Explore Dubai's heritage, culture and architecture at Al Fahidi
Discover what life in Old Dubai was like, during the mid-19th century at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Located along the Dubai Creek, this district is a key heritage site with much of the original infrastructure preserved and intact. The traditional wind towers constructed from stone, teak, gypsum, palm wood and sandalwood represent only a small part of Al Fahidi’s history.
It's time for tea in one of Dubai's oldest neighbourhoods
If you fancy a spot of tea while wondering around the historic Al Fahidi district, look no further. Find a selection of sandwiches, pastries, salads and desserts to go with your tea of choice, as you soak up the sounds of rustling trees and birds in this leafy courtyard. Arabian Tea House offers more than 150 different types of tea, including mint lemonade, or a house blend of black tea with herbs and fruit.
Uncover the history of coffee and sample fresh brews
Coffee has always been an important part of Arabic culture, and the Coffee Museum in Dubai showcases exactly why. The museum is located in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, among many other treasures hidden inside the narrow lanes of the old district. Stop by to discover the origin of coffee, dating all the way back to the legend of Kaldi.
Gain a greater appreciation of Dubai’s culture and customs at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). Since opening in 1998, the SMCCU has been helping visitors get a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE. The centre invites visitors to take part in a range of activities including Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits. Seeing the location itself is worth the visit – it’s a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
Mix some souk shopping with chic cafés on Dubai Creek
Al Seef is one of Dubai's most popular leisure districts, situated directly on the bustling Dubai Creek. The popular destination offers a charming atmosphere that pays homage to the UAE’s distinct heritage. A neighbourhood steeped in history, Al Seef is the place for visitors looking to shop, dine and stay. Every building façade in Al Seef has been given an old school makeover to take you back to Dubai's past, from the shopping stalls right down to Starbucks, and the effect is simply delightful.