Dubai Gold Souk Culture & history

Our most recommended Dubai Gold Souk Culture & history

Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

1. Dubai: Old Town, Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour

Explore the streets of Old Dubai on a guided walking tour. Have the option to choose between a shared or private tour. Visit the coin museum, try delicious local food and drinks, cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional boat, and peruse spices and gold at local markets. Your tour begins with a visit to the historical quarter of Al Fahidi (Bastakiya). There you will have several stops where your guide will tell you about the history of Dubai and the UAE, its culture, life in Dubai, and the religion and the beliefs of the area. Then continue to the coin museum, where you will see the ancient coins of Arabia and Dubai. You can also admire fantastic views across Bastakiya from the roof. Stop in front of a mosque and learn more about Islam.  Following the mosque, shop in the local markets (souks). Before your visit, get tips from your guide about the prices and tricks of bargaining with the local merchants. Then walk through the old souk, known for clothing, textiles, souvenirs, and Kashmir scarves at the best prices. Take your time to shop and sample fresh juice, street food, and local tea. Follow this with a boat ride to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where your guide will explain the different herbs and medicines and try the camel milk chocolate! The tour continues to the biggest market for gold in the Middle East where you can admire intricate metalwork.

Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

2. Dubai: Al Fahidi Walking Tour, Creek, Souks & Street Food

Explore Dubai's historic Al Fahidi district on a walking tour with a licensed guide. Admire the old buildings and architecture, visit the Coffee Museum, and discover the gold and spice souks. Try local snacks and/or take a ride on an abra boat, if you select one of the upgraded options. After meeting your guide, get your first taste of Dubai's traditional side by sampling Arabic tea with dates. Then, walk around Al Fahidi and take in the area's splendor. Moving on, take a stroll in the alleyways of Al Seef, an essential place in Dubai's heritage. Get insights into the area's history from your guide before heading to the next destination, the Coffee Museum. There, learn about coffee's role in shaping UAE history and culture. Afterward, get a henna tattoo and adorn Arabic attire. Upgrade to the food option and explore the flavors of Emirati street food such as Emirati bread Ragag, Luquimat, Karak tea, falafel, veg samosa, and Camel milk ice cream. Later, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi and take a quick ride around Dubai creek. Soak in the panoramic views of huge trading ships and the beautiful architecture of the buildings as you sail across. You will also enjoy a 30-minute Abra ride if you choose the option during the booking. Moving on, visit the spice souk to learn about the various spices, and shop for the finest deals at the local markets. Next, head to the gold souk to marvel at the fine jewelry made from gold, silver, and precious stones before ending the walking tour.

Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

3. Dubai: Walking Tour, Creek, Abra Taxi, Souks, & Emirati Meal

Enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s famous sights, including the Al Fahidi Historical District, Al Seef street, and the Gold Souk. Take the chance to try some traditional tea and coffee at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant and ride the Abra water taxi down Dubai Creek.  Be welcomed with Arabic tea at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant, where later you will also try luqaimat (Arabic sweet dumplings), Ragag (traditional Emirati homemade bread), and camel milk ice cream. Explore more flavors of Emirati cuisine by upgrading to the breakfast or lunch option. Later, explore this Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant further and learn more about the Arabian culture and lifestyle. Admire the traditional interiors and architecture. Listen to your expert guide as they tell stories on how UAE has developed from a desert with tents to reaching Mars. Explore the Emirati bedroom with its antiques, admiring the architectural development from the tent replica at the restaurant to traditional Arish buildings made from the leaves of date palms to the megastructure. Try your hand at henna painting while indulging in a traditional Arabic makeover. Then, head towards the Al Fahidi Historical District. Wander alongside the water on Al Seef street and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with local stores. Stop at the Coffee Museum, celebrating an important part of Arabic culture. See a nearby mosque and admire the architectural style. Take a trip on the Abra water taxi along Dubai Creek. Watch the ships and buildings of Dubai’s skyline pass you by. Leave the water taxi and enter into the Gold Souk, exploring the collections of gold jewellery.

Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

4. Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

Start your full-day Dubai adventure by meeting your guide in your hotel in Abu Dhabi. After a short meet and greet you will set off to discover one of the world's most fascinating, modern cities - Dubai.  Begin your tour with a drive to Dubai from Abu Dhabi - along the way, whilst heading through the outskirts of Dubai along the main highway you will witness one of the largest concentrations of skyscrapers in this region, and the third-largest concentration in the world. This tour will showcase the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai, giving you some insight into this multi-faceted city. Visit popular tourist locations in Old Dubai such as the Dubai Museum, Spice Market, Gold Souk, and the Abra Ride water taxi. Follow this with a trip to New Dubai where you will pause for photo stops at landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. End your journey through Dubai with a convenient and relaxing car ride back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. 

Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

5. Dubai: Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover the spectacular sights of Dubai, and learn how it developed from a small fishing village on Dubai Creek to the lively metropolis of today. Visit the old district of Bastakyia, and enter Dubai Museum in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Ride a water taxi across Dubai Creek and enjoy superb views of the city en route to Deira. Be enchanted by the exotic spices on sale in the famous Spice Souk. Then, ponder whether to buy any of the glittering souvenirs in the Gold Souk. Stop to take photos of the Jumeirah Grand Mosque, built in the medieval Fatimid tradition. Take a photo of the iconic Burj Al Arab, then, if the option is selected, you can go to the Burj Khalifa for an optional lunch around the musical fountains. Head to Dubai Mall, where more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class designers can be found. Continue to Palm Islands to see the famous Atlantis Hotel, located at the crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Then take a stroll past the luxury yachts of Dubai Marina. Drive through the ultra-modern Jumeirah Lake Towers complex en route to the Barsha area with its famous Emirates Mall and permanent skiing facility.

