When I first came to Dubai like most people I suspect I immersed myself in the party scene going to as many pubs, clubs and brunches that were available and believe there are many! However after many hangovers, I then asked myself what is there to do apart from partying? I was surprised that Dubai is really interesting from a historical perspective. A brief description of some of the famous historical places of Dubai that I have visited are below:
Bastakiya district offers a glimpse of old Dubai with its narrow lanes and traditional courtyard houses with cooling with towers give a fascinating insight into traditional life. My advice to those that visit this area is do so in the cool evening otherwise be prepared to lose a lot of body fluid!
Lovers of architecture can wander beautiful mosques’ of Dubai including Jumeirah Mosque, a unique example of modern Islamic architecture. Built of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, Jumeirah Mosque has twin minarets and a majestic dome. The mosque is known as a major city landmark and illuminated in the night. Non Muslims can only visit the mosque at pre arranged times and must be respectful by wearing suitable clothing, women in particular should have their shoulders covered and wear trousers or long dresses.
Dubai museum is one of the major historical attractions of the city. Located in Al Fahidi Fort, built to guard the city's landward approaches. It was built around 1787 to serve as a palace, garrison and prison. In 1970, the fort was converted into a highly depicting museum to present Dubai’s history and changes. One can see the typical scenes from traditional Arabian houses, schools and mosques. Interactive style of the desert and the animals looks funny for both adults and children. A glimpse of marine life looks impressive too.
Heritage & Diving Villages
Feel the strong Arabic cultural at Heritage & Diving Villages located near the Creek and observe traditional potters and weavers working on their crafts. Feel aromatic with typical Arabic cuisine along with traditional music and dances.
Whilst not exactly a historical or cultural attraction (well not even close), this theme based Water Park got inspiration from Sinbad and ancient Arabia and built next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The park is 12-acre in area and offers thrilling rides, a surf area, a wave pool and many more water activities for all ages. A great day out where you can pretend to be a culture vulture!!
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