Cross Dubai Creek by abra for a unique, affordable experience
The bustling Dubai Creek has been the lifeblood of the city for generations and continues to attract visitors year-round. For just AED1 (US$0.27c), you can hop aboard one of many traditional boats, known as abras, to cross the creek that separates Bur Dubai from Deira, Dubai’s city centre. The abras, or ‘water taxis’ run every few minutes throughout the day across four stations along Dubai Creek. Every crossing on the now-motorised boats only takes about five minutes. Simply buy a one-way ticket, or you can even hire your own abra for an hour to explore further up the waterway.
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.
Tucked away in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the cosy XVA Art Hotel features 14 unique and individual rooms that showcase the architectural and cultural motifs of the region. The vibrant destination is also popular for its internationally acclaimed art gallery and award-winning restaurant. The famous XVA Café offers a selection of regionally inspired vegetarian options in the courtyards or dining room, as well as room service for the guests in the hotel rooms.
Founded in 2020 by university friends Ahmad Ali Sumaiti and Abdallah Al Obeidly, MyDeleel provides authentic Emirati tours led by local guides. Deleel means 'guide' in Arabic and, true to its name, the company plans engaging itineraries that pack in both heritage-centric and contemporary-living activities. Unlike most city tours, MyDeleel's offerings lean more on the side of being personable than heavily structured, even allowing groups to book visits to one of the team member's homes.
Al Ustad Special Kabab is considered one of Dubai's affordable dining hotspots, frequented by tourists and local residents. Just a short stroll from Al Seef and Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood, the coveted Iranian restaurant is featured in numerous foodie tours and culinary guides, with generous platters of grilled kebabs, fragrant rice and delightfully affordable prices.