The Spice of Life in Dubai

    • 4 hours
    • DUBAI1
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $169
    • *Approx package price

There's so much more to Dubai than ultra-modern shopping malls. Head to the old ports, souks, and heritage villages to learn about peral hunting, the gold trade and sweet making, on this Dubai tour that mixes the modern with the old.


* 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 a traditional Emirati meal and sweets the local way – with your hands!

* Experience modern Dubai, including travelling on the metro, staring in awe at the Burj Khalifa, and taking in the Dubai fountain show.

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Al Ras metro station by the ticket office.
    To get to this metro station, take the green line. If you’re coming from downtown Dubai on the red line, change lines at Burjuman station and take the green line toward Etisalat. Al Ras is the third stop from Burjuman. If you are taking a taxi, please ensure you have plenty of extra time to get to the meeting point as traffic can be heavy in the afternoon in the old part of the city. 
  • Finish:

    Dubai Mall
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English-speaking guide, a bottle of plain mineral water, tea, Emirati meal, snacks, and sweets, Metro ticket (one way), abra ride, entrance to the museum.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, gratuities for your guide, transfers to and from meeting/end points. 

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Dress standard

<p class="Textbody"><span lang="EN-AU">Cover up from the sun outside, but be prepared for the air conditioning inside, and dress respectfully (no shorts, please).</span>

Child policy

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


Our Dubai tour beings 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. 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.
Next on this Dubai city tour we’ll 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.
We’ll continue through the oldest market in the city, the textile souk where the best designers buy their fabric. This road leads us to the Dubai museum housed in the city’s oldest fort. 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 favourite 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.

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