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Culture Coffee and Colourful Souks Small Group Dubai Tour

  • Tour Old Dubai with a knowledgable and friendly local guide

  • Get the inside scoop of Dubai’s history

  • Meet native Emiratis and learn about their culture and traditions

Culture Coffee and Colourful Souks Small Group Dubai Tour
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Culture Coffee and Colourful Souks Small Group Dubai Tour
USD 77.00

On this educational, entertaining, and casual tour, visit highlights of the city with a friendly local guide. You’re headed to Old Dubai, the center of city life before the skyscrapers came. Visit a coffee museum and meet locals to learn about their culture, dress, traditions, and way of life. Taste coffee, take a water taxi ride, have snacks along the way, and test your bartering skills at the spice, textile, and gold souks. Your trusty guide will be on hand to help you negotiate prices and can also suggest other activities to try during your visit.

What to Expect

Our tour begins with a gentle stroll to the historic Alfahidi district, one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai. As we journey through its narrow lanes we will start to discover more about what life was like here before the skyscrapers came. 

Our first stop is a traditional Bedouin tent where we will share a coffee and chat with our Emeriti friend Abo and find out more about the life of the Bedouin people. We will meet Abo’s pet falcon who is treated with love and respect by his owner (falcons are no longer used for hunting in the UAE).  At a neighbouring tent, we will learn more about the national dress of the country and take a look at some traditional abaya dresses and kandoura.

In the Islamic world, calligraphy is a highly revered art form. So, we will admire some beautiful artwork at the Calligraphy Museum before learning how to write your name in Arabic, fancy pen-in-hand.

Time for another drink and this time our coffee will come with a side of history as we visit the Coffee Museum to learn about local coffee customs. We will sample some delightful Arab blends in the cute café before moving on to soak up a little more culture before the shopping extravaganza commences.

The local art gallery we are visiting is nestled in a beautiful old Persian house, displaying many unique local ceramics, glassware, and sculptures as well as paintings and photography. 

Time to indulge in Dubai’s favourite pastime now with a spot of shopping. Our first souk stop will be the vibrant textile souk, not far from the creek, where we will enter a world of multicoloured cashmere, fine silks, and the art of bartering for your treasures. 

At the nearby Abra stop, we will take a water taxi to the other side of the creek where a delicious surprise awaits us. Luscious dates covered in creamy white chocolate made from camel milk, a local delicacy and a must-try while you are visiting the old town.

You will probably be able to smell our next stop before you see it. At the spice souk, we will learn about the different spices used in Arabic, Iranian, and Indian cuisine. Our final stop on our cultural and commercial journey will be the largest gold souk in the Middle East, a fascinating place that should be number one on every tourist’s itinerary. A feast for the eyes, the gold souk features incredibly lavish Arabic jewellery and dazzling displays of gold and other stones. Your guide will be on-hand to aid you in the bartering process should you wish to buy anything.

There are plenty of restaurants and street food vendors around this area, so if you are all shopped out, talk to your local guide, who can recommend the best places to stop for a quick bite. 

We will end our whirlwind journey through the culture and exotic souks of Dubai at the Al Ras metro station. If you want any hints or tips on what else to do during your trip, be sure to quiz your guide before you go.     

Reviews (27)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Some insight into the original Dubai

We met Hoda our guide at the Al Fahidi metro station - easy to find for visitors to Dubai. Definitely think the Urban Adventure's bright red guide shirt is a great feature of this company and is particularly useful when meeting your guide in a...More

Thank Horopito
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent - A great way to experience the real Dubai.

Loved this walking tour and it was a real surprise. Our guide, Hoda was exceptional and went over and above. We learnt a lot and it dimissed a few preconceived ideas we had. We would never have experienced the coffee house, the history, the Calligraphy...More

Thank Kellie R
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile
A must do tour when in Dubai

Our tour guide was Noha who took me and my husband on an informative and interesting tour of old Dubai starting in the historic al- fahidi district. Noha was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and how customs have evolved and about how...More

Thank HollyL
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
What an experience!

My mother and I had an amazing day with Hoda. She met us at our hotel to begin our tour, taking us on a must - do experience throughout old Dubai and the markets! We learnt so much about this beautiful country and it’s history,...More

Thank bianca d
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile
Fabulous day with Hoda.

We had a fabulous morning with our local guide, Hoda on this tour. She met us at the designated meeting place. From there, we proceeded to have a great morning. We had some concerns due to it being extremely hot, but Hoda made sure we...More

Thank KellyN1186
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