While Dubai is a relatively young city by world standards, it is steeped in ages old Arabic traditions and culture. It’s really up to you how you explore historical Dubai and Dubai Creek. There are several great local institutions with information for visitors as well as guided tours.
Dubai Creek is at the heart of the city’s history. It’s where the very first settlers of Dubai– the Bani Yas Tribe – settled and are the original descendants of the current ruling Al Maktoum family. The Al Fahidi and Al Bastikiya neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai display traditional architecture including wind towers which were specially designed to cool homes in the desert heat. The Al Fahidi Fort is also a great example of 16th century architecture. There are several heritage sites of interest across the city. Visit www.dubaiculture.ae for more information including opening hours and special events.
Cultural heritage tours
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding runs several heritage programmes and tours which explore local culture. They offer two group tours. The shorter tour takes in the Al Farhidi district and Dubai Creek. As part of the shorter tour you can see original architecture in the traditional Emirati neighbourhood of Bur Dubai, and visit the Diwan Mosque. The longer tour includes a traditional ‘Abra’ boat ride and visits to the gold, textile and spice souks. Both tours finish with coffee, tea and dates for an authentic Arabian experience. Note these tours are seasonal and do not operate over the peak of summer (July – August). The centre offers cultural activities year-round including mosque visits and hosts traditional Arabic meals. Visit www.culture.ae
Private heritage tour of Dubai
If you’re looking to explore historical Dubai and Dubai Creek Seawings offer an intimate year-round heritage tour with expert guides, finishing with a full traditional Arabic meal in Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood. Discover ‘old-world’ Dubai and take in the historic heart of the city on foot and by boat. Feast your senses in the city’s glorious spice and gold souks, enjoy a traditional Abra boat ride and explore Dubai’s past in local museums. There’s no better way to understand a culture than through its food, and this colourful tour concludes with a traditional Arabic meal in the Al Bastikiya precinct. The beauty of this tour is that groups are no larger than six people. We also offer this tour as a package with our 45 minute aerial tour of Dubai.
Why not make your day historical Dubai and Dubai Creek truly unforgettable with a scenic flight taking in the city’s world-famous landmarks? Our seaplanes take-off and land from the very same place that the first seaplanes landed in Dubai back in the 1930s.
If you’d like more information about exploring historical Dubai and Dubai Creek get in touch with us. Seawings offer a wide range of scenic tours, day trips and holiday packages across the United Arab Emirates.
*Updated 1 October, 2017