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Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider provided by Wander with Nada

Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider

Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider
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Exploring Old Dubai alone can be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with its districts and transportation systems. Ideal for first-timers, this guided, small-group walking tour steers you around the sights, while you can absorb the city's atmosphere and focus the area’s terrific shopping. Bargain-hunt at Deira’s souks, view Al Bastakiya’s wind towers, cruise Dubai Creek, and savor an Emirati lunch. A choice of departure times adds extra flexibility.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Hassle-free tour of Old Dubai, ideal for first-timers and history buffs
  • Cruise over Dubai Creek and shop at Deira’s souks with a guide's help
  • See Al Bastakiya’s wind towers and have lunch as you uncover Dubai’s past
  • Choice of departure times; tour limited to 12 for more intimate atmosphere
What to expect
  • Book your desired departure time and meet your guide in Deira in Old Dubai. This bustling district is home to several colorful souks and street markets. Stroll to the Gold and Spice souks, visiting landmarks and uncovering Dubai’s history as a pearl trading town. Then, peruse the shops’ gold, silver, souvenirs, and spices. Practice haggling with pointers from your guide, learning to say “ktir ghalee” (too expensive) when vendors quote their first price. Next, ride an abra (water taxi) across Dubai Creek. Admire the panoramic views as you sail, and disembark on the southern bank to explore the Al Bastakiya (Al Fahidi) quarter, where Persian merchants first settled in the late 1800s. Delve into the lanes to see the restored wind towers and houses, and afterward, savor a traditional Emirati lunch at one of Dubai’s best-loved restaurants. Your tour concludes in the Bur Dubai district.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hassle-free tour of Old Dubai, ideal for first-timers and history buffs
  • Cruise over Dubai Creek and shop at Deira’s souks with a guide's help
  • See Al Bastakiya’s wind towers and have lunch as you uncover Dubai’s past
  • Choice of departure times; tour limited to 12 for more intimate atmosphere
What to expect
  • Book your desired departure time and meet your guide in Deira in Old Dubai. This bustling district is home to several colorful souks and street markets. Stroll to the Gold and Spice souks, visiting landmarks and uncovering Dubai’s history as a pearl trading town. Then, peruse the shops’ gold, silver, souvenirs, and spices. Practice haggling with pointers from your guide, learning to say “ktir ghalee” (too expensive) when vendors quote their first price. Next, ride an abra (water taxi) across Dubai Creek. Admire the panoramic views as you sail, and disembark on the southern bank to explore the Al Bastakiya (Al Fahidi) quarter, where Persian merchants first settled in the late 1800s. Delve into the lanes to see the restored wind towers and houses, and afterward, savor a traditional Emirati lunch at one of Dubai’s best-loved restaurants. Your tour concludes in the Bur Dubai district.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 32484P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Meal as per itinerary and bottled water in restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Al Shindagha Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Creek
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Gold Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Textile Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Soda/Pop
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • AlShindagha Museum, 288 - Al Fahidi - دبي - United Arab Emirates The meeting point is at the Al Shindagha Museum - Creek House, located just a few minutes walking distance from the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, outside Entrance No. 4.
  • Sharaf DG Metro Bus Stop 1-1, Al Raffa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Near the Sharaf DG Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking, as lunch is pre-ordered and is served on a sharing platter basis. Dishes include both chicken and mutton kebabs, and a vegetarian option on request.
  • It is recommended that you bring water and sunglasses
  • It is recommended that you wear light clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Meal as per itinerary and bottled water in restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Al Shindagha Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Creek
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Gold Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Textile Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Soda/Pop
Departure details
  • AlShindagha Museum, 288 - Al Fahidi - دبي - United Arab Emirates The meeting point is at the Al Shindagha Museum - Creek House, located just a few minutes walking distance from the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, outside Entrance No. 4.
  • Sharaf DG Metro Bus Stop 1-1, Al Raffa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Near the Sharaf DG Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Sharaf DG Metro Bus Stop 1-1, Al Raffa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Near the Sharaf DG Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking, as lunch is pre-ordered and is served on a sharing platter basis. Dishes include both chicken and mutton kebabs, and a vegetarian option on request.
  • It is recommended that you bring water and sunglasses
  • It is recommended that you wear light clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    AlShindagha Museum
    288 - Al Fahidi - دبي - United Arab Emirates
    The meeting point is at the Al Shindagha Museum - Creek House, located just a few minutes walking distance from the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, outside Entrance No. 4.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Al Shindagha Museum
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Dubai Creek
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Dubai Spice Souk
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Dubai Gold Souk
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Textile Souk
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Sharaf DG Metro Bus Stop 1-1
    Al Raffa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Near the Sharaf DG Metro Station in Bur Dubai.
    See address & details
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Nathan L
2 contributions
A return visit
Nov. 2021
Nada is an exceptional tour guide weaving in unique tidbits and giving a view to Dubai many travelers miss. We were a group of Dubai frequenters and newbies and everyone took something away from the tour. The tour was efficiently organized from the meet-up to the lunch and everything went off seamlessly. Nada is a gem and her love of UAE is infectious. Visitors will come away from this touring wanting more time with the delightful Nada.
Written 24 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RogueBG75
Titchfield, UK346 contributions
A wander with delight!
Nov. 2021
My wife and I recently returned from Dubai, and really fancied this walking tour of Old Dubai after seeing many great recommendations on TA.

