Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Guided Old Town Tour with Souks, Tastings & Boat Tour

1. Dubai: Guided Old Town Tour with Souks, Tastings & Boat Tour

Explore Dubai on this guided tour to the old town with a boat tour along Dubai Creek. Admire the historic neighborhoods of the city, see heritage houses and museums, and try some street food at the local markets. Begin your experience by taking a stroll at the neighborhood of Al Seef, located along Dubai Creek. There, your guide will introduce you to the royal family, their history, lifestyle, and culture. Then, pay a visit to the historical neighborhood of Al Fahidi where you can see the heritage houses and museums and experience how the locals' ancestors used to live their daily lives. Enter some of the houses and try Arabic coffee and tea while learning about Islam and the culture practiced by locals. Continue your journey through the Grand Souk of Bur Dubai and try local street food and fresh juice of your choice. After tasting some local cuisine, head on to Dubai Creek for a scenic cruise on a traditional boat called Abra. Enjoy some of the highlights of Deira Dubai including the Spices Souk and Gold Market.

Dubai: Discover Dubai's Creek and Souks with Street Food

2. Dubai: Discover Dubai's Creek and Souks with Street Food

Delve into the rich history of Dubai's Al Fahidi district on a guided walking tour. Admire the views of Dubai Creek on a traditional abra boat ride, savor local street food, sip Arabic coffee at the Al Khayma Heritage House, and visit the Coffee Museum and Coins Museum. Meet your guide at the Al Khayma Heritage House and sip on a hot cup of Arabic coffee with dates, snacks, and tasty street food. Then, make your way to the Coffee Museum and discover the cultural importance of coffee in the United Arab Emirates. Stroll along the Al Seef promenade and marvel at the quaint mosque. Navigate the narrow alleyways of the Al Fahidi district while admiring the architectural splendor of historic buildings contrasting with modern constructions. Pass the Grand Souk and hop aboard a traditional abra water taxi for a sightseeing journey around Dubai Creek. Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and the towering skyscrapers of the Dubai skyline as you sail. Arrive at the Spice Souk and experience the enticing smells and vibrant colors of the plethora of spices and ingredients on offer. You can also try your hand at haggling with local merchants. Finally, step inside the Gold Souk and marvel at the array of fine jewelry, silver, and precious stones. Bid farewell to your guide and leave Dubai with a greater understanding of its traditional culture and history beyond the glitz and glamour.

Dubai: Old Dubai Guided Tour, Souqs Shopping, and Abra Ride

3. Dubai: Old Dubai Guided Tour, Souqs Shopping, and Abra Ride

Prepare for a unique and enchanting journey in the heart of Dubai, as our tour in Old Dubai takes you to a world of heritage and history. Visit the Al Seef Area and Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhoods, wiping away the traces of time in heritage houses, Tents for the Nomads , Old Market historical museums. In Bur Dubai Old market, find yourself in the midst of vibrant activity, where you can shop and experience traditional street foods. Enjoy the flavours of local cuisine and traditions Emirati coffe that take you on an unforgettable taste journey. In Deira Dubai With our specialised local guide, gain a unique insight into Arab culture and the history of Dubai. Let them take you on a charming boat tour on a traditional abra along Dubai Creek, revealing prominent landmarks such as the Spice Souk and Gold Souk from a new perspective.

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience

4. 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 a 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.

Dubai: Souks, Street Food, Abra, and Old Town

5. Dubai: Souks, Street Food, Abra, and Old Town

Discover the main highlights of the Old Town on this fully guided tour. Visit Dubai Creek with all its boats, cargo ships, and dhow cruises. See the popular Al Bastakiya historical quarter with its heritage houses and the museums. Start your tour by meeting your guide at the selected meeting point. Hear your guide discuss the history, culture, and lifestyle of the city of Dubai. Experience different tastings of Arabic coffee, dates, camel milk chocolate, and street food, like shawarma, falafel, and fried snacks. Visit a Spices Souk and a Gold Souk. Shop like a local, and get useful tips from an insider on how to haggle.