From Abu Dhabi: Dubai Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

6. From Abu Dhabi: Dubai Full-Day Tour with Optional Lunch

On this tour, have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, presents itself today as a glamorous metropolis of the Arabian Gulf. Your visits starts with photo-stops of some iconic hotels such as the famous 7 star Burj Al Arab, and The Palm Island which is home to the Atlantis Hotel respectively. Then, proceed to the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah for another photo-stop. If selected  enjoy lunch at the Dubai Mall in a restaurant. You will be just under the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, and will spend 2 hours in the world's largest shopping mall, “The Dubai Mall,” where you can enjoy shopping and exploring the mall's many attractions. After that, start your journey back to Abu Dhabi passing the famous Emirates Mall. Reaching Abu Dhabi after a 1.5 hour drive.

Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

7. Dubai: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Dubai at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Dubai Creek Abra Station, Spice Souk, Gold Souk and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

8. Dubai City: Full Day Private Tour

Discover the contrast of the city of Dubai and admire not only the historical quarters of the city but also the modern, futuristic Dubai during this 8 hours tour. Admire the unique architecture and skyline of Dubai during a photo stop at Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building at 828 meters, with the world's fastest elevator. Choose to travel 124 floors into the sky in less than a minute with this optional ticket. Afterward, a visit to the Souk Madinat, an Arabic-style shopping center with many shops and restaurants. This place offers an interesting mixture of tradition and modernity and invites you to the majestic view of the luxury hotel Atlantis on Palm Island. Finally, dive into the history and culture of Dubai heritage by taking a traditional water tour through Dubai Creek to a typical Arabian spice and gold market. Let yourself be enchanted by the fragrance of the Orient and the glitter of gold.

Dubai: Al Fahidi walking tour with Photo-Shooting &Abra ride

9. Dubai: Al Fahidi walking tour with Photo-Shooting &Abra ride

See the best of the historic Al Fahidi district on a walking tour as you learn about the culture and history of the UAE. Visit markets, museums, and charming neighborhoods, and take a ride in a traditional Abra water taxi. Meet your guide and begin by enjoying a welcome drink of Arabic tea with dates at Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant in the Al Fahidi district. You can also try out luqaimat, ragag, and camel milk. Tour a traditional house and learn about the history of the UAE. See a traditional Emirati bedroom, a tent replica located at the restaurant, arish palm front houses, and also the megastructures. After admiring the buildings in the Al Fahidi and Al Seef districts, head to the Middle East's largest coffee museum. Enjoy a live Arabic coffee-making session and learn about how coffee has become a crucial part of the UAE's culture. Stop by a Mosque and check out the distinctive architecture as you learn more about Islam. Then, hop on a traditional Abra water taxi for a quick creek tour. Admire the old trading ships and take some photographs to show friends and family. Visit the gold souk, the area where the majority of Dubai's jewelry stores are to be found. Then, discover the spice souk, where there are all manner of aromatic spices, herbs, nuts, oil, saffron, and other things to excite the senses.

Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Visit

10. Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Visit

Discover the bustling metropolis of Dubai with its dazzling skyline and pristine beaches. This 6-hour tour of the city of contrasts includes visits to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, one of the largest aquariums in the world and the glittering sights of Dubai Marina, one of the trendiest spots in town. Your day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a short drive to the rendezvous point. From there, you will be driven to the Dubai Mall, and then continue on to Burj Khalifa. A swift 50-second elevator ride takes you to the top of this iconic monument. Take in awe-inspiring views from the observation deck on the 124th floor. After your Burj Khalifa visit, you’ll have time to browse the Dubai Mall at your leisure and dine at any of the 500 restaurants available, before meeting your guide at the pre-designated location and pre-set time to continue the rest of your tour. Continue on to the Dubai Marina, one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in the city. Admire the moored yachts and the impressive skyscrapers and Marina Promenade. Next on the itinerary is Palm Jumeirah, aptly named for its unique shape. This manmade island caught the world’s attention and is now home to many luxurious hotels, restaurants and private residences. Take some photos during a stop across from Atlantis The Palm, home to sunken aquatic chambers, submerged ruins, and exhilarating water rides, before moving on to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Shop at the Gold and Spice souks before continuing on to Jumeirah Mosque and the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab, for photo opportunities. After your day exploring the city, the coach will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Guided tours
  • Day trips
  • Private tours
  • Water activities
12 activities found
Sort by:

Other Sightseeing Options in Dubai Gold Souk

Want to discover all there is to do in Dubai Gold Souk? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Dubai Gold Souk

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 233 reviews

Hamza was amazing. He was so caring and friendly and warm towards all in the group. Loved the way he explains, starting from the minute details and the story telling. Amazing experience. Definitely recommend this one! Love and best wishes.

Gracias a nuestro guía de Argelia, nuestro tour fue maravilloso, es muy atento y nos ayudó a conocer muchísimo mejor la cultura y tradición Árabe además de la zona antigua de Dubai. Muchas gracias por todo. Sin duda 100% recomendado!

Hamza was so informative. The tour was very well organised, offering drinks and tasty snacks. I would have missed out on so much and not learned an ounce of what I did. Thank you!!

Amsa was good a nice guide and he gave us plenty information about the old Dubai and tips on the markets. Definitely recommend it!

Francis was a patient and thorough guide. We really enjoyed the tour. It was well worth it!