Guided tour

Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, Souks, and Street Food Tour

Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, Souks, and Street Food Tour

From US$ 45 per person

Choose between a shared and a private tour and explore Old Dubai. Enjoy a walking tour and cruise Dubai Creek on a traditional Abra boat. Visit the gold and spice souks, and taste local street food.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Arabia, history, culture and get all your questions answered
  • Discover the old-world charms of Dubai before the oil rush in the Grand Souk
  • Cruise Dubai creek by traditional "abra" to soak up the aromas of the spice souk
  • Feast your eyes on gold and jewelry in Dubai’s biggest and oldest Gold souk
  • Savor traditional street food snacks and sip on local tea
  • Choose between a shared or a private tour
Full description

Explore Old Dubai on a shared or private tour. Enjoy an informative walking tour, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse local markets.

Your tour begins with a visit to the historical quarter of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya). There you will have several stops where your guide will tell you about the history of Dubai and the UAE, its culture, life in Dubai, and the religion and the beliefs of the area. Afterward, visit the most famous art gallery in the Emirates, where you'll see Dubai in the past and the present through the eyes of a wide range of talented artists. While you're at it, sample ice cream made from camel milk.

Then continue to the coin museum, where you will see the ancient coins of Arabia and Dubai. You can also admire fantastic views across Bastakiya from the roof! Stop in front of a mosque and learn more about Islam.  Following the mosque, shop in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about the prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then walk through the old souk, known for clothing, textiles, souvenirs, and Kashmir scarves at the best prices.

Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different products and you can even try them too!

Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Abra boat ride
  • Tea
  • Arabic coffee (by request)
  • Street food
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommend to tip the guide at the end of the tour)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At the entrance of Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton. The nearest metro station is Sharaf DG metro station, on the green line.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • As part of ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the activity will now be a small-group experience
  • Museums may be closed for maintenance or due to holidays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 974 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.9/5

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This is our 2nd time in Dubai and I’m so glad we did this tour! The tour guide was AWESOME and we loved his sense of humor. We learned so much about the culture and the “stops” were wonderful for shopping and bargaining. The tour guide gave us very useful bargaining tips as well as snacks along the way. This tour was way more than I could have ever expected and well worth the value! Wish we would have taken the tour during our first trip to Dubai!! You will not be disappointed. There were lots of breaks, food sampling, drinks and snacks. This tour is not too overpowering where you feel exhausted afterwards. It’s the perfect introduction to the Dubai culture and a perfect way to start your stay in Dubai!!

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November 30, 2021

It was very informative and a super great tour through the old town. Attention was paid to allergies as we were allowed to try a lot of traditional little things. In general, I would recommend this tour to every tourist because you can learn a lot about history. It was just perfect.

November 27, 2021

A great way to understand the history and culture of UAE. The guide was very informative, funny and sensitive to the group and approach to his communication. The approach to the various souks was an appreciated cost saving! This tour was well worth the time and very enjoyable. A must do for Dubai!

November 26, 2021

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