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Dubai: Culture, Coffee and Souks Tour with a Local

Product ID: 112840
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Take a break from the landmark skyscrapers and fantasy hotels of Dubai and experience a more authentic side to the city with the help of a local, English-speaking guide. Discover the old-world charms of the city before the oil rush.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Sip an Arabic coffee at a Bedouin tent
  • Explore the gold, textile and spice souks
  • Marvel at traditional handicrafts and take part in coffee ceremonies
  • Join the locals on a thrilling ride across Dubai Creek by water taxi
  • Explore Dubai’s oldest district, Bastakia and sip traditional Emarati coffee at the coffee museum
  • Visit Dubai museum and learn about life in UAE before the great oil rush
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Get a better appreciation of what Dubai was like before the oil rush. Explore the historical Al Fahidi district to see the heritage sites along the narrow lanes. Enjoy a cup of coffee at a traditional Bedouin tent, and chat with the locals about their life.

Get a souvenir photo of you with a falcon, and then admire the national dress of the UAE, including traditional abaya and kandura. Learn how to write your name in Arabic at the Calligraphy Museum. Stop at the Coffee Museum to sample some delightful blends in the café, and then go to an art gallery in a Persian house.

Visit the oldest existing building in Dubai, Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to 1787 and has recently been converted into a museum where visitors can learn more about the life of Dubai before the skyscrapers arrived. Recharge your batteries and stop for a quick street food bite (doner kebab or falafel sandwich).

Make your way to the textile souk near Dubai Creek. Marvel at the diverse colors of the cashmere and fine silk on sale, and learn the art of bartering to take home a unique souvenir. Cross the creek by traditional abra water taxi to try some dates covered in white chocolate made from camel milk. Breathe in the different aromas of the spice souk before going to the largest gold souk in the Middle East. 
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Cold water
  • Arabic coffee (or cold drink if you prefer)
  • Abra water taxi fare
  • Dubai museum entry ticket
  • Doner kebab or falafel sandwich
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/end points
  • Tips for your guide

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Meeting point

Meet by the ticket office inside Al Fahidi metro station. Directions: If you’re coming from downtown Dubai on the Red Line, change at Burjuman or Union stations and take the Green Line towards Alfahidi. If arriving by taxi, please ensure you have plenty of extra time to get to the meeting point as traffic can be heavy in the morning in the old part of the city. 

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children under 6 years old are not permitted on this tour
• You will be in a small group of no more than 12 people
• Wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a hat or umbrella and sunscreen

From £57.75 per person

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Product ID: 112840