Historical Dubai District, looking for the past

Updated on 03.06.2018

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.

It is on foot that it is best to visit Old Dubai.

The Dubai Museum is Dubai's most popular tourist attraction.

#The Dubai Heritage House|1496# was in the early 20th century the home of a wealthy Dubai merchant.

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.

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.

Dubai Heritage and Diving Village is located along Dubai Creek.

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.

In the heart of one of the most touristy areas of Dubai, along the creek, lies the unmissable souk Al Kabeer.

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.

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.

At the spice souk of Old Dubai, all spices produced in Arabia, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent are sold by weight.

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.

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