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Dubai: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

1. Dubai: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

Explore Dubai with a guide and learn more about the history and the impressive architecture of the old city. Visit Dubai Museum, pass the Coffee Museum, see the oldest mosque in Dubai, and try street food as you stroll through the typical souks. Start in the bustling area of Al Seef and make your way to the Al Fahidi District to admire the oldest houses in Dubai. Learn more about the local currency with free access to the Coins Museum. Soak up knowledge about the Emirati lifestyle with a visit to Dubai Museum. Pass by the Coffee Museum before going through the Arabian Tea House, a famous restaurant that provides local food. Admire Dubai's oldest mosque as your guide shares religious facts with you. Spend free time at the Grand Souk to taste the street food, tea, and camel milk chocolate. Cross to another side of Dubai by traditional Abra to the Spice and the Gold Souk which is one of the largest markets in the world, where the tour will finish.

Dubai: Aladdin Tour with Old Town, Souks, and Tastings

2. Dubai: Aladdin Tour with Old Town, Souks, and Tastings

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.

Dubai: Frame Tickets, Creek, Souks & Blue Mosque Guided Tour

3. Dubai: Frame Tickets, Creek, Souks & Blue Mosque Guided Tour

Embark on an adventure of Dubai in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, discovering many of the city's highlights with a licensed guide. See the Palm Jumeirah, the Blue Mosque, Dubai Creek, and more up close. Visit the iconic Dubai Frame at your own pace, marveling at its grandeur. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel. Start by stopping by The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, our first attraction, and witness the magnificent view of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel before enjoying a Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Then, be driven to Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque. The mosque’s design, inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, combines Andalusian and Ottoman architecture and can accommodate about 2000 worshippers at the same time. Visit the Dubai Creek and enjoy an Abra Ride (ancient water transport system) to cross the Creek. Stroll through the Gold and Spice Souks, lined with shops and stalls selling exquisite gold and spice items. Next, head to Al Khayma Heritage House at Al Fahidi Historical District. Enjoy Emirati hospitality with a welcome tea/coffee. Explore the old Emirati lifestyle as you tour the traditional house, learning more of UAE’s journey, starting with the desert from the tents to reaching Mars. Before concluding the house visit, explore the traditional Emirati bedroom with its antiques, observing the architectural expansion of the authentic house from the tent replica at the restaurant to Arish palm front houses finally to the megastructures. Then move to the last stop of the tour—the Dubai Frame. Witness the 150-meter building that replicates the shape of a photo frame. With 2 lofty towers connected by a glass bridge, you can see Old Dubai on one side and modern Dubai on the other. After the tour concludes, be dropped back to your selected location.

Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour 24, 48 or 72 Hours

4. Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Discover all of Dubai's stunning sights on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass, you can explore this great destination at your leisure. You'll have access to two sightseeing routes, which showcase all the main sights of this fabulous city. Drive past the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame, and The Walk at JBR the Beach. Enjoy unrivaled 360-degree views from the open-top deck, and learn about Dubai's heritage through the multilingual audio tour commentary. Upgrade your visit to Dubai by selecting a premium option, allowing you access to the Al Seef Dhow Cruise and entry to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Historical Route (Red Route) stops: 1. Dubai Mall 2. Museum of the Future 3. Al Seef Heritage Area4. Al Fahidi Historical District 5. Dubai Museum 6. Old Souk 7. Heritage Village 8. Gold & Spice Souk 9. Dubai Creek 10. Dubai Frame11. Sheikh Zayed Road Marina Route (Blue Route) stops: 1. Dubai Mall2. Souk Madinat Jumeirah3. Fairmont The Palm4. Atlantis The Palm5. Dubai Marina Mall6. The Beach @ JBR7. Marina Promenade8. Grosvenor House Dubai9. Mina Seyahi10. Mall of the Emirates Sunset and Night Tour: 1. The Dubai Mall2. Mina Seyahi3. Atlantis The Palm4. Madinat Jumeirah5. Mall of the Emirates

