A Walk through the City of Contrast - Walking Tour of Dubai

A Walk through the City of Contrast - Walking Tour of Dubai

A walking tour of Dubai’s old quarter is the best way to get acquainted with the city’s heritage. We begin our trip in Shindagha, with a visit to Sheikh Saeed House - the residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, which dates back to 1896 and houses a rare collection of memorabilia and documents recording Dubai’s history. Leaving here, we stop at the House of Camels and the Traditional House before heading towards Dubai’s Creek. A short walk from the Creek brings us to the textile market, Hindu temple and Old Souk area. Established at the end of the 19th century by Arab textile and pearl trading immigrants from Bastak in Iran, the winding streets in this locality are lined with restored merchant houses, cafes, boutique hotels and art galleries, the oldest of which is the Majlis Gallery, dating back to the 1970s.

We walk through the Bastakiya area and stop at a local house for a quick break giving us an opportunity to sample Arabian hospitality and a taste of traditional gahwah. We then make our way to the Creek and board a traditional abra (water taxi). Crossing the Creek, we continue our walk through the fragrant alleys of the spice souk on the Deira side of its waters. We move on to Dubai’s famous Gold Souk which flaunts dazzling displays of jewelry. The large and bustling fish market near the Gold Souk is our final stop before we return to the hotel.

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