We spent a fabulous 2 days with Barti who couldn't do enough for us to ensure we saw what we could in our 2 days in Dubai. He was extremely polite and well organised and so knowledgeable about everything in the UAE. All of the sites and activity wish list was arranged so that we got to see and do everything - Dune driving, Abu Dhabi mosque, The Palm, Falcon Hospital, as well as driving to see Dubai marina, cbd, the worlds tallest building and so much more. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lyle and Ian Your kind words are appreciated. It was indeed a pleasure meeting you both and being your guide for the two days in Dubai. Thank you for choosing me and Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Jose MarquinaUnited States
Barti is the best tour guide in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Thank you for making the tour so special to our kids. Regards. Jose Marquina (Miami- Florida)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jose Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and kids and hope to see you all again in the future during November to March winter season when the weather in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be very pleasant. Regards Barti
Derek PrestonUnited Kingdom
Barti is a well informed Indian gentleman with an excellent grasp of English; his tour covers the main sights of Abu Dhabi and is well supported by a wealth of information to enhance the experience. With his own driver and a people carrier, Barti is able to commit fully to engaging with his clients and we appreciated his manner throughout: never intrusive, Barti allowed us enough time to explore alone but was always present to set the scene beforehand and answer questions as they arose. Thank you, Barti!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Derek It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and being your guide. Thank you for your kind words and generosity. I always wanted England to win the World cup and ever since I started watching Football world cup 30 years ago and I realize how much it means to its people. Just may be this time as they say "It's coming home" Regards Barti
Susan JohnsonUnited States
Barti and his driver provided a comfortable, informative and memorable trip to Abu Dhabi. He had good ideas about what to see (the date and vegetable market) and also was flexible with what we wanted to see. Of course the mosque was a must but also wanted to see the Emirate Palace hotel and the Louvre Museum. Could have done without the Art Market, but at least we were able to get through that quickly. Barti had good insights and lots of up to date information. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan It was a pleasure meeting you and your wonderful husband. Thank you for choosing me as your tour guide. Thank you for your kind words. Regards Barti
Mark SwoffordUnited States
Excellent time with Barti and very knowledgeable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark Thank you for choosing me as your private tour guide. Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Richard PriceUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard Thank you. Regards Barti
Barti was very knowledgeable and understanding and adapted the visit to our group, which was appreciated. I would not hesitate to reserve a visit with him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Agatha Thank you for your kind words. I hope to see you again soon. Regards Barti
Bastian R.United Arab Emirates
Very nice guide, we saw all the highlights and he was able to adapt during the tour to our wishes. As we had a tour for two there was also a lot of space for privacy. I would book him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bastian, It was a pleasure meeting you both and thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you again. Regards Barti
Mary Susan BarnhillUnited States
Our trip to Abu Dhabi was so interesting because of all the facts that Barti relayed to us. We knew more about Dubai when we left the states than we did about Abu Dhabi. We learned about the culture, the emirates, the rulers, the way of life, the change of color on the pavement, etc. Again, he asked what we wanted to see and planned the day with those things in mind. He added several other spots for us to see as there wasn't much information on them in the guide books. Barti & Ali are the best!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, Thank you very much for the second day tour with us in Abu Dhabi. Thank you for your generosity.. Regards Barti
Alberto OteroUnited States
Our guide was very knowledgeable, courteous, accomodating, punctual and professional. I would highly recommend Barti to future travelers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alberto, It was a pleasure meeting you all and your wonderful family. Thank you for your kindness and choosing me as your tour guide. Regards Barti
Marvin SchwartzbardUnited States
An absolutely wonderful day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marvin, Thank you. Look forward to seeing you all for the next TBL private tour booking. Regards Barti
Thomas H.United States
Barti was very knowledgeable and provided unbiased perspectives on the many UAE questions we had. We very highly recommend his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Thomas, Thank you and it was a pleasure meeting you both and thank you for choosing me as your tour guide. Regards Barti
Darrell S.Saratoga, CA, United States
Barti did an excellent job in providing a most interesting tour. He impressed us with his knowledge and patience. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Darrel, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Regards Barti
