The oldest corner of Dubai is waiting for you! Your Dubai tour will take you for an Iftar feast — the evening meal that ends the daily Ramadan fast — in the heart of the old city centre. You’ll get to see the Bastakya area, which was the first settlement in the city.
During the holy month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar), Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset, and smoking and sexual activity (and unclean thoughts) are also forbidden. The Iftar meal is an old tradition in Emirati culture; huge amounts of food are cooked for the family, as well as for those in need, to share just after the sun sets and the day’s fasting ends.
If you’ve always wondered about Islam and the traditions of Ramadan, this is your opportunity to find out what it’s all about, straight from the locals!
Filled from the feast, you’ll then get the chance to walk off that dinner as you explore the surrounding area and join in some of the festivities. Your Dubai walking tour will take you to the Diwan Mosque, which is one of the only three mosques in Dubai that permits non-Muslims to enter.
Then, it’s time to join the parties! You’ll head out to take part in the street celebrations happening in the souks of Dubai. Get a taste for local life while wandering the alleys of the textile souk before hopping on an abra (traditional boat) to cross the creek — this is the oldest (and best!) way to get a view of the city, especially as the moon comes up and the stars come out.
We’ll go from Bur Dubai to Deira, which is another old trading hub of the city. Passing by the big Iranian trading boats, you’ll feel like we’ve travelled back in time. Once on the Deira side, you’ll get to explore the spice market and gold market. Shoppers, be prepared! There are some great bargains during Ramadan, with vendors getting very charitable and offering up some big discounts!