And they weren't wrong!

Nada is an absolute legend...a happy, friendly, vibrant soul, with an abundance of knowledge and pride of the city she takes you round.

The tour itself is 4 hours with a relatively small group (8 I think!), and Nada guides you round a well thought out route including visits to the souks, various small museums with historic and cultural insight, a couple of trips across the creek on the charismatic abras...and ending in a lovely huge local lunch (included in tour price) at one of Nada's favourite haunts!

It was my wife's birthday that day too, and Nada kindly organised a small birthday cake for us to enjoy after lunch...much to my wife's blushing looks, haha!

A final note...Nada is more than willing to advise on restaurants, attractions etc, even beyond the tour, a lovely gesture!

Nada...thank you so so much again. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and your personal touches just made it all the better.

Keep up the great work and stay safe!

Ben and Alison :)
Written 24 November 2021
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Dear Ben and Alison, Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind words. I am incredibly thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our route and delicious lunch. It was an absolute pleasure showing you both around and I'm so happy that we got to celebrate Alison's birthday together. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others and I sincerely hope we get to wander together again soon. Until the next time, stay safe as well! Nada
Written 28 November 2021
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Ontariogirl12
Toronto, Canada125 contributions
Best way to truly experience Dubai!
We did the Old Dubai walking tour with Nada last week and were extremely impressed! Loved that we had a private tour to ourselves and Nada is extremely knowledgeable about Dubai and its history. I don’t think you can say you’ve truly experienced Dubai until you’ve done this tour - we learned so much about local customs, culture, food, history etc. I really appreciated how Nada went above and beyond to give us recommendations on restaurants, Entertainer app, etc, for the rest of the trip! Even texting us the info we needed - so thoughtful. Tip - I would recommend staying in the Dubai creek area for a few nights if you’re looking to split up hotels and do this tour while there. Great perspective before visiting the typical tourist attractions / JBR area.
Written 17 October 2021
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Dear Bridget, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am thrilled to hear that you guys learned so much about the local customs, culture, food, and history. It was an absolute pleasure showing you and your family around and I sincerely hope you had a fabulous vacation in Dubai! Once again, thanks for your recommendation and tip! Until the next time!
Written 29 October 2021
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Nigel K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
A walking tour of Old Dubai.
This was supposed to be a small group tour but others had got their dates confused, so I had Nada's undivided attention. The tour started with two interesting small museums near the starting point followed by a short walk along the Creek to a boat ride to the other side. From there we visited the Spice and Gold Souks and then back over the Creek to see some Mosques, the Fabric Souk and a residential area. All the while Nada gave full descriptions as the tour progressed. Finally we shared an excellent dinner in a busy Kebab Restaurant before returning to the nearby Metro Station. A highly recommended introduction to old Dubai.
Written 17 October 2021
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Dear Nigel, Thank you so much for your kind review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our walking tour of Old Dubai. I sincerely hope you enjoyed our route and learning about the history of the country, Dubai's souqs, residential neighborhood, and mosques along the way. Thanks for your kind recommendation. Until the next time!