Barti took our group on a tour to Abu Dhabi for a day. He gave us plenty of information on the day and was happy to do our tour as we wanted it. Very flexible. Barti and our driver were great. Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sharon, It was a pleasure being your guide. Thank you for your kind words. Regards Barti
Very empathic he understood my interests and designed the tour exclusive. Very informative and interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fedra, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and being your guide. Regards Barti
Harry H.United States
There is no problem at all with Barti. See my review of his Dubai tour. But there is just not that much to see and do in Abu Dhabi. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was interesting and worth the time to see that. But that left the entire afternoon with little to see or do. Abu Dhabi is basically just a modern city with some fancy hotels. We were back in Dubai by mid-afternoon. If possible, just book a trip to the mosque.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harry, Thank you for choosing me as your guide and it was a pleasure meeting you all. Regards Barti
We really enjoyed our day with Barti. The Day was very well planned and we were able to see everything that we had wanted to see. Our time at the mosque was very good and Barti provided excellent information.
Cynthia KnuthUnited States
The tour to Abu Dhabi on November 25, 2015 with Barti. I would give Barti R. a 5 for the entire tour. He was polite, knowledgeable and has excellent English (important as we are from the USA). My only comment is that we did not enjoy the Iranian Museum - because the person in the museum who guided us was so aggressive with his sales pitch on the rugs that it became very annoying. And then he acted so annoyed when we did not buy anything. The museum was excellent. Regards, Cynthia Knuth
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cynthia, Thank you. I will speak to the Iranian Museum management about this behavior of one of their staff since it was only a brief stop. Hope you all had a nice time in UAE. Regards Barti
Bradley JensenUnited States
Excellent tour experience. Barti was my guide and he was fantastic. He answered all my questions about Dubai and the UAE. He is very knowledgeable and insightful. I learned a lot, much more than I could on my own. He also had excellent tour guide skills - very polite, professional, and respectful; suggested certain locations for taking photos; appropriately monitored the time to keep on schedule without feeling rushed; and gave suggestions on how I could save money on some of the activities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bradley, It was a pleasure meeting you. I learnt from you and not to forget sitting in a brand new Bentley car for the first time for me thanks to you. Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Tim MatherUnited States
A very nice and informative day with Barti. I was able to set the agenda as I wanted it, move at my pace, and have a gracious and informative Barti to guide me through my tour of the city. And don't miss the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital! A great addition that Barti handles too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tim, Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide during your trip in Abu Dhabi and I learnt so much from you and it was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for your kind words. Regards Barti
Diane Del Mauro GorinUnited States
Barti was extremely professional and very knowledgeable. He has lived in Dubai for 22 years and knows the history of the development of this country in great detail. His English is perfect. He knew what every high rise was and imparted such interesting facts about the ruling families and how the government works. We were very happy with our experience with Barti and highly recommend him to other travelers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Diane and Barry, It was indeed a pleasure meeting you both and enjoyed our discussion and your knowledge. Thank you for choosing me as your tour guide during your stay in the UAE. Regards Barti
Barti was and excellent and informative guide. We were 3 families totalling 14 people, mixture of adults and children. The bus he used was in excellent condition with A/C. The background on the Dubai, it's history and people was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. We also did a day trip in Abu Dhabi with him. Thanks Barti
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear George, Thanks for choosing me as your guide. It was a nice meeting you all. Regards Barti
Barti was punctual on picking us up and very accommodating when we had him wait while we had breakfast, and when we wanted to make alterations to our itinerary. He was also very polite, attentive and informative. His english was also very good and very easy to understand. The car he came with was clean and in very good condition, and his driver was very nice too. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks Barti for a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Drahma, Thanks very much for choosing me and for your generosity. My best regards to your family. Regards Barti
Lindsay VlahosUnited States
Barti was the ultimate tour guide! From booking our tour, to accommodating changes in our tour due to unforeseen travel problems, to the actual tour itself, Barti was friendly, professional and very easy to communicate with. He was extremely knowledgeable of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and had a great command of the English language. He aimed to please. He was a perfect guide in every way. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a top notch tour of this area. Thank you Barti!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lindsay, Thank you for your kind words. It was wonderful meeting you all and thank you all for being so flexible to the changes. Thank you for your generosoity. Regards Barti
