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Dubai: Private Food Tour with Iranian & Indian Street Foods, Souks and Abra Ride

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3 hours

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From 09:00

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Group 1+

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Arabic, English

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Dubai: Private Food Tour with Iranian & Indian Street Foods, Souks and Abra Ride

What you'll do

Uncover the vibrant multicultural dimension of Dubai with an exclusive Private Food Tour that unveils the diverse local flavors, featuring Iranian and Indian Street Foods, Souks, and Abra Ride. Follow our knowledgeable guide to the far corners of the city, tastefully sampling world-renowned delicacies like Filipino street food and traditional Indian snacks. With this gastronomic journey, explore the uncharted territories and nuances of Dubai's culinary landscape, eager for more.

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Oud Mehta District is a buzzing business hub in Dubai, with many upscale malls, restaurants, and hotels. It's regularly visited by locals and tourists alike - the streets are always bustling with people walking around or taking part in events at the nearby park. Not surprisingly, it has become an attractive place for entrepreneurs to set up shop, offering plenty of opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed. The Oud Mehta District is home to numerous famous landmarks, including The Dubai Fountain, the tallest tower in the world - Burj Khalifa - as well as the world's largest indoor theme park - IMG Worlds of Adventure.

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    Embark on a delightful journey by commencing at the Oud Metha Metro Station to rendezvous with your local guide. Traverse to the stunning Holy Trinity Church, situated in close proximity, while acquainting yourself with the diverse religious landmarks that adorn Dubai. Savor tantalizing Filipino street food to invigorate your senses.
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    Subsequently, meander down to Al Fahidi Historical District to experience the esteemed Coffee Museum - the epicenter of Arabic coffee lifeline. Immerse yourself in the sophisticated world of coffee, tracing its origins to Yemen and Ethiopia - the Arabica coffee's birthplace. Indulge in a cup of the finest Eastern coffee to elevate your sensory experience. Venture further to relish the authentic Iranian kebab, a favorite amongst locals.
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    Expand your spiritual horizons by uncovering the hidden gem - the Shiva Temple - an epitome of the intermingling of cultures between India and the United Arab Emirates. Conclude your expedition in the Textile Souk, the oldest trade center of the region, replete with exquisite Arabic-style clothing and souvenirs.
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    Exploit an opportunity to indulge in traditional Indian snacks, including the delectable Onion Pakora and Samosa before sailing across the Dubai Creek by traditional wooden "abra" boat. Delve into the captivating world of the Spice Souk, awash with mesmerizing scents of exotic herbs and spices. Conclude your day by savoring the succulent dates, a cherished delicacy amongst locals.
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    Initiate your spiritual excursion at the Holy Trinity Church, nestled in the quaint Oud Metha district. Experience Dubai's colonial past, influenced by Portugal and the British Empire during the 16th to 19th centuries. Dwell in the rich history of coffee, unveiled within the Coffee Museum, tracing its legacy to Morocco and 15th century Yemen and Ethiopia.
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    The Shiva Temple, a sacred site of Hinduism in the UAE, symbolizes the potent trade nexus between India and the Arabian Peninsula. Bur Dubai's Old Souk, the temple's location, captures traditional architecture's essence. The Textile Souk - an emblem of Dubai's primary trade status during the Persian Gulf's heyday - enabled consummate trade with wealthy India and Persia.
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    Savor the authentic vibe of Dubai while savoring the majestic vistas of the city aboard a traditional wooden "abra" boat, traversing across Dubai Creek. Conclude your voyage in the Deira district, Dubai's bustling commercial epicenter. Revel in the captivating sights and scents of the Spice Souk as you stroll through its narrow lanes, guided by your experienced local.
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    Please note this description is an example of foods you might taste and will vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size.
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    Begin your delicious adventures by arriving at the Oud Metha Metro Station, where you will meet your local guide. Walk to the beautiful Holy Trinity Church located nearby and learn about the diverse religious sites of Dubai. Spice your walking with some Filipino street food near the church.

    Continue to Al Fahidi Historical District and visit the home of Arabic coffee, the famous Coffee Museum. Learn the fascinating legends about the origins of coffee and sample a cup of the finest Eastern coffee. Turn around the corner and continue your tasting by savoring special Iranian kebab at the spot very popular with locals.

