The tourists in
Dubai have the chance to see the city's sights
in the same way as the tourists in England from
the upper deck of an open-topped
double decker bus.
It is the first
time the company has ventured outside London.
Dubai was the first foray for the company outside
of London. For past four months, The Big Bus Co.
has operated sight-seeing tours in Dubai.
The company keeps
its buses - two of which are red double deckers
- at its garage in Jadaf. The buses were shipped
to Dubai from the UK.
Each bus seats 41 people on the upper deck and
27 on the lower. The tour takes approximately
1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic, and allows
customers to hop-on and hop-off the bus at 8 different
stops. These include Wafi City; Dubai Creek, next
to the British Embassy; Dubai Museum; Bur Dubai
Old Souk; Jumeira Mosque; Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's
House and Heritage Village; the Gold Souk; and
a stop by the twin towers on Baniyas Road.
Tours start from
Wafi City at 10:00 in the morning, and depart
every 30 minutes till the last bus at 22:00. Each
ticket is valid for two evenings, and also includes
entrance to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House, Dubai
Museum, as well as a Wafi Advantage Card, which
offers discounts at various outlets in Wafi City.
During Summer Surprises
the cost is Dhs 50 per Adult, Dhs 30 per child
(aged 5 to 15 inclusive), and Dhs 130 per Family
(2 adults and 2 children). Children under 5 are
free. Buses are also available for private hires.