Heritage and Culture of Dubai

Saruq Al-Hadid Museum Museums in Dubai
Ancient Mysteries Revealed
Treasures From The Iron Age Found In Dubai
Dubai Opera Music & Cinema In Dubai
Dubai Opera
A New Masterpiece From Dubai
Discover The Crossroads Of The Past And Future In Dubai

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. 

  • Distrik Seni Alserkal Avenue
  • Alserkal Avenue

    See the latest in contemporary art in the Al Quoz Art District

    Heritage & Culture Art Galleries In Dubai
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Spotlight on Dubai design

Check out the biggest design events on Dubai’s annual calendar

Ramadan fashion collections

Where to shop for exclusive Ramadan fashion

Celebrating the Burj Al Arab

An infographic about Dubai’s Burj Al Arab

Best Books to Set the Dubai Mood

Five good reads that best evoke the real Dubai.

The sweet life

Try traditional Middle Eastern desserts in Dubai

Ramadan in Dubai

Capture the true spirit of Ramadan in Dubai

Ramadan in Dubai

Your guide to all the major festivities during Ramadan in Dubai

Al Gaffal Dhow Race: 5 things you need to know

Everything you need to know about the traditional dhow race

Unforgettable Iftars in Dubai

Dubai’s Iftars with a difference

A guide to Ramadan in Dubai

Understanding Ramadan, the most holy month in the Islamic calendar

Live The Emirati Life

Falconry, camel polo, dhow racing — traditional sports, only in Dubai.

Dubai’s Ancient Trade History Unearthed

History unearthed about Dubai’s part in the world’s great trade routes.

Dubai’s best Ramadan tents

Ramadan tents make the Holy Month in Dubai extra special

History of Dubai

From humble seaside town to modern metropolis.

Discover Hatta’s Rich History

The hidden village of Hatta tells the tale of culture and heritage in Dubai

Essential Arabic phrases

Iftar and Suhoor in Dubai

Top suhoor spots in Dubai

Life Of A Bedouin

Bedouins (or Bedawi in Arabic) are the oldest inhabitants of the deserts of Arabia, a semi-nomadic group of desert-dwellers who traversed the sands.

A Guide to Traditional Arabic Drinks

A guide to traditional Arabic drinks that you’ll love

Dubai’s car culture

Explore the luxury car capital of Arabia

  • Hit the Cultural Highlights
  • Hit the Cultural Highlights
    In Dubai, Bedouin and contemporary traditions are equally celebrated, so why not get a taste of both?
    Heritage & Culture
  • Stargazing and Sand Dunes
  • Stargazing and Sand Dunes
    Head out to the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track for a modern-day take on the traditional Emirati sport of camel racing
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  • Hit the Cultural Highlights
  • Hit the Cultural Highlights
    Start your trip with a wander through the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood before stopping in a few of our trendy cafes and gallery hopping around our lively arts districts
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  • Cultural discoveries
  • Cultural discoveries
    From a humble fishing village to global metropolis of some 200 nationalities, Dubai has come a long way
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