The Origin of Dubai Tour: Souks, Sheiks & Spices

The Origin of Dubai Tour: Souks, Sheiks & Spices

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  • Learn about Emirati culture, history & architecture
  • Ride an abra - a traditional boat - across Dubai Creek
  • See the authentic sand-colored houses & wind towers
  • Use all your senses visiting the colorful spice market
  • Visit Dubai’s oldest gold souk
  • Experience the arab coffee ritual

You will meet here: Al Fahidi Station

What you can expect

Experience Dubai in a totally different way! Catch a glimpse of “the other side” of Dubai during this private walking tour. Away from skyscrapers and crowded touristic spots, explore and enjoy the city like never before!

Start your tour from Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Bastakiya, and enjoy exploring one of the oldest areas of Dubai with your private guide. Its narrow walking streets, sand-colored houses topped with wind towers are amazing. The small public squares give the district a natural and beautiful diversity that you will love. Wander around this beautiful area and get a feeling of what life was like years ago.

Stroll the beautiful streets of this quarter while listening to unique local stories from your awesome host and make your way to the Coffee Museum. Once there, get ready to immerse yourself in an aromatic bean-based journey around the world and back in time. You’ll also have the chance to taste traditional Ethiopian or Turkish coffee prepared by the staff in traditional costume.

Next stop: the Dubai Museum! Here you will find out more about the time when Dubai wasn’t driven by its oil fields. Hear more about the city’s old economy and how life was before oil was discovered. Learn all of these insights directly from your knowledgeable local guide. Your tour continues on the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum house on the Al Shindagha area. This residence is from the former Dubai monarch that dates back to the early 20th century. The building now is a museum featuring a fascinating collection of historic photographs, coins, stamps, and documents that showcase Dubai's history.

Once you've seen all there is in the Al Shindagha area, it’s time to ride an abra across Dubai Creek to admire Deira’s high-rises from the water. After you disembark, take a deep breath and step into the narrow alleyways of Deira’s covered souks. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, and check out the outlets selling spices, souvenirs, gold and silver. If you want to buy something, don’t be afraid to bargain - it's all part of the fun. And don’t worry, your personal host will help you get the best price!

At the end of your tour, you can ask your personal guide to bring you to the Al Ras metro station or stay at the souk if you want to do some shopping on your own. Don’t forget to ask for personal recommendations before you say goodbye to your new local friend.

If you want to personalize this tour to fit your or group of friends needs and wishes, it’s 100% possible. Check out the hosts’ introduction videos, pick your favorite local and enjoy this unique tour!

This is the plan

Meet your guide at Al Fahidi metro station
Stop 1
Explore the old neighborhood of Al Fahidi - one of the oldest heritage sites of the city with its sophisticated houses and stories from the past.
Stop 2
Coffee museum where you will learn about importance and history of this precious drink in Arabian countries and across the world.
Stop 3
Dubai museum - the historic Al-Fahidi Fort and the oldest remaining building in the city.
Stop 4
Al Shindagha neighborhood prized for its coral-clad houses, traditional wind towers, and heritage attractions.
Stop 5
Crossing the Creek with traditional Arba boat.
Stop 6
Spice souk - traditional spice market.
Stop 7
Gold souk - the world's largest gold market where you can see authentic masterpieces of jewelry and luxurious items.
Goodbyes at the souk or Al Ras metro station depending on your wishes.

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Al Fahidi Station
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
checkDate tasting
checkAbra boat ride
checkEntrance Tickets to Sheik Saeed Al Maktoum House
Not included
Not Included: Tickets to At The Top at Burj Khalifa

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.