Dubai audio tour: Tales of the Past: Tracing Dubai’s origins in Deira

Tales of the Past: Tracing Dubai’s origins in Deira

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Travel back in time across Dubai’s historic waterway and into its bustling souks. You’ll enjoy a breezy ride on a traditional boat called an abra, breathe in the aromatic delights of the Spice Souk, and then weave your way through the picturesque alleyways of Deira. Along the way, there are museums dedicated to poets and women in the UAE, as well as a school that helped shape Dubai’s leaders. This neighbourhood was once the centre of Dubai’s pearl trade and has played a key role in the city’s culture and economy. The Gold Souk, where you’ll arrive at the end of the tour, illustrates this perfectly.

Please be sure to bring along 1 dirham to pay for the abra across Dubai Creek. It’s also important to start the tour’s audio before you board the abra.

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Major Landmarks

  • Dubai Spice Souk

  • Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili

  • Women's Museum Bait al Banat

  • Dubai Gold Souk

Directions to Starting Point

This tour starts at the Bur Dubai Abra Station at the intersections of 3A Street and 34th Street.

The closest metro station is Al Ghubaiba on the Green Line, which is about a five-minute walk away. Bur Dubai Abra Station can also be reached from Al Ras Metro Station, which is about a ten-minute walk from the abra station.

Abras from the Bur Dubai station to the Old Souk station operate every day from 5am to midnight.

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Places to stop along the way

The Spice Souk, Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili, Al Ahmadiya School, Al Bait Al Qadeem Emirati Heritage Restaurant, Dubai Women’s Museum

Best time of day

The Spice Souk, near the start of this tour, is open from 10am from Saturday to Thursday, and from 4pm on Friday.

The Gold Souk, at the end of this hour-long tour, is open from 9:30am until 9:30pm every day.

If you’d like to visit the Dubai Women’s Museum, it is closed on Fridays and open from 10am to 6pm for the rest of the week. The Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili is also closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and is only open from 8am to 2pm for the rest of the week.


Large parts of this tour are shaded, but there are stretches where you’ll be exposed to the sun. Carry a water bottle and wear sunscreen.


Tales of the Past: Tracing Dubai’s origins in Deira