Beyond the high-rises and hotels, Dubai is alive with the traditions, colors, and bustle of old Arabia. On this 5-hour private tour, you’ll go behind the scenes and skyscrapers to discover the rituals of everyday local life. Explore old souks and trading districts, stop for a juice at a traditional cafe, and go off-radar to see hidden gems and places frequented by the locals. Transport and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Private 5-hour behind-the-scenes tour of Dubai
See behind the glamor of Dubai’s skyscrapers, malls, and hotels
Delve into the souks, trading districts and backstreets of the city’s oldest quarters
Stroll down lanes to see markets, mosques, and other hidden gems
Learn about Dubai's traditional culture and everyday life
Savor a fresh juice at a cafe popular with locals
Private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and personalized commentary from a private guide
Meet your guide at your hotel, and hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle for your private 4-hour tour of behind-the-scenes Dubai. As you set out, learn fascinating background about the city's roots as a humble fishing and pearl trading port. Hear how everything changed with the discovery of oil in the mid-20th century, sparking its rapid transformation into the glittering metropolis of today. Drive through the newer, skyscraper-filled parts of the city that are magnets for visitors, and then head into the bustling older districts around Dubai Creek, such as Deira and Al Bastikiya. Here, take a walking tour with your guide through some of the backstreets and heritage areas that make the real, authentic Dubai tick. Stroll through old trading districts and buzzing souks, where businesses like gold, spice, and textile bartering and sweet-making still hold sway. Wander around hard-to-find secret spots, and soak in an atmosphere and world that seems light years away from the futuristic skyscrapers and hotels. Watch the street theater of life, stop to admire some traditional architecture, and delve down tiny lanes to visit interesting shops and see hidden mosques. Along the way, stop for photos of the off-the-beaten-track gems, and build a picture of the old-time culture and traditions that are still central to ordinary residents’ life here. Take a break at a cafe beloved by the locals, and savor a fresh juice as you chat to your guide and ask any questions that spring to mind. After around four hours’ exploring, your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.