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Our most recommended Dubai Local food tours

Dubai: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

1. 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: Red Dunes, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, & Bedouin Camp

2. Dubai: Red Dunes, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, & Bedouin Camp

Have a thrilling and fun experience in the remote desert area known as Lahbab. Choose between a 4-hour tour option which includes dune bashing, sand-boarding, and a camel ride, or the 7-hour tour option which adds on a BBQ dinner, and all desert camp activities. Your safari guide will pick you up from your hotel in a 4WD vehicle. Your tour starts with a 50-minute drive into the desert. Enjoy stunning views of Dubai from the car window. The guide will answer any of your questions while you learn more about Dubai’s history. Your first stop will be at the desert rest area. Take a 25-minute break as the convoy catches up. While you wait, your safari guide will air down the tires of the vehicle to ensure better driving conditions. You can enjoy an optional quad bike experience if you wish on site. Then, take an adventurous 30-45 minute dune drive across the desert. Feel your adrenaline rush as you slide across from one dune to another in a 4x4 vehicle. The drive will take you further into the desert, up to a high desert dune for a photo stop. From here, admire beautiful 360-degree views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets. Use this photo stop to try sandboarding (sand-surfing), before heading to the desert camp. The 4-hour tour program ends here, and you will be returned to your hotel. If you've chosen the 7-hour option, your tour will continue with a visit to the hidden desert camp. Arrive at camp and be greeted with Qahwa (Arabic coffee), dates, and Lugamat (a traditional sweet). Your safari guide will brief you about the various activities available at the camp. Hop on a camel for a short ride, try a shisha pipe, decorate your hands with Henna tattoos, or take pictures in traditional Arabic clothes. As the night settles in, enjoy a scrumptious BBQ dinner of kebabs, hummus, and salads accompanied by sodas, water, and additional drinks from the bar. Enjoy a colorful belly dancing show and Tanura performance, where fast-spinning dancers whirl across the stage. Don’t forget to snap some photos with the Arabian falcons that are present at the camp. Finally, after the last show, return to your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: Desert Safari With VIP BBQ and Optional Quad Bike

3. Dubai: Desert Safari With VIP BBQ and Optional Quad Bike

Embark on a morning or evening desert safari across the Al Lahbab sand dunes from Dubai. Choose from a variety of activities, from sandboarding to quad biking, to a BBQ dinner in the desert. Start your day with hotel pickup in a 4WD vehicle and drive out to the desert with your safari guide. Choose from 4-hour and 7-hour tour options. Take a 25-minute break and enjoy an optional quad bike experience. Then, take a 30-45 minute dune drive across the desert in a 4x4 vehicle. Admire beautiful 360-degree views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets. Try sandboarding, before heading to the desert camp where the 4-hour tour ends. Then, relax with return service to your hotel. The 7-hour option continues with a visit to a hidden desert camp. Enjoy an Arabic coffee, dates, and Lugamat, a traditional sweet, upon arrival. Hop on a camel for a short ride, decorate your hands with Henna tattoos, or take pictures. Enjoy a BBQ dinner from your private table. Taste kebabs, hummus, and salads with sodas, water, and drinks from the bar. Take in a belly dancing show and Tanura performance. Snap some photos with the Arabian falcons before returning to your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: The Palm, Blue Mosque, Creek, Souks & Heritage Tour

4. Dubai: The Palm, Blue Mosque, Creek, Souks & Heritage Tour

Explore Dubai's past and present impressive landmarks on a guided tour by bus. Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle from point to point, learning about the rich culture Dubai has to offer from your guide. Stop to walk around or through these highlights, and enjoy a ride across Dubai Creek in a traditional abra boat. Get picked up from your hotel or desired location in an air-conditioned vehicle. Stop by The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah to admire the charm of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, before the Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, which was inspired by the Ottoman and Andalusian styles of architecture, with intricate interiors decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a library that is home to almost 40,000 religious books. Next, 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 so on. Then visit Al Khayma Heritage House in Al Fahidi Historical District, where you'll be treated to traditional Emirati hospitality by being served tea/coffee. While touring the home, learn more about the UAE's history, which started in the desert with tents now reaching Mars. At the end of the tour, stay on your own at the souk or be transferred back to your hotel or selected location.

Dubai: Guided Walking Tour with Creek, Souks, & Street Food

5. Dubai: Guided Walking Tour with Creek, Souks, & Street Food

Step back in time as explore the Al Fahidi district and learn about the history of the UAE on this guided walking tour. Savor some local street food and sip on Arabic coffee. Cross Dubai creek on a traditional Abra and barter for deals at local souks.  Be greeted by your guide and begin your Al Fahidi walking tour at the Al Khayma Heritage House to explore the historical and traditional side of Dubai. Start your experience with welcome Arabic coffee and dates. Stroll around Al Fahidi Historical District, strolling through its narrow alleyway and witness the architectural splendor of the old buildings.  Lend your ears to the the tour guide as they tell you about the beautiful gallery of photos placed in the Emirati House. Hear the story of the UAE and its incredible journey going from a desert tent to exploring Mars. Continuing the tour, discover the flavors of Emirati street food such as Emirati bread Ragag and sweets from the Al Fahidi. Don’t miss out on fresh juice and tasty snacks. While at Al Fahidi, get a henna tattoo and adorn yourself in Arabic attire. At the coffee museum, accompanied by your tour guide, have the chance to learn more about how coffee has played a role in shaping UAE history and culture. Later, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi and take a ride around Dubai creek.  Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and astonishing buildings as you sail. Once at the spice souk, learn about the various spices, and try bargaining for deals at the local shops. Finally, visit the gold souk, which sells fine jewelry as well as silver and precious stones.

