Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Spend an afternoon at the tranquil surrounds of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which is renowned for its wind-tower architecture, winding alleys and traditional buildings. The district, also known as Al Bastakiya, contains a number of art galleries, cosy cafés and cultural centres that are worth exploring, including the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding.
Located in Deira, the Gold Souk’s history can be traced back to the 1930s, soon after the Gulf’s pearling industry was affected by the introduction of cultured pearls. The jewellery trade remained resilient and the souk helped Dubai earn its reputation as the City of Gold. Fast forward to today and the area is a hive of activity with shimmering displays and great bargains. If you don’t have time to visit, you can find a superb selection of gold in DXB’s Dubai Duty Free.
Heritage and Diving Village
Located on the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the Heritage and Diving Village resembles a rustic village complete with traditional ‘barasti’ huts. Admire local artisans hard at work with pottery, carpet weaving and other creative practices associated with Emirati craftsmanship. Don’t forget to visit the souk onsite that sells authentic Bedouin wares.
A new addition to Dubai’s thriving arts and culture scene, Etihad Museum stands out for its iconic location by the original Union House where the emirates’ leaders came together to form the UAE. The museum offers visitors a unique look into the country’s past, while the stunning architectural design was inspired by the shape of a manuscript, with seven columns symbolising the pens used to sign the union treaty.
Follow the spice trail to the winding alleys of this souk in Deira. The Middle East’s spice trade dates as far back as 3,000BC, when traders travelled far and wide by caravans across the Arabian Gulf. Today, visitors to Deira’s Spice Souk are greeted by enthusiastic traders who can recommend the best spices and even share secret medicinal recipes that have been handed down through generations.
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