Guided tour

Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Museums, Souks & Street Food Tour

Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Museums, Souks & Street Food Tour

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Discover a unique side of Dubai with a local and explore the culture and history through the Old Town and its bustling souks. Experience special tastings while visiting the highlights of the area.

About this activity

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Dubai. You will be sent the car and pickup details before the activity takes place.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the old-world charms of Dubai before the oil rush in Al Fahidi
  • Explore Dubai local markets and shop like a local with our useful tips
  • 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
  • Savour traditional street food snacks and sip on local tea and Arabic coffee
Full description

Explore the streets of Old Dubai on a guided walking tour. Have the option to choose between a shared or private tour. Visit the coin museum, try delicious local food and drinks, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse spices and gold at 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.

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.

Take your time to shop and sample fresh juice, street food, and local tea.

Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different herbs and medicines and try the camel milk chocolate!

The tour continues to the biggest market for gold in the Middle East where you can admire intricate metalwork.

Includes
  • Entrance fees to several museums
  • Live guide
  • Abra boat ride
  • Chai tea
  • Arabic coffee with saffron
  • Arabic street food (vegetarian available)
  • Bottled water
  • Fresh juice ( pomegranate, orange, sugarcane, or coconut)
  • Fresh Dates
  • Dates with camel milk chocolate
  • Pickup (if option booked)
  • Drop-off
  • Tips (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance of Al Seef Heritage Hotel by Curio, Bay 1. The nearest metro station is Burjuman. Make sure to arrive at the Al Seef Heritage Hotel by Curio, not at Hotel Canopy.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

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
  • The inclusions in your experience change based on the option you select (with or without tastings or pick-up service)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 4447 reviews

Review summary

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

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Hamza our tour guide was really informative and explained the history of Dubai in a very interesting manner. He was attentive to our group, answering all questions, and even checked on the group from time to time. He has a lot of knowledge on Dubai and made the tour very enjoyable. Highly recommended Hamza! Thank you Hamza!

February 6, 2023

I highly recommend this experience with Mohamed who was great storyteller. Mohammed was amazing in his way of narrating the history, culture and lifestyle of Dubai and the Arabs. The pickup was punctual as sent to my email earlier before the experience and the tastings provided were on the right time and delicious. amazing tips in each Market on the tricks of the vendors and the real value of the products to make sure we didn't get ripped off. Super recommend

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February 3, 2023

Very cool experience! Laura was a fantastic guide and told us so many interesting things to take home and to tell! I also really liked the organization they had, everything was prepared down to the smallest detail, they even gave us dusters to cover us up given the rain! Highly recommended if you are looking for a particular experience in a completely different Dubai than that of the huge skyscrapers!

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January 31, 2023

Product ID: 60955