If you thought Dubai is only about futuristic architecture and glitz? Think again! See the old residential area, the well-known souks and learn about Emirati history and culture. Discover the less-known face of the city with your own private host!
Experience Dubai in a totally different way! Catch a glimpse of “the other side” of Dubai during this private walking tour. Away from skyscrapers and crowded touristic spots, explore and enjoy the city like never before!Start your tour from Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Bastakiya, and enjoy exploring one of the oldest areas of Dubai with your private guide. Its narrow walking streets, sand-colored houses topped with wind towers are amazing. The small public squares give the district a natural and beautiful diversity that you will love. Wander around this beautiful area and get a feeling of what life was like years ago.Stroll the beautiful streets of this quarter while listening to unique local stories from your awesome host and make your way to the Coffee Museum. Once there, get ready to immerse yourself in an aromatic bean-based journey around the world and back in time. You’ll also have the chance to taste traditional Ethiopian or Turkish coffee prepared by the staff in traditional costume.Next stop: the Dubai Museum! Here you will find out more about the time when Dubai wasn’t driven by its oil fields. Hear more about the city’s old economy and how life was before oil was discovered. Learn all of these insights directly from your knowledgeable local guide. Your tour continues on the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum house on the Al Shindagha area. This residence is from the former Dubai monarch that dates back to the early 20th century. The building now is a museum featuring a fascinating collection of historic photographs, coins, stamps, and documents that showcase Dubai's history.Once you've seen all there is in the Al Shindagha area, it’s time to ride an abra across Dubai Creek to admire Deira’s high-rises from the water. After you disembark, take a deep breath and step into the narrow alleyways of Deira’s covered souks. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, and check out the outlets selling spices, souvenirs, gold and silver. If you want to buy something, don’t be afraid to bargain - it's all part of the fun. And don’t worry, your personal host will help you get the best price!At the end of your tour, you can ask your personal guide to bring you to the Al Ras metro station or stay at the souk if you want to do some shopping on your own. Don’t forget to ask for personal recommendations before you say goodbye to your new local friend.This is the plan:Start: Meet your guide at Al Fahidi metro stationStop 1: Explore the old neighborhood of Al FahidiStop 2: Coffee museumStop 3: Dubai museumStop 4: Al Shindagha neighborhoodStop 5: Crossing the Creek with traditional Arba boatStop 6: Spice souk - traditional spice marketStop 7: Gold souk - the world's largest gold market where you can see authentic masterpieces of jewelry and luxurious itemsEND: Goodbyes at the souk or Al Ras metro station