Dubai Spice Souk
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  • Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, Souks, and Street Food Tour

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

    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 about the religion and the beliefs of the area. Afterwards, visit the most famous art gallery in the Emirates, where you'll see Dubai in the past and the present through the eyes of the a wide range of talented artists. While you're at it, sample ice cream made from camel milk. 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.  Shopping time starts after in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then its time to tak...

    It is a must to understand this fabulous city (country) and their development. You can also apreciate how inmigrants contribute and live in Dubai, the newest first world city.. Mohamed , the tour guide, did a great job.

  • Dubai: Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque Visit

    2. Dubai: Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque Visit

    Start the tour by getting picked up from your hotel or selected location in an air-conditioned vehicle. Then, stop by The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, to admire the charm of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, before the Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Later on, proceed to the Blue Mosque, known as the Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque. This religious shrine was inspired by the Ottoman and Andalusian styles of architecture. It has wonderful interiors, decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a library that is home to almost forty thousand books related to different religions. Now it is time to explore Old Dubai and the Creekside, where it all began. Hop on the Abra water taxi, the city's oldest mode of transportation, to cross the Creek. Visit the Gold Souk, renowned for its wide collection of gold jewelry, while the Spice Souk brims with aromatic spices, herbs, nuts, oil, saffron and s...

    Such a great tour to do to see the whole of Dubai! Our tour guide was amazing and so informative! I would highly recommend this tour.

  • Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - 24 or 48 Hours

    3. Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - 24 or 48 Hours

    Discover all of Dubai's stunning sights on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24-hour or 48-hour pass, you can explore this great destination in your own time-frame. You'll have access to our main sightseeing route, which shows you all the main sights of this fabulous city. Along the way you'll discover all of the major landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame and much more. Enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views from the open-top deck, and learn all about Dubai's heritage by listening to the multilingual audio tour commentary as you cruise around on the double-decker bus. Tour stops: 1. Dubai Mall 2. Al Fahidi Historica Neighbourhood 3. Dubai Museum 4. Old Souk 5. Heritage Village 6. Gold & Spice Souk 7. Dubai Creek 8. Madinat Jumeriah 9. Atlantis The Palm

    The hop on hop off city bus tour was very economical if you want to visit all the major tourist hot spot. Don't use taxi because you can get around Dubai efficiently with city tour bus. I gave a 4*because the hours should be extended to about 9pm because there are so much to see, but bus stop running in most places between 5:30pm and 6pm.

  • Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

    4. 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 an abra (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, before going 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 crescen...

    A great tour full of activity and great stops. Our tour guide was excellent, knowledgeable, patient, and friendly

  • Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    5. Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    Explore the traditions and modern life of Dubai on a half-day city tour that takes in all the main sites of the contemporary metropolis, and traces back to its past as a small outpost on the Persian Gulf. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Palm Jumeirah, stopping outside Atlantis The Palm to take photos of the 1st resort to be built on the reclaimed land of the island. Next, admire the billowing sails structure of the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s 1st 7-star hotel. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque, said to be the most photographed mosque in the city. Go to the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, location for Dubai Museum and the oldest existing building in the city. Watch the world go by at Dubai Creek, where you can take photos of the many boats before boarding a traditional abra (water taxi) to cross the creek. Finally, soak up the sounds and scents of the gold and spice ...

  • Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

    6. Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

    Discover the contrast of the city of Dubai and admire not only the historical quarters of the city but also the modern, futuristic Dubai during this 8 hours tour.

    Admire the unique architecture and skyline of Dubai during a photo stop at Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building at 828 meters, with the world's fastest elevator. Travel 124 floors into the sky in less than a minute.

    Afterward, a visit to the Souk Madinat, an Arabic-style shopping center with many shops and restaurants. This place offers an interesting mixture of tradition and modernity and invites you to the majestic view of the luxury hotel Atlantis on Palm Island.

    Finally, dive into the history and culture of Dubai heritage by taking a traditional water tour through Dubai Creek to a typical Arabian spice and gold market. Let yourself be enchanted by the fragrance of the Orient and the g...

    We are completely satisfied. Professional, informative guidance, assistance, tailored to our needs. We had every help on the go, during a great day full of experiences.

  • Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    7. Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    Enjoy a unique half-day tour of Dubai, exploring its old neighborhoods as well as some of the more traditional bazaars and souks. Following a pickup from your hotel, transfer to experience a magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing through the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the charming wind-tower houses built by the wealthy merchants of old Dubai. Continue to Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and now home to Dubai Museum. See some of the city’s archives and exhibits that chronicle the development of the city. Next, climb aboard a traditional wooden abra water taxi and cross Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Soak up the scent of exotic spices, and see some of the best jewelery in town.  Re-board your transfer vehicle and drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity outside one of Dubai’s most important landmarks. End with a drive past the ultra-luxur...

    Too much driving around and waiting before the trip actually started. Tour guide was bit nervous because of the wasted time and he left out the women’s museum from the program without any explanation.

  • Dubai City Half-Day Tour

    8. Dubai City Half-Day Tour

    Take this 4-hour sightseeing tour and get a great orientation of Dubai, the 2nd-largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. Traveling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, you will begin the tour with a photo stop at Dubai Creek, the lifeblood of Dubai. See the colorful dhows and the busy water taxis, as well as elegant yachts and speedboats on the azure horizon. Drive through the Bastakiya, Al Fahidi Fort, Ruler's Court, the Old Mosque, Textile Street, the Central Bank, and Ministry of Finance. Soak up the scents and sounds of the desert at the spice and gold souks. Dubai’s skyline is ever changing, but you will get a sense of the past at the Dubai Museum. Proceed towards Jumeirah Road, passing by the Dry Docks Dubai and the historical Union House, with photo stops at the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque. Continue on for a look at the arresting Burj Al Arab, the first 7-star hotel, desi...

    It’s amazing tour for someone that what’s to know more about Dubai, see most important points and take very stunning pictures. We’ve loved our driver which talked a lot about culture, history and facts about Dubai.

  • Dubai Private Food Tour: 10 Tastings

    9. Dubai Private Food Tour: 10 Tastings

    Venture beyond the usual sights of Dubai and experience the city through its culinary scene. Join a private guide and taste 10 different foods and drinks to get a rounded impression of Dubai's multicultural vibe.  Visit authentic restaurants and food stands full of character to try different dishes and hear local stories. Stroll through the colorful spice market and beautiful old town. Climb aboard an abra water taxi and cross Dubai Creek. Experience delicious tastings along the way, from savory to sweet.

    Kasim was spectacular. Great communication before tour and went above and beyond during tour!

  • Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    10. Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    Start your city tour of Dubai with pickup straight from your hotel. Then, dive into the city and compare and let your guide surprise you with the contrasts of old and new Dubai. See the city's traditional side and watch colorful abras sail along the Dubai Creek. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and the exotic scents at the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Visit the historic Bastakiya district and make your way to the Dubai Museum, located in the old Al Fahidi Fort. Learn about how the city blossomed into a trading center. Then, go out and see the Dubai of today and marvel at the world's first 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Gaze up at the elegant towers of the Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Head back to your accommodation with a better orientation of the city and a deeper insight into Dubai's many layers of history.

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What people are saying about Dubai Spice Souk

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 319 reviews

this was the best activity we have done so far during our dubai trip. we learned a lot about the culture, ate wonderfully, and had the opportunity to shop in the souk. but most importantly: we met abdullah, a great guide who gave us valuable tips on everything to do with shopping. He spoke very fluently German and English. We felt very comfortable in the group and can highly recommend this activity!

Adnan was wonderful and treated us to a day around the city. Very professional, respectful, and knowledgeable about Dubai. Very happy to have spent the day with Adnan and look forward to going back to these areas on our own!

It is a must to understand this fabulous city (country) and their development. You can also apreciate how inmigrants contribute and live in Dubai, the newest first world city.. Mohamed , the tour guide, did a great job.

We are completely satisfied. Professional, informative guidance, assistance, tailored to our needs. We had every help on the go, during a great day full of experiences.

Such a great tour to do to see the whole of Dubai! Our tour guide was amazing and so informative! I would highly recommend this tour.