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Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical Area Walking Tour & Abra Ride

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Activity provider: OceanAir Travels

Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical Area Walking Tour & Abra Ride

Activity provider: OceanAir Travels
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Embark on an extensive exploration of the fascinating Al Fahidi district as you experience the delights of Dubai’s glorious past. Take a break from driving and soak up the true charm of the city on foot during a 3-hour walking tour.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the cultural hotspots of Dubai during a 3-hour walking tour
  • Explore the Emirati lifestyle and Arabian Welcome at Al Khayma Heritage House
  • Enjoy indulging in a traditional Arabic makeover and try henna painting
  • See Dubai Creek and the quaint textile, gold, and spice souks
  • Ride a traditional Abra boat across the Dubai Creek
Full description

This historic walking tour will show you the best of the Al Fahidi District as you learn all about the culture and history of the UAE. You’ll also take a ride in a traditional Abra water taxi that will show you the city from a unique perspective. 

Meet your guide and begin by enjoying a welcome drink of Arabic tea with dates at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in the Al Fahidi Historical District. You can also try out luqaimat, ragag, and camel milk.

Tour the traditional house and learn about the history of the UAE. Visit a traditional Emirati bedroom, see a tent replica located at the restaurant, arish palm front houses, and also the megastructures. You will get an opportunity to try your hands at henna painting while indulging in the traditional Arabic Makeover.

Admire the buildings in the Al Fahidi District and the Al Seef area before you head to the Middle East's largest Coffee Museum. Enjoy a live Arabic coffee-making session and learn about how coffee has become a crucial part of the UAE's culture.

Stop by a Mosque and see the distinctive architecture as you learn more about Islam. Then, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi for a quick creek tour. Admire the old trading ships and take some photographs to show friends and family.

Visit the Gold Souk, the area where the majority of Dubai's jewelry stores are to be found. At the Spice Souk, you’ll find all manner of aromatic spices, herbs, nuts, oil, saffron, and more.

  • Local Licensed tour guide
  • Abra water taxi fees
  • Al Khayma Heritage House visit
  • Arabic Makeover & Henna Painting
  • Rogag & Louqiamat (local bread and sweet)
  • Arabic tea with dates
  • Coffee Museum visit
  • Camel Milk ice cream
  • Bottle of water
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Start the tour at 10:00 AM outside the Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood Dubai

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note, this tour is not available during the month of Ramadan as restaurants will not be open
  • The venues mentioned in the itinerary could be closed unexpectedly for any special events. The availability of these venues for visit is conditional 
  • This tour is not available on Friday and Saturday
  • This is a walking tour and is not suitable for people with mobility issues
  • Customers must hold a valid phone number so they can be contacted easily
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 57 reviews

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Dubai's old town is so overview. The bazaars and two small complexes of houses made to look old were shown. The rest of the time was spent being taken to tourist rip-off shops. Oh well. But the guide tried very hard, was friendly and told interesting things about the country, people, lifestyles and economy (i.e. Dubai nationals quite authentically). And the included breakfast was very touristy, but still quite nice.

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August 10, 2022

Wir haben einen Spaziergang durch das alte Dubai gemacht, um unsere Eltern zu verabschieden. Die Tour war einfach und sehr informativ, und meine Eltern genossen es, durch die Gänge zu laufen und praktische Aktivitäten zu machen. Sie haben auf jeden Fall viel über die Stadt gelernt. Die Rückmeldung der Eltern: " Die beste Reise aller Zeiten!"

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May 25, 2022

Deux visites en un mois : la premiere avec des amis et une autre avec la famille. Des discussions captivantes qui nous ont fait sortir de nos gonds lorsque nous nous promenions dans une vaste région rendue vivante par les commentaires du notre guide Mohammed, c'etais vraiment fantastique. Et la surprise était un ajout amusant et inattendu, Restaurant Al Khayma Heritage . Une visite qui s'est terminée par des sucreries. Bien je sens toujours que c'etait un rêve.

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May 24, 2022

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