5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Dubai Culture Tour: Deira Gold Souk and Bur Dubai Village

Discover Dubai’s history and modern-day culture on this 4-hour tour, with an informative local guide. In Deira, visit the glittering Gold Souk and learn about women in UAE society at the Women’s Museum. Then, ride an 'abra' water taxi across Dubai Creek to Bur Dubai to chart the city’s rise from fishing port to futuristic metropolis at Dubai Museum. After sampling some classic Emirati snacks, swap Dubai past for Dubai present as you ride the metro to see two icons of today’s city — The Dubai Mall and dazzling Burj Khalifa.


  • 4-hour tour through Deira’s Gold Souq and the Bur Dubai Village in Dubai, led by an expert guide
  • Visit the Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum and haggle for bargains at Deira’s ancient Gold Souk
  • Explore the bustling port of Dubai and cross Dubai Creek by abra
  • Discover Dubai’s heritage and traditions in the vibrant Bur Dubai Old Town
  • Sample traditional Emirati sweet treats and an Arabic coffee
  • Ride the city’s new metro to Dubai Mall, an ultra-modern shopping centre
  • Gaze up in awe at 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

Explore Dubai's famous Gold Souk on your culture and heritage tour

Meet your guide in Deira, one of Dubai’s oldest quarters, in the early evening. Then, set off on your 4-hour tour to delve into Dubai’s historical heritage and modern-day life.

Hear a fascinating insight into Dubai past and present from your local guide, and start with a visit to the Women’s Museum at Bait Al Banat. Step inside and chart the role of women in the UAE down the ages through the interesting collections of photographs, documents and traditional dress.

Next, head for the Gold Souk, Dubai’s best-known and most popular souk. Meander through the narrow, covered lanes that house some 300 gold and jewelry outlets and, if you wish, snap up some of the great-value wares (own expense) along the way.

Then, ride a traditional abra boat across the waters of Dubai Creek. Soak up the views of Deira’s landmarks as you sail, and step ashore at Bur Dubai, on the south bank of the creek.

Take a stroll through the bustling textile souk, Dubai’s oldest market, and pay a visit to Dubai Museum, set inside the beautifully preserved, 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort.

Walk around the exhibits that chronicle Dubai’s history and its lightning-speed rise from fishing port to wealthy metropolis.

After learning about Dubai’s history here, take a break to sample some traditional Emirati snacks. Be ready to eat with your hands in true local style — it’s all part of the authentic experience!

Then, take a ride on Dubai’s state-of-the-art metro network to witness the height of 21st-century Dubai. Visit The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping malls and an iconic symbol of today’s city. Be dazzled by the mall and take a break to enjoy a local sweet treat and cup of refreshing Arabic coffee.

Finish on a high note, with a photo stop outside the soaring Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and another emblem of modern Dubai. After taking snaps, your tour comes to a close here.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a very informative tour that guides you through the old sections of Dubai. The spice and gold markets are both very interesting, the boat ride was fun and we ended up eating dinner not just sweets as advertised at a very authentic local restaurant where we sampled camel. Our guide, Mohammad, was fantastic. My only criticisms are that it was unclear where we were to meet the metro station is large and there is both a manned and unmanned ticket booth and there is a lot of walking. We walked at least five miles so this may not be appropriate for less hearty travelers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very interesting tour of the cultural side of Dubai needed to inform people that it is a walking tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The guide Judit was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was very interesting.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was a fantastic way to start our time in Dubai. We learnt the history and the culture of this amazing town. The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgable. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn about the old and the new of Dubai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Wonderful walk and gives you a lot of information about the souks the woman museum is a must

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

We started our holiday off with this tour which was a smart choice as we got to see the local ways and see other sites other then the usual Dubai attractions.

Daniel S
South Africa

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2014

The guide was good, but we feel we did not receive value for our money. We just walked through the souk. We were interested in visiting the Women museum, but it was closed on the Sunday. If we were aware of that we would have booked it on another day. In the evening you cannot see your surroundings that well.

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