Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Dubai Private Tour

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From $111.65

69 reviews   (4.87)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Dubai, Dubai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Dubai from a unique perspective! Get to know Dubai on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, with city highlights, hidden gems, storytelling, and a local treat - this tour has it all!

Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Dubai at its best but from the eyes of a local. Check out main landmarks like Dubai Creek abra station, Spice Souk, Gold Souk and uncover hidden gems and city secrets with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. And the cherry on top, a local treat is included.

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups.

What's Included

1 local drink/tasting

Local Guide

Private Tour

tickets for Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum house

Tickets for the Coffee Museum


What's Not Included

Extra food & drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Explore one of the oldest heritage sites of the city with its sophisticated houses and stories from the past

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Coffee museum
Visit the Coffee Museum where you will learn about the importance and history of this precious drink in Arabian countries and across the world

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
Check out the Dubai museum - the historic Al-Fahidi Fort and the oldest remaining building in the city

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House
Go see a neighbourhood that is famous for its coral-clad houses, traditional wind towers, and heritage attractions

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dubai Creek
Cross the creek on a traditional 'abra' boat and enjoy the ride

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Old Souk
Go see the two most famous souks in Dubai and be amazed by the local products. Goodbyes at the souk or Al Ras metro station depending on your wishes

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


The Best experience! The Best guide!
s_awomiram514, 07-05-2021
The best guide! Very nice and qualified. It was pleasure to visit Dubai with Ali Abbas. I definitely recommend him!
Lovely day!
Angela_E, 27-10-2021
What a lovely, personal tour! Mohammad was super knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed the coffee house, the history, and of course the shopping. Thanks!
Wonderful old Dubai tour with Gomez
Curiosity802535, 27-03-2020
Really enjoyed our tour of historic Dubai with Gomez. Very
knowledgeable, easy going guide with lots of great information.

Highly recommend using him. Also recommend the tour as it gives you perspective on how Dubai started and what it was likely before all the high rise buildings.
Local customs and history explained
vibhat2015, 04-02-2022
The host was very hip on all the local customs and history. Very personable and went out of her way to help us with future activities that we have planned for our visit . Thank you for everything
With locals Dubai hidden gems tour
benpQ5925YM, 12-07-2021
Ali was great. It was very hot and he kept us cool by finding AC when possible and supplying us with water. Fun history of the region. Took us to a few shops and walked us all around. Nice boat ride across the river.
Great tour!
KellyLowry, 03-12-2022
This tour was a great start to our trip to Dubai. We learned so much about the culture and the people. In addition, we got recommendations on where to eat and things to do for the rest of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour. We are a family with teens and everyone enjoyed it.
Great personalized tour of Old Dubai
Tommychang99, 27-11-2022
Melwyn created a personalized experience for us that we appreciated. He was knowledge of Dubai’s history and answered all our random questions. Additionally, he shared his journey to Dubai and his appreciation for the place he now calls home. We also thankful for his willingness to help us throughout our trip.
Awesome experience With Locals!
666reneel, 25-11-2022
I arrived in Dubai to speak at a conference and only had about three hours to take in some local sights. I booked a walking tour with Orlina and we visited old Dubai as well as the souks. It was a wonderful experience with Orlina. She is very knowledgeable and we had a wonderful time. I would definitely book another tour with Orlina as she was a superb host and tour guide. Many thanks Orlina for making my trip memorable.!
Incredible walking tour of Old Dubai
Departure661260, 10-10-2022
We had an incredible walking tour of Old Dubai. Vibha was an incredible tour guide who has an incredible amount of knowledge and made this tour extremely interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Dubai!!
Great experience, can highly recommend
gabrielastaub, 02-01-2023
Manish did an absolute stellar job in showing and guiding us through the busy streets of „old“ Dubai. Very interesting and insightful activity, would recommend to anyone visiting Dubai. I think it is also very positive that Manish never preasures the visitor to buy something at one of the shops you visit together. He will gladly help should you wish to buy anything due to his good connections with the shops but he will not apply any preasure if you just want to have a look at the shop items. He also provided some insightful details around other cultures living and working in Dubai which was welcomed. Overall, 5/5!
Great way to see old Dubai
Anna H, 22-01-2023
Ali was fantastic - very knowledgable about the history of Dubai as well as the best places to go in the markets. He also made sure we didn't feel pressured to make purchases every place we went, but every place was so interesting that we did anyway. We walked through the Indian neighborhood, saw a model historical village, rode a boat across the river, and visited perfume and spice shops perfect for purchasing special souvenirs. Highly recommend both Ali and this experience!

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