Mary S.Atlanta, GA, United States
Barti was absolutely awesome! We agreed prior to the tour what we were interested in seeing and Barti was totally responsive and anticipated every need. We especially enjoyed all of the information he gave about the area, the history and culture. If we were on our own, we never could have see so many terrific things.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, Thank you very much for your appreciation which I reciprocate. Regards Barti
Russ SwansonUnited States
Barti was a great and knowledgable tour guide. He was very polite and considerate to myself and family. We thoroughly enjoyed our Dubai and Abu Dhabi tours and would recommend Barti to anyone visiting Dubai.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Russ, Thank you and your family for choosing me as your tour guide. You all have been amazing and I really enjoyed being with you all. I can't thank you enough for your generosity. Hope you are all enjoying the English summer and my best regards to your wife and son Aaron. Regards Barti
We hired Barti to show us around Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a few days. He was one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. He was patient with us at all times; never made us feel rushed; and possessed such a sweet demeanor that it was hard for us all to say goodbye at the end of the tour. The bottom line is you cannot go wrong with Barti. He will make your trip more than it could ever be if you tried it without him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lilibeth and Jason, I can thank you all enough for the kindness and the cooperation during our tours. I sometimes think that this is the most enjoyable job in the world mainly because of wonderful people like you all. Lilibeth, Kindest regards to your children and your US friends. You and Jason asked all the intelligent questions and I learnt from you as well. Both these tours with you all were special for me. Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Paul S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Mark WardmanUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour. Barti was very informative & knowledgeable. He allowed enough flexibility to cope with the changes we wanted to make & allowed us the extra time we needed so we didn't feel rushed at any point/
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, Thanks very much for your kind words and generosity. It was indeed a pleasure being your tour guide and meeting your team. Regards Barti
Ting Tina ChenHong Kong
Knoweldgeable and courteous, this busy and highly fun filled tour took in all the major sites of Abu Dhabi as well as the Ferrari World at YAS Island. The tour is well planned and organised, and once again, Barti put his guests interests first, making the expereince even more enjoyable. A completely hassle free, informative and efficient day even with 2 elderly and 2 toddlers in a somewhat large group, excellent guide whom I will have no doubt in recommending.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tina, Being with you all was like having a good time and enjoying the day. I really enjoyed being with Eric. My best regards to Dr. Lee and your lovely child Eric and your parents in law and sister in law and niece. Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Will WallerUnited States
The time we spent with Barti as our guide was truly a rich experience. His knowlege of Abu Dhabi and the region was remarkable. No matter what you asked him.... he knew the answer and was a wealth of facinating information. He was warm and friendly and made us feel as though we were the best group he had ever had. He was reliable, timely, and made our time in Abu Dhabi a wonderful adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Will, Thanks for your kind words. Thank you for choosing me amongst many guides to be your tour guide for your family during your stay in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Thank you for your generosity and my best wishes. Regards Barti
Louise DunnUnited States
We had an excellent tour with Barti. He planned an itinerary based on our special requests. He knows a great deal about the UAE and shared his knowledge with ease. Our group of three needed to be dropped off in two separate locations in Dubai and Barti very graciously accomodated our need. We very much enjoyed his company and would recommend him without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louise, Thanks for choosing me as your guide and I enjoyed being your guide. Thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Marcia D.United States
Barti was kind, polite, educated, patient and respectful of his clients and his tour subjects. He was clear, articulate and well-informed. We loved our day in Abu Dhabi. Barti did a great job and we highly recommend him. Marcia & Dennis Drinkard Oak Hill, VA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcia and Dennis, Thanks for your kind words. It was indeed a pleasure being your guide and I enjoyed your company. Regards Barti
Sinqobile PasipanodyaUnited Kingdom
This was the best tour. I saw all key parts of dubai. Barti is a ball of knowledge and gave me great advice for when I go wondering on my own. At dubai Mall he gives you a bit of privacy to wonder and see the shops. Very much recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sinqobile, Thanks very much for your kind words. I appreciate your courtesy. Regards Barti
Tamilee BudhuTrinidad and Tobago
Barti is the guy you want to take you around Abu Dhabi. He is knowledgeable, friendly, easy-going, punctual and every other possible positive attribute you need in a tourist guide! Barti is your guy and I would recommend him without any doubt! The other positive reviews about him were so accurate and I hope that this review also helps you choose him!
