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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
From $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.     

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Reviews (33)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dubai like a local

We had a brief stopover in Dubai and this tour was an excellent way to gain an understanding of the culture and history of the city. Our guide Hoda is friendly and extremely knowledgeable - the perfect guide. She met us at the station and...More

Thank hidebs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour!!!

Hoda was amazing!! As we toured Old Dubai, she told us things about the city we wouldn’t have found on our own and kept us engaged the entire time. It didn’t feel like a tour at all; mostly like a day out with a friend!...More

Thank fugginlaura
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best Day Ever (Because Locals Know)

Anytime I am traveling to a city, I immediately visit the Urban Adventures website because their tours are always our favorite and Dubai Urban Adventures was no different! We had a great morning with Hoda learning about the culture of Dubai - both past and...More

Thank JessicaPanicucci
Hudaa596, Owner at Dubai Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jassica , Thank you so much for your awesome review, we are glad that Dubai urban adventures met your expectation, looking forward to meeting you in another urban adventures destination . cheers Hoda afifi

Reviewed October 28, 2018
Highly Recommended!!

This tour is absolute gold if you want to understand the history of Dubai and UAE. Our guide Hoda was amazing with her in depth knowledge of the history and customs of the Emirates. Hoda was able to answer all of our many questions and...More

Thank Neville3691
Hudaa596, Owner at Dubai Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Neville, Thank you so much for your great review, you made my day with your kind words, we try our best to deliver the Best Day Ever as we always promise. looking forward to meeting you in another urban adventure destination. kind regards Hoda...More

Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile
More than a tour......

We booked the Coffee and Colourful Souks tour through the recommendation of our travel agent. Very well organised from start to finish. Noha was great and not only provided an in-depth history of UAE and Dubai, but also gave you the edge when bartering in...More

Thank Retsub6287
Hudaa596, Owner at Dubai Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Dear, Thanks for the awesome review. We work hard to meet expectations like yours. looking forward to meeting you in another urban adventure destination. Kind Regards Hoda Afifi

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