Looking to explore a more authentic side of Abu Dhabi?
Why not check out some of our tailor-made experiences with our friendly local tour guides... from traditional handicrafts and cultural tours to wildlife walks and city cycles - there's surely something here for everyone!
Enjoy a unique musical experience in Abu Dhabi. Visit the leading Arabic Music Academy in the region, Bait Al Oud, the Arabic Oud House and immerse yourself in the history, traditions and practice of the main Arabic instruments like Oud and Qanoon, but also of the Rebabah, the core musical instrument of Emirati Heritage Music.
Enjoy an authentic Emirati experience along the beautiful coast of Abu Dhabi (or an Emirati Local House) with local Emirati ladies. Get ready to meet local Emiratis, learn their language and get a clearer insight into UAE culture.
Enjoy a unique experience with an Emirati family in their home. Discover all about traditional Emirati hospitality and family life, and learn how this has changed over the years. You will get to enjoy all their favourite family activities, as well as sample some delicious home-made Emirati food
Enjoy a four-hour guided photography tour with professional photography tips and get insider knowledge about Abu Dhabi's most amazing landmarks. At the end of the day, walk away with beautiful photos and stories that can be shared with family and friends.
A half-day trip to the desert - explore the true beauty of the emirate and discover the real desert camping experience
Take a journey around various historic and important locations in Al Ain city that highlight the wise decisions and extraordinary efforts made by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, to preserve the heritage and develop Al Ain as an amazing city for tourists to visit and enjoy
Spend two enjoyable hours exploring the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold Souq. You will be able to buy traditional Emirati dress – the ladies’ Abaya and Shaila and the gentleman’s Kandoura – as well as dress materials gold and jewelry, perfumes and spices
Visit traditional shopping centres in Abu Dhabi city where you can find local produce and goods normally used for weddings, religious ceremonies and special events.
Take a guided tour of the Al Dana Factory – home of the renowned Al Mandoos brand - to discover the Emirati traditional handicraft of shoe-making, in particular famous for production of traditional Emirati sandals
Take a tour of Abu Dhabi and try out a variety of different Emirati restaurants in the city. You will get the chance to sample a variety of delicious Emirati bites, washed down with cups of traditional hot Karak tea
Take a trip to Al Ain and learn about the process of how the dates you buy from the market are picked, processed and packaged. The Al Foah factory is the largest date processing plant in the world. Here, you will experience the true value of the date in the UAE and learn about how it shapes the country's economy. After a tour of the factory, we will visit a traditional old souq in Al Ain
This experience will give you a glimpse of a uniquely beautiful and lesser known side of Abu Dhabi
Explore how and from where Emirati women get their Abayas. This experience includes a tour around affordable shops that can make you a perfectly fitting Abaya. You will also learn about the special art of bargaining.
We will explore the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as seen through the eyes of a native Emirati Tour Guide. Also discover how the third-ranked attraction on the 'World’s Most Amazing Landmarks' list by TripAdvisor was originally just the personal dream of Sheikh Zayed, which came to life
Get the chance to discover a traditional Emirati handcraft that is created specifically by women. Learn more about its significance and importance to UAE culture, and enjoy a cup of Arabic tea or coffee at the same time.
Immerse yourself in traditional Emirati heritage and learn some local handicrafts with old Emirati men or women. A wide variety of local crafts and skills are on offer with this experience, which of course includes traditional Arabic tea and coffee.
Take a tour of the picturesque "Oasis City" and explore some of the most historic sites of our emirate's heritage heartland, one of the world's oldest continually inhabited settlements, which contains a wealth of forts, oases, historic buildings and archaeological sites.
Embark on a culinary tour of Abu Dhabi’s truly traditional food outlets and savour some of the most beloved dishes on offer in the UAE. The experience includes a shared lunch or dinner of authentic Emirati cuisine and – of course – a sampling of Arabic sweets and coffee.
Discover a wealth of wildlife at this unique nature reserve - five square kilometres of wetlands, sabkhas (sand flats), fossilised sands and dunes. Teeming with life, more than 250 species of birds have been spotted here, as well as 37 plant species and a rich variety of dragon flies and damsel flies.
Enjoy a walk around an Emirati-dominated neighbourhood in the city centre of Abu Dhabi escorted by a friendly local who will explain different aspects of a typical Emirati household. You will also learn more about Emirati lifestyle, family traditions, culture, and history during this walk.
Jump on a bike and enjoy the soaring cityscape on one side and the beautiful calm water of the Arabian Gulf on the other as you cycle along the famous Abu Dhabi Corniche. The ride will be led by an Emirati, who will regale you with stories of the buildings as you pass.
Explore some of the hidden gems and find undiscovered shops dotted around the capital. Grab a bargain and save some money with the help of our friendly local guide, who will make sure you get lowest possible price. Learn all about the delicate art of negotiation - the Abu Dhabi way!
Take a boat ride and learn about the historic art of pearl diving, including opening a live oyster looking for a pearl. Get hands-on experience of the traditional tools that pearlers used and enjoy the stunning mangrove views. You even get a free natural pearl to take away at the end of the journey.
Explore the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and three other of Abu Dhabi's most famous landmarks with a native Emirati Tour Guide. Discover for yourself why the capital's most famous mosque was voted Number 2 on the 'World’s Most Amazing Landmarks' list by TripAdvisor.
Far from the concrete jungles of Abu Dhabi, the tour covers the magical city of Al Ain, and the many unique cultural gems it has to offer. Walk through the archaeological treasure trove of the “garden city” and learn more about the history and culture of ancient UAE.
There's no better way to learn more about a new culture than by eating with the locals. The Emirati Reyog (breakfast) experience gives you a unique glimpse into the regional way of life, where you can enjoy the taste of authentic delicacies in a farm-to-table setup in an Emirati home. Immerse yourself into the local culture and to get to know the people by sharing stories and laughs over breakfast. Come with a smile and an open mind to soak in the rich Emirati culture.