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Things to do in Dubai

From the ultra-modern skyline to the traditional souqs of its historic district, Dubai is a city of contrasts, which makes it an interesting place to explore no matter what kind of trip you’re looking for. Our specialists have sought out different ways for you to get to know the many facets of Dubai, from the oldest buildings lining narrow lanes to a waterfront perspective on the ever-changing cityscape.

We can arrange for you to discover the local cuisine, something that can be elusive in this city with Michelin ambitions. You could take a walking tour of the fast-disappearing old town to learn how the architecture reflects the local culture and climate. Or you can leave the confines of this very contemporary city to visit the Arabian Desert, where you’ll glimpse a traditional way of life amid sun-baked dunes.

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Ideas for experiencing Dubai

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Dubai, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Middle East food pilgrimage
    Middle East Food Pilgrimage, Dubai

    Middle East food pilgrimage

    Middle East food pilgrimage

    Dubai is known for its world-class restaurants, but authentic Middle Eastern food can be surprisingly hard to find here. Get an insider’s glimpse into the cuisine on this guided walking tour, which includes sampling baklava, saffron ice cream and cardamom-scented coffee.

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  • Sundowner desert safari with dinner
    Dune dinner safari, Dubai

    Sundowner desert safari with dinner

    Sundowner desert safari with dinner

    Explore the desert with this evening tour that will give you the chance to ride a camel, go dune bashing in a 4x4 and enjoy a traditional feast under the star-lit sky. You may even glimpse some of the desert’s elusive wildlife.

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  • Old Dubai evening walking tour
    Old Dubai Evening Walking Tour, Dubai

    Old Dubai evening walking tour

    Old Dubai evening walking tour

    Look beyond Dubai’s gleaming glass-and-steel skyscrapers to discover the historic side of the city on this walking tour of the Dubai Creek area. Browse spice-scented souqs, explore Al Fahidi District and ride in an abra (water taxi).

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  • Dhow cruise with dinner
    Dhow Dinner Cruise, Dubai

    Dhow cruise with dinner

    Dhow cruise with dinner

    This dinner cruise gives you a chance to sail aboard a traditional wooden dhow for a new perspective on Dubai. Cruising along Dubai Creek, you’ll have views both of the city’s oldest buildings and its best-known skyscrapers as the sun sinks into the gulf.

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