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Dubai: Culture, Coffee and Souks Tour with a Local

Product ID: 112840
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.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
Full description
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

Prepare for the activity

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Great day with our English speaking guide Faheem. He looked after us very well and a little German, too. The tour was very informative and you could ask him anything. What I particularly liked is that he is very familiar with the prices in the souks so that you are not kidnapped. Towards the end we ate an ice cream with camel milk and then said goodbye at the end of the tour. We laughed a lot and enjoyed the day. The tour with him is definitely recommended.

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November 14, 2019

The tour corresponds exactly to what you expect, you immerse yourself in the Arab culture. You visit a village from earlier days by showing and explaining how people used to live in the area. Then go to the Dubai Museum and finally through a few souks. Our guide Ben took enough time for all questions and this can make the tour a little longer, but it doesn't matter because this tour is simply an experience!

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September 19, 2019

A fabulous day with a great guide

We had a grea day in this tour with Hoda. She met us in the morning at the designated meeting place. We were a bit worried because it was extremely hot, but Hoda made sure we were looked after all day. The tour took in some great spots and we met some really interesting people. Hoda provided great commentary and also answered all the questions we had. She was delightful to spend the morning with and we would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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July 26, 2018

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Product ID: 112840