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Dubai Walking Tour: Discovering the Old Town and Souk Treasures

Walking Tour Old Town

Explore the authentic charm of old Dubai on a guided walking tour. Wander through Al Fahidi, enjoy street food, take an abra ride across Dubai Creek, and savor the colors and scents of souks.

Dubai, a city known for its shimmering skyline and technological marvels, hides an enchanting world within its old neighborhoods. This walking tour is a gateway into that hidden realm. It's not merely a day out but an educational and sensory journey that connects you with the roots of this global city. Prepare for an immersive experience that weaves history, tradition, flavors, and the very soul of Dubai into one memorable adventure.

Discover Authentic Dubai: A Guided Journey Through Heritage, Culinary Delights, and Timeless Traditions

Begin with Traditional Emirati Hospitality

Begin your journey by meeting your guide at the Al Khayma Heritage House, a sanctuary of Emirati culture and hospitality. Here, you'll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee or tea, accompanied by dates and local snacks like Luqaimat and Ragag, a perfect introduction to the Emirati way of life. Following this warm reception, you'll visit the Coffee Museum to delve deeper into the cultural significance of coffee in the UAE. Learn about the historical journey of coffee, its integral role in social gatherings, and the traditional methods of its preparation. This engaging start sets the stage for a day filled with meaningful interactions and discoveries about Dubai's rich heritage.

Roaming the Al Fahidi Historical District

Step back in time as you begin your exploration in the Al Fahidi Historical District. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through this living museum filled with narrow alleyways, traditional barjeel (wind towers), and historical homes. Here, you'll learn about the architectural ingenuity of the past and witness firsthand how life was lived before modernity swept the city. Visit quaint art galleries showcasing local talents, interact with artisans at work, and immerse yourself in the cultural events that frequently color the district. The mingling aromas of traditional cafes, the distant echoes of Adhan (call to prayer), and the subtle blend of cultures craft an unforgettable atmosphere that paints a vivid picture of Dubai's rich past.

Heritage Exploration at Al Seef

Venture to the charming area of Al Seef, a hub where history and modernity coalesce. Walk along the banks of Dubai Creek, observe traditional dhow boats gliding on the waters, and learn about the integral role the creek played in shaping the city's destiny. The story of pearl diving, fishing, and trade unfolds as you explore replicas of historical buildings, bustling souks, and museums. Engage with exhibits that depict local life, traditions, and crafts, adding layers of understanding to your exploration. Witness craftsmen at work, creating timeless pieces, and understand how the heritage of this city is preserved in every brick and mortar of Al Seef.

Abra Ride across Dubai Creek

Board a traditional wooden abra, and allow the gentle waves of Dubai Creek to offer a different view of the city. As you float past old trading ports, the juxtaposition of the old and the new becomes evident. Watch as cargo dhows load and unload, listen to the symphony of seagulls, and feel the breeze that once guided sailors on their journeys. Your guide will narrate tales of old mariners, the goods they carried, the routes they took, and how this timeless waterway was and continues to be the lifeblood of Dubai. The abra ride is a poetic chapter in your tour, providing a serene yet profound experience that ties together the city's present and past.

Gold and Spices Souk - A Shopping Experience

Your tour culminates in the bustling world of Dubai's gold and spice souks. Meander through labyrinthine alleys filled with the colors and aromas of exotic spices, herbs, perfumes, and jewelry. Learn the art of bargaining from your guide, discover how to distinguish genuine saffron, watch skilled artisans crafting intricate gold designs, and immerse yourself in the relentless energy of this market. Whether you're shopping for souvenirs or simply absorbing the atmosphere, this part of the tour encapsulates the commercial heritage of Dubai. It's an authentic and thrilling way to understand how trade, craftsmanship, and community are interwoven into the very fabric of the city.

This Dubai Walking Tour is not a fleeting glimpse but an in-depth exploration of a city's essence, narrated by the very places, experiences, and tastes that define it. With this curated experience, you're not merely visiting; you're belonging, understanding, and becoming a part of a rich cultural tapestry. Experience a Dubai like never before, one that will resonate with you long after you've returned home.


