Meet your guide at 4:30pm at the main entrance of Dubai museum, which is located in Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai in the heart of old Dubai. Every taxi driver knows it and it is only 5 7 minutes walk from the nearest Metro station, Al Fahidi station.
You will be walked through the Indian market. India is the most important trading partner of the region. Long before oil, the pearls found on the sandbanks in the Persian Gulf were the most important source of income of the region and there was a high demand for those pearls in India. So already centuries ago, pearls were exported to India and many goods were imported from India, such as textiles, building materials, food and spices. Since then Indian cuisine has a strong influence in what people eat in Dubai. On our way through Souq Al Khabeer, today the textile market, we will have our first Indian snack.
We cross the Creek via Abra, a wooden water taxi and reach the spice market. We try some traditional ice cream, have a refreshing juice and sample some chocolate dates. All while the friendly merchants explain their spices that are mainly from Iran. Here you also have a good opportunity to buy authentic souvenirs and gifts that are not Made in China, such as camel milk soap, camel milk chocolate, Saffron, Vanilla from Madagasgar, Frankincense, Myrre etc.
The most famous Street Food however is Shawerma the Gulf regions answer to Burrito or wrap. Of course you get to try it.
The highlight of our tour is a visit to one of the oldest restaurants in town, where you get to try a secret Persian family recipe for mutton kebab, while marveling at the eccentric interior decoration of old newspaper clips of Dubai, hundreds of photos of famous and not so famous guests and a collection of around 5000 different bank notes from all over the world left behind by visitors.