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Historical Dubai District, looking for the past

Our experts from Old Dubai will give you valuable tips for booking your hotel in the northern neighborhoods, near the tourist district, Bur Dubai, Deira, not to mention the hotels near the Dubai airport. We will talk about the best hotels, for all budgets, including guest houses.

It is on foot that it is best to visit Old Dubai. The sites are relatively concentrated, but with the heat, each step counts. We offer you an optimized itinerary that allows you to visit the old city of Dubai and all its main attractions in a few hours. The tour has some bonuses from our local expert.

The Dubai Museum is Dubai's most popular tourist attraction. Housed in the compound of Fort Al Fahidi, which once had the mission to protect the port and its flourishing trade, it allows to understand the roots of the emirate and its transformation after the discovery of oil.

#The Dubai Heritage House|1496# was in the early 20th century the home of a wealthy Dubai merchant. Now open to tourists, it is a beautiful architectural achievement in the heart of Dubai's historic district, which gives a glimpse of what life was like in a wealthy UAE house 100 years ago.

Al Ahmadiya School, located in the historic district of Dubai, is one of the first schools in the country, and testifies to the beginning of formal education in the United Arab Emirates. It is also a beautiful restored building in the heart of Old Dubai.

A few steps away from the taxi-boat stations pouring their stream of tourists into the traditional souks, the docks of the Dubai creek where the docks are moored are very alive and testify that the tourism did not take precedence over the commercial activity of the historic Old Town Dubai.

The house of Dubai's current Sheikh's grand father is part of a set of renovated buildings along Dubai Creek. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, it is a fine example of Emirati architecture, which today houses permanent exhibitions dedicated to local history.

Dubai Heritage and Diving Village is located along Dubai Creek. It gives a glimpse of the way of life of the inhabitants of Dubai before the advent of the petroleum era. Very lively in the evening, it is a place of walk appreciated by Emirati families.

Built by Sunni Iranian merchants at the end of the 19th century, the Bastakiya district is certainly the most typical of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. It is good to stroll through the shady lanes, stroll through the art galleries or take a refreshing drink in an inner courtyard.

In the heart of one of the most touristy areas of Dubai, along the creek, lies the unmissable souk Al Kabeer. Now entirely geared toward tourists, it's the perfect place to trade I Love Dubai t-shirts, Indian or Pakistani cashmere scarves, and other souvenirs from your stay in the UAE.

The Bur Dubai Gold Souk is a pedestrian street in the Old City, with a high concentration of shops selling and buying gold ornaments by weight. Here we are far from the luxurious and cozy atmosphere of luxury shopping centers. For the pleasure of the eyes, and maybe a good deal?

The abra crossing of Dubai Creek is a must-see for the visit of the Old Town, divided in two by an arm of the sea. This is the most convenient way to get from one bank to another, and so visit the sights of historical Dubai.

At the spice souk of Old Dubai, all spices produced in Arabia, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent are sold by weight. The opportunity to get good deals, or simply watch, discover, smell and perhaps taste the spices that season the dishes of the region.

In contrast to an extravagant Dubai in perpetual quest of grandeur, the old Dubai and its creek plunge us into the Dubai of the early twentieth century, a hub of goods and men passing on the roads from India and the Persian Gulf.

Map of Old Dubai ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Going from one souk to another, we stop to visit the remains of history and plunge back into ancient times. By getting lost in the narrow streets and strolling on the quays where the goods are still unloaded dhows on the backs of the sailors, we can try to imagine what was the merchant port one century ago.

In addition to being a must see tourist area, Bur Dubai, the old city of Dubai, is also a lively place where migrant workers live. If the Dubai Museum, its heritage village and the main souks (gold, perfumes, spices, textiles) are trampled by tourists, it will take a few more steps to escape the crowd and discover the historic buildings such as the Al Ahmadiya School, the Heritage House or the Bastakiya district.

Notes and references :

Office of tourism: http://www.visitdubai.com/