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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

    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 about the religion and the beliefs of the area. Afterwards, visit the most famous art gallery in the Emirates, where you'll see Dubai in the past and the present through the eyes of the 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.  Shopping time starts after in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then its time to tak...

    It is a must to understand this fabulous city (country) and their development. You can also apreciate how inmigrants contribute and live in Dubai, the newest first world city.. Mohamed , the tour guide, did a great job.

  • Dubai: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in English or German

    2. Dubai: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in English or German

    Get a look at Dubai Creek before going to the historic Al Bastakiya area to see the wind tower houses. Then, cross to Deira Dubai by abra water taxi. Stroll through the spice and gold souks, and then marvel at the Jumeirah Mosque and 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel. Get some free time in the traditional Madinat Jumeirah souk, before heading to Palm Jumeirah to visit the Atlantis the Palm Hotel. Watch the marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon at the Aquarium. Go for a stroll along Marina Walk, and then drive along Sheikh Zayed Road for stunning views of the skyscrapers. Pause at Dubai Mall and marvel at the Burj Khalifa before drop off at your hotel.

    Visiting the souqs was really great. Our guide Amira helped whenever we wanted tot buy things. She was really a nice lady

  • Dubai: Ethnic Emirati Dining Experience

    3. Dubai: Ethnic Emirati Dining Experience

    Immerse yourself in Emirati culture through its cuisine with this tasting experience. Visit a traditional Emirati house for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and witness its spectacular architecture. Before your meal, work up an appetite by wandering through the house's display of artifacts and photos. Then sit down to a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Choose the dining experience that best suits your needs, from a traditional breakfast tray to a 4-course dinner.

  • Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    4. Dubai Half-Day Tour: The City in Motion

    Explore the traditions and modern life of Dubai on a half-day city tour that takes in all the main sites of the contemporary metropolis, and traces back to its past as a small outpost on the Persian Gulf. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Palm Jumeirah, stopping outside Atlantis The Palm to take photos of the 1st resort to be built on the reclaimed land of the island. Next, admire the billowing sails structure of the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s 1st 7-star hotel. Continue to the Jumeirah Mosque, said to be the most photographed mosque in the city. Go to the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, location for Dubai Museum and the oldest existing building in the city. Watch the world go by at Dubai Creek, where you can take photos of the many boats before boarding a traditional abra (water taxi) to cross the creek. Finally, soak up the sounds and scents of the gold and spice ...

  • Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

    5. Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

    Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questi...

    Very relaxed and delicious meal with a knowledgeable guide into the culture and answered all questions fully. The meal was very Indian as opposed to the more traditional Arabic which what I would expect from that part of the world. Very interesting conversations about being environmentally friendly yet we were served water in small containers made of plastic. To take food away(which was fabulous to be able to do this!!) we were given foil containers and plastic bags to take food away(which was fabulous!!) maybe everyone could be told to bring their own multiple use containers if they want to be able to take food away. I highly recommend this activity as a first insight into the culture...but it did leave me wanting to know more and with no pointers as to what I can do to have more access to the local people to learn more about their culture.

  • Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    6. Dubai Icons: Dubai Museum, Gold Souk and Water Taxi

    Enjoy a unique half-day tour of Dubai, exploring its old neighborhoods as well as some of the more traditional bazaars and souks. Following a pickup from your hotel, transfer to experience a magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing through the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the charming wind-tower houses built by the wealthy merchants of old Dubai. Continue to Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building and now home to Dubai Museum. See some of the city’s archives and exhibits that chronicle the development of the city. Next, climb aboard a traditional wooden abra water taxi and cross Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Soak up the scent of exotic spices, and see some of the best jewelery in town.  Re-board your transfer vehicle and drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity outside one of Dubai’s most important landmarks. End with a drive past the ultra-luxur...

    Too much driving around and waiting before the trip actually started. Tour guide was bit nervous because of the wasted time and he left out the women’s museum from the program without any explanation.

  • Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

    7. Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

    Your tour will begin from the old Al Fahidi Courtyard Houses in the Bastakiya District. From there, you will get to walk through the Coffee Museum, coin, and Dubai Museum. You will then be guided through the textile souk to arrive at the Dubai Creek and Dhow for breath-taking views. Next, you will enjoy an Abra Ride across the Creek, which will involve a traditional boat taking you across to the Deira side of Dubai. Once there, you can explore the various souks (markets), such as the Spice Souk, and Gold Souk in the city. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive knickknack or a diamond necklace, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit you here. Later on, you will encounter the Al Shindaga Watchtower, one of the three watchtowers used to guard Dubai. Your tour includes all entrances to museums as well as your abra ride, and will conclude in the Al Ras district.

    exactly the type of experience we were looking for. very personal and private and thorough coverage of old Dubai and the houses with brief commentary and engaging stories. bravo!

  • Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    8. Dubai: City Highlights Bus Tour with Dubai Museum and Transfer

    Start your city tour of Dubai with pickup straight from your hotel. Then, dive into the city and compare and let your guide surprise you with the contrasts of old and new Dubai. See the city's traditional side and watch colorful abras sail along the Dubai Creek. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and the exotic scents at the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Visit the historic Bastakiya district and make your way to the Dubai Museum, located in the old Al Fahidi Fort. Learn about how the city blossomed into a trading center. Then, go out and see the Dubai of today and marvel at the world's first 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Gaze up at the elegant towers of the Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Head back to your accommodation with a better orientation of the city and a deeper insight into Dubai's many layers of history.

  • Dubai: Bus Tour with Transfer

    9. Dubai: Bus Tour with Transfer

    Start with pickup from your accommodation in Dubai and head to the old town. Experience the historical side of Dubai and learn about the foundations of this metropolis. Stroll around the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, home of the Dubai Museum and the oldest existing building in the city. See the Jumeirah Mosque, known for its 8th-century Islamic architecture and said to be the most photographed mosque in the city. Watch the world go by at Dubai Creek and take photos of the traditional water taxis. Wander through the famous markets and gold and spice souks to absorb the bustling atmosphere. At the end of a day of sightseeing, enjoy the convenience of being dropped back off at your hotel.

  • Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour with Abra Ride

    10. Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour with Abra Ride

    Explore the vibrant history of Dubai by walking through the lanes and alleyways of the Al Fahidi district. Marvel at the ancient buildings and enjoy the unique Arabian style of architecture. Proceed through the captivating textile souk and see the colorful fabrics. Continue to the perfume, spice, and gold souks and get a glimpse of Dubai’s past as a trading outpost. Ride across Dubai Creek on a traditional abra boat and enjoy views of the city from the water. Once you have finished the guided tour, feel free to explore more on your own.

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What people are saying about Al Bastakiya

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 51 reviews

One of our favorite activities of the entire trip! Mohamed is an amazing guide and will answer all of your questions. I learned so much about the old town architecture, culture, religion, and how to successfully negotiate pricing in the souks. If you plan on shopping the souks this tour is a must! Also, you get to try Arabic coffee, which my husband ended up loving and he does not like coffee! Love that we got to experience new things and learn so much. Thank you Mohamed.

this was the best activity we have done so far during our dubai trip. we learned a lot about the culture, ate wonderfully, and had the opportunity to shop in the souk. but most importantly: we met abdullah, a great guide who gave us valuable tips on everything to do with shopping. He spoke very fluently German and English. We felt very comfortable in the group and can highly recommend this activity!

It is a must to understand this fabulous city (country) and their development. You can also apreciate how inmigrants contribute and live in Dubai, the newest first world city.. Mohamed , the tour guide, did a great job.

Mohammed is one of my favorite guides that we had during our visit. He is so informative and gave us information in great detail. I would definitely tour with him again.

Really nice experience, the guide was nice, he explain and show us many things. It was really interesting. I recommend