Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museums & exhibitions

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.

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

4. Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

Explore Dubai's traditional and modern sides with a local guide on a full-day tour. Stay cool throughout the day in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy included entrance tickets to several attractions, as well as a hotel pickup and drop-off. After your pickup, start your tour with a quick view of the Dubai Creek before discovering the heritage area of Bastakaya with its Arabian wind towers. Then, visit the beautiful Al-Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, dating from the mid-19th century. See traditional houses built from stone, gypsum, teak, sandalwood, fronds, and palm wood. Discover the alleys, pathways, and public squares that separate the houses, making the district naturally diverse. Cross from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai by traditional water taxi, or abra. Then walk through the spice and gold souks to marvel at the variety of goods on offer. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque and Burj Al Arab, known for its distinctive silhouette resembling a billowing sail. Enjoy free time for tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with a traditional Middle Eastern ambiance. Then, head to the crescent-shaped manmade Palm Jumeirah Island. Stop in front of Atlantis The Palm Hotel, the centerpiece of Palm Jumeirah. Palm Jumeirah is the most scenic artificial man-made island on earth and boasts facilities such as world-class accommodation, private villas, residential apartments, beaches, water sports activities, and restaurants. Next, visit the Atlantis Aquarium. Experience the unique beauty of Dubai from the Dubai Marina Walk, called by many a small Manhattan due to the many skyscrapers. Find lots of restaurants serving a variety of foods in front of the Marina Canal, where boat, yacht, and dhow rides are available. Enjoy a drive along Sheik Zayed Road, lined with more skyscrapers, and stop at the Dubai Mall to experience the fine dining and shopping on offer, and enter Burj Khalifa, a magnificent steel structure rising 828 meters and the tallest building in the world. Have free time at the Dubai Mall until the evening to watch the dancing fountain. This is the world’s largest dancing fountain and is synchronized with classical, Arabic, and international music. At the end of the evening, be dropped off back at your hotel.

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

5. 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 Full-Day Spanish Language Tour - City of Contrasts

6. Dubai Full-Day Spanish Language Tour - City of Contrasts

Explore Dubai with a Spanish-speaking guide on this full-day tour and see the city’s famous contemporary architecture. Discover artificial island developments, as well as more historic sites, such as Al Fahidi Fort and Gold Souq. The 8-hour tour will begin with a photo stop at Al Farooq Mosque. Continue to the billowing sail-like construction of the Burj Al Arab, considered the world's most luxurious hotel. Next, you will explore one of the city’s most attractive shopping malls at Madinat Jumeirah, before crossing to Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree. Proceed to Dubai Marina, one of the most modern areas of the city with its sea channel and skyscrapers.  Go to the traditional district of Bastakiya and walk around its ancient streets. Then, visit Dubai Museum at Al Fahidi Fort. Stroll through the fabric souk to the dock, where you will board a traditional abra water taxi to the other side of the creek. Here, smell a huge variety of aromas from Iran, India, Syria and Lebanon at the Spice Souq. Continue to the Gold Souq and enjoy the wonderful water displays of Dubai Fountain, before glimpsing the world’s tallest building at the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai: Half-Day Bus Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

7. Dubai: Half-Day Bus Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

See the sights of Dubai on a half-day sightseeing tour by comfortable bus and marvel at all that the metropolis has to offer. Learn how a small fishing village at Dubai Creek was transformed into a futuristic city of amazing architecture and rich cultural attractions. See the man-made developments of Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab hotel with its iconic design of billowing sails. Admire the awe-inspiring exterior of Jumeirah Mosque, built in the traditional style of the Fatimid Caliphate. Continue to the historical district of Al Bastakiya. Witness the Dubai Museum, located in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort.  Be escorted to the elevators at the monumental Burj Khalifa and ride to the observation deck on the 124th floor for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Discover the many attractions of Dubai Mall at your own pace at the end of the tour services.

Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

8. Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

Start your full-day Dubai adventure by meeting your guide in your hotel in Abu Dhabi. After a short meet and greet you will set off to discover one of the world's most fascinating, modern cities - Dubai.  Begin your tour with a drive to Dubai from Abu Dhabi - along the way, whilst heading through the outskirts of Dubai along the main highway you will witness one of the largest concentrations of skyscrapers in this region, and the third-largest concentration in the world. This tour will showcase the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai, giving you some insight into this multi-faceted city. Visit popular tourist locations in Old Dubai such as the Dubai Museum, Spice Market, Gold Souk, and the Abra Ride water taxi. Follow this with a trip to New Dubai where you will pause for photo stops at landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. End your journey through Dubai with a convenient and relaxing car ride back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. 

Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

9. Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover the spectacular sights of Dubai, and learn how it developed from a small fishing village on Dubai Creek to the lively metropolis of today. Visit the old district of Bastakyia, and enter Dubai Museum in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Ride a water taxi across Dubai Creek and enjoy superb views of the city en route to Deira. Be enchanted by the exotic spices on sale in the famous Spice Souk. Then, ponder whether to buy any of the glittering souvenirs in the Gold Souk. Stop to take photos of the Jumeirah Grand Mosque, built in the medieval Fatimid tradition. Take a photo of the iconic Burj Al Arab, then, if the option is selected, you can go to the Burj Khalifa for an optional lunch around the musical fountains. Head to Dubai Mall, where more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class designers can be found. Continue to Palm Islands to see the famous Atlantis Hotel, located at the crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Then take a stroll past the luxury yachts of Dubai Marina. Drive through the ultra-modern Jumeirah Lake Towers complex en route to the Barsha area with its famous Emirates Mall and permanent skiing facility.

Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Visit

10. Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Visit

Discover the bustling metropolis of Dubai with its dazzling skyline and pristine beaches. This 6-hour tour of the city of contrasts includes visits to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, one of the largest aquariums in the world and the glittering sights of Dubai Marina, one of the trendiest spots in town. Your day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a short drive to the rendezvous point. From there, you will be driven to the Dubai Mall, and then continue on to Burj Khalifa. A swift 50-second elevator ride takes you to the top of this iconic monument. Take in awe-inspiring views from the observation deck on the 124th floor. After your Burj Khalifa visit, you’ll have time to browse the Dubai Mall at your leisure and dine at any of the 500 restaurants available, before meeting your guide at the pre-designated location and pre-set time to continue the rest of your tour. Continue on to the Dubai Marina, one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in the city. Admire the moored yachts and the impressive skyscrapers and Marina Promenade. Next on the itinerary is Palm Jumeirah, aptly named for its unique shape. This manmade island caught the world’s attention and is now home to many luxurious hotels, restaurants and private residences. Take some photos during a stop across from Atlantis The Palm, home to sunken aquatic chambers, submerged ruins, and exhilarating water rides, before moving on to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Shop at the Gold and Spice souks before continuing on to Jumeirah Mosque and the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab, for photo opportunities. After your day exploring the city, the coach will drop you off at your hotel.

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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!!