- 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
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.
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.
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.