Delve into Dubai’s cultural, culinary and architectural secrets on this private 5.5-hour afternoon and evening walking tour. With an informative local guide, visit a beautiful, 19th-century pearl merchant’s house and learn about early education in the emirate at the Al Ahmadia School museum. Then, explore the narrow lanes of the charming Al Bastakiya district, seeing its wind towers and courtyards. Be introduced to the basics of the Islamic religion at a mosque courtyard, and finish with a sumptuous Arabian dinner in the enchanting setting of a stylishly restored Bastakiya house.
Private 5.5-hour Arabian secrets walking tour in Dubai, with an expert local guide
Experience Dubai’s traditional Arabian history, culture, architecture and cuisine
Visit a beautiful 19th-century pearl trader’s house and the Al Ahmadia School museum
See the historical Al Bastakiya quarter with its mudbrick houses, courtyards and wind towers
Discover the essentials of the Islamic religion in the courtyard of an old mosque
Savor a lavish Arabic dinner in the magical setting of a traditional Bastakiya house
Enjoy insider tips and personalized attention from a private guide
After pickup from your Dubai hotel, greet your professional guide and set out on your 5.5-hour afternoon and evening tour. Head first for one of Dubai’s best-preserved historical houses, a heritage property built in 1890 that was owned by Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, one of the Gulf’s most prominent pearl traders during the early 20th century. Admire the simple beauty of this traditional Emirati family home and enjoy time at leisure to stroll around its rooms and central, open courtyard. Next, walk to the nearby Al Ahmadia School, the first national school in Dubai, and now a museum. Founded by the same Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, Al Ahmadia played a pivotal role in the emirate’s development, and was attended by several members of the ruling family. Having explored the classrooms and courtyards here, cross Dubai Creek to look around the delightful Al Bastakiya quarter, Dubai's oldest district. Stroll around the picturesque narrow lanes and see the traditional courtyards and mudbrick houses topped with wind towers. Hear how these ingenious, open towers were used to capture cool breezes and circulate them around the interiors, providing inhabitants with much-needed respite from the blistering heat. As you walk, delve deeper into the city’s culture and architectural and artistic heritage, and head into the courtyard of a local mosque to learn the essentials of the Islamic religion. Let your guide perform the traditional washing ritual of ablution for you, and afterward, make your way to a nearby restaurant, set within one of the oldest houses in Al Bastakiya. Take a seat and savor a delicious meal of authentic Arabian specialities, including freshly brewed coffee and juicy dates. Enjoy the generous Arabian hospitality and magical atmosphere of the gorgeously restored house, before finishing your experience with a hotel drop-off.