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Culture Coffee and Colourful Souks Small Group Dubai Tour

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    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. 

    Visit the oldest existing building in Dubai, Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to 1787 and has recently been converted into a museum where visitors can learn more about life of Dubai before the skyscrapers arrived.   

    Recharge your batteries and stop for a quick street food bite (doner kabab or falafel sandwich). 

    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 feast for the eyes, the gold souk features incredibly lavish Arabic jewellery and dazzling displays of gold and other stones.

    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Al Fahidi Metro Station, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Al Ras Metro Station 1, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Cold water
    • Arabic coffee (or a cold drink for those who do not fancy coffee)
    • Doner kabab or falafel sandwich
    • Abra water taxi fare
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Additional drinks and food
    • Transportation to and from the meeting/end points
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
    • For your Urban Adventures, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Near public transportation
    • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: On this tour you meet with some local Emiratis and expats such as Mr. Abdulla, an Arabic calligrapher. Here, you have the chance to learn more about the Arabic language and have your name written in a very decorative Arabic font.
    • You also visit Alserkal Art Gallery, which aims to support and promote young artists and designers by showing their artwork.
    • By visiting Dubai Museum and paying the entrance fee, this tour helps maintain the museum.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    I was lucky enough to have a private tour being the only person who booked that day. Benjamin was a fantastic guide, friendly and very informative. He was patient and answered any question with ease. The pace of the tour was good, with enough time to take photos and read the
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    Benjamin took me around the tour like a pro, he is very passionate about his job and is very well informed. His knowledge of trivia is tremendous. The tour was meant for four hours but he didn't mind at all even though it went on for five!! Highly recommendeded :)
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    Gehan is a wonderful guide - her enthusiasm for Dubai and the culture is apparent. There is a bit of downtime to shop at most stops if you would like - not too much walking. Would definitely recommend!
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    Thank you for a wonderful insight into the history and culture of Bur Dubai and Deira, we loved our tme with you. Peter and Cheryl
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    We had the most fantastic tour with Faheem who showed us around Old Dubai and shared his extensive knowledge and sense of humor. Faheem ensured we kept cool in the shade whilst enjoying every part of this tour. We would highly recommend this opportunity to learn as much as
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    Key Details
    • Dubai Urban Adventures
    • Duration: 3h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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    • Languages Offered: English
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