Private Old Dubai Walking Tour: Forts, Souks, and Boats

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From $85.00

57 reviews   (4.96)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Dubai, Dubai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Journey with us on this private two-hour walking tour to explore the city as you have never seen it. We will guide you through the middle east markets, traditional houses, and historic by lanes of the old city. You will go back in time to see what life was like on the sleepy banks of a pearling and fishing village. The tour includes a visit to a Fort, a boat ride across the creek, and visits to the famous textile, spice and gold souks (markets).

Along the way, you will hear the story of the men and women who transformed this regional trading outpost into the global juggernaut that it is today. Elements of Emirati culture will be seen up-close as we explained the nuanced ways that the traditions still thrive.

Far away from the glass skyscrapers of modern Dubai, this tour will introduce you to the real, and fascinating, heart and soul of the town. You simply cannot miss this side of Dubai!

What's Included

Coffee and/or Tea

Professional guide

What's Not Included


No hotel transfer are provided

Traveler Information

  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 16
  • ADULT: Age: 17 - 70

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Featuring heritages homes transformed into cafes, museums, art galleries and hotels - a close look at Dubai's first settlement

35 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
A walk through the Dubai Museum to understand our pearl diving past and our growth story in this desert to destination city

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Hindi Lane
A hidden gem in Old Dubai - a tucked in temple lane

• Admission Ticket Free

Textile Souk
Discover fabrics and swatches initially forming the core of the trade in the middle east

• Admission Ticket Free

Dubai Gold Souk
Go Big or Go Home is the motto of our expansive Gold Souq in Dubai

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dubai Creek
This boat ride is the most fun way to arrive at the Spice and the Gold Souq on our tours

3 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Dubai Spice Souk
Here is where we learn about the kinds of spices, saffron and vanilla, be wowed by the range of teas and taste some dates and camel milk chocolates!

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


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danidavidm, 24-04-2022
I had the BEST time on this tour. By the end of the tour I was seriously considering moving (still am). The tour guide was amazing. She made me feel so welcome. I appreciated how personable she was and how she shared her experiences as a resident. We not only learned the history but the present of Dubai as well. I will recommend this tour to anyone that says they plan to visit Dubai.
The best tour of Old Dubai!!
Passport821267, 24-04-2022
Old Dubai is a must see! This tour was filled with historic and current information about the city. We had the opportunity to understand and experience the flavor of the area as well as the souk spice and souk gold. Pri was the best guide ever! She was very knowledgeable, professional and most importantly fun! Shout out to Abdul at Al Noor Al Asli and Niraj at GBS Al Emarat Jewelers who who provided great non pressured customer service and prices for the items we purchased. If you don’t do this tour, you are missing out!! Highly recommended - thank you Pri!
Great choise for a walking tour
dominikik737, 25-09-2022
Great experience! We really enjoyed it and we also learned a lot. Would definetely recommend it to our friends and family.
Very best of Dubai
Burching, 17-05-2022
We had an excellent and a memorable tour, it was a pleasant day out with an amazing experience walking within the streets of old Dubai. Our guide Priyanka made it even more memorable for us… Very informative about the culture & history, knowledgable and kind. She made our tour relaxing and enjoyable to perfection. Definitely a strong recommendation for anyone coming here.
One of the best tours I have experienced
6rymk, 25-04-2022
Incredibly knowledgeable guide; fun and informative tour - overall an absolutely delightful experience. Highly recommended.
A window into Old Dubai
roshm2016, 27-11-2022
A fantastic tour. This tour won’t disappoint! We had a fantastic tour guide who was very knowledgeable. She gave us lots of historical and cultural information and was more than happy to answer questions. Our crew of Kindergarteners could not stop talking about the experience and my own class has decided that we must build a model barjeel that Priyanka showed us!
The walking tour gave us such wonderful insight into what Dubai was like and meeting the wonderful Dibba, Noorah and Asoof was such a brilliant experience for our little explorers.
The traditional Emirati house was a treasure trove of artifacts and our class were in awe of the advance methods they adopted to keep the house cool during the scorching summer months without electricity! Being able to walk down the winding side streets, along the coral and gypsum walls was a fantastic step back in time to Old Dubai and one we will talk about for many months to come!
Strolling Through the Hidden Old Dubai
zassc, 22-11-2022
If you are looking to discover Dubai in a time capsule, then I strongly recommend this tour. Priyanka is an exceptional host and knows how to cater to all age groups. This experience will take your mind away from being amongst the busy lifestyle of Dubai in an engaging way. Prepared to be enthralled by the adventurous paths filled with hidden gems in the alleyways! Our 4-5 year olds requested for another trip!
The Best Guide!
BreeM175, 16-11-2022
OMgosh Pri was so amazing! I truly loved all the information she had and she gave such a lovely experience. She is professional, knowledgeable and fun! She was the best!
Wonderful Tour During a Women's Retreat
BeccaTN, 30-10-2022
My company, Fit & Fly, hosts women's retreats around the world. So when we were hosting a retreat in Dubai this September, we knew we wanted to have a tour of Dubai from a female perspective. Our tour guide, Pri, was wonderful. She gave us a tour of the souk, allowing our guests ample time to shop and explore. We then had lunch at a traditional restaurant. We would highly recommend Pri and this tour for anyone interested in learning more about Dubai!
Going back in time in Old Dubai
msnabilaj, 27-10-2022
This was one of the most enjoyable school field trips I have been part of! Richard and Priyanka took very good care of us and were a wealth of knowledge. Richard told our kids we were traveling through a portal back in time and that immediately got them hooked and made the experience of exploring Old Dubai more enjoyable! The highlight for the students was seeing the camels and the falcon. Definitely worth visiting to see another side of Dubai away from the tall buildings.
Highly recommended
IbnBatuta2012, 09-01-2023
Pri has incredible knowledge about the history of Dubai and this walking tour was extremely educational and fun. She is engaging and really took personal care of us especially my senior parents. I highly recommend this tour with Pri through the historic Bastakiya neighborhood, the spice and gold souks. Thank you Pri!
Excellent tour guide and tour
beechwood2258, 27-12-2022
We took a private hidden gems old Dubai tour with Pri for our multigenerational group ranging from 6-75. Everyone loved it in spite of the rainy weather. Pri was amazing, engaging, humorous and very accommodating. Highly recommend!!!
Great tour! Wonderful guide!
Road744613, 24-12-2022
It was an excellent tour! One we can easily recommend to others. A nice walk through the old city with some history, followed by a quick boat ride and a visit to textile souk, spices and gold markets. Doing this tour in December is a great idea given the nice weather (not hot at all). Our tour guide Pri was amazing. Incredibly attentive to the needs of the group, including young children, she made the tour very special. We went in a group of 6 adults and 2 young children and all loved it equally. Pri found something interesting to show to our children and gave valuable tips about shopping for spices and gold for the adults. As someone who has lived in Dubai with her family for nine years, Pri gave us a good sense of what it is like to live in Dubai for foreigners. She also followed up after the tour to give us some additional tips of things to do for while we are in Dubai. Very friendly and incredibly easy going she stands out from the crowd of other guides. I recommend her as your guide with pleasure.
Awesome Tour!
Gillian_R, 26-01-2023
We loved our tour with Ricky. He was informative, friendly, and a lot of fun to hang out with. He showed us some amazing things in Old Dubai, and we especially loved when he brought us to specific shops to talk to the shop owners. It felt like a really authentic experience. He was also great with our kids, which we really appreciated. Thank you, Ricky, for a great experience!

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