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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Choose between a shared and a private tour and explore Old Dubai. Enjoy a walking tour and cruise Dubai Creek on a traditional Abra boat. Visit the gold and spice souks, and taste local street food.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
German, English, Spanish, French
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
  • 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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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

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 2662 reviews

Review summary

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

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I’m not sure what I expected from the tour, but Hamza made sure to exceed all of our expectations. August is definitely not the best time for a 3 hour mostly outdoor tour in Dubai but we wanted to explore old Dubai, feel comfortable visiting the Souk and learn about local culture. This tour did exactly that. I was alone with my 5 year old and 1 year old, and Hamza carried my diaper bag while also entertaining my 5 year old while not interfering with the experience of the rest of the group. The food and drink stops were well spaced, starting with traditional coffee to taste and then after about two hours a delicious lunch and fresh juice (the watermelon was heavenly and I’d recommended “tourist spicy” for the meal). Hamza prepared us for bartering in the market and even offered to stay after the tour to help those who wanted in the Souk. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a tour!

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August 19, 2022

Guide was super friendly and knowledgable. We learnt so much about the history and culture during the tour and the types of prices to expect in the souks. It’s super hot in that part of the city so be prepared. Nothing was too much trouble and he seemed to know so many different people as we walked around, highly recommended. Thanks.

August 16, 2022

A very big thank you to Lamine our guide who is really excellent. Luckily we had the right to a visit without other people that day. Lamine is a wonderful guide and incredibly kind. He accompanied us to all the shops to check that we weren't being tricked and even accompanied us to our change of metro station so that we were not lost. I have traveled a lot but rarely met such a passionate and kind guide! Very nice and interesting experience.

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August 15, 2022

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