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The Old Town Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dubai: Frame Tickets, Creek, Souks & Blue Mosque Guided Tour

1. Dubai: Frame Tickets, Creek, Souks & Blue Mosque Guided Tour

Embark on an adventure of Dubai in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, discovering many of the city's highlights with a licensed guide. See the Palm Jumeirah, the Blue Mosque, Dubai Creek, and more up close. Visit the iconic Dubai Frame at your own pace, marveling at its grandeur. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel. Start by stopping by The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, our first attraction, and witness the magnificent view of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel before enjoying a Burj Al Arab photo stop from the beachside. Then, be driven to Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque. The mosque’s design, inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, combines Andalusian and Ottoman architecture and can accommodate about 2000 worshippers at the same time. Visit the Dubai Creek and enjoy an Abra Ride (ancient water transport system) to cross the Creek. Stroll through the Gold and Spice Souks, lined with shops and stalls selling exquisite gold and spice items. Next, head to Al Khayma Heritage House at Al Fahidi Historical District. Enjoy Emirati hospitality with a welcome tea/coffee. Explore the old Emirati lifestyle as you tour the traditional house, learning more of UAE’s journey, starting with the desert from the tents to reaching Mars. Before concluding the house visit, explore the traditional Emirati bedroom with its antiques, observing the architectural expansion of the authentic house from the tent replica at the restaurant to Arish palm front houses finally to the megastructures. Then move to the last stop of the tour—the Dubai Frame. Witness the 150-meter building that replicates the shape of a photo frame. With 2 lofty towers connected by a glass bridge, you can see Old Dubai on one side and modern Dubai on the other. After the tour concludes, be dropped back to your selected location.

Dubai: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

2. Dubai: Top City Attractions Photo Stop Car Tour

Make the most out of your visit to Dubai with a photography tour by car to 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, Jumairah 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 Jumairah area to see the iconic Burj Al Arab for another photo stop. Drive along Jumairah road and see the Jumairah Mosque before making your way to the Dubai Museum.  Visit Old Dubai and see the traditional boats crossing the creek before being dropped off in the city center of Dubai. 

Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

3. Dubai: Half-Day Private City Tour with Burj Khalifa Tickets

Experience Dubai, old and new, on a comprehensive half-day city tour, and visit the traditional Gold Souk, before going to the top of the world’s tallest building. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Dubai Creek on the way to the heritage area of Bastakiya. See the famous wind-tower houses in the city’s first neighborhood. Go to Dubai Museum at the 225-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, and learn about Arabic arts, history, culture and lifestyle. Take a traditional water taxi from Bur Dubai to Deira Dubai, and stroll through the Spice Market and Gold Market. Stop to take a photo of the Jumeirah Mosque and the sail-like façade of the grand Burj Al Arab Hotel. Enjoy some free time for a tea or coffee at Madinat Jumeirah Souk, an authentic recreation of an ancient Middle Eastern marketplace. Next, visit the manmade Palm Jumeirah Island and stop in front of the Atlantis Hotel. Marvel at the world-class accommodation, villas, and residential apartments of the crescent-shaped island, and see the site of Dubai Aquarium. Experience the beauty of Dubai’s skyscrapers from the Dubai Marina Walk, and admire the yachts of millionaires alongside traditional dhows. Drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, between yet more imposing skyscrapers, and head to Dubai Mall for a view of the Burj Khalifa. Enter the world’s tallest building to ride the fastest elevator on the planet. Go to the 124th-floor observation deck for panoramic city views. Take free time in Dubai Mall to watch the fountain dancing in sync with classical, Arabic, and world music, or to indulge in some fine dining before your drop-off in the Dubai Mall.

Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

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

Start your full-day Dubai adventure by meeting your guide in your hotel in Abu Dhabi. After a short meet and greet you will set off to discover one of the world's most fascinating, modern cities - Dubai.  Begin your tour with a drive to Dubai from Abu Dhabi - along the way, whilst heading through the outskirts of Dubai along the main highway you will witness one of the largest concentrations of skyscrapers in this region, and the third-largest concentration in the world. This tour will showcase the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai, giving you some insight into this multi-faceted city. Visit popular tourist locations in Old Dubai such as the Dubai Museum, Spice Market, Gold Souk, and the Abra Ride water taxi. Follow this with a trip to New Dubai where you will pause for photo stops at landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. End your journey through Dubai with a convenient and relaxing car ride back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. 