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

5. Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

Explore Dubai's traditional and modern sides with a local guide on a full-day tour. Stay cool throughout the day in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy included entrance tickets to several attractions, as well as a hotel pickup and drop-off. After your pickup, start your tour with a quick view of the Dubai Creek before discovering the heritage area of Bastakaya with its Arabian wind towers. Then, visit the beautiful Al-Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, dating from the mid-19th century. See traditional houses built from stone, gypsum, teak, sandalwood, fronds, and palm wood. Discover the alleys, pathways, and public squares that separate the houses, making the district naturally diverse. Cross from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai by traditional water taxi, or abra. Then walk through the spice and gold souks to marvel at the variety of goods on offer. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque and Burj Al Arab, known for its distinctive silhouette resembling a billowing sail. Enjoy free time for tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with a traditional Middle Eastern ambiance. Then, head to the crescent-shaped manmade Palm Jumeirah Island. Stop in front of Atlantis The Palm Hotel, the centerpiece of Palm Jumeirah. Palm Jumeirah is the most scenic artificial man-made island on earth and boasts facilities such as world-class accommodation, private villas, residential apartments, beaches, water sports activities, and restaurants. Next, visit the Atlantis Aquarium. Experience the unique beauty of Dubai from the Dubai Marina Walk, called by many a small Manhattan due to the many skyscrapers. Find lots of restaurants serving a variety of foods in front of the Marina Canal, where boat, yacht, and dhow rides are available. Enjoy a drive along Sheik Zayed Road, lined with more skyscrapers, and stop at the Dubai Mall to experience the fine dining and shopping on offer, and enter Burj Khalifa, a magnificent steel structure rising 828 meters and the tallest building in the world. Have free time at the Dubai Mall until the evening to watch the dancing fountain. This is the world’s largest dancing fountain and is synchronized with classical, Arabic, and international music. At the end of the evening, be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Dubai: Sunset Horseback Riding at Mangrove Beach

6. From Dubai: Sunset Horseback Riding at Mangrove Beach

Get ready to experience the fun and thrill of riding a horse on Umm Al Quwain Beach and enjoy exploring clear ocean waters and mangroves. Complete your emirate experience with an optional traditional meal at Al Khayma Heritage House. Meet your guide at your Dubai hotel and embark on an exhilarating journey to explore the emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Arriving at the beach, an instructor will help you saddle up for a one-hour horse ride along the shoreline. Suitable for experienced ad novice riders alike, trot along the seashore while enjoying the fresh sea breeze. Riding a horse along the mangrove habitat is one of the best ways to soak in the natural surroundings. Enjoy the peace of the ocean as you ride along the Umm Al Quwain coastline and stroll on the beach. Take a moment to take in the spectacular changing colors of the environment as the sun sets for the day. Choose to include a visit to the Al Khayma Heritage House, for a traditional brunch, lunch, or dinner, before returning to Dubai in the evening.

Dubai: 5-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Dhow Cruise, & Desert Tour

7. Dubai: 5-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Dhow Cruise, & Desert Tour

Discover the best of Dubai with this 5 Day Hop-on Hop-off flexible ticket, where you can experience the inner city at your leisure. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and explore stops on two different routes and audio commentary in 12 languages. Ride along the old city on the historical Red Route including a stop at the Museum of The Future and discover the beachfront and Burj Khalifa, the sights of the marina, and Atlantis the Palm on the Blue Route. Experience the desert at sunset and get a traditional welcome at a desert fort. Interact with camels, falcons and horses, and get a temporary henna tattoo. The fun does not stop there! Included in this ticket is an exclusive 1-hour access to the famous Dhow Cruise. Board a traditional wooden dhow boat as it glides along historical Dubai Creek, displaying landmarks like Al Fahidi Fort. Explore the mysterious underwater mazes and hidden chambers of the lost civilization, the Lost Chambers at Atlantis. Then travel across to the Ambassador Lagoon, which has an impressive viewing panel with awe-inspiring views into the ruins of an Atlantis-themed aquarium, home to a variety of marine animals from around the world such as encounter sharks, crayfish, albino alligators, stingrays and seahorses.

Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

8. Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

Sample historic sites and the vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this tour starting in the popular Jumeirah district. Make a stop at the traditionally recreated Madinat Souk for stunning photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel then drive onto the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, an incredible architectural marvel for a closer look at another icon, the Atlantis Resort. Continue along Jumeirah Beach, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai to a photo-stop at the famed Jumeirah Mosque. Next, head to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai. Pass the Al Fahidi Fort, the ruling family’s former residence and take an Abra (water taxi) to sail across Dubai Creek. Disembark at the Spice Souk where the fragrances of the orient come together then there is time to shop in one of the most visited sites of Dubai – the Gold Souk. Finally, your journey ends in the new heart of Downtown Dubai where you will see the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Dubai: Guided Walking Tour with Creek, Souks, & Street Food

9. Dubai: Guided Walking Tour with Creek, Souks, & Street Food

Step back in time as explore the Al Fahidi district and learn about the history of the UAE on this guided walking tour. Savor some local street food and sip on Arabic coffee. Cross Dubai creek on a traditional Abra and barter for deals at local souks.  Be greeted by your guide and begin your Al Fahidi walking tour at the Al Khayma Heritage House to explore the historical and traditional side of Dubai. Start your experience with welcome Arabic coffee and dates. Stroll around Al Fahidi Historical District, strolling through its narrow alleyway and witness the architectural splendor of the old buildings.  Lend your ears to the the tour guide as they tell you about the beautiful gallery of photos placed in the Emirati House. Hear the story of the UAE and its incredible journey going from a desert tent to exploring Mars. Continuing the tour, discover the flavors of Emirati street food such as Emirati bread Ragag and sweets from the Al Fahidi. Don’t miss out on fresh juice and tasty snacks. While at Al Fahidi, get a henna tattoo and adorn yourself in Arabic attire. At the coffee museum, accompanied by your tour guide, have the chance to learn more about how coffee has played a role in shaping UAE history and culture. Later, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi and take a ride around Dubai creek.  Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and astonishing buildings as you sail. Once at the spice souk, learn about the various spices, and try bargaining for deals at the local shops. Finally, visit the gold souk, which sells fine jewelry as well as silver and precious stones.

Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

10. Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

Enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s famous sights, including the Al Fahidi Historical District, Al Seef street, and the Gold Souk. Take the chance to try some traditional tea and coffee at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant and ride the Abra water taxi down Dubai Creek.  Be welcomed with Arabic tea at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant, where later you will also try luqaimat (Arabic sweet dumplings), Ragag (traditional Emirati homemade bread), and camel milk ice cream. Explore more flavors of Emirati cuisine by upgrading to the breakfast or lunch option. Later, explore this Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant further and learn more about the Arabian culture and lifestyle. Admire the traditional interiors and architecture. Listen to your expert guide as they tell stories on how UAE has developed from a desert with tents to reaching Mars. Explore the Emirati bedroom with its antiques, admiring the architectural development from the tent replica at the restaurant to traditional Arish buildings made from the leaves of date palms to the megastructure. Try your hand at henna painting while indulging in a traditional Arabic makeover. Then, head towards the Al Fahidi Historical District. Wander alongside the water on Al Seef street and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with local stores. Stop at the Coffee Museum, celebrating an important part of Arabic culture. See a nearby mosque and admire the architectural style. Take a trip on the Abra water taxi along Dubai Creek. Watch the ships and buildings of Dubai’s skyline pass you by. Leave the water taxi and enter into the Gold Souk, exploring the collections of gold jewellery.

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What people are saying about Al Bastakiya

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4.6 / 5

based on 14,648 reviews

Hamza was an amazing guide. Super friendly and extremely knowledgeable. It was a relaxed and enjoyable guided tour and I truly learnt a lot about the emirati culture as well as Dubai. I recommend a guided tour with Hamza for sure!

We did a great tour of the old town today. We learned a lot about the people, the culture and Dubai. For us it was the perfect experience for one of the first days in Dubai.

beautiful experience well organized tour we were two couples and the guide in Italian Mahmood very kind spoke to us about the history of dubai and much more

Great tour, Mohammed was a great guide who brings the country, people and culture closer. We recommend.

Great tour with a lot of information about culture and history and tips on what to do in the souks.