The Spice of Life in Dubai - Small Group Tour

This was a great way to see Dubai with limited time like we had during our short visit. Our guide Hassan was very passionate about the culture/lifest<x>yle of the emiratesPhil M., United Kingdom – See more reviews
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Experience the bustling port of Dubai, home to old-style trading. Jump on the Abra and cross Dubai Creek. Explore Dubai's heritage and traditions in the old part of the city. Taste local Emirati snacks while sitting under the stars. Experience modern Dubai, including travelling on the metro and staring in awe at the Burj Khalifa.


  • Visit the bustling port of Dubai and jump on the Abra and cross Dubai creek

  • Learn about Dubai’s heritage and traditions in the old part of the city

  • Sample a traditional Emirati meal and sweets using your hands

  • Travel on the metro, admire the Burj Khalifa and watch the Dubai fountain show


Tours in Dubai
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Meeting Point:
Al Ras Metro Station
4 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 PM
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Dubai's current fame is derived from its modernity and impressive architecture, but there's more to Dubai that meets the eye. Travel back in time to where Dubai's history started. Learn about heritage, traditions, and local food with the help of local ladies, and sample Arabic tea, and Emirati food. Then shift gears and experience the more modern side of Dubai, including the metro and the amazing Burj Khalifa. 

Our tour begins in Deira, one of the oldest parts of Dubai. In the Women's Museum, local ladies will teach you about local culture and traditions, paying particular attention to the role of women in Dubai and the UAE. Starting 1 January 2016, the cultural lesson will be followed by a nice finjan (small cup) of Arabic coffee and dates.

From here, we'll head to the souk area, where you may catch a few bargains as you wander around the golden lanes of the Gold Souk. Starting 1 January 2016, we will visit the Spicy Souk, the best place to pick up souvenirs and saffran or Arabic oud.

Next, go to the small but busy port, where we'll jump on the Abra, which is used to cross Dubai Creek. In our opinion, the best way to see the many amazing and impressive buildings that have sprung up along Dubai Creek is from the waterway itself.    

Continue through the oldest market in the city, the textile souk where the best designers buy their fabric. The next stop is the Bastakya area, the first settlement in Dubai.

After a quick history lesson, it'll be time for well-deserved refreshments and the chance to sample traditional local Emirati food. Be prepared to eat with your hands for the authentic experience!


The final stop on this cultural Dubai tour is to hop on the metro to experience flip-side of Dubai - ultra modernity. After the ride on the super modern public transport running along the city, we'll show you the biggest "modern souk" in Dubai, known as the Dubai Mall. We won't spend much time here (just enough to taste our favorite cheesy treat with Arabic coffee) because we have something a little more fascinating to stare at and it just might be the tallest building in the world!


  • English-speaking local guide

  • Bottle of plain mineral water

  • Arabic mandi, Arabic coffee and kunafa

  • Metro ticket (one way)

  • Abra ride

  • Entrance to the museum


  • Transfer to meeting point and from the ending point

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

Please Note

  • Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Clothes that cover up from the sun are recommended. Please dress modestly (shorts are not allowed).

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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