Emirati Impressions

Day Trip, Group Tour
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Dubai's vibrant history and culture will come to life on this full-day tour that delves into all things Emirati. Walk through the old quarter, see the Al Fahidi Fort, be immersed in the Souk Al Kabeer, ride in an Abra and so much more.

Emirati Impressions

The first human settlement in the history of Dubai was in approximately 3000 BCE, when the area was inhabited by nomadic cattle herders. Dubai became a separate Sheikhdom in 1833, when the Al-Maktoum dynasty of the Bani Yas clan (initially from Abu Dhabi) took it over peacefully. Spend a rewarding time exploring Dubai, experience its culture and learn about the UAE's history on this full day tour.

Start your full-day adventure in the Al Seef district at Dubai Creek, where the city began to grow. Retrace the footsteps of fishermen, pearl-divers, and weavers who once came to trade here as you wander through the Sikkas, the pedestrian streets that line the water's edge.

Stroll through narrow alleyways in Dubai's oldest Al Bastakiya quarter as you make your way to Dubai Museum located in Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787. This is the oldest existing building in Dubai with square-shaped towers occupying three of its corners. It was built of coral rock and mortar in several phases.

Next, you will be mesmerized by the vibrant, colorful trade in Souk Al Kabeer. Also referred to as Souk Al Kabir or Meena Bazaar, this trading area is a community all to itself. Located in the area of Bur Dubai, this is one of the oldest residential areas in the city with a predominantly South Asian population, restaurants and shops. You will then board an Abra, a traditional water taxi, and cross Dubai Creek.

Walk through the Spice Souk, where sacks of jute overflow with fragrant spices and herbs brought by Dhows sailing in from India and Iran, as in bygone times. This souk is in eastern Dubai, in Deira, and comprises several narrow lanes which are lined with open and closed-roof stores. Stores in the Spice Souk sell a variety of fragrances and spices from frankincense and shisha to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food.

By now you will have no doubt worked up an appetite, so make a stop and enjoy lunch at an Emirati restaurant.

Continue after your meal to Zabeel Palace for a photo-stop outside the home of Dubai's ruler and UAE's Vice President. Stop next at the 21st century Etihad Museum; be enthralled with the story of UAE's foundation, told via a unique experience-driven journey through pavilions, exhibitions and interactive programs exploring the events leading to UAE's unification in 1971. Finally, you will see Union House where the documents of unification were signed.

This full-day exploration is not to be missed, book your tour today and reserve your place and ensure you make the very most of your time while in the vibrant city of Dubai.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$89.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch at an Emirati restaurant is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please wear warmer clothing during winter months, as it can get cold. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops, malls, and villages. The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions during the month of Ramadan. If you are traveling during Ramadan, swimwear must be confined to the beach and hotel pools.
Guests must be able to get in and out of the transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings, police, or military installations are not allowed.