What is Dubai - Real Culture Tour (Guided)

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Bur Dubai, Deira

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9 Stops

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3 Hours

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ABOUT THE TOUR

SUMMARY

Experience real Dubai! The only tour you HAVE TO DO when in Dubai. Learn everything from Dubai’s past, its diverse multi-cultural society and the marvels of the orient. We will discover Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood. Starting with Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum, manoeuvring through the tight corridors of Hindi Lane, enter authentic Hindu Temples, discovering the colours of oriental textiles to crossing the creek with a traditional boat and, finally, ending up at the Gold Souq. This tour is the most authentic local experience in Dubai, with regards to the places and meeting its people.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

We cover transportation and entrance costs.

PREPARATION BEFORE THE TOUR

Please bring water and your cameras. And during the tour, please respect other cultures. Parking might be an issue, thereof, we suggest booking a Careem. You can do this directly with our app.

MEET US HERE!

Use Google Maps or directly order a Careem/Uber to the meeting spot!

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Fabian Dagostin

I’m Fab, founder of Street Life today. I was born and raised in Dubai and have made it my mission to show a different side of this city. Not everything here is glitz & glamorous. It’s the opposite. I created this tour to share/show #realdubai — authentic local experiences that I had experienced with my family as a kid, to new places discovered over time. Allow the Street Team to take you to one of my fav parts of Dubai- a little place called Hindi Lane.

