The Origin Of Dubai Private Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Starting times: 9AM, 4PM. Please choose your preferred starting time at the time of the booking.
  • Departure Details :
    Al Fahidi Metro Station, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Return Details :
    Dubai Gold Souk, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


If you thought Dubai is only about futuristic architecture and glitz? Think again! See the old residential area, the well-known souks and learn about Emirati history and culture. Discover the less-known face of the city with your own private host!

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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. Youll 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 wasnt driven by its oil fields. Hear more about the citys 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, its time to ride an abra across Dubai creek to admire Deiras high-rises from the water. After you disembark, take a deep breath and step into the narrow alleyways of Deiras covered souks. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, and check out the outlets selling spices, souvenirs, gold and silver. If you want to buy something, dont be afraid to bargain - it's all part of the fun. And dont 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. Dont forget to ask for personal recommendations before you say goodbye to your new local friend.

This is the plan:

Start: Meet your guide at Al Fahidi metro station
Stop 1: Explore the old neighborhood of Al Fahidi
Stop 2: Coffee museum
Stop 3: Dubai museum
Stop 4: Al Shindagha neighborhood
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
END: Goodbyes at the souk or Al Ras metro station


Professional local guide

Private tour

Date tasting

Entry/Admission - Dubai Museum

Entry/Admission - Coffee museum


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Sep-2019

    Previsit acquintance of the guide is important and Kassim accommodate us to a tee. The visit was informative from social, cultural and architectural history. Places of interest were all within walking distance from on foot to boat ride, through the history of UAE establishment from the eyes and passion of the Emirates.Pity that it was a holiday -Muharram, for we could at least seep Emirates coffee or looking around within the internal spaces of the different residential traditional buildings. The visit of the wind tower and the understanding of how it works and where they are normally located in a home is an eye opener. Although quite sad that all old traditional spaces has been spruced up for tourism and lost its traditional lustre, the presence of this charming areas that support the conitinuum of the local businesses is good economics and social sustainability. We thank Karim for taking beyond his time to aquiant us with his home town and wish for more walking trips to meet real people that make the place.

  • 13-May-2019

    Vibha was amazing! It was like strolling around with a friend. As she had lived in some of the areas in old Dubai, she really knew her stuff and was very informative and knew the secret tricks for where to go. Had an amazing time at the spice souks and got some wonderful things to take home. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to see Old Dubai and the souks. Very cultural experience.