Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

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: Sightseeing Helicopter Ride from The Palm

2. Dubai: Sightseeing Helicopter Ride from The Palm

Enjoy bird’s-eye views of the exciting city of Dubai on board a luxury helicopter. Departing from a helipad at Atlantis the Palm, you will fly like a rock star for 17- or 25-minutes, admiring Dubai from high up in the sky. Fly for 12 minutes from Atlantis The Palm heading to Burj Khalifa, flying over Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Coastline. Alternatively, choose the 15-minute flight via Burj Al Arab, the World Islands viewed from the South Pole, Port Rashid, and Palm Jumeirah. See it all with the 25-minute flight option from Atlantis The Palm to the old Dubai Creek. In addition to the above, you'll see Ski Dubai, the Jebel Ali horse track, Media and Internet City, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Emirates Livings, and more. Admire Dubai’s iconic buildings and magnificent skyline from a unique perspective. Each helicopter has 6 seats, including 3 window seats for maximum views. 

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: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4. Dubai: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Bastakiya Historical Village, Al Fahidi Fort, the Old Souk Of Arabia, the Old Watchtower and Heritage Village, the gold and spice Souks, Dubai Creek, Atlantis The Palm, Souk Madinat, and Burj Al Arab. Board an open-top double-decker bus to admire fantastic views and soak up the charm of old and new Dubai. From the towering Burj Khalifa, the 7-star Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis the Palm to the exotic spice souk, you'll see a lot of Dubai's top landmarks. Pass by the Museum of the Future and admire its Arabian calligraphy-inspired architecture. With a variety of tickets to choose from you can relax and enjoy the ride with the Classic ticket for 24-Hours plus access to the traditional Dhow cruise or make it an adventure with the Premium 48-Hour Ticket. The Premium ticket includes the Dhow cruise and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. You'll encounter exciting marine creatures like sharks, crayfish, albino alligators, stingrays, seahorses, and many more. Staying longer? Then try the Deluxe with an outstanding 5-day pass as you visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Desert Sunset Tour, and even the Ambassador Lagoon with an impressive viewing panel of awe-inspiring views into the ruins of an Atlantis-themed aquarium, home to 65,000 marine animals from around the world. This fully narrated audio tour will allow you to discover over 34 locations throughout the city, with daily departures from the starting point at the Dubai Mall. You may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Air conditioning is available on the lower deck and recorded commentary is available in 12 languages.

Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

5. Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

See more and spend less with an Explorer Pass and get up to 35% off admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 top Dubai attractions, all for one low price. Pay nothing at the gate, and choose as you go to over 40 Dubai attractions, including a 1-day ticket for the hop-on and hop-off Dubai Big Bus tour. Enjoy a day of fun at the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, cruise the Dubai Creek on a dhow boat while feasting on a delicious dinner, and more. Get your pass instantly delivered by email to print out, or you can use it directly from your phone for your convenience. Take time to see all your chosen attractions. You will have up to 60 days to explore from the first redemption. Included attractions with the Dubai Explorer Pass are: Tours and Cruises • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour: 1-Day Ticket • Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Marina • Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai Creek • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Abu Dhabi Yas Island • Sunset Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina • Dhow Abu Dhabi Yas Island Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Creek Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Marina Sightseeing cruise • Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour • Palm Jumeirah Kayak Tour • Hour explorer Tour 60-Min • Sunset Sensation Tour 90-Min • Dubai Opera Tour Theme Parks and Rides • Ain Dubai - Observation Wheel (re-opening May 2nd) • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm • Motiongate™ Dubai • Legoland® Dubai • BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai • Ski Dubai - Snow Classic • IMG Worlds of Adventure • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • KidZania Abu Dhabi • iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving • Ekart Zabeel • Legoland® Water Park Landmarks and Other Experiences • At the Top - Burj Khalifa • Qasr Al Watan • Arabian Culinary Experience at Al Hallab Restaurant • Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Explorer Experience • 1001 Adventure tour ""4X4 Quad Bike"" in the desert • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi • Stand-up Paddle Lesson & Tour • Dubai Ice Rink Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Dubai: The Palm, Blue Mosque, Creek, Souks & Heritage Tour

6. Dubai: The Palm, Blue Mosque, Creek, Souks & Heritage Tour

Explore Dubai's past and present impressive landmarks on a guided tour by bus. Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle from point to point, learning about the rich culture Dubai has to offer from your guide. Stop to walk around or through these highlights, and enjoy a ride across Dubai Creek in a traditional abra boat. Get picked up from your hotel or desired location in an air-conditioned vehicle. Stop by The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah to admire the charm of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, before the Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, which was inspired by the Ottoman and Andalusian styles of architecture, with intricate interiors decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a library that is home to almost 40,000 religious books. Next, explore Old Dubai and the Creekside, where it all began. Hop on the Abra water taxi, the city's oldest mode of transportation, to cross the Creek. Visit the Gold Souk, renowned for its wide collection of gold jewelry, while the Spice Souk brims with aromatic spices, herbs, nuts, oil, saffron, and so on. Then visit Al Khayma Heritage House in Al Fahidi Historical District, where you'll be treated to traditional Emirati hospitality by being served tea/coffee. While touring the home, learn more about the UAE's history, which started in the desert with tents now reaching Mars. At the end of the tour, stay on your own at the souk or be transferred back to your hotel or selected location.

Dubai: Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet

7. Dubai: Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet

Enjoy an evening cruise around Dubai Creek on board a traditional dhow. See Dubai by moonlight, and enjoy the romantic ambiance of the 2-story boat. You will be welcomed on board with a complimentary drink. Then, set sail on the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea and cruise gently out onto the Creek, passing old dhows, abras and luxury yachts as you go. Listen to relaxing Arabic and Hindi music, and take your pick from the 4-star buffet dinner of meat, fish and vegetarian options, all prepared by top-quality chefs. Admire fabulous contemporary architecture, including the National Bank of Dubai and Dubai Chamber of Commerce. See old souks, the heritage village of Shindagha, and Sheikh Saeed’s House, birthplace of the father of modern day Dubai. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase on board, and you can unwind on the air-conditioned lower deck, or take the warm breeze on the open-air upper deck to see the sights float by.

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

8. 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

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

9. 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.

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Dubai Creek

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based on 19,251 reviews

We had an excellent tour guide in Hamza, He was full of knowledge of the areas, Showed us some great spots and gave us great advice for bartering. Would definitely recommend for any tourists wanting to get out into old Dubai

Hamza was a great guide and full of information and knowledge of the area . We had a fun time and he looked after us very well .

The best and most exciting way to explore Dubai! Excellent service on board and great views flying over the Dubai Skyline.

The guide was very good. He explained the history of Dubai with great knowledge..

adnan was great. attentive informative and flexible with trip. liked the frame.