Everyone wants something on vacation to make the most of their trip. Bur Dubai is a luxurious region which always welcomes visitors with attractions that can keep them engaged and make them embrace the city not just for its cosmopolitan culture but also for its traditional colonial origins. Listed here are some of the best things to do when on vacations in this gem of Dubai.
Get engaged in the history of Dubai when you visit the oldest buildings in Dubai. It is a well-known cultural heritage site which was built by the Persians during the 19th century. It is named after the eponymous region of southern Iran. Since then, it has several picture-perfect monuments which have been announced world heritage sites where tourists can roam the pedestrian alleys and admire various restored complexes which feature ingenious creation which worked as ventilators, the wind towers.
The sandy edifices house a select few and others are exposed to the public. These include an aroma-filled Arabian tea house, Dubai Museum, and galleries which present the most breathtaking and obscure masterpieces from several world-renowned artists.
Encased in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has recently been restored, built as a technique of defense over invasion in 1799, the Dubai Museum is well known to introduce visitors to the heritage and culture of this city. This exhibition is lit for those who want to embrace the dramatic transformation of a spare desert to an ever-growing metropolis. The entry to this museum costs only 3 AED per head. You can definitely avoid the sweltering heat as the detailed dioramas are housed underground which describe certain historical events like pearl trade. These models are the smart attempt to recreate the memorable moments and give public complete infotainment.
For art lovers and artists seeking something to embrace the work of talented people, Majlis Gallery is literally a paradise. Since its inception in the year 1989, the Majlis Gallery is a major meeting place which has promoted the masterpieces from different nations and evolved into the leading establishment which is best for creative people to unite.
Also located at the gallery of Al Fahidi, the gallery offers exhibits including the portfolio of Udhaybhanu in photography. The photographer was also a well-known environmental activist who uses his muse for the projection of his well-known interpretations of surroundings. There is a large range of talents to inspire visitors.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Ideal for those who want to explore the religious and cultural attractions of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Cultural Understanding has a range of exhibits and lectures to spread awareness of such concepts focused on the topics of the UAE and Islam when enjoying the traditional Arabian breakfast (which is served at 10am on Mondays and Wednesdays). You will also listen to the locals busting myths of some cultural customs.
They operate under ‘Open doors, open minds’ motto and philosophy. So, you can join the open Q&A session to curb your inspiration. In addition, female tourists can wear a traditional headscarf ‘Hijab’ which are worn by Muslim women. You can get indulged culturally in an innovative way. It is a great motive to visit Bastakia Quarter.
Visit the Old Souk
It is a traditional market located in Bur Dubai and houses a range of stores offering footwear and fabrics, alongside clothes and souvenirs. In Textile Souk, the shops are known as the treasures of textiles with great bursts of textures, colors, and handmade weaves from different parts of the world. You can buy ornate garments and jewelry at the souk to adorn your shelves with attractive ranges of haberdashery, such as velvety materials and shimmering threads. There is no limit on options to choose from. So, you must practice the art of negotiation when visiting the market.
Dubai Heritage Village
With an endless thirst for knowledge, any tourist can flock to this innovative site when looking for the traditional ways of living and origins of this attractive city. Built at the Al Shindagha historic landmark in 1997, the main of the village was to exhibit the traditions, customs, local craftsmanship and professionals of the nation. You can find a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with various lifestyles at the Heritage Village.
In addition, you can get to know how different professions are conducted and practiced. The village also hosts a traditional clinic during the season from October to March so patients can be treated by homeopathic specialists, with the legacy of expertise and experience.
Also don’t miss the opportunity to buy a hand-crafted trinket from legendary craftsmen who dabble in jewelry making, whistle making, and cotton trading. You can also watch live performances of folklore, including Ayyala, Razfa, El-Dan, and Harbeya, along with dances which are rooted back to Africa.
It is a true haven for any shopper who is searching for unique jewelry items and accessories. Meena Bazaar has a complete range of gold products in the form of ornaments, necklaces, and earrings to well designed and one-of-a-kind bags. Visitors can easily commute via metro and bargain for original souvenirs. It is a safe and secure haven so you can approach all stalls and shop easily. They sell something unique like trinkets, clothes, and electronics. You can also enjoy delicious street foods so it has been the ideal end to a picturesque vacation.
You can also ride in the beautiful show and spend the evening by embracing the views of jewels of Dubai. It showcases the ultimate charm of the city. It is a boat cruise to capture all the beautiful landmarks. It features the breathtaking view of Dubai Creek. It is a traditionally decorated boat which provides an experience to memorize for a lifetime. The beautiful moonlight adds to the charm of this cruise where you can enjoy delicious dinner. It also offers a delicious buffet dinner with international and traditional dishes.
Play at the Dolphin Bay
It is the best venue for a family trip. It is the most contemporary and largest dolphin paradise in the world. You can choose from different dolphin adventures for all ages. You can even stand and get face to face in shallow water with the dolphins.