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Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

1. Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided 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: Old Town, Walking Tour, Souks, Museum & Street Food

2. 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: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

3. Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

Explore Dubai's historic Al Fahidi district on a walking tour with a licensed guide. Admire the old buildings and architecture, visit the Coffee Museum, and discover the gold and spice souks. Try local snacks and/or take a ride on an abra boat, if you select one of the upgraded options. After meeting your guide, get your first taste of Dubai's traditional side by sampling Arabic tea with dates. Then, walk around Al Fahidi and take in the area's splendor. Moving on, take a stroll in the alleyways of Al Seef, an essential place in Dubai's heritage. Get insights into the area's history from your guide before heading to the next destination, the Coffee Museum. There, learn about coffee's role in shaping UAE history and culture. Afterward, get a henna tattoo and adorn Arabic attire. Upgrade to the food option and explore the flavors of Emirati street food such as Emirati bread Ragag, Luquimat, Karak tea, falafel, veg samosa, and Camel milk ice cream. Later, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi and take a quick ride around Dubai creek. Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and the beautiful architecture of the buildings as you sail across. You will also enjoy a 30-minute Abra ride if you choose the option during the booking. Moving on, visit the spice souk to learn about the various spices, and shop for the finest deals at the local markets. Next, head to the gold souk to marvel at the fine jewelry made from gold, silver, and precious stones before ending the walking tour.

Dubai: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

4. 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: Half-Day Street Food Tour

5. Dubai: Half-Day Street Food Tour

Start your street food tour with a short visit to the Indian temple along the perimeter of the spice and gold markets where dozens of street restaurants and shops sell a staggering variety of produce, from local exotic clothing, fruits, vegetables and spices. Sample tasty Indian fried Samboussa, Melbouri, and Velbouri from a vegetarian street food cart. Cross the glittering Dubai creek with the very famous Abras until you reach the spice market, where different aromas are in the surroundings.  Take a walk through the fish, fruits, and vegetable markets and tempt your taste buds with the famed Dubai dates in the atmospheric heart of the old quarter. Try Lebanese cuisine on your next stop. Sit down with Dubai locals and sample various meat, vegetable, homs, tabouleh, and fattouch, flame-grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.  Finally, experience the Dubai typical dish as you venture down a small alley to join in one of the traditional restaurants. Sit like the locals and use your hands, a great way to crack into the local scene. 

Tastes of Dubai including camel meat with pick-up service

6. Tastes of Dubai including camel meat with pick-up service

Upon picking you up from your hotel, Start our tour with a visit to one of the oldest districts in Dubai named Al Fahidi Historical neighborhood for an introduction to our history along with coffee tastings. The next bite is the juicy delicious Camel Burger along with Hommus and Arabic bread, then a visit to the Grand Souk, which is famous for textiles and shawls from Kashmir. Learn the tricks of the salespeople from your guide, so you don't get ripped off. Enjoy your first bite of street-food snack shawarma and try fresh juice from your choice before heading to Abra Station, where you will hop aboard a traditional boat and cross to the other side. Afterward, head to the main portion of the tour, which is dinner in an authentic Arabic restaurant. Indulge in a large variety of dishes including soup, salad, cheese and a main course plus dessert and Arabic tea. The tour continues with the Spice Souk, where your guide will explain the products to you, as well as the salesmen's tricks there. Check out the Gold Souk next if you wish. The tour ends at the metro station or a nearby taxi stop.

Middle Eastern Food Trail - Walking Tour

7. Middle Eastern Food Trail - Walking Tour

Indulge in some of the popular Middle Eastern flavors on this journey by foot around Old Dubai. Starting in the Old Quarter of Al Bastakiya, you will visit the region’s only Coffee Museum for an interesting insight into regional and global coffee history. A cup of Gahwa, Arabic coffee kickstarts your tour. The next stop will be at a traditional Café, which serves as a cool and relaxed contrast to its busy street location. Try a Lebanese breakfast favorite, cheese or zaatar Manakesh. Stroll past Al Fahidi Fort into the bustling Souk Al Kabeer. Stop briefly for a delightfully refreshing lemon and mint juice before discovering a hidden gem. Dig into a shared platter of Arabic Mezzeh whilst watching Abra boats tirelessly cross the Dubai Creek. Later on, take a traditional wooden craft across the Creek to Deira. A pleasant stroll brings you to a popular creek-side restaurant for a taste of Shawarma and Falafil, the most ubiquitous of Arab street foods. No Middle Eastern journey is truly complete without exploring Emirati cuisine. Your final stop is at a renowned Emirati restaurant where the subtle flavors of the Orient will seduce you.

Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

8. 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.

Dubai: Souks, Boat Ride and Walking Food Tour

9. Dubai: Souks, Boat Ride and Walking Food Tour

Meet your guide near the Spice Souk start your tour by tasting a local egg and cheese roll washed down with hot chai tea. Then explore the alleys and stalls of the Spice Souk and learn about the many exotic spices and ingredients that are sold here. Take part in a fun game organized by your guide which can help you identify the various spices, with a prize for the winner. Cool down after game with an icy sweet Persian dessert. After leaving the Spice Souk, cross the creek using a traditional wooden abra boat to reach Bur Dubai Souk. Walk through the Bur Dubai Souk, try some crunchy snacks from one of the oldest cafeterias in the area and learn about the souk's history from your guide. Next, visit an Indian street side window to 'pop' a delicious sweet-tangy treat. This dish can be as mild or spicy as you request!   Visit the historic Fahidi neighborhood where you will learn about the traditional architecture of the area. Sit down for a fulfilling Emirati meal in a traditional home and finish out with sweet dumplings drizzled with date syrup.

Dubai: Walking Middle Eastern Food Tour

10. Dubai: Walking Middle Eastern Food Tour

Feast on Middle Eastern specialties from hand-picked eateries in one of the first Dubai neighborhoods to be urbanized during the 70s and 80s: Al Rigga. Start off by composing your own "monster falafel sandwich" using herb green falafel, creamy hummus, vegetables, and sauces. Following that, watch how one of the region's favorite cheese pies is made from scratch, and enjoy it fresh from the pan. Afterwards, visit a local favorite baklava shop to learn about traditional Arabic coffee customs. Pair your coffee with a soft date bar and pistachio cookies dipped in cream for the perfect combination. The next stop is a Syrian restaurant where you can try a light meaty snack or freshly baked flatbreads. Finally, sample traditional food from one of the oldest food cultures of the world: Iraq. Depending on the size of the group, this stop will either feature Iraq's famous grilled fish or lamb kebabs. Finish off the tour with a little sweet gift and farewell token.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 34 reviews

MAHMOUD was absolutely an exceptional tour guide. He was patient, elegant, and outstanding. He had a vast amount of knowledge about the history of Dubai and Old Dubai. He tools photos for us and we also tried authentic street food. He also got a private boat for us, which was completely unexpected. His service and expertise was absolutely astounding. I will definitely book a tour with him the next time I come. I am so grateful to have met such a wonderful soul. I recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Dubai. It will exceed your expectations.

This was a very informative and fun tour. Our guide, Mahmoud, was very easy to understand, eager to answer questions and we had a small group of nice people to share the experience with which made it all that much more enjoyable! He took us to a lovely restaurant overlooking the river where we had an amazing meal, a spice store where we got to sample, sniff & find out about their unique properties and even had yummy chocolate covered dates and pistachios. If you have a few hours in Dubai, don’t miss this tour!

Mahmoud war so freundlich und sachkundig. Großes Geschichtswissen. Wir genossen arabischen Kaffee, Saft und Snacks in einem Restaurant. So eine preiswerte Tour. Schön, die Souks, Gewürze und Gold zu sehen. Mahmoud hat sich wirklich um uns gekümmert, tolles Englisch, großzügig mit seiner Zeit. Die Bootstour hat Spaß gemacht. Tolle Zeit, um 16 Uhr zu gehen. Lebendige Souks. Ich würde dies jedem empfehlen. Wir haben es geliebt. Danke Mahmoud!

Mahmoud was the perfect tour guide from start to finish. He made us feel special and we feel like the experience was SO much better than if we had tried to visit the area on our own. From the food tasting to the excellent spice market experience, it was fantastic!

Hamza was so informative. The tour was very well organised, offering drinks and tasty snacks. I would have missed out on so much and not learned an ounce of what I did. Thank you!!