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Dubai Culture, Coffee & Colourful Souks Tour

We will meet local Emirati friends who will introduce us to their traditional ways of life, discover the cultural treasures of the Alfahidi district, and then shop till we drop in the best souks in the city.

Itinerary

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 U.A.E). The falcon is usually a willing accomplice in any souvenir photos you may wish to take. 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). 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 cafe 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. The gallery resembles a typical home of the area, featuring a pretty courtyard with rooms all around it. Every room and wall are carefully curated with pieces of art and furniture, with works by both established and upcoming artists hanging side-by-side. 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. The textile souk is very camera-friendly and well worth a visit, even if you have no desire to purchase a textile-themed souvenir to take home.

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 and we will, of course, stop to take some photos and shop if you wish. Our final stop on our cultural and commercial journey will be the largest gold souk in the Middle East, a fascinating place that should be number one on every tourist's itinerary. A feast for the eyes, the gold souk features incredibly lavish Arabic jewellery and dazzling displays of gold and other stones. Your guide will be on-hand to aid you in the bartering process should you wish to buy anything. There are plenty of restaurants and street food vendors around this area, so if you are all shopped out, talk to your local guide, who can recommend the best places to stop for a quick bite. 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.

Highlights

  •  Sip Arabic coffee beside a Bedouin tent with Abo
  •  Learn about life in Dubai before the oil rush
  •  Explore souks for gold, textiles and spices with a local guide
  •  Unearth the heritage and culture of the old town
  •  Discover art galleries, traditional handicrafts and Arabian coffee ceremonies
  •  Enjoy Abra water taxi ride

Details

Confirmation
48 Hours
Duration
4 Hours
Transport
N/A
Voucher Type
E-Voucher
Amendment
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Refund
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Operating Hours

Tour Start Time: 09:00hrs

Duration: 4 Hours

What You Get

Includes

  •  Local English speaking guide
  •  Cold water
  •  Arabic coffee or a cold drink for those who do not fancy coffee
  •  Abra water taxi fare

Excludes

  • Food and additional drinks (there will be plenty of restaurants where you can stop to buy shawarma if you wish)
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/end points
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide.

Additional Information

  • What to wear: 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.
  • Child Price: Age 6-11 years old
  • Meeting Point: Please meet inside Al Fahidi metro station, by the ticket office.
  • How to get to Meeting Point: 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.

How To Use 

  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
  • This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Adult
$114.00
$107.00
Age: 12 & above
Child
$58.00
$54.00
Age: 6-11 years

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