Dubai is globally renowned for its towering high-rises and grand entertainment complexes. These are two of the major aspects of this Emirati city that attract tourists from various parts of the globe. However, it also has a rich cultural heritage and an interesting history that are just as delightful as its modern architectural wonders. The best way to experience its cultural and historical delights is to go on a themed walking tour, which would take you to certain parts of the Dubai Creek and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Usually, such tours begin from the Al Fahidi Street located in Bur Dubai.
Just before beginning the walking tour during your Dubai holidays, you can have a refreshing cup of local tea at the Arabian Tea House in the Bur Dubai area. This would be a strong tea brewed using milk and spices. After having your cup of tea, you can head towards the maze-like lanes of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to know how life in this region was from the mid-19th century until the late 20th century. While wandering the narrow lanes, you’ll come across some fascinating art spaces, cafes, and museums. You’ll also get to discover certain homes constructed using coral, gypsum, and limestone.
You can continue towards Al Musallah Road and visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This centre aims to help visitors coming from distant lands in understanding the local traditions and culture and offers some valuable information about various aspects of the Emirati life. With reasonable fees, you can have a traditional meal and tour the entire venue. Among the popular attractions you can visit next are the Diwan Mosque and XVA Art Hotel. These places are excellent to take some fantastic snaps.
Upon moving towards Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street, you’ll get the opportunity to visit the Textile Souk. This is one of the several ‘souks’ or ‘traditional markets’ that you can find when you go sightseeing during your Dubai holidays. It comprises small shops and stalls that offer some colourful fabrics, which you can buy after bargaining for a fair price. After shopping for the desired fabrics, you can head to Saruq Al Hadid. This museum was opened recently and houses a range of artefacts that have been brought from an ancient archaeological site located in the desert area. You’ll be surprised by the fact that nearly a thousand different objects were discovered from the site.
Don’t forget to walk back to the Bur Dubai Abra Station, which reminds tourists of the historic roots of the city. You’ll be transported to the times when the early settlers earned their livelihood by relying on the waters for trade. They used to travel on a traditional boat called ‘abra’, which has stood the test of time and is used even today. For a small amount, you can embark on a short trip on one of these traditional wooden boats to Deira. You can also make a trip through this scenic route by taking the Dubai Ferry, which is used extensively by tourists as well as the locals.