Walking tour in the old Dubai

Bur Dubai

The old city: Deira and Bur Dubai

Learning about the History of Dubai, its tradition and evolution is the starting point to understanding the city, its population as well as their aspirations and pioneering mindset. The story of how difficulties led them to progress at an incredible pace and pursue their vision is inspiring to anyone.
The old Dubai is the historical part of the city, where it all started. Dubai was divided into two parts: Bur Dubai and Deira, situated on each side of the Creek. A walking tour will take you back to the time when Dubai was a small village living on fishing and pearling. Discover the heritage village, museums, souks as well as Emirati food and cross the Creek on a traditional Abra. This place is authentic, warm and multicultural.

Tips for traveler

You can spent an entire day or half a day walking in the old Dubai, starting at Deira before crossing the Creek and following with Bur Dubai. Your journey will stop at the new marina, Al Seef where you can enjoy a soothing dinner and evening walk.

  • 1

    Fish market

    To start your tour, dive into Dubai’s fishing tradition.

    Location: Al Khaleej Road – Deira

    Nearest Metro Station: Palm Deira

    Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday from 5 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 11 pm. Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm

  • 2

    Gold & Perfume Souks

    Visitors can find a wide range of jewellery, gold, precious stones and perfumes in theses two markets.
    Location: Sikkat al Khail Road – Deira
    Opening hours: All week from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 10 pm.
  • 3

    Spice Souk

    Find spices, herbs and dried fruit in one of the most popular Souks in Dubai.
    Location: Deira – Between Baniyas road, Al Sabkha road and Al Abra Street
    Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm. Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm
  • 4

    Abra station

    Cross Dubai’s Creek in a traditional Abra (wooden boat) that will take you from Bur Dubai to Deira.
    It takes around 5 minutes, but you can ask for a personalized cruise and pay per hour.
    Route 1: From Deira Old Souk to Bur Dubai, from 5 am to midnight.
    Route 2: From Sabkha to Dubai Old Souk, 24-hour service.
    Admission fees: 1 AED
  • 5

    Juthoor Art Center

    The center includes a painting Gallery, Art School and historical museum. It is located in the house of Sheikh
    Khalifa Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

    Location: The Creek

    Admission fees: Free
  • 6

    Lunch time at Heritage Village

    The village displays the traditional lifestyle in Dubai. It is still in renovation but you can still have lunch and enjoy a walk with a view on the Creek.

    Location: Al Shindagha area – Bur Dubai

    Admission fees: Free
  • 7

    Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

    The house was the residence of Al Maktoum family until 1958.
    Location: Al Shindagha area – Bur Dubai

    Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 8:30 pm, and Fridays from 3 pm to 9:30pm

    Admission fees: Free

  • 8

    Old Souk and Textile Souk

    Two of Dubai’s oldest souks.
    Location: Al Souk al Kabeer, Bur Dubai

    Opening hours: From Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm, Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm

    Admission fees: Free

  • 9

    Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi fort

    For more information read: Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
    Location: Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, opposite Grand Mosque.
    Opening: From Saturday to Thursday from 8:30 to 8:30 pm, Friday from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
    Admission fees: 3 AED for adults and 1 AED for children under 6 y/o.
  • 10

    Al Bastakiya, Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood

    Location: Between Bur Dubai Waterfront & Al Mankhool Road, Al Fahidi Street.

    Nearest bus stop: Al Fahidi 1

  • 11

    Al Seef Marina

    End your tour at Al Seef Marina fr some shopping, dinning and a walk along the alleys of this reconstructed traditional village.
    For more information, read: Al Seef Marina
    Location: Dubai Creek.

    Nearest Metro Station: Burjuman, Al Fahidi


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