Dubai travel, Dubai tours and Dubai culture
Dubai has grown from a cosy community located on the banks of the Dubai Creek to a sprawling metropolis.
An ideal destination for both business and pleasure, showcases its cultural heritage through Dubai museums
and restored historical district, as well as proudly displaying the shape of things to come from the Dubai Marina development to the construction of the Palm and World islands.
Dubai’s fast-paced development has garnered plenty of international media attention, not least because of architectural landmarks like the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel
and a raft of new and equally impressive projects such as the world record-breaking Burj Khalifa.
The many Dubai shopping malls
and high-rise buildings dominating the city skyline are great destinations to escape the heat and indulge the wallet – but the more traditional side of the city is still evident in the Bastakiya area of Bur Dubai and the streets and alleyways lining both banks of the Dubai Creek, offering a fascinating insight into the city’s origins.
Development of Dubai only really began following the discovery of oil in the 1960s. Before this, it was a small town that primarily relied on trading, fishing and pearl diving, with the Creek providing the destination’s lifeblood. This history is reflected in some of the older buildings around the Bastakiya area in Bur Dubai and the souks in Deira, just across the Creek. These remain a focal point of Dubai culture
, patronised by residents and Dubai tourists
Located in the restored historical district, the Al Fahidi Fort – once a palace, garrison and prison – is now the popular Dubai Museum
, whose interactive exhibits, artefacts and waxwork vignettes illustrate the city’s development over the past century.
At the heart of the city is Dubai Creek
, where the bustle of everyday life is at its most intense and offers a colourful experience for all Dubai travelers
Traditional wooden dhows (boats), wait to be loaded with goods destined for far-flung shores, from televisions and fridges to tyres and even cars. The tree-lined walkway, punctuated by local cafés, is a calming backdrop from which to observe the day’s business.
Dubai also has its fair share of park¬land and pockets of greenery dotted across the city, with barbecue spots, children’s play areas and shady corners to relax in.
Dubai is a fascinating city waiting to be discovered.