lifetime.

Informative and a must do in Abu Dhabi
TIAN_D, 13-01-2020
The guide Ebrahim was very welcoming, informative and you clearly see his passion for his country, the tour is a must do if you'd like to learn the Emarati culture from a local, highly recommended!
Abu Dhabi Day Tour
82sjr, 21-11-2019
These guys are great for an informative, friendly small group day tour of Abu Dhabi city highlights. Book with confidence. Stephen
A fun day with Ebrahim and James!
TonyandMark, 23-11-2019
We saw the highlights of Abu Dhabi and got tons of interesting background information on the local culture and traditions. All of this delivered with a brilliant sense of humour.
Highly recommended!

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