Guided tour

Historic Forts, Boats and Pearls of Old Dubai Walking Tour

Activity provider: Dubai by Foot
Guided tour

Historic Forts, Boats and Pearls of Old Dubai Walking Tour

Activity provider: Dubai by Foot

From US$ 50.38 per person

On this 2-hour walking tour, you will walk through Bastakiya, with its old Dubai heritage houses, Al Fahidi Fort, and the famous textile, spice, and gold souks (markets). You will also take a traditional wooden boat trip during the tour.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Hindi


  • Walk through the oldest neighborhood in Dubai - Al Bastakiya
  • Take an Abra Ride across the Creek
  • Visit the Spice Souk and Textile Souk
Full description
Uncover the little-known treasures of Dubai on this 2-hour walking tour of Old Dubai, its original residential community and its various souks (markets). This is the most comprehensive tour of Old Dubai covering all major sites and highlighting the three major souks of textiles, spices and gold. Our tour is award winning with wide coverage in the Gulf News, Khaleej Times and CNN Travel. You will walk with a premium guide through the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood, through the perfume, spice, and gold souks which will stimulate your senses. You will also enjoy breath-taking views from the abra (traditional boat) ride that will take you back in time. You will get to understand Dubai from the perspective of its history, people, food, culture and etiquette. This tour is a terrific introduction to Dubai’s story from a desert-to-a-global destination city. Your Old Dubai tour delves into the city’s heritage and explores what early life was like in this desert trading town. You will walk away with souvenirs from the tour, and we know you will enjoy our trivia!
  • Certified Premium Tour guide (English-speaking) with 1200+ Hours of Experience and all 5-Star Rating
  • Coffee & Dates Tasting
  • Tastings in the Spice Souk of chocolates and dried fruits
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities are not included, it is recommend to tip the guide 10-15% at the end of the tour.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide outside Arabian Tea House in Bastakiya; Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Bastakiya Opposite Musalla Post Office - Dubai.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Museum tickets are included in the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

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We always thought that Dubai is only about shopping and dessert but with Ricky we were able to see a very different side of thr city. We looked at some Arabic architecture and heritage, visited locak markets. All in all it was a fun experience, if you really want to get to know a city well, this is the right way to do it.

March 26, 2023

The tour provides great information about history, culture and food that we would not have learned otherwise. The small group helped us to be fully engaged with the guide, who gave us brilliant stories not just about Dubai but the entire region. We spent some time at the souks and the textile market as well. All in all good 2 hours spent.

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March 26, 2023

This trip is a must to really understand this vibrant city. Local customs were also explained and myths busted. It was an excellent way to learn about the culture and history of old Dubai, we stayed well away from the very modern Dubai with the sky scrapers, but instead focused on the older side of the city. We took a local boat across the river, which was quite memorable and also visited a couple museums.

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 220572