Private Guided Emirati Arts and Culture Tour Dubai
Taste the flavors of Emirati history with a visit to the well-preserved Bastakia Quarter. Visit the many art galleries before heading to the picturesque Diwan Mosque and finally, the Women’s Museum.
Private Guided Emirati Arts and Culture Tour Dubai is one of the best ways to rejoice in a city is to treat yourself to a nice serving of its history. Dubai is beautifully balanced with areas showcasing its past, nothing less than its famous show of contemporary grace.
To start out the tour you will be picked up by your professional tour guide at the specified time and taken to the mind-blowing Bastakia Quarter, a frozen slice of Dubai’s history. This area was established by pearl and textile merchants from Bastak, Iran, thus the name and the many revamped merchant houses lining the streets. Tall wind towers, decorative grilles, and neat courtyards are only a few of the spectacles you will enjoy in this amazing tour.
Your first stop will be the Majlis Gallery which was opened in the 1970s and holds the status of ‘the oldest commercial art gallery’ in Dubai. This is located in a picturesque house and its exhibitions focus mostly on desert landscapes, calligraphy, sculptures, handicrafts, ceramics, and jewelry.
Secondly, head over to the XVA Gallery, a modern art gallery housing a courtyard café and hosting art-house film screenings. If you like to try out a Middle Eastern film, then this is where you should be. These Galleries mostly showcase Emirati, Middle Eastern, and Iranian artworks with the intention of promoting artists with a unique take.
Next up, is the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, the starting point for a cultural tour around the traditional Emirati neighborhood, locally known as Bur Dubai. You will see the Diwan Mosque in all its glory with slim white minarets towering over it and a unique flat dome in the center. You will be served Arabic tea, coffee, and dates with a round of question and answers to quench your curiosity about the history of this area.
Finally, head over to the Gold Souk to visit a unique initiative in the Arab World, the Women’s Museum. This is a tribute to the roles which the Emirati women played in the development of the society and an exhibition to discover and celebrate the women of the UAE. Your head will be full of Emirati history on your way back to the hotel.
- Pick Up & Drop Off from any Hotel or Private Residences in Dubai
- Licensed Professional Tour Guide
- Entrance to SMCCU
- Authentic Arabic Coffee, Tea and Dates
- Cultural Question and Answer Session
- Entrance to Women Museum
- Food & Beverages
- Personal Expenses
- DepartureAny City Hotels, Malls or Private Residences in Dubai
- Departure Time09:00 AM
- Return Time01:00 PM (Approximately)
- Dress CodeCasual Wear - Appropriate for Cultural Places
During the Tour
Bastakia QuarterAfter you have reached Bastakia, you will be taken around by you guide to visit the following places:
- Majlis Gallery
- XVA Gallery
- Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Activities at Sheikh Muhammed Centre for Cultural UnderstandingOnce inside the SMCCU, you will be taken around the historic Al Fahidi District to visit the following places:
- Diwan Mosque
- Women’s Museum
- Question and Answer session with Arabic tea, Coffee, and dates