Guided tour

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

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

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
German, Italian, English, French, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pickup is from any hotel in Dubai.

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
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
  • Tea
  • Arabic coffee
  • Arabic street food (vegetarian available)
  • Bottled water
  • Fresh juice
  • Dates with camel milk chocolate
  • Pickup (if option booked)
  • Private tour
  • German tour (If option booked)
  • French tour (If option booked)
  • English tour (If option booked)
  • Drop-off
  • Tips (optional)

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Date

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 2874 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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Tour meraviglioso e ancora di più lo è stata la guida Hamza, che ci ha raccontato spiegato e consigliato al meglio tutto: dalla la storia, alle tradizioni del posto e tutto ciò che c’è da sapere sui mercati locali. Ha reso il tour davvero interessante e ci ha tolto curiosità e dato consigli di ogni tipo. Consigliamo assolutamente il tour, ancora di più se effettuato con questo ragazzo!!

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September 27, 2022

Wasif is a great guide with interesting background knowledge about Dubai. He was very patient and easy to understand, all of our questions were answered in detail. Knowledge of German was very good. Dubai Creek and the souks are fun and bargaining with the shopkeepers is great fun. The guide gave us the usual prices in the souks, so we didn't let ourselves be ripped off. Highly recommended

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September 26, 2022

10/10, if in Dubai this is a must do. Our tour guide Mohammed was simply amazing. Kind, informative and funny which made everyone enjoy their time. You first start off by learning about the rich history and culture of Dubai, explore the old town and learn about the function of the buildings. His knowledge of the local markets are impeccable. I liked the fact he told us how much we should expect to be paying for things which meant we weren’t getting ripped off! The boat ride is a nice addition as well as the snacks and constant replenishment of cold water. The hospitality shown was great and we will be definitely be recommending to our friends and family for when they visit!

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September 25, 2022

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