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Promote Dubai’s history and culture instead of beaches and malls, experts say

Promote Dubai’s history and culture instead of beaches and malls, experts say

05 July, 2015

THE NATIONAL

No one can deny the alluring beauty of the Creek district with its souqs, abras, dhows and nearby Al Bastakiya. Now a cultural expert says more emphasis needs to be given to promoting Old Dubai to tourists, instead of beach developments or super malls, to give them a taste of the emirate’s real heritage. “Everyone has the beach and sunshine and malls,” said Nasif Kayed, director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding in Al Bastakiya. “But now that the tourism and cultural authorities have got together with the municipality, things will move forward, bringing hotels, restaurants and a true cultural experience over the next couple of years.”

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