With the recent opening of Dubai Opera, the growth of arts district Al Quoz and the discovery of relics from the Iron Age, Dubai is fast evolving into a cultural hotspot. The city’s rich culture ranges from the Iron Age to stark modernity and there is no better time to see its evolution than now.
Discover the city’s past on Dubai Creek, once a bustling port on the trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, whose artefacts can be found at the Saruq Al-Hadid museum in the Shindagha district. Then follow the city into the beginnings of modern Dubai, which traces back to the 1830s when the emirate began its transformation from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis.
Move south along Sheikh Zayed Road to discover the startling architectural masterpieces of Downtown, including the recently opened Dubai Opera, a brand new performance centre in Downtown Dubai whose interiors draw on the city’s marine past. The city’s unique brand of modernism is also on display in Al Quoz – a vibrant arts and cultural hotspot which is transforming the city’s former industrial district.