There are few parts of the world endowed with abundance of cultural and historical elements even in this modern era. While talking about this, ultra-modern Dubai needs a special mention. Apart from awe-inspiring skyscrapers and posh shopping and entertainment amenities, Dubai still retains its precious old world charm with historical sites and traditional cuisine. For compete unique Dubai experience, read on how an old Dubai city tour can be deeply felt to your heart’s content…
Birthplace of Dubai, Creek isthe prime place you should visit on your old Dubai sightseeing tours as it gives a clear picture of the authentic life of the city. This area acts as the border between Deira and Bur Dubai. From fisherman to merchants this seawater creek was once a trading hub of Dubai that has later turned into a well-known metropolis. As you walk along there, you will see old-fashioned buildings, retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and cafes. One best way to immerse in the wonderful ambience of the creek is to take an Abra water taxi ride (wooden boat used for transportation during olden times). Also, the serene waters of creek plus colorful dhow cruises amplify the beauty of this place.
For an authentic shopping experience with good bargaining opportunities, you should head to gold and spice souks, though the city has many shopping malls. Glittering gold souks displays a wide collection of gold jewelries and gemstones with various designs like traditional, modern, sturdy or delicate. This makes it as the most favored place of ornament lovers. Long arrays of spice souks showcase colorful spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, chilly, turmeric, saffron and lot more.In addition to this, spice souk sells various herbs, rice, nuts and dried fruits.
Al Bastakiya Quarters
Being a calm and quiet place away from the crowds and hagglers in the old Dubai, a visit to Bastakiya is one of the great things to do in old Dubai to feel the old lifestyle and culture of the city. Visitors can see many beautifully preserved traditional Arabian homes with barjeels (ventilations), carved wooden doors and wooden lattices. These wereonce the residence of rich merchants of olden times. Today the quarter is features many nice art galleries, retail shops, boutiques and cafes.
Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum
Located close to the Bastakiya area, Al Fahidi Fort is probably the oldest building in the Dubai. With watchtowers, iron-studded door at entrance, huge walls and gates, the fort was used for defensive purpose during wartime. Later it was used as the seat of government, then as the ruler’s residence, weapon warehouse and finally as prison.Today, Al Fahidi Fort is home to Dubai Museum, which depict the city heritage and culture in an understandable way. Showcasing exhibitions including paintings of mosques, traditional Arab households, souks and desert life, the museum tells the story of Emirates history and tradition.
There is long traditional dhow in the center of its largecourtyard, which once said to be used by villagers to cross the creek. It also houses the models of villages with old modeled houses and souks, small dhows made from tree trunks, collection of weapons(swords, pistols, daggers) and jewelries. Moreover, a section of the museum is dedicated to display musical instruments (flutes, drums,lyres and more) used in festive occasion of olden times.
Dubai Heritage Village
Heritage Village in Dubai takes visitors to a journey trip back in time to old Dubai before the skyscrapers and other majestic structures came in. It mainly focuses on city’s past and traditional activities along with several traditional shops and handicraft stores. Heritage village recreates a tented Bedouin settlement with old weapons, chests and household utensils. One can also experience some of the city’s heritage from pottery and weaving workshops, visit a coffee house or small souk.
That’s not all, your old Dubai activities will only be completed with a delicious culinary experience from any of the restaurants that offers authentic Emirati Cuisine.
As city’s legendary past is strongly evident from every minute Dubai attractions, you are getting familiar with not only a city but a country which is evolved from wealthy traditions and hard work.
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