Private Tour: Roam the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider Incl. Transport

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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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Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Starts: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours



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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.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Al Shindagha Museum, Near House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Our first stop will be an incredibly enlightening visit to the Al Shindagha Museums, located in 2 historic homes where we’ll learn about Dubai’s growth from the heart of the city, the Dubai Creek followed by its hospitality rituals woven into the fabric of Emirati culture over time.

Duration: 45 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 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 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

Pass By: Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi area, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Guests will stop outside the now-closed Dubai Museum, originally built back in 1787 as the premises of the monarch. The fort was once upon a time Dubai’s tallest structure, and served to protect its inhabitants from any potential threats. Guests will be able to capture snaps of the structure from outside and learn about its purpose.

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

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



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