Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Culinary & nightlife

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

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

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.

Dubai: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

2. Dubai: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

Explore Dubai with a guide and learn more about the history and the impressive architecture of the old city. Visit Dubai Museum, pass the Coffee Museum, see the oldest mosque in Dubai, and try street food as you stroll through the typical souks. Start in the bustling area of Al Seef and make your way to the Al Fahidi District to admire the oldest houses in Dubai. Learn more about the local currency with free access to the Coins Museum. Soak up knowledge about the Emirati lifestyle with a visit to Dubai Museum. Pass by the Coffee Museum before going through the Arabian Tea House, a famous restaurant that provides local food. Admire Dubai's oldest mosque as your guide shares religious facts with you. Spend free time at the Grand Souk to taste the street food, tea, and camel milk chocolate. Cross to another side of Dubai by traditional Abra to the Spice and the Gold Souk which is one of the largest markets in the world, where the tour will finish.

Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

3. Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

Explore Dubai's historic Al Fahidi district on a walking tour with a licensed guide. Admire the old buildings and architecture, visit the Coffee Museum, and discover the gold and spice souks. Try local snacks and/or take a ride on an abra boat, if you select one of the upgraded options. After meeting your guide, get your first taste of Dubai's traditional side by sampling Arabic tea with dates. Then, walk around Al Fahidi and take in the area's splendor. Moving on, take a stroll in the alleyways of Al Seef, an essential place in Dubai's heritage. Get insights into the area's history from your guide before heading to the next destination, the Coffee Museum. There, learn about coffee's role in shaping UAE history and culture. Afterward, get a henna tattoo and adorn Arabic attire. Upgrade to the food option and explore the flavors of Emirati street food such as Emirati bread Ragag, Luquimat, Karak tea, falafel, veg samosa, and Camel milk ice cream. Later, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi and take a quick ride around Dubai creek. Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and the beautiful architecture of the buildings as you sail across. You will also enjoy a 30-minute Abra ride if you choose the option during the booking. Moving on, visit the spice souk to learn about the various spices, and shop for the finest deals at the local markets. Next, head to the gold souk to marvel at the fine jewelry made from gold, silver, and precious stones before ending the walking tour.

Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

4. Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

Enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s famous sights, including the Al Fahidi Historical District, Al Seef street, and the Gold Souk. Take the chance to try some traditional tea and coffee at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant and ride the Abra water taxi down Dubai Creek.  Be welcomed with Arabic tea at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant, where later you will also try luqaimat (Arabic sweet dumplings), Ragag (traditional Emirati homemade bread), and camel milk ice cream. Explore more flavors of Emirati cuisine by upgrading to the breakfast or lunch option. Later, explore this Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant further and learn more about the Arabian culture and lifestyle. Admire the traditional interiors and architecture. Listen to your expert guide as they tell stories on how UAE has developed from a desert with tents to reaching Mars. Explore the Emirati bedroom with its antiques, admiring the architectural development from the tent replica at the restaurant to traditional Arish buildings made from the leaves of date palms to the megastructure. Try your hand at henna painting while indulging in a traditional Arabic makeover. Then, head towards the Al Fahidi Historical District. Wander alongside the water on Al Seef street and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with local stores. Stop at the Coffee Museum, celebrating an important part of Arabic culture. See a nearby mosque and admire the architectural style. Take a trip on the Abra water taxi along Dubai Creek. Watch the ships and buildings of Dubai’s skyline pass you by. Leave the water taxi and enter into the Gold Souk, exploring the collections of gold jewellery.

Dubai: Flavors of Arabia Souk Tour with Tastings & Dinner

5. Dubai: Flavors of Arabia Souk Tour with Tastings & Dinner

Join us for dinner meal on the best bang for your buck food tour! You will get to sample food specialties from the region. This tour brings for you most authentic traditional Emirati meal over a comprehensive Old Dubai Souk Tour and a sit-down dinner. We will weave through the Spice Souk where you can smell the beautiful aromas of different spices. We would then move to our next stop as you take the Abra with stunning views of the Dubai Creek. You will be on the other side of the city where you will walk through the textile souk for your next stop. Our guide will tell you more about the souks, the culture and you can also stop at a local shop. We move on to our next stop for the day. It is time for our main course! Enjoy traditional Machboos and much more! We will then walk to the historical neighbourhood of Bastakiya for our last stop of the day. To top it all, walk away with desert-to-go! Make sure you arrive hungry!

Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

6. Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

Dive into Dubai's past with a visit to the heritage district located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. You can still have a glimpse of traditional dhows being used for business purposes. Your tour starts at the Arabian Tea House & Restaurant in Al Fahidi, Bastakiya opposite Musalla Post Office. Bastakiya is the Historic District of Dubai and its construction dates back to 1890's. You have first stop at the famous Coffee Museum Old City Wall, where the traditional coffee will be served in a traditional way to you. After that moving through the Dubai Museum (currently closed for renovation) you will have your next stop at the textile souk. There are products from several civilizations for you to witness. Its time for a traditional ride now. You will cross the creek by the famous Abra ride to get onto other side into the historic Dubai Spice Souk. You will be welcomed by the the fragrances of spices for around the globe. At last you have a chance to visit the largest Gold Souk right next to the the spice souk. Constantly being checked by Dubai Government Authorities this souk has the purest gold. You can get to see various designs of this precious metal. This tour ends at the Dubai gold souk.

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What people are saying about Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

MAHMOUD was absolutely an exceptional tour guide. He was patient, elegant, and outstanding. He had a vast amount of knowledge about the history of Dubai and Old Dubai. He tools photos for us and we also tried authentic street food. He also got a private boat for us, which was completely unexpected. His service and expertise was absolutely astounding. I will definitely book a tour with him the next time I come. I am so grateful to have met such a wonderful soul. I recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Dubai. It will exceed your expectations.

This was a very informative and fun tour. Our guide, Mahmoud, was very easy to understand, eager to answer questions and we had a small group of nice people to share the experience with which made it all that much more enjoyable! He took us to a lovely restaurant overlooking the river where we had an amazing meal, a spice store where we got to sample, sniff & find out about their unique properties and even had yummy chocolate covered dates and pistachios. If you have a few hours in Dubai, don’t miss this tour!

Mahmoud war so freundlich und sachkundig. Großes Geschichtswissen. Wir genossen arabischen Kaffee, Saft und Snacks in einem Restaurant. So eine preiswerte Tour. Schön, die Souks, Gewürze und Gold zu sehen. Mahmoud hat sich wirklich um uns gekümmert, tolles Englisch, großzügig mit seiner Zeit. Die Bootstour hat Spaß gemacht. Tolle Zeit, um 16 Uhr zu gehen. Lebendige Souks. Ich würde dies jedem empfehlen. Wir haben es geliebt. Danke Mahmoud!

Mahmoud was the perfect tour guide from start to finish. He made us feel special and we feel like the experience was SO much better than if we had tried to visit the area on our own. From the food tasting to the excellent spice market experience, it was fantastic!

Hamza was so informative. The tour was very well organised, offering drinks and tasty snacks. I would have missed out on so much and not learned an ounce of what I did. Thank you!!