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Dubai’s cultural heart meets the city’s modern vision at Al Seef

Located near the iconic Dubai Creek, Al Seef is making its mark on Dubai’s heritage district. Beautiful traditions combine with modern designs at this new destination, as the city showcases an inspiring partnership between its proud past and bright future. Here’s our guide to explore Al Seef.

Old World Charm

Meet Al Seef

Launched in late 2017, Al Seef celebrates Dubai Creek’s beginnings as the famous coastal pearl-diving base. Hugging 1.8km of the Dubai Creek’s stately shoreline, the 2.5 million square foot development has two sections – a heritage area featuring old architecture, which then blends into a second space featuring more contemporary structures.

Once a vibrant entryway to the Gulf’s most successful pearl-diving port, the Creek’s legendary presence can still be felt today here, with fisherman and merchants criss-crossing the calm waters in their sleek dhows as part of their daily routine.

The best way to take it all in is to embark on a cultural walking tour of the pedestrian-friendly Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, before wandering over to Al Seef and exploring its charming walkways, fully-operational marina, dining boulevard and events plaza on foot.

Abra Creek Crossing

Dubai Creek

Old world charm

Al Seef places a strong emphasis on the region’s proud heritage, and presents forward-thinking elements that showcase the area’s natural beauty. Dotted with windtowers and sandstone buildings, a stroll through the old-world district and its charming sikkas or alleyways will offer a glimpse of past Dubai life.

Paying tribute to this traditional time, Al Seef has introduced an open-air floating market and accompanying Creekside pontoons, hosting regional crafts and textiles, Emirati art spaces and pop-ups dedicated to local cuisine. Add in the Arabian 1950s-style souk (opening in phase two) and the result is a hands-on experience of traditional Emirati customs and an authentic flashback to the lifestyles of past generations.

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Shop & Dine

Enjoy a meal by the Creek

Interconnected paths lead visitors along the stunning waterway, with options for a casual family meal, romantic dinner or elegant catch-ups all on the menu for visitors. Café culture abounds, with the vast majority of waterfront restaurants offering seasonal al fresco seating.

Some of the first restaurants to open in the district were casual Lebanese outlet 961 LB, American-meets-Arabian diner Dukkan Burger, the homegrown Kava & Chai coffee-house, and Sul Fiume, an Italian-Lebanese fusion venture.

Don’t miss the Arabian specialities at Ila restaurant, authentic Syrian fare at Al Hamidieh and sweet indulgences at Japanese-inspired dessert house, Yuki No Hana. On the water, Bateaux Dubai offer spectacular dinner and cruise packages.

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Stay Creekside

Discover a new retail hub

Al Seef is also home to myriad shopping concepts situated throughout the development, with something to satisfy every style. Savvy shoppers can pick up trendy handbags available at Zeneve London and customised jewellery at Wired Up at this accessories haven.

You can also sample luxurious Arabian fragrances and perfume oils at Eter Story, or find a designer watch at Galerie Hindam. Stylish men can be fitted for any type of dishdash – the local dress favoured by Emiratis – at Aref Abdul Raheem.

This irresistible combination of Emirati heritage and hospitality, homegrown concepts and world-renowned brands is sure to keep you coming back for more.

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Shop & Dine

Stay a little longer

Fancy a room with a view? Al Seef is home to three hotels, with a total of 550 rooms and suites that speak to the history and culture of the area in which it is located. Hilton’s three hotels are dotted around this district with the Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Seef, Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef and Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton. The last features traditional architecture and natural colours, while the former two offer modern design-led spaces and comfy rooms with just enough added extras, and welcoming and unobtrusive staff. The Canopy also has a must-visit rooftop pool with fantastic views of the Creek and the skyline.

New restaurants to try


Historic hub meets modern vision
Open daily from 10am until midnight, Al Seef is easily reachable, with Al Fahidi and BurJuman metro stations catering to the location. In addition, there is underground self-parking, valet parking, yacht mooring, abra and water taxi services.

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