Highlights of the Dubai Walking Tour

  • Embrace Tradition at Al Fahidi District: Explore the winding alleys and historical charm of Al Fahidi District. As part of an exclusive walking tour, delve into Arabian culture at the Al Khayma Heritage House, where you can learn about the history of the UAE from your guide, interact with local artisans, and even tour the captivating Coffee Museum. 
  • Culinary Adventure and Cultural Immersion: Taste the flavors of authentic Emirati street food, and immerse yourself in the gastronomic heritage that connects you with the very soul of Dubai. 
  • The Abra Ride Down Dubai Creek: Board a traditional abra water taxi for a serene ride down Dubai Creek. Witness the harmony of old and new as you float past trading ports, ancient dhows, and the vibrant cityscape. This abra ride offers a unique and tranquil perspective of Dubai's historical significance and contemporary vitality. 
  • Gold and Spices Souk Exploration: Unearth treasures in Dubai's bustling gold and spices souks. Navigate labyrinthine alleys filled with the scents of exotic spices and the glitter of precious metals. Learn the art of bargaining, interact with skilled craftsmen, and take home souvenirs that encapsulate the authentic market experience of Dubai. 
  • Cultural Engagement and Hands-on Experiences: Go beyond mere sightseeing with hands-on experiences that allow you to actively engage with Arabian culture. 


Operational Details and Meeting Point

Begin your guided tour by meeting at the designated location at the entrance to the Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in the Historical Neighborhood of Al Fahidi

Select your preferred starting time, with options to depart at 09:00, 14:00, or 17:00, to suit your schedule and explore the city at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

The tour, guided in English by knowledgeable and experienced guides, lasts around 4 hours. 



A reservation made at least 24 hours in advance is mandatory, allowing the organizers sufficient time to prepare for each participant's unique needs. 

To confirm your experience, simply follow the instructions and terms of use provided in your pass. These guidelines will walk you through each step, detailing how to lock in your culinary adventure. 



  • Age Limitations: The walking tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age, as the content and length of the tour may not cater to their attention spans or comfort. 
  • Accessibility Concerns: Unfortunately, the tour may not accommodate wheelchair users due to some areas lacking proper accessibility features. Please consider this factor when planning your participation. 
  • Not Allowed: Pets and Luggage or Large Bags: To ensure everyone's comfort and convenience during the tour, neither pets nor luggage or large bags are allowed. Please plan accordingly to avoid any inconveniences. 
  • Dress Code: As you'll be visiting various cultural and heritage sites, modest clothing may be required. It's advisable to dress respectfully by covering shoulders and knees to align with local customs and traditions. 
  • Health Considerations: This is a walking tour that requires a moderate level of physical fitness. If you have any medical conditions or concerns that may affect your ability to walk for extended periods, please consult with your healthcare provider before booking, and inform the tour operators if any accommodations are required. 



Getting to Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in Al Fahidi Neighborhood

Getting to Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood of Dubai is relatively easy, with multiple options available for convenience and accessibility. 

• By Taxi: Taxis are a popular mode of transport in Dubai, known for their efficiency and affordability. You can easily hail a taxi from anywhere in the city or book one through a ride-hailing app. Simply mention Al Fahidi neighborhood to the driver, and they'll bring you right to the destination.

• By Bus: Public buses are another reliable mode of transportation, especially for those seeking an affordable way to navigate the city. You can take bus number 11, 88, or C09, and alight at the Al Fahidi bus stop, which is a short walk away from Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant. 

• By Metro: For a quicker route, consider the Dubai Metro. The nearest metro station to Al Fahidi neighborhood is the Sharaf DG Metro Station on the Green Line. Upon exiting the station, the restaurant is a short 10-minute walk away. The metro system is efficient, making it a popular choice for both residents and tourists alike. 



Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant Historical Neighbourhood - 79 Al Mussallah Rd - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates 

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