Take an in-depth look at the heritage of Dubai on this enlightening afternoon tour. Your first stop is the Heritage House, an engaging museum recreating an Arab home from the turn of the last century. Originally built in 1890 and extensively restored, the house has a large courtyard surrounded by more than 10 rooms, some elegant motifs and a traditional wind-tower. From here, it's a short walk to the Al Ahmadiya School which was established in 1912 and was the first formal school in Dubai. Built to teach boys about Islam and mathematics, Al Ahmadiya is where many distinguished Arab scholars and dignitaries received their education. Closed in 1963, the school was restored to its original splendor in 1995, with teak doors and verses from the Koran written in Arabic calligraphy decorating the walls.
Re-joining your coach, you'll travel to Al-Bastakia, a small section of the city located in Bur Dubai that has been declared a heritage area. This charming area offers a glimpse back in time and fascinates visitors with its elegant wind-towers, gypsum decorations, woodwork, meandering narrow lanes, and historical homes that were built by wealthy Persian merchants from southern Iran. After a stop for photos, you'll continue on foot to the marina where you will board a dhow, the traditional Arabic boat, for a short cruise on Dubai Creek. From the comfort of your dhow, you'll be afforded an intriguing view of both traditional and modern Dubai.
Following your leisurely cruise, you'll drive to the lavish Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort designed to resemble an ancient Arabian citadel. Experience the vibrant Souq Madinat Jumeirah, where narrow winding pathways, 75 boutique shops and street performers all combine to portray a bazaar-like atmosphere. Your final tour stop is at the amazing Burj Al Arab, a landmark and icon of the Dubai skyline. Here you will delight in five-star service while enjoying high tea in a lovely lounge. After feasting on finger sandwiches, warm scones and pastries served with a selection of fine teas or freshly ground coffee, it's time to return to the ship at Port Rashid.
Please note: The majority of sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. There is approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking over mostly flat and gravel surfaces with some steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The dress code for Burj Al Arab is smart-casual attire for both men and woman. Gentlemen are requested to wear a shirt with collar, trousers and closed shoes. Athletic shoes and jeans are not suitable for this excursion.