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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Learn about the culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a 3.5-hour tour of two Dubai neighborhoods: Deira and Bur Dubai. With a local guide, visit Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum to learn about the lives of Emirati women, and then ogle the bling at Deira’s impressive Gold Souk. After browsing the opulent wares, hop aboard a traditional water taxi for a ride across the creek to a Bur Dubai’s heritage village. Finish with a ride on Dubai’s ultra-efficient metro and a photo stop by Burj Khalifa.


  • 3.5-hour UAE culture and heritage tour in Dubai
  • Visit Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum in Deira to gain insights into the lives of Emirati women
  • Scout out bargains at Deira Gold Souk and learn how to haggle for bargains
  • Ride on an abra across Dubai Creek to Bur Dubai
  • Explore a Dubai heritage museum and sample traditional Emirati treats
  • Stop for photos in front of Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest towers

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I think this is a great way to explore some of the oldest parts of Dubai. See where the city’s trading prowess began at the traditional souks, and then compare the sights of traditional and modern Dubai on a water taxi ride.

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What You Can Expect

Dubai Culture Tour: Deira Gold Souk and Bur Dubai Village

See the Gold Souk on this culture and heritage tour

Meet your guide in Deira, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Dubai, and head inside Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum to learn about women in the UAE as well as local culture and traditions. Browse an extensive collection of burqas, traditional dresses and photos, and learn how daily life for Emirati women has changed over the years.

The museum is close to Deira’s bustling Gold Souk, where you'll head to next to hear haggling tips from your guide to help you bargain. The colorful market is home to hundreds of stalls selling an impressive array of gold jewelry; even if you’re not in the market for shopping, a scout around the souk’s different alleyways is a must.

Continue to the port and hop aboard an abra (traditional water taxi) to cross Dubai Creek, admiring the glitzy modern buildings jutting up from the waterfront. Step back onto dry land on the Bur Dubai side of the creek and take a stroll through one of the heritage villages to learn about the country’s traditional culture. See recreated architecture and learn about the UAE’s pearl-hunting heritage – an activity that established trading in the area – while enjoying local sweets and authentic Emirati snacks.

Wander out of the village and take a ride on the metro to experience the slick and modern side of the city – Dubai’s metro service is renowned as one of the most efficient in the world. Hop off at Dubai Mall, and then finish your tour with a photo stop outside Burj Khalifa – one of the world’s tallest towers.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The guide was excellent and if you want to understand and experience the real Dubia do this tour. It's not a shopping tour, if you want to browse and shop you are better off coming back, there is a lot to see on the tour so it's best to keep moving, The guide clearly loved Dubai and was keen to shre his knowledge and answer questions. For the first time In my life I questioned, briefly, if democracy really was that important. The women's museum is small and worth looking at. There was one couple and myself on the tour and we all agreed this was the best tour of Dubai if you want to find out what it's like to be a local. The Dhow ride was lovely and the dinner very tasty. I'm so glad I chose this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was great way to get the non-tourist experience in Dubai and find out that it more than just a Vegas in Arabia . Our guide was really knowledgeable and passionate about his home town. It was a bit of a hike and still quite warm even in the Dubai evening; so dress lightly and wear comfortable shoes.
The tour ends at the Burj Khalifa just as it starts to close, so if you want the trip up just ask the guide to speed though your less interested areas to get there a little earlier (be sure to book the ascent in advance - there are big queues)
Having a local to guide you through minimises the local traders' harassment and shows you where and how to avoid the tourist traps. I suggest you do this tour at the beginning of your Dubai trip.
There is no real time to shop along the way but our guide gave us valuable advice on how and where to buy gold trinkets afterwards.

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