For tourists, a Dubai city tour by taxi is possible. Here you get information about the prices and whether this is to be recommended at all.
The first thing to say is that many vacationers know how to explore the city by taxi from Thailand, for example. That means you hire a driver for a day where you are then shown all the well-known sights. Furthermore, you usually pay little money and get a lot shown. In principle, this is also possible in the Emirate of Dubai. But that’s not at all comparable to Bangkok or any other city in Asia. Then you have to know that the prices there are much more expensive than in Thailand. You can’t just negotiate the price there and fixed prices apply there if you want to do a Dubai city tour by taxi. By the way, the metropolis has a lot of good means of transport that you can use. One is therefore not necessarily dependent on the taxi.
If you have decided to do a Dubai sightseeing tour by taxi, you can hire one for between 6 and 12 hours. That means you get a driver and a taxi for the desired duration. However, it is then a normal taxi provided by the Dubai Taxi Corporation. It is then not possible that you might only want 4 hours. Here you should rather use the regular taxis where you can then explore the city at a lower price.
As already mentioned, this is significantly more expensive than, for example, in another Asian city. For example, you pay around 900 dirhams for a 6-hour Dubai city tour in a taxi. That would be 40 dollars per hour and you have a taxi all to yourself for this period of time. But if you want to see more of the city then you pay about 1800 dirhams for 12 hours. So that would be 40 dollars an hour again. Basically, you can say that the prices are similar if you take a normal taxi. A trip there can definitely be a bit more expensive.
In principle, everyone has to decide for themselves what they want to do. You should already be several people for a Dubai city tour with a taxi so that it is worthwhile. For example, if there are three people, each person pays 17 dollars per hour. Furthermore, this is certainly not that interesting for one person and you should rather take a normal taxi. There you don’t need to spend too much money and you can go anywhere you want.
The Dubai City Tour by Taxi can currently only be reserved by phone with Dubai Taxi Corporation. It is not possible to go to a taxi that is just standing on the street. Because they only drive short distances. So you have to do it there 24 hours in advance. Then you get a taxi reserved for 6 or 12 hours as you wish. Furthermore, you have the advantage that you get a driver who knows the city very well and can speak good English. He then drives to the hotel at the agreed time and then we can start, which is very practical.
Burj Khalifa light show
Of course, you can visit everything you want there. The driver then drives to where you would like to have it. If you have no idea at all then he can of course give you lots of tips on what other tourists like to see. This is, for example, the Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall. It would be important here that you make a precise plan in advance of what you want to see. Otherwise, the time will probably not be sufficient. Here you would have to reserve the taxi again for another day.
If you don’t have to watch the money then a Dubai city tour by taxi is very convenient. You can go anywhere you want. However, if you want to visit the At the Top viewing platform from the Burj Khalifa, for example, then you have to plan at least two hours there. Then the driver waits two hours in the taxi, which you cannot use. So you pay for the time you didn’t use. So this would not be recommended in this case and you should rather switch to a normal taxi. There you only pay for the route you drive. Furthermore, this would then be significantly cheaper and you save money.
A good alternative to the Dubai city tour by taxi is of course the Hop On Hop Off Tour. You pay significantly less for a 24-hour ticket and you also get to see the attractions of Dubai. There you have the advantage that the buses are constantly on the move in the city. That means you wait maybe 15 minutes until the next bus comes and then you just drive on to the next attraction. For tourists who are vacationing in the emirate for the first time, this is a very good way to get to know the city. You certainly know the buses from other well-known cities in the world such as London, Paris or New York.
In our opinion, it is usually much cheaper if you only use a taxi for the routes that you drive. It’s not worth hiring a taxi for 6 or 12 hours. It’s much cheaper in Thailand and there it doesn’t matter if the driver has to wait 30 minutes for the attraction to be viewed. Of course, the Dubai city tour by taxi is very convenient. However, you then have to spend more money on it. There are around 5,000 taxis all over the city and you don’t have to wait long. So you can use them to get to the other attraction quickly. There are also many alternatives that you can use. Many hotels in Dubai offer free shuttle buses to hotel guests. You will be driven there to the big shopping centers like the Mall of the Emirates.