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Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider

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$103

Dubai’s historic and humble beginnings tell a story like no other. We’ll start the day by marching the streets of old Dubai stopping by several enchanting sights and witnessing the city’s dynamic history woven by its people. My goal is to take you through a journey of tales and show you just how the small Arab village became a top destination throughout the sands of time.

We'll learn about the emirate’s incredible leadership, people, and local traditions. We’ll wander the souqs, meet the owners, and learn the secrets behind some of the world’s most expensive traded items. We'll hop on a traditional wooden abra boat (think Arabian gondola minus the singing) and cross over the magnificent Dubai Creek. Once we’ve explored the historic neighborhoods in Al Fahidi and their unique architecture, I guarantee our stomachs will be grumbling loud enough to guide us themselves to one of Dubai’s best eats where we can break bread, drink tea, and be merry.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- 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
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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Stop At: Old Souk, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

The many narrow lanes and corners of old Dubai where its earliest residents lived and worked.

Duration: 4 hours

Departure:

Departure point:

Al Ras Metro Station 1, Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Departure time:

Duration:

4 hours

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Charles S

Good over view of Dubai history and well planned use of time. Great guide and lunch was good local food.

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DME S

This tour was the highlight of stay in Dubai! Our guide, Nada, was fantastic - friendly, informative and fun! We visited the Gold and Spice Souks, old neighbourhoods of Dubai, rode across the creek in a dhow boat, visited a traditional Arabic coffee house and finished with a fantastic traditional Emirate lunch which was delicious. Loved this tour - not to be missed when you are in Dubai. Highly recommend and would give this tour more than 5 stars if I could.

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Noman S

This is an educational tour where you would learn about the history, cultures and customs. We took a morning tour which was on time as promised from 10 -2 PM. We wandered in the gold and spice souks and again learned about various spices and usage in middle eastern cooking. In the gold souk we saw worlds biggest gold ring!. Along the way we went to two museums and took a boat ride Abra crossing from Diera to Bur Dubai. The tour concluded with middle eastern food which was good as well. Above all, the tour guide was great. She took time to explain. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to learn about Dubai beyond its glitz and glamour including to families with children.

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Majerus F

Nada is not only remarkable in terms of her knowledge of the city and its culture but also with repect to her ability to draw you in to it. One of the best tour guides we have met, including the best we have experienced through Viking, who serve as our basis for comparison. On top of the various sites we visited, we had a very enjoyable lunch at a Turkish cafe--the sort of eatery that Anthony Bourdain or Guy Fieri would recommend. We have recommended Nada to our friends in Dubai and plan to contact her in preparation for our next visit to the Emirates during the Spring of next year.

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Kenneth D

Nada Badran is one of the finest guides we have ever had, the old dubai tour is a must

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Nicholas O

LOVED THIS TRIP! Our tour guide Nada was amazing and very knowledgeable. One of the better trips I've experienced in Dubai. Highly recommend

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Jeffrey K

Nada was superb. Very knowledgeable and attentive to every detail. Probably the best tour we have ever taken

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wendy D

Nada was an excellent passionate tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about Dubai and provided a thorough guided experience through Old Dubai. Because of our small group size, we were able to interact on a personal level and share many stories of my country and hers. I highly recommend this experience. This was my third trip through Dubai and I gained a deeper vision into the culture and people of the city of Dubai.

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Stephen T

Nada who led the tour was fantastic. She is well informed about the history of Dubai, and is very articulate. Having been in Dubai before I had come to think of it as the Las Vegas of the Middle East,but Nada showed me another side of the city. The markets, the museum and the waterfront are now my image of this iconic Medina. Thanks Nada for showing me the real Dubai.


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Explore the Backstreets of Old Dubai with an Insider
Overview:

Dubai’s historic and humble beginnings tell a story like no other. We’ll start the day by marching the streets of old Dubai stopping by several enchanting sights and witnessing the city’s dynamic history woven by its people. My goal is to take you through a journey of tales and show you just how the small Arab village became a top destination throughout the sands of time.

We'll learn about the emirate’s incredible leadership, people, and local traditions. We’ll wander the souqs, meet the owners, and learn the secrets behind some of the world’s most expensive traded items. We'll hop on a traditional wooden abra boat (think Arabian gondola minus the singing) and cross over the magnificent Dubai Creek. Once we’ve explored the historic neighborhoods in Al Fahidi and their unique architecture, I guarantee our stomachs will be grumbling loud enough to guide us themselves to one of Dubai’s best eats where we can break bread, drink tea, and be merry.

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$103

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