History and culture fanatics, look no further. Whilst you’ll no doubt want to travel to Dubai to visit the world’s tallest building and shop in the amazing malls, the city also has a side to it that’s far from glitz and glamour. Here you can find out what to do in Dubai’s historical district: Old Dubai.
1. Visit Dubai Museum
Built in 1787, Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai. This museum provides the opportunity for you to learn the ancient history of Dubai and gain an insight into life within the rural and urban parts of the city.
Make your way around the different wings and take in the many antique monuments, exhibits and archaeological findings on display. This museum is a must-visit if you wish to uncover Dubai’s original heritage.
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2. Bag a Bargain at the Souks
Bur Dubai and Deir are home to the famous souks which offer gold, perfumes, spices and textiles. Try your luck at haggling and you may pick up a memento whilst shopping in the bustling souks.
These Middle Eastern style bazaars are not just for tourists; locals actually buy everyday things at these traditional shopping markets. In order to experience a truly authentic journey to and from the two souk areas, which are separated by Dubai Creek, take an abra ride.
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3. Take a Ride on an Abra
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If you’re planning on holidaying in Dubai then you’ll no doubt want to experience the culture; that’s what travelling is about, right? Granted, you’ll want to lie on the beach but when in Dubai you should really make the most of what the city has to offer and do the things that you can’t do anywhere else!
Take a look at the traditional things to do in the stunning city. It’s more than just skyscrapers.
Visit Dubai’s Biggest Mosque
There’s no better place to learn about Islam than at a mosque and with Dubai being home to the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest in the city, it makes sense to visit this particular landmark. The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in Dubai that opens its doors to members of the public and non-Muslims.
This beautiful building is decorated in Arabic calligraphy and flaunts a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere so you can go and learn all about Emirati culture and religion without feeling out of place.
The Jumeirah Mosque is an impressive piece of Islamic architecture that hosts question and answer sessions and tours by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. These run 6 days a week at 10am, Saturday through to Thursday, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit this grand place of worship.
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Shop at the Souks
Be sure to shop at the traditional Arabian markets, otherwise knowns as souks. There are stalls dedicated to local spices, perfumes, textiles and, best known of the souks, gold. Whilst Dubai is home to a wealth of glamourous shopping malls, the souks are an essential part of the Dubai experience.
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