Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Cover the Old Dubai 'must-do's' - the spice souk, abra ride, textile souk and food tastings in Fahidi - along a well-paced 3.5 hour route. Experience Old Dubai like our friends would, only the stuff you have to see and eat rather than a standard touristy checklist.

Start off with a popular old timer’s treat in the souk’s back alleys and then play a round of our fun and educational spice game, SPINGO.* Once our SPINGO champ is crowned, cool down with an icy treat and then bob across the Dubai creek in a traditional wooden abra to visit Bur Dubai’s textile souk.

We then enjoy one of the neighborhood's favourite Indian street snacks and then wind down at a traditional Emirati eatery housed in a historic home from the 1950s. Our meal will include a fragrant rice and lamb pilaf, a rich vegetable stew and delicious sweet dumplings that are a firm Dubai favourite.

*One eating stop is omitted during summer months of May - September.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, 41, 34th St Al Ras, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Fuel up with an Old Dubai nostalgic treat washed down with sweet milky tea in the back alleys of the souk.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, 41, 34th St Al Ras, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Play our proprietary spice game, "SPINGO" in the souk! Cool down after with an icy Iranian treat doused with rosewater, fruit cordial and lemon juice.

(SPINGO is replaced with another activity during Ramadan)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Deira Old Souk Abra Station, Baniyas Road Near Dubai Spice Souk, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai in a traditional wooden boat.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Textile Souk, Bur Dubai Near Bur Dubai Abra Station, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Take a quick walk through the vibrant textile souk and witness religious tolerance firsthand in Dubai.

Stop At: Meena Bazaar, 34 Al Nahdha St Admiral Plaza Hotel Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Sample a beloved Indian street food: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp ‘puris.’ (**This stop is omitted during summer months of May - September)

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Enjoy a sit-down traditional Emirati meal featuring a meat and rice pilaf, a rich vegetarian stew and our favourite sweet dumplings.

Duration: 45 minutes

  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Wired earphones (with 35mm jack) for our tour guide audio system. Carry your own or purchase on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please advise us at least 48 hours in advance of the tour in case of serious food allergies, including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 3.4km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour may be cancelled if there are less than 3 participants and rescheduling options or full refund provided.
  • Near public transportation
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Return Details

Al Fahidi Historical, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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3 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


08 Mar, 2023

We did a half day food tour of Dubai with Noorin and 5 other guests. It was a blast and a great way to get introduced to the old town Dubai and to a wide range of cuisines. We highly recommend.


07 Mar, 2023

I had such a wonderful time on this foodie tour. Arva was amazing. So warm and hospitable and so eager to show up around this amazing city. So many food stops. I was completely stuffed by the end of the tour. I’m so glad i was able to experience this on my first full day in dubai!!


06 Mar, 2023

Excellent tour led by Noorin with loads of information, too much good food and great group! We’d do it again.


18 Feb, 2023

My wife and I have just returned from our holiday in Dubai and the walking tour of "Middle Eastern" foods was one of the highlights of our trip. Farida was a wonderful source of knowledge, not just of the food, but also of Dubai and its history. She provided a wonderful background to the food, the city and its inhabitants. The tour is well paced and the company we had on the evening was great. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who has even a mild interest in food and its history. Thank you Forida for a great tour.


12 Feb, 2023

I just returned from a week long trip to Dubai with my mum and the food tour was one of the highlights of the trip for both of us. Arva's passion for food and her knowledge of Dubai's history & the various spices in the Souks was incredible. Our stomachs and hearts were very content and dietary requirements were well catered for. I would highly recommend Frying Pan Adventures to anyone visiting Dubai.

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