Dubai, a glitzy city located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is one of the most fantastic holiday destinations in the world today. It is full of elegant high-rises, shopping malls, and entertainment complexes visited by plenty of tourists every year. While getting around in this city during your holiday, you’ll also come across many of its historic places, which would give you some interesting insights into its humble beginnings. These historical attractions of Dubai have been maintained well by the authorities and co-exist with all the modern and glamorous skyscrapers.
Upon booking your flights to Dubai several months in advance, you’ll have greater savings that can be utilised while exploring the places that take you through the interesting past of the city. One of them is Dubai Museum, which is located in the Al-Fahidi Fort built in the late 18th century for defending Dubai Creek. The walls of this fort have been built using traditional blocks made of coral. In the past, this fort was where the ruling family of the region resided. The fort was also used as a seat of the government. During your visit to the museum, you’ll come across some interesting artefacts, such as musical instruments and weapons.
A visit to the Al-Fahidi neighbourhood, also known as Bastakia, would allow you to witness the coral and limestone buildings built in the late 19th century. They were the homes of rich Persian merchants who traded in textiles and pearls. You’ll also get to see the wind-towers built in these homes, which were an early form of air-conditioning. These wind-towers trapped the wind and allowed it to enter into the houses, keeping their interiors cool. While getting around in this old quarter, you’ll also get the chance to explore an impressive collection of traditional Arabian furniture and ceramics.
You can also get some intriguing insights into the history of this Emirati city by visiting Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House located in Bur Dubai. It was the home of Dubai’s former ruler from 1921 to 1958, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. The current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is his grandson. The former residence of the Al Maktoum family has been rebuilt and opened as a museum. Sheikh Saeed’s father had built the original house in the late 19th century with the intention of watching the shipping activities. Inside the house, you can explore some interesting exhibits, including some old photographs of Dubai.
Located on the northern bank of Dubai Creek is Deira, an area home to the traditional markets or ‘souks’. These markets are always abuzz with activities as shoppers sell their wares and both tourists and residents visit this part of the city to buy the items of their choice. The Gold Souk in Deira is the world’s largest gold bazaar. You can get a wide range of spices and herbs, such as paprika, saffron, cumin, thyme, and sumac in the Spice Souk. Don’t miss exploring Heritage House and the Al-Ahmadiya School, the two brilliantly restored architectural masterpieces of the city.