Written 29 October 2021
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Sam Y
1 contribution
WOW!
Sep. 2021 • Friends
We couldn’t speak more highly of Nada. Our family had such a fun half day exploring the old city and another longer tour on the modern landmarks tour. Every detail was thought of from the moment we were picked up to navigating Dubai’s busy roads and beautiful sights. We were given vip treatment in all places and treated as friends. If you’re visiting Dubai, don’t miss the chance to wander with her. You won’t regret it.
Written 2 October 2021
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Dear samyQ7606BB, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that your family had a fun time during both our tours. It was truly a pleasure showing you all around in both historic and modern sides of the city. I was so fortunate to have such lovely company! Hope you all had an overall great vacation and make a return visit to Dubai soon. Until the next time!
Written 7 October 2021
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phroun
1 contribution
Amazing!!
Sep. 2021
Had an incredible time discovering Old Dubai with Nada. We were a small group of 6. She showed us around a part of the city that we didn’t even know existed. We visited the souks which were fantastic especially as she explained all the spices and their use in local cuisine. The museum was also fascinating, as we didn’t know much about the history and perfume culture. Dinner was also delicious and such wonderful company. Can’t recommend enough. Wander with Nada. Thank you!
Written 2 October 2021
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Dear phroun, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm thrilled to hear that you all enjoyed discovering a part of Dubai that you didn't know existed, particularly the perfume culture! I'm glad you guys also enjoyed our dinner. Hope you had an overall fantastic visit to Dubai and make a return trip soon. Best wishes to everyone!
Written 7 October 2021
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Amer
Amman3 contributions
Impressive
Sep. 2021 • Solo
Despite being a resident in Dubai for many years, I have never explored old Dubai the way I did today.
Nada is amazing! She knows everything you need to know about old Dubai. I strongly recommend her to be your guide in this tour.
Nada is very well informed and educated about the history of Dubai. Her knowledge is so deep and impressive, which actually makes the tour more fun and enjoyable. You can ask her anything!

Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, do book with Nada because I’m sure you’ll learn so many new things.

PS Make sure you don’t miss the dinner in the end ;)
Written 30 September 2021
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Dear Amer, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am incredibly thrilled to hear that you enjoyed exploring old Dubai, especially as a Dubai resident. It was an absolute pleasure wandering with you and sharing the emirate's history, and I am happy to hear you learned so many new things! Thanks again for the lovely recommendation. Much appreciated. Until the next time!
Written 2 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Inselhuepfer3
London, UK143 contributions
A Fantastic Wander with Nada
Sep. 2021
I was lucky enough to have a personal tour with Nada as I travelled outside of the main season. I had great afternoon and learnt a lot of very interesting stuff about all things Dubai, from history to perfume making, from spice to gold souks, with dinner and an Abra ride thrown in.

We started the tour with a visit to the Al Shindagha Museum in the Heritage Village where Nada gave a brief overview of the history of the UAE, we carried on to the perfume museum, unfortunately you can't enjoy the smells and fragrances in all their glory due to Covid protocols, but it was still really fascinating.

