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Arts & Culture

Uncover Dubai’s cultural best

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From homegrown gems in Al Quoz to the souks of Bur Dubai, Emirati entrepreneur Mohammed Kazim reveals the most inspiring spots in the city.
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Explore Dubai's culture, heritage and architecture at Al Fahidi

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Dubai
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.

Traverse Dubai Creek on a traditional abra boat

Boat Riding at Dubai Creek in Dubai
The bustling Dubai Creek has been the lifeblood of the city for generations and continues to attract visitors year-round. For just AED1 (US$0.27), 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.

Dine at a beloved Iranian restaurant in Bur Dubai

Iranian Restaurant in Dubai
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.

Catch a glimpse of Dubai's rich history

Al Shindagha Museum Dubai
Set along the historic waters of Dubai Creek, Al Shindagha Museum tells the proud story of the nation’s past and reverent traditions. Discover the UAE's rich heritage and traditions at the museums's many pavilions. 'Dubai Creek: Birth of a City' is a state-of-the-art multimedia experience that guides visitors through the area’s dramatic development over centuries, while the Perfume House showcases the legacy of Emirati fragrances.

Shop for gold ornaments and gemstones in Dubai

Gold Souk in Dubai
A trip to Dubai isn't complete without a trip to the famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Whether you’re just browsing, or genuinely on the hunt for even the slightest amount of precious gold, walk through the glittering Gold Souk to find designs from around the world crafted in a variety of carats.
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