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Dubai Heritage Tour

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Where: Dubai, UAE
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Duration: 4 hours
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  • See another side of Dubai on this fascinating tour
  • Discover Dubai′s historical roots
  • Experience the non-stop selling and buying at the Gold Souk
  • Tour a pearl merchant′s residence built from coral and gypsum
  • Enjoy spice and commodity trading at the Grand Souk Deira
  • Walk through the winding streets of the Bastakiya quarter

In this remarkable half day tour, you’ll learn about the traditions and culture that have sustained Dubai in its amazing journey from trading post to one of the most vibrant cities in the world!

At Heritage House, a renovated 1890 courtyard house, you’ll have a rare glimpse of how a wealthy pearl merchant lived. Built from coral and gypsum, its rooms wrap around a central courtyard flanked by verandas to keep direct sunlight out. The merchant, Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, founded the Al-Ahmadiya School, the first operational school in Dubai.

Prepare to be enthralled by Dubai’s colorful markets. Enjoy the glitter of the Gold Souk and the excitement of the Grand Souk Deira. Witness the non-stop buying and selling of jewelry, spices and almost every possible commodity imaginable! Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Grand Souk Bur Dubai.

At the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding you’ll be welcomed for an informal chat. This non-profit organization strives to remove barriers between people of different nationalities and raise awareness of the local culture, customs and religion of the UAE.

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Really loved the understanding of the Dubai History. Very interesting compared to today's situation....

Gerard Bottino France
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The Dubai Heritage Tour gives you a tantalizing look at the traditions and culture of an ever-expanding city in the heart of the Middle East.

The adventure begins when you are picked up in the morning at your hotel in Dubai by an air-conditioned coach.

You’ll visit the old center of Dubai which evokes the city’s origins as a trading center. For centuries the city has traded gold, pearls, spices, fish, and other goods with neighboring countries in the Arabian Peninsula and with South East Asian countries. Follow your guide on a breathtaking historical excursion on foot that takes you across the Gold Souk with its charming market atmosphere to the Heritage House that symbolizes a traditional way of living.

You’ll next visit the first operational school in Dubai. Al Ahmadiyad School is a historical institution showing the beginning of the city’s educational ambitions and efforts.

At the Grand Souk Deira, you’ll find merchants and buyers haggling over countless commodities, including every kind of spice imaginable.

Continue your journey by crossing Dubai Creek in an abra, a local water taxi, to see the area and the palace of Shindaga, a neighborhood in the traditional center of Dubai. From 1912 to 1958, the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, lived in the area and his residence in Al Shindagha is now open to the public as a museum.

Next take a brief walk along the Creek, passing the magnificent Grand Mosque in the Bastakiya quarter of Dubai. Established at the end of the 19th century by textile and pearl trading immigrants from Bastak in Iran, this neighborhood is known for its winding streets and restored merchants’ houses. We’ll also see the Grand Souk Bur Dubai, a wonderfully atmospheric market.

The last stop on our tour is a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding. You will be welcomed by Emiratis for an informal chat at this non-profit organization that was established in 1998 to increase awareness and understanding between the various cultures that live in Dubai.

Upon completion of the tour, you’ll return via air conditioned coach to your Dubai hotel by approximately 1300h (1:00pm).

Please note
Please call the local activity operator partner at least 48 hours before the tour to reconfirm the details.

This tour needs a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. In case the minimum passenger requirement is not met, the tour will be cancelled and the booking amount will be refunded to you.

The maximum waiting time for the hotel pick-up is 10 minutes. The driver has to leave after this time has elapsed. Cancellation or refund is not allowed if you miss your pick-up time.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Water taxi ride
  • Meals and beverages
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
4 hours
Start time
Operating times: Hotel pick-up approx 0900h (9:00am) depending on your hotel location.
Meeting point
Your hotel in Dubai.
Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details. Please make sure you are waiting in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before that time.
Ending point
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your Dubai hotel.
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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No cancellation fees

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