Guided tour

Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical District Heritage Tour

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30 reviews

Activity provider: SMCCU

Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical District Heritage Tour

Activity provider: SMCCU

From US$ 31 per person

Explore one of the oldest areas of Dubai on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical District. Go to Al Bastakiya in Al Fahidi, and visit the Ruler's Court Mosque. Enjoy a cultural Q&A session at the SMCCU, with Arabic tea, coffee and dates.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible
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Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the more traditional architecture of the Al Fahidi Historical District
  • Look inside the Ruler's Court Mosque
  • Ask any questions you have about life in the Emirates at the SMCCU
  • Experience a traditional Emirati welcome
  • Enjoy some Arabic coffee served with dates
Full description
Travel back to the days before Dubai was dominated by cutting-edge skyscrapers and manmade islands, and discover the Al Fahidi Historical District, site of the last remaining windtower houses. Meet at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) windtower house. Experience traditional Emirati hospitality, before strolling through the district with your seasoned guide. Learn about the architecture and history of Dubai's Creek settlement buildings. Continue to the Ruler's Court Mosque (only open to guests of the SMCCU) for a short discussion about the mosque as a part of Emirati life. Return to the SMCCU windtower house for Arabic coffee and dates. Throughout the tour, ask any question you have about life in the city; no question is off limits! Learn about the center’s award-winning programs, and hear about their philosophy, “Open Doors. Open Minds.” The SMCCU strives to raise awareness and demystify the local culture, customs, and religion of the United Arab Emirates, improving cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests.
  • Guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical District
  • Entrance to the Ruler's Court Mosque and SMCCU
  • Complimentary Arabic coffee and dates
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), House 26, Al Musallah Road and Al Seef roundabout, Bur Dubai (adjacent to The Ruler's Court, near to the British Embassy, and just behind the Al Seef roundabout)

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    • Please note that the SMCCU provides attire that can be borrowed during the mosque portion of your tour
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    4.8 /5

    based on 30 reviews

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    great visit

    4th time to dubai 3rd visit tour the historical district I love these tours and meals The guides are always knowledgable, open and interesting people. I do wonder how they manage to invite these great people to guide and share their knowledge whith us. The discussions during the meals can be very different depending on the group since they'll answer any question.

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    February 20, 2017

    March 2, 2022

    Very pleasant meeting with the guide within the community, good in explaining the whole tour.

    January 8, 2020

    Product ID: 56494