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

6. 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: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

7. Dubai: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Dubai's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics dates and Falafel and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by your local guide passionate about food.  Visit Spice Souk, Textile Souk, and Indian Temple Street, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

Dubai: Emirati Cooking Class at Al Khayma Heritage House

8. Dubai: Emirati Cooking Class at Al Khayma Heritage House

Experience an Emirati cooking class and upon arriving at Al Khayma Heritage House, try the local dates and gahwa coffee before touring the place, admiring its rich heritage and architectural beauty. Don’t miss this opportunity to make traditional Emirati cuisines by taking part in a cooking class option, either a breakfast class, machboos class or longer cooking class where you can learn how to cook machboos, regag bread and luqaimat. Being eco-friendly, this tour supports the notion of responsible tourism, showcasing handmade and eco-friendly elements done by various skilled craftsmen.

Dubai Deluxe Al Khayma Camp Experience with 3-Cuisine Dinner

9. Dubai Deluxe Al Khayma Camp Experience with 3-Cuisine Dinner

Wondering what desert life would feel like? Then, gear up to experience it at the Al Khayma Desert Camp as we pick you up in our vehicle and take you to the camp. Be prepared! You are sure to get your fill of fun, adventure, and entertainment in this experience. Enjoy a resort-style welcome as soon as you reach the camp. Put your feet up and unwind comfortably while relishing Arabic Coffee and Luqaimat dessert inside the tent. Take a stroll around the environmentally friendly camp to take in the beauty of the desert habitat. This is your chance to witness the desert sunset in all its glory. Keep your cameras charged to capture the beauty of dunes covered in the golden rays of the setting sun and get an opportunity to ride and feed the camels. Just as the sun sinks down, find yourself finding it hard to resist the aroma of a 3-course dinner which is getting ready to be served to you. Feel the satisfaction of your taste buds as you relish the flavors of authentic dishes from Emirati, Moroccan, and Arabian cuisines, served by Michelin Bib Gourmand's 2022-rated Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant. The evening at the camp turns glitzy as the Bedouin & Arabian entertainment begins. Make your evening more eventful by enjoying a BBQ and taking part in the camp activities. If you prefer, try out the shisha at our shisha counters. Give your camp experience a dreamy closure by watching the stars shining in the desert sky with a high-power telescope, before we drive you back to your hotel. Feel like having more fun in the desert? Then choose the VIP Deluxe Camp Day option that will pamper you with a private traditional Arabian tent, waiter services, farm with swings, extended Camel ride, and more. You may also choose VIP Deluxe Camp Overnight Stay if you wish to extend your stay overnight in the desert!

Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

10. Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

Dive into Dubai's past with a visit to the heritage district located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. You can still have a glimpse of traditional dhows being used for business purposes. Your tour starts at the Arabian Tea House & Restaurant in Al Fahidi, Bastakiya opposite Musalla Post Office. Bastakiya is the Historic District of Dubai and its construction dates back to 1890's. You have first stop at the famous Coffee Museum Old City Wall, where the traditional coffee will be served in a traditional way to you. After that moving through the Dubai Museum (currently closed for renovation) you will have your next stop at the textile souk. There are products from several civilizations for you to witness. Its time for a traditional ride now. You will cross the creek by the famous Abra ride to get onto other side into the historic Dubai Spice Souk. You will be welcomed by the the fragrances of spices for around the globe. At last you have a chance to visit the largest Gold Souk right next to the the spice souk. Constantly being checked by Dubai Government Authorities this souk has the purest gold. You can get to see various designs of this precious metal. This tour ends at the Dubai gold souk.

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based on 30 reviews

Rahman took us to quad ride and tell us a lot from Dubai. After quadbike (30min 150dirham) he drove in the desert like Ken Block drifting up and down. That was truly amazing. Sandboarding and watching sunset on dunes later coming back to drop in hotel and clean the shoes from sand. Very nice tour and tourguide. Thank you

Very good communication the guide Faisal give us exact time for pickup and the he took us to desert where is the place for atv which is fun and then we went for dune drive amazing skill of driving the food and and show was also great overall very good experience

Abdullah was an excellent guide very knowledgeable funny and made us all feel at ease. He also took time out to show us the best place to buy gold after the tour ended

beautiful experience well organized tour we were two couples and the guide in Italian Mahmood very kind spoke to us about the history of dubai and much more

Everything perfect-trip with Aftab guide. Amazing activities