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Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, Souks, and Street Food Tour

1. Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, Souks, and Street Food Tour

Explore Old Dubai on a shared or private tour. Enjoy an informative walking tour, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse local markets. Your tour begins with a visit to the historical quarter of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya). There you will have several stops where your guide will tell you about the history of Dubai and the UAE, its culture, life in Dubai, and the religion and the beliefs of the area. Afterward, visit the most famous art gallery in the Emirates, where you'll see Dubai in the past and the present through the eyes of a wide range of talented artists. While you're at it, sample ice cream made from camel milk. Then continue to the coin museum, where you will see the ancient coins of Arabia and Dubai. You can also admire fantastic views across Bastakiya from the roof! Stop in front of a mosque and learn more about Islam.  Following the mosque, shop in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about the prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then walk through the old souk, known for clothing, textiles, souvenirs, and Kashmir scarves at the best prices. Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different products and you can even try them too!

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Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

2. Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride & Sandboarding

After pickup from your hotel in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, you’ll head off with your local guide to the desert, just 45 minutes from Dubai. Upon reaching the Lahbab Desert, you’ll have about 20 minutes to relax. For the more adventurous, you can try quad biking, which is an optional activity.  Once your 4x4 vehicle is ready, you will hit the desert for about 30-45 minutes of dune bashing. Feel your stomach leap as the Land Cruiser drives up and down the tall red dunes. Marvel at how the vehicle tackles impossibly steep inclines and the uneven terrain of the sand.  Enhance your desert adventure with an optional quad bike ride. Select this activity as an add-on at checkout and choose a bike for yourself or to share with one of your travel partners After dune bashing, you will have a chance to try sandboarding or simply admire the scenery around you. Make sure you take plenty of photos of the scenic desert landscape.  The next stop is Al Khayma camp, where you’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Then, visit a camel farm to learn about how these animals are a key part of traditional Bedouin culture. After enjoying a short camel ride, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Dubai.

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Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Classic, Premium or Deluxe Bus Ticket

3. Dubai: Hop-On Hop-Off Classic, Premium or Deluxe Bus Ticket

Discover and explore the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Bastakiya Historical Village, Al Fahidi Fort, the Old Souk Of Arabia, the Old Watchtower & Heritage Village, the Gold & Spice Souks, Dubai Creek, Atlantis The Palm, and Souk Madinat & Burj Al Arab. Board an open-top double-decker bus to admire fantastic views and soak up the charm of old and new Dubai. From the towering Burj Khalifa, the 7-star Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis the Palm to the exotic spice souk, you'll see a lot of Dubai's top landmarks. Pass by the Museum of the Future and admire its Arabian calligraphy-inspired architecture. This fully narrated audio tour will allow you to discover over 9 locations throughout the city, with daily departures from the starting point at the Dubai Mall. You may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Air conditioning is available on the lower deck and recorded commentary is available in 12 languages.

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Dubai: 5-Hour Tour with a Professional Photographer Guide

4. Dubai: 5-Hour Tour with a Professional Photographer Guide

Take a half-day photography tour of both old and modern Dubai with a professional photographer. After pickup from your hotel, stop at Palm Jumeirah for a photoshoot. Then visit Atlantis, The Palm to have your photo taken. Enjoy the waterfront views of Dubai Marina from Palm Island. Proceed to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and get wonderful snaps of the traditional bazaar. Continue to Jumeirah Beach to take photos with the famous Burj Al Arab in the background. Next head to the Blue Mosque. Visit its library and capture mesmerizing photographs of the mosque’s blue tiles. Next, head to old Dubai to explore the history of the city. Take a water taxi ride across Dubai Creek and visit the world’s largest market for gold and spices. Get some splendid photos as you walk along the winding streets. Finally, visit the Al Khayma Heritage House, located in the Al Fahidi Historical District. Here, experience authentic Emirati hospitality and a cup of traditional tea or coffee as you learn more about the history and development of the United Arab Emirates. Spend some time exploring the house's traditional architecture and decor, from the old Emirati bedroom to the tent and Arish residences. After the tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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Dubai: Half-Day Bus Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

5. Dubai: Half-Day Bus Tour and Burj Khalifa Entry Ticket

See the sights of Dubai on a half-day sightseeing tour by comfortable bus and marvel at all that the metropolis has to offer. Learn how a small fishing village at Dubai Creek was transformed into a futuristic city of amazing architecture and rich cultural attractions. See the man-made developments of Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab hotel with its iconic design of billowing sails. Admire the awe-inspiring exterior of Jumeirah Mosque, built in the traditional style of the Fatimid Caliphate. Continue to the historical district of Al Bastakiya, where the Dubai Museum is located in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort.  Get escorted to the elevators at the monumental Burj Khalifa and ride to the observation deck on the 124th floor for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Discover the many attractions of Dubai Mall at your own pace at the end of the tour services.

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Snapshot: Essentials of Dubai Photo Stop Tour

6. Snapshot: Essentials of Dubai Photo Stop Tour

This is the ideal tour for you if you've only got limited time to see the essentials of Dubai! Get a quick taste of this city's extravagant atmosphere and modernism. This tour will take you from Deira to see amazing photo stops - the first will be the downtown area at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa with its musical fountains. Then, continue towards the Palm, an island shaped like a palm tree with amazing panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. On the island, you'll pass by several luxury hotels to get to Atlantis hotel, where you can get some amazing shots for Instagram. Then, head back to the Jumairah area to see the iconic Burj Al Arab for another photo stop. Continue your tour along Jumairah road, discovering the famous Jumairah Mosque before heading to the Dubai Museum. Visit Old Dubai and see the traditional Abras boats crossing the creek before returning to your departure point near the airport. 