Frank BlancoUnited States
One of the best guides that we have had anywhere, very knowledgable with very clear explanations. He accommodated our schedule with great flexibility. We would highly recommend Barti to anyone coming to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Frank, Thanks very much for your kind words. Thank you both for choosing me and thank you for your generosity. Regards Barti
Madelyn JonesUnited States
I had never experienced a tour with Tours by Locals; I must say tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative. I will use this tour service again. Thanks you much……
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madelyn, Thanks for choosing us and we enjoyed guiding you both. Regards Barti
Shinnan KiangUnited States
Barti and his driver are very pleasant, knowledgeable and easy-going. The tour meets and exceeds my expectations. The Grand Mosque visited is really awe-inspiring.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shinnan, Thank you all very much. Regards Barti
Barti was very professional and personel. Our whole group of 9 were very happy at the end of the tour. You can't go wrong by hirring Barti. Hans H
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hans, Thanks you all for your wonderful company. I really enjoyed being with you all. Thank you for choosing me. Kind Regards Barti
Kristina Di MarcoAustralia
We travelled as a family group of 5 adults with Barti to explore Abu Dhabi. We loved Barti for his warm spirit, his flexibility, his knowledge and openess. Zayed Grand Mosque (the white mosque) was awsome, we enjoyed trying all the different foods at the lunch, seeing the Formula 1 race track and Ferrari world theme park. Barti has our highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kristina, I really enjoyed being your Tour guide for your wonderful family. I had good time in your company as much as you did. Thank you for your generosity and for choosing me as your Private Tour Guide. Kind Regards Barti
Julia PetersUnited Arab Emirates
We want to rate it 4.5*. We thought that the tour guide was friendly, courteous and knowledgeable, all that you would want a tour guide to be. We thought all the sites on the tour were appropriately covered. Thank you Barti!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julia, Thank you all so much. Regards Barti
Lynn WeakUnited States
Barti was the very best tour guide. Very interesting and informed, prompt, prepared, put our interests first. We booked in September with an interest in a garden that was supposed to open November 1 and he checked with them the first week of November and determined that they had not opened. What initiative! When I asked about a Sheikh's family on the tour, he produced a page with the genealogy. There couldn't be a better tour guide than Barti. Much thanks to him for our great trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynn, Thanks very much for your kind words. It was really enjoyable being your tour guide for a very well travelled, nice people like you three. Regards Barti
I must say in all sincerity that we could not have had a better tour guide. From the moment we met at the hotel it was comfortable and relaxed. It was as if we had known each other for years. He took us to the best places and nothing was too much trouble. We learnt so much about the Emirates in that one day. He was not afraid to answer our questions honestly. He also took us to the Gold and Spice Senk outside the hours we had employed him for. He has given us wonderful memories of Dubai and the Emirates.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rhondda and Margaret, It was a pleasure being your guide. Thanks very much for your kind words. Regards Barti