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

Dubai Culture Tour: Deira Gold Souk and Bur Dubai Village

Delve into the heartland of the United Arab Emirates on this 4-hour Dubai culture tour of Deira’s Gold Souk and Bur Dubai. Learn about the lives of Emirati women at the Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum. Barter for bargains with your guide in Deira’s magnificent Gold Souk. Take an 'abra' (traditional water taxi) across Dubai Creek to Bur Dubai. Visit the Dubai Museum and learn of the city’s fascinating heritage. Sample a traditional Emirati sweet treat, and then ride the metro to Dubai Mall, and admire the towering 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 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.

Customer Reviews

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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