Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Explore one of the oldest areas of Dubai on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya Historical District. Stop in and visit the Ruler's Court Mosque, only seen with the guides at the SMCCU. Enjoy a cultural Q and A session with Arabic coffee and dates in the ambiance of an original wind tower house built in the 19th Century.

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Stop At: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai United Arab Emirates

A step back in time and experience the atmosphere of the Al Fahidi District, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods set in Bur Dubai. Our knowledgeable cultural presenters will escort guests through the distinctive, narrow alleys (sikkas) and stunning wind towers that adorn this historic districT

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Rd House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Guests return to the SMCCU house for a cultural discovery Q&A session where they will be treated to Arabic tea, coffee and dates.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque And Centre, 119 6d Street, Dubai 25444 United Arab Emirates

Guests will be able to enter and visit the mosque

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Visit includes a fully guided tour
  • Water, Arabic coffee and dates
  • Q and A Session with experienced guide about local culture and traditions
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • Entry/Admission - Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Entry/Admission - The Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque And Centre

  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Departure Point

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


1 hour 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Lyn R

08 May, 2018

Most informative and interesting tour . Gave a much better understanding of the Muslim traditions and religion. Would highly recommend . Refreshing to see Old Dubai in contrast to the glitz and glamour of new Dubai

Tracy T

30 Dec, 2017

Our hostess/host were absolutely delightful. There sense of humor and friendly demeanor was great. The tour was very good and it was a privilege to visit the mosque. I would highly recommend.

Orkhan G

08 Jan, 2017

This is the tour I would recommend the most. Despite it might seem like something not very interesting, it is actually a tour not to be missed, absolutely!
The best component of this tour is the local guides. Because they are local, their motivation to explain you arabic culture and heritage is genuine and their narration therefore is very interesting. Their highly positive energy will imprint in your memory for many years.
Firstly you are going to sit in a circle indoors and hear about local culture as well as have chances to ask your questions to the giude. You will also be offered some beverages to drink and some local pastries to taste.
Then you'll take a tour around the area, starting with an old tent where you'll be offered coffee. After sitting there for a while and learning about interesting things that people used to do in the past, you'll then proceed to the mosque and learn some interesting facts about the nuances of its architecture as well as the nuances of Islam. You'll then walk round old buildings and learn the secrets that Arabs used to keep their homes cool, and many other interesting things. Just ask your questions and get exhaustive answers.
I will definitely take some other tours of the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding if I visit Dubai again.

Eleanor S

23 Dec, 2015

excellent. Nasir was a wonderful host, very open and funny. we had a really international group and I felt we had a real insight into the moderate Muslim world and sensible explanations of their culture.

Fiona S

20 Feb, 2017

This was a relaxed tour of the old village of Dubai, no rush, plenty of chat, and an engaging guide. When they say you can ask them anything they do mean it, they are happy to tell you anything about their culture, so don't be shy.
We were provided with a selection of food, accompanied by a very enjoyable talk about how it should be eaten, coffee and as much water as we needed, before we went out and met a lady making ribbons and a gentleman with a hawk. After a walk and talk round the village we ended the tour at the mosque.
For those who didn't wear appropriate clothes for the mosque the beautifully simple clothes provided looked very clean, and well kept, so don't worry if you forget something.
I really enjoyed this tour, lovely atmosphere, friendly people and very informative.

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