The first stop is a traditional Bedouin tent where you will share a coffee and chat with our Emeriti friend Abo and find out more about the life of the Bedouin people. At a neighbouring tent, we will learn more about the national dress of the country and take a look at some traditional abaya dresses and kandoura (the all-white robes worn by Arab men). You will admire some beautiful artwork at the Calligraphy Museum before learning how to write your name in Arabic, fancy pen-in-hand. Time for another drink and this time our coffee will come with a side of history as we visit the Coffee Museum to learn about local coffee customs. The local art gallery we are visiting is nestled in a beautiful old Persian house, displaying many unique local ceramics, glassware, and sculptures as well as paintings and photography.
Our first souk stop will be the vibrant textile souk, not far from the creek, where we will enter a world of multicoloured cashmere, fine silks, and the art of bartering for your treasures. At the nearby Abra stop, we will take a water taxi to the other side of the creek where a delicious surprise awaits us. Luscious dates covered in creamy white chocolate made from camel milk, a local delicacy and a must-try while you are visiting the old town. You will probably be able to smell our next stop before you see it. At the spice souk, we will learn about the different spices used in Arabic, Iranian, and Indian cuisine. Our final stop will be the largest gold souk in the Middle East, a fascinating place that should be number one on every tourist’s itinerary. The tour ends at the Al Ras metro station.