Dubai: 24-48 Hour or 5-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise

6. Dubai: 24-48 Hour or 5-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise

Jump on-board this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to discover the best of Dubai. Travel on two different routes taking you to Dubai's most iconic city sights and the beaches of Jumeirah. Learn about Dubai's rich cultural heritage with engaging audio commentary in 6 languages while taking advantage of unrestricted views from the open-top bus. See top sights and landmarks including: Red Route Burj Khalifa Dubai Mall The Dubai Fountain Museum of the Future Royal Palace Bastakiya Old Village Al Fahidi Fort Heritage Village Gold & Spice Souk Dubai Creek Dubai Frame Blue Route Sheikh Zayed Road Mall of the Emirates Ain Dubai Madame Tussauds Media City Palm Jumeirah Atlantis the Palm Aquaventure Lost Chambers of Atlantis Dubai Marina Souk Madinat Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Select from three ticket options, each providing fantastic additional benefits. 24-hour hop-on, hop-off ticket Including 1-hr Arabian dhow cruise 48-hour hop-on, hop-off ticket Including entry to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Ambassador Lagoon Arabian dhow cruise 5-day hop-on, hop-off ticket Including Desert Sunset Tour Entry to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Ambassador Lagoon Entry to Madame Tussauds 1-hr Arabian dhow cruise

Dubai: Old Dubai & Souks Guided Tour with Tastings & Cruise

7. Dubai: Old Dubai & Souks Guided Tour with Tastings & Cruise

Experience the essence of traditional Dubai's history, culture, and souks (local markets) on a premium guided tour. Discover the captivating charm of old Dubai (Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood). Ride on a traditional abra boat and taste local drinks and sweets. Immerse yourself in the culture and history through captivating stories and anecdotes as you explore alongside your guide. Explore ancient traditional houses and immerse yourself in the fascinating lives of the local inhabitants from days gone by. Uncover the secrets of local architecture and trace the remarkable journey of Dubai’s development. Indulge in a sensory and culinary experience as you savor local sweets, tea, and other delicacies. Learn the secrets of preparing traditional tea and explore the world of spices. Later, unwind as you cross the river on a traditional Abra boat. Visit spice and gold souks for a taste of local life. Discover the hidden treasures of local souks as you look, explore, and shop for local products. Get the best tips to avoid scams and "tourist traps". See where ancient tales come to life.

Dubai: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

8. Dubai: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

Make the most out of your visit to Dubai with a photography tour of the city's most iconic landmarks. Travel to Palm Island and capture shots of the Burj Al Arab. Get Instagram-worthy views of unmissable sights like the Atlantis Hotel, the Burj Khalifa Tower, the Jumeirah Mosque, and Old Dubai. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from Dubai Airport (DXB) or your hotel. Relax as your guide takes you on a tour to explore the city's extravagant atmosphere and head downtown to the Deira district.  Go to the bottom of the Burj Khalifa to snap pictures of its musical fountains. Continue towards the Palm, a man-made island shaped like a palm tree. Admire stunning panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab from the island.  Pass by several luxury hotels on the way to Atlantis Hotel, where you can stop for some selfies. Head back to the Jumeirah area to see the iconic Burj Al Arab for another photo stop. Drive along Jumeirah Road and see the Jumeirah Mosque.  Visit Old Dubai and see the traditional boats crossing the creek before being dropped off in the city center of Dubai. 

Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

9. Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

Explore the vibrant city of Dubai with our comprehensive city tour! Your day will start with a comfortable hotel pickup in Abu Dhabi, where you'll meet our professional English-speaking guide and board an air-conditioned bus. Stay hydrated with complimentary bottled water throughout the journey. Embark on a picturesque journey as we pass by iconic landmarks like the stunning Marina View, the breathtaking Pointe at Palm, and the luxurious Jumeirah Beach with its iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. Get ready to be captivated by the dazzling Dubai Mall and catch a glimpse of the world's tallest building, the majestic Burj Khalifa, during a photo stop. Marvel at the architectural wonder of the Museum of the Future and Dubai Frame as we drive past these impressive structures. Delve into Dubai's rich history as we pass through the historic Al Fahidi area. Experience the traditional charm of Dubai as we take an Abra ride across the tranquil Creek, providing a unique perspective of the city. Indulge in a shopping spree at the vibrant Gold and Spice Souks, where you can find exquisite jewelry and an array of aromatic spices. This comprehensive city tour ensures you don't miss any of Dubai's must-see attractions, offering a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Dubai's wonders!

Dubai: 5-Day Hop-on/off Bus, Cruise, Aquarium & Desert Tour

10. Dubai: 5-Day Hop-on/off Bus, Cruise, Aquarium & Desert Tour

Discover the best of Dubai with this 5-Day Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus ticket which also includes a Desert Sunset Tour, a traditional Dhow Creek Cruise with unlimited pizza and drinks meal deal, and entry to the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, Madame Tussauds and the Ambassador Lagoon. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and explore landmarks via two different routes with audio commentary in 6 languages. The Red Route will take you to Dubai’s most iconic city sights and landmarks, while the Blue Route explores the beaches of Jumeirah. Red Route Burj Khalifa Dubai Mall The Dubai Fountain Museum of the Future Royal Palace Bastakiya Old Village Al Fahidi Fort Heritage Village Gold & Spice Souk Dubai Creek Dubai Frame Blue Route Sheikh Zayed Road Mall of the Emirates Ain Dubai Madame Tussauds Media City Palm Jumeirah Atlantis the Palm Aquaventure Lost Chambers of Atlantis Dubai Marina Souk Madinat Jumeirah Burj Al Arab This ticket includes free entrance to the following attractions: Desert Sunset Safari Experience a traditional welcome at a desert fort and interact with camels, falcons and horses, and get a temporary henna tattoo. The Lost Chambers at Atlantis Discover Dubai's enormous Atlantis-themed aquarium. The Ambassador Lagoon A viewing platform with an impressive view of an Atlantis-themed aquarium at Atlantis the Palm 1-hour Dhow Cruise View landmarks including the Al Fahidi Fort from the historic Dubai Creek Madame Tussauds Get impossibly close to your favourite stars, join immersive interactive areas, and take photos with incredible lifelike figures

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Alhamdulillah, it was very interesting and fun. The selection of places were appropriate for those who enjoy sightseeing, mostly featuring great architectural feats, but also incorporating local culture at Old Dubai towards the end. The guide was knowledgeable with the many tourist attractions at Dubai, and he seems to know many other locals we met on the way as well. His explanations were clear, and he was very patient with my questions. He gave me two extra hours as well, and bought me some local food (Zara’s bread) and drink (camel milk tea). He was very flexible with my praying ‘Asr and Maghrib (we went to mosques for both these prayers) which is very commendable and appreciated, though I was traveling alone anyway. I was a bit underwhelmed and uncomfortable by the walking through the stores inside Dubai Mall (other than the lake inside and the aquarium, which were both stunning) but this is only a minute drawback of the trip that may only apply to me. Overall, a great experience!

We had a very enjoyable fascinating 3 hours exploring the markets with our guide Hamza. He was so full of knowledge about the UAE, and Dubai and the markets, with tips about how to approach and buy there. The cold bottled water, food tastings, coffee and coconut water were a welcome addition. A lovely group of people on the tour. Thank you Hamza.

Excellent tour. Adham was very informative and knowledgable. He explained about the history of Dubai in an engaging way and advised about prices in the market. The 'tastings' turned to be more be more like a packed lunch which was great. Very enjoyable tour.

I had an amazing time. This is a must do! Hamza was the best tour guide we had many laughs along the way.

Mido has been super fun, really recommend to all italians coming!