ITINERARY

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Dubai Museums
Dubai Museum
The Al Fahidi Fort was built back in 1787 as a fort of defence and the premises of the monarch. Since then, it has turned into a museum highlighting the history of Dubai and its original heritage. Although this is not the Hindi Template, we highly suggest checking this out. For 3AED only, this museum will answer all your questions regarding Pearl Diving, Dhow making, the traditional architecture of Dubai, early gold trade and the economy’s transition to oil aviation and a global trading hub
Shiva Temple
Our next stop is the Shiva temple. Just past the Islamic mosque, we come to the 1st temple and the beginning of the Hindi lane. The Hindu complex was constructed in 1958, devoting worship to Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and Krishna, the god of compassion, tenderness, and love. As part of the worshipping ritual, one gives flowers. Just to the right of this temple, you will notice a small store to purchase lovely hand-made flower necklaces. Our favourite one, Jasmine necklaces give off a lovely scent. It also acts as the perfect tribute once you’re in the temple. To enter any Hindu temple, you must take off your shoes. And from that point onwards, no photos or videography is allowed – we were not allowed to shoot inside. All the Hindus are very welcoming – strike up a conversation and ask them questions as you surely will have loads.
Dubai Hindu Photography Tour
Hindi Lane
Welcome to the Hindi Lane. This tight little passage, between the 1st and the upcoming 2nd Hindu temple, is filled with small worshipping shops selling a variety of assortments of flowers, Hindi God statues, amulets, etc. These can be used as offerings to the gods during Puja or as a souvenir. On Fridays, this tight little corridor that connects the Hindu temples is ram packed. Thousands of people pass.
Creek Dubai Bur Dubai
The Creek
Before we enter the 2nd temple, let’s make a stop by the creek and grab some fresh air. Follow the sign ‘Gate Number 4’ and squish yourself through the tight passageway until you pass the arch. Watch Dhows and abras sail by. After enjoying the pigeons and the sunshine, let’s go to the next temple.
Krishna Temple Dubai
The Krishna Temple
To enter the next temple, you can either enter directly from the creek (see the metal street barriers?), or you can go back through the tiny passageway where we came from. Before entering, take off your shoes! This temple is filled with small rooms, spread over two floors. The temple welcomes every age, gender, religion, and nationality. However, on the 1st floor, woman and men have separate praying sections. Afterwards, follow one of the locals up the stairs and into the many rooms. Please conform with covering your head. In the 1st room, take in the tranquil prayers of the Pundit. In the second room, avoid touching anything. Side note: this is a place for worship. Please respect this.
Textile Market Dubai
The Textile Market
Our next stop, the long corridors through the Textile Souq. You will notice it as the architecture changes. Although this Souq is named after textiles, you really can find anything here from textiles, spices, clothes, lights, etc. Our favourite items are the cushion covers – do you like them? A notable shop along the way is Indonesia Trading. Hidden on the second floor, only accessible by stairs. Once you enter, don’t feel squashed by the overwhelming gold and other souvenirs (religious gold amulets)!
Old Iranian Mosque in Dubai
Iranian Mosque
Although slightly out of the way, we think this is extremely interesting. This beautiful old Iranian Islamic mosque shows the fascinating cultural diversity and multiculturalism. We just entered two temples. Now an ancient mosque?! Since Iranians were amongst the first to inhabit Dubai, a very powerful Iranian family donated this mosque to the late Sheikh as a present and the people of its district.
Real Street Food Dubai
Street Food
Fritters and Samosas are authentic Indian street food! Just for 10AED, you can get a bag full. We don’t advice this food if you are on a diet.
Abra Ride Dubai Boat Transport
Abra Station
And there it is — the final stop. We hope you enjoyed the ride. If you are still up for it, jump onto an Abra for 1AED to either head to The Gold Souq or Heritage Village. See you there?
Dubai Museums
Stop 1
Dubai Museum
The Al Fahidi Fort was built back in 1787 as a fort of defence and the premises of the monarch. Since then, it has turned into a museum highlighting the history of Dubai and its original heritage. Although this is not the Hindi Template, we highly suggest checking this out. For 3AED only, this museum will answer all your questions regarding Pearl Diving, Dhow making, the traditional architecture of Dubai, early gold trade and the economy’s transition to oil aviation and a global trading hub
Stop 1
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Stop 2
Shiva Temple
Our next stop is the Shiva temple. Just past the Islamic mosque, we come to the 1st temple and the beginning of the Hindi lane. The Hindu complex was constructed in 1958, devoting worship to Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and Krishna, the god of compassion, tenderness, and love. As part of the worshipping ritual, one gives flowers. Just to the right of this temple, you will notice a small store to purchase lovely hand-made flower necklaces. Our favourite one, Jasmine necklaces give off a lovely scent. It also acts as the perfect tribute once you’re in the temple. To enter any Hindu temple, you must take off your shoes. And from that point onwards, no photos or videography is allowed – we were not allowed to shoot inside. All the Hindus are very welcoming – strike up a conversation and ask them questions as you surely will have loads.
Stop 2
Dubai Hindu Photography Tour
Stop 3
Hindi Lane
Welcome to the Hindi Lane. This tight little passage, between the 1st and the upcoming 2nd Hindu temple, is filled with small worshipping shops selling a variety of assortments of flowers, Hindi God statues, amulets, etc. These can be used as offerings to the gods during Puja or as a souvenir. On Fridays, this tight little corridor that connects the Hindu temples is ram packed. Thousands of people pass.
Stop 3
Creek Dubai Bur Dubai
Stop 4
The Creek
Before we enter the 2nd temple, let’s make a stop by the creek and grab some fresh air. Follow the sign ‘Gate Number 4’ and squish yourself through the tight passageway until you pass the arch. Watch Dhows and abras sail by. After enjoying the pigeons and the sunshine, let’s go to the next temple.
Stop 4
Krishna Temple Dubai
Stop 5
The Krishna Temple
To enter the next temple, you can either enter directly from the creek (see the metal street barriers?), or you can go back through the tiny passageway where we came from. Before entering, take off your shoes! This temple is filled with small rooms, spread over two floors. The temple welcomes every age, gender, religion, and nationality. However, on the 1st floor, woman and men have separate praying sections. Afterwards, follow one of the locals up the stairs and into the many rooms. Please conform with covering your head. In the 1st room, take in the tranquil prayers of the Pundit. In the second room, avoid touching anything. Side note: this is a place for worship. Please respect this.
Stop 5
Textile Market Dubai
Stop 6
The Textile Market
Our next stop, the long corridors through the Textile Souq. You will notice it as the architecture changes. Although this Souq is named after textiles, you really can find anything here from textiles, spices, clothes, lights, etc. Our favourite items are the cushion covers – do you like them? A notable shop along the way is Indonesia Trading. Hidden on the second floor, only accessible by stairs. Once you enter, don’t feel squashed by the overwhelming gold and other souvenirs (religious gold amulets)!
Stop 6
Old Iranian Mosque in Dubai
Stop 7
Iranian Mosque
Although slightly out of the way, we think this is extremely interesting. This beautiful old Iranian Islamic mosque shows the fascinating cultural diversity and multiculturalism. We just entered two temples. Now an ancient mosque?! Since Iranians were amongst the first to inhabit Dubai, a very powerful Iranian family donated this mosque to the late Sheikh as a present and the people of its district.
Stop 7
Real Street Food Dubai
Stop 8
Street Food
Fritters and Samosas are authentic Indian street food! Just for 10AED, you can get a bag full. We don’t advice this food if you are on a diet.
Stop 8
Abra Ride Dubai Boat Transport
Stop 9
Abra Station
And there it is — the final stop. We hope you enjoyed the ride. If you are still up for it, jump onto an Abra for 1AED to either head to The Gold Souq or Heritage Village. See you there?
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Description

Experience real Dubai!
The only tour you HAVE TO DO when in Dubai. Learn everything from Dubai’s past, its diverse multi-cultural society and the marvels of the orient.
We will discover Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood. Starting with Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum, manoeuvring through the tight corridors of Hindi Lane, enter authentic Hindu Temples, discovering the colours of oriental textiles to crossing the creek with a traditional boat and, finally, ending up at the Gold Souq. This tour is the most authentic local experience in Dubai, with regards to the places and meeting its people.

1 review for What is Dubai – Real Culture Tour (Guided)

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    We really discovered a part of Dubai that i never knew existed. Exceptional tour.

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