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    Explore the other example of religious mix of Dubai by finding a hidden Shiva Temple. Trace the location of this place by searching around the narrow lines of Bur Dubai Old Souk. Proceed to the Textile Souk, the oldest trade hub of the region where you can buy finest Arabic-style clothing and souvenirs.

    Head to another tasty spot where you will try traditional Indian snacks such as Onion pakoda, and samosa. Then cross the Dubai Creek by traditional wooden “abra” boat and wander another vibrant souk of Dubai, the Spice Souk.

    Let the charming scents of this place lead you to the many spices, herbs and perfumes this bazaar can offer. End you day in a splendid fashion by participating in the traditional dates tasting.

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    Your first stop is the Holy Trinity Church in the Oud Mehta district. During the period from 16th to 19th century this area was under the strong influence of Portugal and later the British Empire. The church is the symbol of old connections with western countries as well as the hub for all of the local Christians.

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    Explore the rich history of coffee inside the atmospheric Coffee Museum. Trace the origins of this prestige drink all the way back to the 15th-century Yemen and Ethiopia. Learn the fascinating legends about Moroccan mystics that discovered the vitalizing effect of coffee.

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    The Shiva Temple, also known as the Hindu Temple, is the center of Hinduism in United Arab Emirates. It is the only temple in the region devoted to this religion and serves as a representation of trade connections between India and Arabian Peninsula. Temple was built in the 20th century at the vibrant lines of the Bur Dubai Old Souk

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    The Textile Souk was developed as the result of Dubai’s major trade role on the Persian Gulf. Trade with wealthy India and Persia stimulated foreigners to begin trading in the Dubai. And the many souks on both sides of Dubai Creek started to emerge. Textile Souk was one of the first in the Bur Dubai and has preserved its traditional architecture to our days.

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    Cross the Dubai Creek via traditional wooden “abra” boat. Learn about its trade significance for Arabian Peninsula and get the authentic experience of exploring Dubai by crossing the Dubai Creek by traditional wooden “abra” boat. While sailing across the creek you will have plenty of time to admire majestic landscapes of the city.

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    Your last stop is the Deira district, the historic commercial center of Dubai. Here you will introduce yourself to vibrant souk, full of fragrant spices and herbs of the famous Dubai Spice Souk. Explore the narrow lanes this bazaar and discover its finest goods together with your guide.

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What's Included

All Fees and Taxes

Private local guide

Private authentic food and culture experience

Admission tickets

Multiple start times available

Iranian and Indian foods

Date tasting

Coffee and/or Tea

Must see and off the beaten path

Iconic places for photoshoot

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What's not included

Although not compulsory, our team of tour guides would deeply appreciate gratuities and tips as a display of gratitude for the exceptional service they provide.

Pick up and drop off at your hotel is not included as we meet at a fixed location Oud Metha Metro Station 2 (Dubai, Dubai) at various start times.

Sadly, we have to notify you that our tour is not suitable or accessible to wheelchair users or strollers due to the challenging terrain at the venues we visit.

Extra food and drinks

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Meeting Points

The meeting point is Oud Metha Metro Station 2 (Dubai, Dubai) at various starting times during the day, please indicate your preferred start time while booking.

Kindly ensure you are punctual and reach the meeting point 10-15 minutes prior to the departure time.

Oud Metha Metro Station 2 (Dubai, Dubai)

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  • No matter what the weather, our tour runs rain or shine

  • The tour includes food & drinks as outlined in the itinerary

  • Additional orders placed during the tour must be paid for by the individual who orders them. If unsure, the tour guide will be happy to assist

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved during your tour

  • Your tour can be conducted in English

  • The tour lasts 3 hours starting at your preferred start time

  • We take pride in offering a collection of mouth-watering delicacies catering to diverse palates. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies please let us know while booking

  • Your tour will be led by an expert guide, who is local and has a passion for sharing extensive knowledge about local food and wine, history, and culture

  • This tour accommodates smaller groups. If you require a booking for a larger group, please don't hesitate to Reach out to us, on our live chat, or [email protected] and we'll help create the perfect experience for you.

Not wheelchair accessible

Not stroller accessible

Not suitable for pets

Infants must not sit on laps

Infant seats unavailable


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Cancellation policy

A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.

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