Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider

Dubai’s historic and humble beginnings tell a story like no other. We’ll start the day by marching the streets of old Dubai stopping by several enchanting sights and witnessing the city’s dynamic history woven by its people. My goal is to take you through a journey of tales and show you just how the small Arab village became a top destination throughout the sands of time.

We'll learn about the emirate’s incredible leadership, people, and local traditions. We’ll wander the souqs, meet the owners, and learn the secrets behind some of the world’s most expensive traded items. We'll hop on a traditional wooden abra boat (think Arabian gondola minus the singing) and cross over the magnificent Dubai Creek. Once we’ve explored the historic neighborhoods in Al Fahidi and their unique architecture, I guarantee our stomachs will be grumbling loud enough to guide us themselves to one of Dubai’s best eats where we can break bread, drink tea, and be merry.

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  • What's included :
    • Meal as per itinerary and bottled water in restaurant
    • Entry/Admission - Women's Museum Bait al Banat
    • Entry/Admission - Dubai Gold Souk
    • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
    • Entry/Admission - Dubai Creek
    • Entry/Admission - Textile Souk
    • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Soda/Pop
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Women's Museum Bait al Banat, Al Sabkha 24 St Gold Souq, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

    Our first stop will be an incredibly enlightening visit to the Women’s Museum, a private museum which focuses on everything from the history of Emirati women’s political equality to education. The guide will share stories and memorabilia from generations of women who have shaped the nation and its culture to what it is today.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Dubai Gold Souk, Old Baladiya St., Dubai United Arab Emirates

    We'll walk through Dubai's oldest market, the Gold Souk, a place buzzing with eager shoppers there to explore its 300+ shops and covered walkways. We'll stop to learn about the world's obsession with this shiny yellow metal, especially during festive occasions.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, Sikkat Al Khail Road Al Ras, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

    Dubai's Spice Souk is an incredibly aromatic network of shops and eateries that sell everything from saffron to chocolate dipped dates. To navigate the bustling souk, the best way is to learn about the origins of the spices at first from your guide and shop-owners before you cruise your way around the market.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dubai Creek, Mashraf Building, Dubai United Arab Emirates

    The wooden abra boats plying the busy Dubai Creek are one of Dubai's most iconic scenes to witness. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable experience on a private abra ride and capture the city from the water as we time-travel from its past to its present.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Textile Souk, Bur Dubai Near Bur Dubai Abra Station, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

    The Textile Souk is a labyrinth of traditional Arabian souvenir stores with plenty of fabrics, scarves, and I heart Dubai t-shirts. Here, your guide will introduce you to the national dress worn by both men and women, and demonstrate how each garment is worn.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai United Arab Emirates

    We'll wander through one of Dubai's historic neighborhoods where its merchants once lived in now-restored homes. Your guide will explain the brilliance behind the architecture of these structures, particularly its windtowers, designed to keep inhabitants cool.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Al Fahidi, Al Fahidi, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai

    Our last stop will be a fantastic meal at a traditional restaurant where we'll break bread together. The guide will pre-order several dishes so that guests can experience the various flavors and spices used to marinate, and answer all your curious questions.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Al Ras Metro Station 1, DeiraAl Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Departure Time :
    10:15 AM
    Return Detail :
    Al Fahidi Metro Station, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking, as lunch is pre-ordered and is served on a sharing platter basis. Dishes include both chicken and mutton kebabs, and a vegetarian option on request.
    • It is recommended that you bring water and sunglasses
    • It is recommended that you wear light clothing and comfortable shoes
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Wander With Tourism Guidance Services LLC

Activity ID: V-32484P1

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