This was followed by a Abra ride across Dubai Creek (we had our own Abra to ensure plenty of social distancing) and a visit to the spice souk (super interesting as I am into spices) and the gold souk (quite an eye opener!). I really liked that none of the shops we visited did at any time try to sell me anything, it was purely informative and everyone was super friendly.

We finished the tour with a very nice dinner in an Iranian restaurant. Nada had asked about food restrictions / allergies before the tour, so anyone worried about this is in very good hands! I like spicy food, and that I got.

I had a really great time, Nada is super friendly, knowledgeable, very approachable and a real professional and I would love to wander with her again if I visit Dubai in the future.
Written 22 September 2021
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Dear Sophie, Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our wanders together and learned a lot of interesting facts about all things Dubai. I was honestly so fortunate to have such wonderful company and I sincerely hope we wander again in the near future. Thanks again for your lovely recommendation. Until the next time.
Written 25 September 2021
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Jasmina Permata
Czech Republic9 contributions
Don't wander without Nada!
Mar. 2021
Nada is the best tour guide we ever had, she is very kind, has a nice personality and she's knowledgeable. We learned a lot about history and Arabian culture from her. What we also like about her is that she will make you feel like you are exploring Dubai with a good friend :)

She took us to so many interesting places in Dubai Old Town that we would not experience on our own. It was a very nice easy going walking tour, highly recommended. Thank you, Nada!

Oh and also she is so generous with so many tips about Dubai!
Written 9 September 2021
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Dear Jasmina, Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our old city wanders and learned a lot about the UAE's history and culture. I personally had wonderful company as yourselves to thank for! Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience and kind recommendation. I hope we wander again soon. Warm regards.
Written 14 September 2021
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Julieta O
5 contributions
Discovering Dubai on a whole new level!
Aug. 2021
Wander with Nada is the best tour available in Dubai. She is very professional and knowledgeable about the city and the culture. During her tour I learned a lot about the history of the country and the arab culture.
She will take you through the old city and you will finish the tour with a very delicious local meal.

I would recommend her to everyone, she is definitively a must!
A 10/10 for me and my family.
Written 14 August 2021
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Dear Julieta, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed our wanders and learning about the history of the UAE. I am so grateful for your 10/10 and glowing recommendation, and was myself blessed with such great company as yourselves. Hope you all have a great time in Dubai. Until the next time, my warmest regards.
Written 16 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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True passion for her city and its food
We met Nada as part of a food tour where she was the guide. I loved her enthusiasm for the true soul of Dubai - the
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Fun, informative and relaxing
Nada made the tour incredibly special for a first-time visitor to Dubai. She made it fun, informative, relaxing and
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Great tour
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WOW, Nada & Wander With LLC
Where do I begin with the incredible Nada and her in depth, filled with personality and super interesting tour!?
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The best of the best.
This was an exceptional tour. I can't speak more highly of Nada and her team. She not only introduced us to Dubai,
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Wonderful experience
It was a great choice to choose this tour with Nada, we learned very much about the Emirates, its culture and pecul
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Great tour guide!
I'm a single dad traveling with my 2 young kids for Spring Break. Nada was very helpful in helping us plan for this
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Delicious and fun!
Went on a food tour of Old Dubai and the Spice Souk. Nada is a natural and compelling guide. She is a brilliant sto
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Fantastic tour guide
I’m a single dad traveling with my kids for Spring break and Nada was the perfect choice for a tour guide. She was
kaibee
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Fantastic tour of Old Dubai and Deira Spice Souk
We are longtime (27 years!) residents of Dubai, but decided to take the tour to see if we could discover anything n
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Old Dubai Walking Tour
There is no doubt that this wonderful experience was a differentiator in my visit to Dubai. The warm, full of knowl
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Perfect highlights tour!
I could not recommend this tour or any tour with Nada more. Her knowledge and love obvious love for Dubai made the
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An amazing day in Dubai
We had the pleasure to wander with Nada through the old town of Dubai! Learn about the history of the UAE, visit di
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