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Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

7. Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

Explore Dubai's traditional and modern sides with a local guide on a full-day tour. Stay cool throughout the day in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy included entrance tickets to several attractions, as well as a hotel pickup and drop-off. After your pickup, start your tour with a quick view of the Dubai Creek before discovering the heritage area of Bastakaya with its Arabian wind towers. Then, visit the beautiful Al-Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, dating from the mid-19th century. See traditional houses built from stone, gypsum, teak, sandalwood, fronds, and palm wood. Discover the alleys, pathways, and public squares that separate the houses, making the district naturally diverse. Cross from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai by traditional water taxi, or abra. Then walk through the spice and gold souks to marvel at the variety of goods on offer. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque and Burj Al Arab, known for its distinctive silhouette resembling a billowing sail. Enjoy free time for tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern ambiance. Then, head to the crescent-shaped manmade Palm Jumeirah Island. Stop in front of Atlantis The Palm Hotel, the centerpiece of Palm Jumeirah. Palm Jumeirah is the most scenic artificial man-made island on earth and boasts facilities such as world-class accommodation, private villas, residential apartments, beaches, water sports activities, and restaurants. Next, visit the Atlantis Aquarium. Experience the unique beauty of Dubai from the Dubai Marina Walk, called by many a small Manhattan due to the many skyscrapers. Find lots of restaurants serving a variety of foods in front of the Marina Canal, where boat, yacht, and dhow rides are available. Enjoy a drive along Sheik Zayed Road, lined with more skyscrapers, and stop at the Dubai Mall to experience the fine dining and shopping on offer and enter Burj Khalifa, a magnificent steel structure rising 828 meters and the tallest building in the world. Have free time at the Dubai Mall until the evening to watch the dancing fountain. This is the world’s largest dancing fountain and is synchronized with classical, Arabic, and international music. At the end of the evening, be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

8. Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

Experience Dubai, old and new, on a comprehensive half-day city tour, and visit the traditional Gold Souk, before going to the top of the world’s tallest building! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Dubai Creek on the way to the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the famous wind tower houses in the city’s first neighborhood. Go to Dubai Museum at the 225-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, and learn about Arabic arts, history, culture and lifestyle. Take a traditional water taxi (”abra” from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai, and stroll through the Spice Market and Gold Market. Stop to take a photo of the Jumeirah Mosque and the sail-like façade of the grand Burj Al Arab Hotel. Enjoy some free time for a tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic recreation of an ancient Middle Eastern marketplace. Next, visit the manmade Palm Jumeirah Island and stop in front of the Atlantis Hotel. Marvel at the world-class accommodation, villas, and residential apartments of the crescent-shaped island, and see the site of Dubai Aquarium. Experience the beauty of Dubai’s skyscrapers from the Dubai Marina Walk, and admire the yachts of millionaires alongside traditional dhows. Drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, between yet more imposing skyscrapers, and head to Dubai Mall for a view of the Burj Khalifa. Enter the world’s tallest building to ride the fastest elevator on the planet. Go to the 124th floor observation deck for panoramic city views. There will be some free time in Dubai Mall to watch the fountain dancing in sync to classical, Arabic and world music, or to indulge in some fine dining before your drop-off in the Dubai Mall.

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Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

9. Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Dubai at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Dubai Creek Abra Station, Spice Souk, Gold Souk and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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The Golden City - Half Day Dubai City Tour

10. The Golden City - Half Day Dubai City Tour

Sample historic sites and the vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this tour starting in the popular Jumeirah district. Make a stop at the traditionally recreated Madinat Souk for stunning photos of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel then drive onto the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, an incredible architectural marvel for a closer look at another icon, the Atlantis Resort. Continue along Jumeirah Beach, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai to a photo-stop at the famed Jumeirah Mosque. Next drive to Zabeel district for a few clicks outside the Dubai Ruler’s Palace before heading to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai. A brief stop at the ruling family’s former residence, Al Fahidi Fort is followed by a short Abra (water taxi) sailing across Dubai Creek. Disembark at the Spice Souk where the fragrances of the orient come together then there is time to shop in one of the most visited sites of Dubai – the Gold Souk. Finally, your journey ends in the new heart of Downtown Dubai where you will see the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

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What people are saying about Al Bastakiya

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,848 reviews

Great tour led by Abdullah who was very friendly and fun. Good high level overview, no overload of facts and reasonable amount of walking so suitable for all abilities. The numerous food and drink samples were a nice surprise! A very relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Very satisfied with the tour. The Arabic coffee was amazing and the experience was unique. Our guide Akbar explained a lot during the trip, made us feel comfortable and took many beautiful photos of us!

Merci à Francis qui a été parfait ! La balade s’est déroulée tranquillement avec des pauses, un en cas et plein de joli découvertes illustrées par les explications de Francis :)

The tour was entertaining and enjoyable. The route for the tour was described in detail.

We had a great morning out in the wonderful deserts of the UAE.