Dubai culture, coffee and colourful Souks tour
- Sip Arabic coffee beside a Bedouin tent and learn about life here before the great oil rush
- Explore a triple bill of Dubai’s most atmospheric souks for gold, textiles, and spices
- Unearth the heritage and culture of the old town
- Discover its art galleries, traditional handicrafts, and traditional Arabian coffee ceremonies
The first stop is a traditional Bedouin tent where you will share a coffee and chat with our Emeriti friend Abo and find out more about the life of the Bedouin people. 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 (the all-white robes worn by Arab men). You 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. 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.
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 will be the largest gold souk in the Middle East, a fascinating place that should be number one on every tourist’s itinerary. The tour ends at the Al Ras metro station.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Cold water
- Arabic coffee (or a cold drink for those who do not fancy coffee)
- Abra water taxi fare
- Food and additional drinks
- Transportation to/from the meeting point
- Tips for your guide
- Children 6-11 years: reduced
Inside Al Fahidi metro station, by the ticket office. From downtown Dubai on the red line, change lines at Burjuman or Union and take the green line to Alfahidi. If you are taking a taxi, ensure you have extra time as traffic can be heavy in the morning.
- Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a hat or umbrella and sunscreen
- Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
- Every day except friday at 09.00am
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