Dubai: Souks, Sheiks and Spices Private History Tour

4.6 / 5

44 reviews

Dubai: Souks, Sheiks and Spices Private History Tour

From $88.98 per person

Explore Dubai's old residential area and souks, and learn about the city's history and culture with your knowledgeable guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Learn about Dubai's culture, history and architecture with your knowledgeable guide
  • Ride an abra, a traditional boat, across Dubai Creek
  • Admire the authentic sand-colored houses and wind towers
  • Enjoy the aromas of the colorful spice market
  • Visit Dubai's oldest gold souk
Full description
Start your tour from Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood as you explore one of the oldest areas of Dubai with your guide. Stroll along its narrow streets, and admire sand-colored houses topped with wind towers. As you listen to your guide tell local stories about the quarter, make your way to the Coffee Museum. Here, learn about the world's history of coffee. Taste traditional Ethiopian or Turkish coffee prepared by the staff in traditional clothing. Next, head to the Dubai Museum. Hear more about the city's old economy and how life was before oil was discovered. Continue on to the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House to show artifacts from Dubai's history. Next, ride an abra across Dubai Creek to admire Deira's high rises from the water. Step into the narrow alleyways of Deira's covered souks. Check out the outlets selling spices, souvenirs, gold and silver. Learn how to bargain from your local guide. At the end of the tour, either go to the Al Ras Metro Station or stay at the souk if you want to do some more shopping.
  • Private Tour
  • Local guide
  • 1 local drink/tasting
  • Transportation
  • Small-group tour option available
  • CO2 emissions offset
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Al Fahidi Metro Station, exit 1

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    4.6 / 5

    based on 44 reviews

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    The tour was amazing, strolling through the old heritage district, stt galleries, coffee museum and zouk (cloth, spices and gold) was a once in a lifetime experience. Our guide was fantastic, very caring and gave us important local hints on the culture and explained everything in great detail. We were able to customize the route and visit all shops we wanted always feeling safe and in good neighborhood. Always again!

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    May 25, 2021

    I enjoyed every minute of my tour. The guide was very enthusiastic. I felt like I was strolling round with a friend. She showed me every corner of history in the old town and the souks. I will definetely return to Dubai and see her again. I strongly recommend her to all travellers that wish to have a private tour in the historical side of dubai. Thank you

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    April 14, 2021

    I can recommend Kasim!

    During my 10 hour stopover I took a tour with Kasim who made me feel very welcome in Dubai. After a wonderful breakfast he showed me around the Dubai museum area and took me to Deira and the soukhs. Kasim is a great storyteller and told me a lot about the history of Dubai, its trade and inhabitants. In the soukh he let me taste various spices and dates. Be careful buying spices, though, the abundance is tempting and before you know it you buy the whole shop.

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    August 24, 2019

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