How it works:
- Low price tours are advertised and promises will not be fulfilled.
- Tour scams:
- Bringing you to a random patch of sand which they claim is the desert safari.
- Sending you to an “art museum” which is actually just a shop with inflated prices.
- Guides who can’t speak your language or are not knowledgeable.
- Payment scams:
- Collecting payments even when the operator has shut down
- Scrimping on safety costs such as using poorly maintained vehicles.
- Operational scams:
- Abandoning you midway.
- Late pick-ups and early drop-offs.
- Meals not as advertised.
- Overcrowded tours.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has many popular tours (e.g. Red dunes and camel safari, Burj Khalifa & Dubai Aquarium, Abu Dhabi full day tour, etc).
- Paying: avoid paying in full upfront (unless reputable operator) or off the (online) platform.