Dubai confirms ride on Big Bus

The Big Bus has confirmed its presence in Dubai.

London's award-winning The Big Bus Company, whose double-decker, open-topped buses are a familiar sight in the British capital, has confirmed its presence in Dubai following a summer-long trial of a hop-on, hop-off city tour service. Dubai is the company's first operation outside the UK.

"We chose Dubai because of its growing tourism base," said Gibb Barron, commercial manager, The Big Bus Company, Dubai. "We have now run through the Dubai summer and feel ready for the new tourist season starting in October."

Based in Wafi City, one of Dubai's leading shopping and leisure destinations, the company has brought six open-topped buses to the emirate to operate the daily service, which takes in many of the city's landmarks including Al Fahidi Fort, Jumeira Mosque and the Gold Souk.

The buses are sponsored by payment card brand Visa International and passengers will be able to buy their bus tickets using their Visa cards.

The full Big Bus tour, with live English commentary by fully-trained guides and which begins at Wafi City, will take 90 minutes, though passengers can hop-on and off the bus at any of the eight different stops.

Big Buses will run from Wafi City between 10am until 8pm from Saturdays to Thursdays. There will be a bus every 30 minutes until 1pm when, until 4pm, the frequency is every 45 minutes. On Fridays, the service runs from Wafi City from 3pm until 7pm. Tickets for The Big Bus Tour, which are valid for 24 hours, are Dh75 ($12.25) for adults, Dh45 for children and Dh195 for a family of two adults and two children.