Guided tour

Dubai Icons: Gold Souk and Water Taxi

4.1 / 5

39 reviews

Dubai Icons: Gold Souk and Water Taxi

Activity provider: Desert Gate Tourism LLC

From US$ 38 per person

Experience Dubai from unique perspectives on a 5-hour tour. Explore the traditional Bastakya district, go to the Spice Market and Gold Souk, catch a traditional water taxi, and more.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Czech, French, Italian, English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Dubai


  • Explore the heritage area of Bastakiya
  • Cross Dubai Creek by traditional water taxi
  • Go to the Spice Market and Gold Souk
  • Take photos of city icons, such as the Burj Al-Arab and Jumeirah Mosque
Full description

Enjoy a unique half-day tour of Dubai, exploring its old neighborhoods as well as some of the more traditional bazaars and souks. Following a pickup from your hotel, transfer to experience a magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing through the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the charming wind-tower houses built by the wealthy merchants of old Dubai. See some of the city’s archives and exhibits that chronicle the development of the city. Next, climb aboard a traditional wooden


water taxi and cross Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Soak up the scent of exotic spices, and see some of the best jewelery in town.  Re-board your transfer vehicle and drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity outside one of Dubai’s most important landmarks. End with a drive past the ultra-luxury and ultra-contemporary Burj Al Arab to compare and contrast old and new, traditional and modern Dubai.

  • Transfer
  • Abra (water taxi) ticket
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 39 reviews

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The reception was very punctual, they arrived even earlier at the hotel where I was staying. I enjoyed the ride, I just did not find the transport used comfortable, an old and suffering vehicle, the air conditioning was not enough. Other than that, the guide's work was excellent, the places visited quite surprising. It is worth visiting the old city, which is essential to know the history of the destination.

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March 7, 2020

nice excursion, essential to know the real Dubai

November 2, 2019

The driving was fantastic

October 15, 2019

Product ID: 51742