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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

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: Walking Tour with Souks, Museum & Street Food

2. Dubai: Walking Tour with 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: Half-Day Bus Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

3. 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, where the Dubai Museum is 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: Tour of Creek, Markets and Emirati House with Tea

4. Dubai: Tour of Creek, Markets and Emirati House with Tea

Enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s famous sights, seeing 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 test the Arabian culture luqaimat, Ragag, and camel milk. While witnessing the traditional architecture and interiors, listen to the transformation of the UAE, from just a desert with tents, to reaching mars. Take the opportunity to explore the Emirati bedroom with its antiques, admiring the architectural development from the tent replica located at the restaurant, to traditional Arish buildings made from the leaves of date palms, to the megastructure. Take the chance to try your hand at henna painting while indulging in the traditional Arabic Makeover. Then, head towards 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: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

5. Dubai: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

Make the most out of your visit to Dubai with a photography tour by car to the city's most iconic landmarks. Travel to Palm island and capture shots of the Burj Al Arab. Get Instagram-worthy views of unmissable sights like the Atlantis hotel, the Burj Khalifa Tower, Jumairah Mosque, and Old Dubai. Enjoy the convience of being picked up from your the Dubai airport (DXB) or your hotel. Relax as your guide takes you on a tour to explore the city's extravagant atmosphere and modernism. Head to downtown to the Deira district.  Go to the bottom of the Burj Khalifa to snap pictures of its musical fountains. Continue towards the Palm, a man-made island shaped like a palm tree. Admire stunning panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab from the island.  Pass by several luxury hotels on the way to Atlantis hotel, where you can stop for some selfies. Head back to the Jumairah area to see the iconic Burj Al Arab for another photo stop. Drive along Jumairah road and see the Jumairah Mosque before making your way to the Dubai Museum.  Visit Old Dubai and see the traditional boats crossing the creek before being dropped off in the city center of Dubai. 

Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

6. Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

Your tour will begin from the old Al Fahidi Courtyard Houses in the Bastakiya District. From there, you will get to walk through the Coffee Museum, coin, and Dubai Museum. You will then be guided through the textile souk to arrive at the Dubai Creek and Dhow for breath-taking views. Next, you will enjoy an Abra Ride across the Creek, which will involve a traditional boat taking you across to the Deira side of Dubai. Once there, you can explore the various souks (markets), such as the Spice Souk, and Gold Souk in the city. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive knickknack or a diamond necklace, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit you here. Later on, you will encounter the Al Shindaga Watchtower, one of the three watchtowers used to guard Dubai. Your tour includes all entrances to museums as well as your abra ride, and will conclude in the Al Ras district.

Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

7. 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, 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. Take a stroll past the luxury yachts of Dubai Marina, before driving through the ultra-modern Jumeirah Lake Towers complex en route to the Barsha area with its famous Emirates Mall and permanent skiing facility.

Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

8. Dubai: Historic City Highlights Day Trip

See historic sites and the vibrant cosmopolitan dynamism of Dubai on this tour starting in the popular Jumeirah district. Take in the hustle and bustle of local life as you learn more about the history of the city and its modern development with your guide. Stop at the traditionally recreated Madinat Souk for stunning photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel then drive onto the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, an incredible architectural marvel for a closer look at another icon, the Atlantis Resort.  Continue along Jumeirah Beach, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai to a photo-stop at the famed Jumeirah Mosque. Next drive to Zabeel district for a few clicks outside the Dubai Ruler’s Palace before heading to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai. A brief stop at the ruling family’s former residence, Al Fahidi Fort is followed by a short Abra (water taxi) sailing across Dubai Creek. Disembark at the Spice Souk where the fragrances of the orient come together then there is time to shop in one of the most visited sites of Dubai – the Gold Souk. Finally, your journey ends in the new heart of Downtown Dubai where you will see the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

9. Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Dubai at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Dubai Creek Abra Station, Spice Souk, Gold Souk and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Dubai: Guided Sightseeing Tour and IMG Theme Park Ticket

10. Dubai: Guided Sightseeing Tour and IMG Theme Park Ticket

Discover the captivating charm of Dubai’s historical and new neighborhoods on a full-day guided city tour. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle and get to know modern Dubai. See the Dubai Marina, the Burj Al Arab, and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made structure. Delve into the historical Dubai at the Gold and Spice Souk and you take in the aromas of spices and the glint of gold. Take a trip to the picturesque Jumeirah Beach, mysterious Atlantis, Palm Island, mind-blowing sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, and Souk Madinat. Visit the largest indoor theme park in the world, the IMG World of Adventure at the end of your tour. Experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Velociraptor rollercoaster at 120KM/h. Test your driving skills on one of the many simulators. Enjoy a variety of performances, marvel at the impressive dance and acrobatic shows or prepare to be spun like a chicken on a rotisserie on the Thor Thunder Spin.Take a walk through the Haunted Hotel and negotiate a maze of corridors and changing scenery. Explore Dubai's sights and enjoy it's most thrilling attractions in the same day with this city tour and theme park excursion.

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What people are saying about Al Bastakiya

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Zahid hussain was our tour guide and he was perfect!! Such a nice and kind person! We were in Dubai for a first time and he made our safari experience incredible! He took a photo of us wherever we wanted, it wasn’t difficult to him. If you want a crazy, safe and fun experience please choose him! Bye

our guide was the best driver and photogrpher. so nice and kind, kept checking everything alright so it was really great experience !!

santosh was amazing. all the activities were great and I'd highly recommend, best experience in dubai

Nishard our guide was fantastic! Such a great tour, definitely recommend doing this when in Dubai!

Adnan was an excellent driver/guide and made sure we had everything we needed for our tour