• Tour code: 6085DUBAI1
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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.

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