1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Dubai
  3. Dubai Creek

Dubai: Souks, Sheiks and Spices Private History Tour

Product ID: 96396
Explore Dubai's old residential area and souks, and learn about the city's history and culture with your knowledgeable guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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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.
  • Local guide
  • Private guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Abra boat ride
  • Date tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Pickup or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Al Fahidi Metro Station, exit 1

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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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

Phenomenal experience!!!

Our tour guide was Kassim. Kassim is very friendly and knowledgeable. He made the tour very enjoyable and he was very patient and explained everything thoroughly. He went above and beyond. He waited almost 30 minutes for my daughter and I to arrive to the pick up point due to miscommunication on my end. He also extended the tour to last longer to make sure we covered everything. He made sure we made it from point A to point B safely. I really enjoyed Kassim and if I ever come back to Dubai I hope I can book a tour with him again!!

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March 26, 2019

Wonderful exploration of the history of Dubai. Looking at the earliest settlement, what life was like and how it evolved to modern dubai was fascinating.

November 26, 2019

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Product ID: 96396