Meet your guide in Deira — one of Dubai’s oldest neighborhoods — in the early evening and set off to begin your culture tour. Head first to Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum and learn about Dubai’s culture and traditions from the local ladies there. Gain insight into how the role of women in UAE society has changed over the years and admire the extensive collection of burqas, traditional dresses and photos on display.
Continue on to Deira’s vibrant Gold Souk — a marketplace where tradespeople and locals have bought and sold for centuries. Wander the stalls with your guide, pick up a few haggling tricks and perhaps shop for a souvenir or two along the way. The colorful market is home to hundreds of stalls selling an impressive array of crafts and jewelry. Even if you’re not in the market for shopping, a scout around the souk’s vibrant alleyways is a must.
Leave the Gold Souk behind and head on to the bustling port area. Hop aboard an abra to cross Dubai Creek and admire the glitzy, modern buildings lining the waterfront. Alight on the Bur Dubai side of the waterway and take a stroll through the oldest market in the city — the textile souk — where skilled designers barter for new fabrics.
Visit the Dubai Museum in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in Dubai, and gain insight into the country’s fascinating heritage. After your history lesson, step back out into the city and enjoy a snack of traditional Emirati food. Be prepared to eat with your hands for the authentic experience.
Take a ride on Dubai’s new metro and experience an altogether more modern side of the city. Visit the sleek, contemporary Dubai Mall — the flashiest souk of them all, and enjoy a local sweet treat with a cup of Arabic coffee.
After 4 hours delving deep into Dubai’s culture and heritage, finish your tour with a photo stop outside the imposing Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest towers.