Dubai: Old Town Walking Tour with Lunch & Vintage Car Ride

5. Dubai: Old Town Walking Tour with Lunch & Vintage Car Ride

Sample the delights of Dubai and spend an afternoon in style as you partake in a heritage meal, stroll through the streets of Dubai's historic district, and cruise through the city's downtown in an iconic vintage car. Soak up the history and culture of this unique guided tour. Your tour begins in the Al Fahidi Historical District at the Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant. Upon arriving, you'll be greeted with a traditional welcome of Arabic tea, dates, and an assortment of other beverages. Then, relish the flavors of the Emirati lunch that follows. After your meal, continue your tour with an exploration of Old Dubai. Your guide will accompany you on the streets of the historic district and share insights into the history and culture of Dubai. Next, take an abra, a traditional ferry, to cross the brilliant waters of Dubai Creek. Admire the panoramic view of the city as you cruise, then disembark at the abra station on the other side. Relax in an air-conditioned ride to downtown Dubai. To explore Dubai's downtown area, hop into the classic vintage G-Class Mercedes and ride in style through the city. Gaze at the mesmerizing array of architectural feats, including the towering Burj Khalifa. Your tour concludes at the pickup location in downtown Dubai.

Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

6. Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

Dive into Dubai's past with a visit to the heritage district located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. You can still have a glimpse of traditional dhows being used for business purposes. Your tour starts at the Arabian Tea House & Restaurant in Al Fahidi, Bastakiya opposite Musalla Post Office. Bastakiya is the Historic District of Dubai and its construction dates back to 1890's. You have first stop at the famous Coffee Museum Old City Wall, where the traditional coffee will be served in a traditional way to you. After that moving through the Dubai Museum (currently closed for renovation) you will have your next stop at the textile souk. There are products from several civilizations for you to witness. Its time for a traditional ride now. You will cross the creek by the famous Abra ride to get onto other side into the historic Dubai Spice Souk. You will be welcomed by the the fragrances of spices for around the globe. At last you have a chance to visit the largest Gold Souk right next to the the spice souk. Constantly being checked by Dubai Government Authorities this souk has the purest gold. You can get to see various designs of this precious metal. This tour ends at the Dubai gold souk.

Dubai Highlights Tour: The Top 5 Attractions

7. Dubai Highlights Tour: The Top 5 Attractions

See Dubai’s top 5 attractions on a 7-hour afternoon tour that ends with dinner at the Armani Hotel. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the standalone shopping mall, Saga World Dubai. Marvel at all the finer things that human hands can create. Saga World is the only mall that can compare to a museum, and allows connoisseurs to choose stuff that any museum would be proud to display. Next, cruise alongside Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Dubai Marina by traditional boat, and experience the free-spirited atmosphere and invigorating lifestyle of a cosmopolitan area. Continue to The Palm Jumeirah to admire the largest manmade island in the world, and stop by the Atlantis the Palm Hotel to take a souvenir photo. Wander the stalls of one of Dubai’s most authentic Islamic souks; Souk Al Bahar on Old Town Island. Swap the old for the new as you ascend the dramatic Burj Khalifa. Go to “At the Top” for an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert, and ocean. Prepare yourself for the heady delights and panoramic views of a dancing fountain in Dubai's most desirable dining destination, with a sumptuous fusion buffet dinner at Armani hotel.

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What people are saying about The Old Town Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 332 reviews

Great tour, made even better by our very informative guide, Maaz Khan. Maaz told us all about Dubai, it’s past, present and future. He was very knowledgeable about all the places we went to and explained things in great detail and answered questions the group had. Meal was excellent at the end of the tour. Thanks Maaz

We had an amazing day exploring Dubai! And our tour guide, Maas Khan, was telling us lots of things about Dubai, taking us to the beat spots for pictures and taking really great pictures of us as well. Overall we truly enjoyed the tour and we can only thank our guide for his kindness and the brilliant day out we had!

The tour was great and very informative. The tour guide and driver were excellent.

Great tour! Only to be recommended! There is no better way to get to know Dubai.

Noor our guide was amazing. He went above and beyond to give us the best service