A Walk in Old Dubai: Learning the Obscure History of the Dazzling Metropolis

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Audio tour
Audio tour in English
Route length: 3 miles
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Duration 2h - 4h
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  • You'll receive a self-guided audio tour right after booking
  • Savor the old city neighborhoods with their wind tower houses and winding alleys
  • Learn how the Sheikh discovered the mysterious 5,000-year-old archeological site
  • Discover the layout and the air conditioning method of the original Dubaian homes
  • Explore the history and traditional architecture of Dubai with your in-app audio tour
  • Get to know the Arabic poetry and legacy of the prominent Dubaian poet Al Oqaili
Welcome to Dubai, famous for its omnipresent modern skyscrapers yet brimming with history. This audio tour will throw you back to pre-oil times as you walk in the historic Bur Dubai and Deira districts. To begin with, you will get a glimpse of how sheiks of the past would lodge and the early development of the Emirates at the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, his former official residence in Bur Dubai. From there, you will reach the Dubai Grand Mosque of 1500 and climb the tallest minaret in the city to enjoy the stunning views of Dubai from 70 meters above the ground. Don’t miss diving into Dubai’s pearl farming past dating back to 2,500 BC in the emirate’s flagship museum, the Dubai Museum, just across the street. Strolling the Al Fahidi neighborhood, arty and quaint, you will take in the living history of the Arabian peninsula's original houses. To continue the tour in the Deira district, you will cross Dubai Creek by abra, a traditional wooden boat. Nearby the abra station, you will walk the maze of the Gold Souk streets to witness how they make up 25% of the global gold trade in Dubai’s single location. You will also discover an abundance of traditional perfumes and pungent spices at the bustling Perfume and Spice Souks. Finally, you will be invited to learn about the role of women in the development of Dubai at the low-key Women’s Museum. Join the tour and get a complete picture of Dubai with the historic lowrise buildings in the foreground!

What's included

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Tips on how to choose quality gold and spices and how to bargain
  • Headphones — you should bring your own
  • Entrance tickets to attractions — you can visit them on your own
  • Water taxi ride (one-way fare — AED 1)
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum
779R+72F - Al Fahidi
Women's Museum
Al Khor Street, ديرة
Download the app and the digital audio tour on your smartphone before the visit. You will find recommendations on how to get to the staring point in the first step of the tour. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email us at support@wegotrip.com.
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