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The Old Town Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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

2. 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

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

4. 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 Al Fahidi District. See the famous wind-tower houses in the city’s first neighborhood 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 facade 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 man made 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. 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: Private Tour of Dubai's Souks and Creek

5. Dubai: Private Tour of Dubai's Souks and Creek

Experience the essence of traditional Dubai's history, culture, and souks (local markets) on a guided trip from Dubai. Discover the captivating charm of old Dubai while exploring the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Ride on a traditional abra boat and taste local drinks and sweets. Explore the enchanting neighborhood of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya), the birthplace of Dubai's history. 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. See where ancient tales come to life.

Dubai: Souks, Museums, Street Food and Entry to Dubai Frame

6. Dubai: Souks, Museums, Street Food and Entry to Dubai Frame

Explore the rich tapestry of Dubai's history and culture with our Dubai Souks, Museum, Street Food tastings, Traditional Boat ride, and Entry to Dubai Frame Guided Tour. Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of the city's historic district and entry to Dubai Frame. Wander through the narrow, bustling alleyways of the Al Fahidi Historic District, home to the charming Al Bastakiya quarter, adorned with traditional wind-tower architecture and art galleries. Embark on a traditional abra boat ride across the serene Dubai Creek, soaking in the picturesque views of the city's iconic skyline. Visit the Dubai Museum housed in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, where artifacts and exhibits vividly narrate the city's transformation from a humble fishing village to a global metropolis. Stroll through the vibrant and aromatic stalls of the Spice and Gold Souks, where the scent of exotic spices and the glimmer of precious metals fill the air. Our guided tour provides insightful narratives, uncovering the captivating stories behind landmarks. Indulge your senses in the charm of Old Dubai market as you savor local flavors at traditional eateries, and experience the warmth of Emirati hospitality. With our Wonders of Dubai Tour, discover the heart and soul of the city, where every corner tells a story and every landmark reflects the legacy of a bygone era. Join us on a journey through time, where the spirit of old Dubai comes alive at every step. The tour will start at Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton with pick-up from your hotel The tour ends in Dubai frame after which you will be dropped off to your hotel address.

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.

Dubai: Stopover Tour

8. Dubai: Stopover Tour

Experience Dubai during your stopover, our guide will meet you at the meeting point, depending on the hours you have he will show you the attractions of your interests. After exploring the Neighbourhoods of Jumeirah, Downtown and Old Dubai you will be dropped off back to the airport to catch for your next flight back to home or next vacation spot.

Dubai: Guided City Walking Tour to Spice and Gold Souk

9. 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: Creek Sightseeing Cruise

10. Dubai: Creek Sightseeing Cruise

Experience a glorious 1-Hour cruise along the pristine Dubai Creek on a traditional Dhow boat as you pass by the tradition of "Old Dubai" in stark contrast to the incredible modernity of architectural wonders such as the RolexTower and Maktoum Bridge. Picturing the origins of the city while admiring the modern marvel that it has become allows you to appreciate why it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai.

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Tour was great … we got to see the best of old Istanbul … Serkan our guide was amazing. He loves what he do and he is eager to share unique details that enhance the visit. Thank you! Beautiful way to get to know the jewels from the city.

Old Dubai is a must visit if you are coming to Dubai for the first time. Learn about Dubai’s history and culture. If possible ask for the amazing guide Sindi

Very nice discovery of old Dubai in the company of our guide Mustapha. He really took the time to explain to us and answer our questions....

Your guide was great and I we enjoyed learning everything about Dubai

The tour was very interesting- to see the different Dubai 🤩