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Reasonably good bus service
The central bus station has buses departing in eiher direction of this very small desert place. The bus to the airport leaves from the down town bus station, 3 dirhams ( about a dollar ). Modern buses, very unfriendly filipino drivers. But the arab manager of the bus station was extraordinarily friendly and plied with all sorts of information. If you have a few hours to kill, it is good to take the bus
A wet city tour
Wonder Bus Ride is a must activity you should try. We didn't do it the first days and then we just dropped.
Try to take the bus at the beginning of your holiday you get to know a part of the city and you get a wild ride!
The tour starts at Bur Juman Centre and at the ground floor you find a office where you can buy tickets.
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Sightseeing tours by bus
The Big Bus Company offers an open-top bus service around Dubai, providing a good opportunity to see much of the city in a short space of time.
The first time that I visited Dubai, I took one of these tours on my first day and it proved to be very useful in helping me find my bearings and deciding which parts of the city I wanted to see more of. I would only do the tour once, to familiarise yourself with the city, since it is very costly compared to taxis.
There are two tours - one of the city, and one of the beach district. The two tours connect at the Wafi City Centre, where you change buses, and the price of the ticket includes both tours (or at least it did when I was there, but it may have been a promotional offer).
Up-to-date prices can be found on the company's website, but in late 2003 the prices were as follows:
Children: (5-15) AED75
Family: (2 adults + 2 children) AED315
These prices are for 24 hours, during which time you can hop on and off the bus as often as you like.
The city tour covers many of the major sites, and the stops are as follows:
1. Wafi City shopping mall
2. Karama ("Little India")
3. Creek walk
4. Al Fahidi Fort (Dubai Museum)
5. Dubai Old Souk
6. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
7. Gold Souk
8. Abra station
9. Deira City Centre shopping mall
10. Al Boom Tourist Village and Wonderland
Included in the price is English commentary of the sights, entry to the Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and a free Wafi City Advantage Card, offering a variety of discounts in the mall.
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