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Exploring Old Dubai

Exploring Old Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (B)

Living in a futuristic metropolis of glass skyscrapers and man-made islands, it’s very easy to forget that there is a completely different side to Dubai. Spanning Dubai Creek, which was once the life-force of the city, lie the areas of Bur Dubai and Deira.

It is difficult to believe that so many residents and visitors to Dubai have never visited this colourful intriguing area of the city. What was once a sleepy fishing village, formed when members of the Bani Yas tribe (led by the Maktoum family) settled at the mouth of the creek in 1883, at that time the main industries were fishing and pearling.

Over time the fishing village expanded and by the early twentieth century, the creek was home to a busy port, where ships would come from as far as Africa and India to trade. It is this melting pot of cultures, traditions and global influences that show just how multifaceted a city Dubai is. In this post we look at the sights of Deira and Bur Dubai, areas that are well worth exploring for an authentic Dubai experience. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring Old Dubai
Guide Location: United Arab Emirates » Dubai
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: David Tapley
Read it on Author's Website: https://outandaboutuae.net/2016/04/25/exploring-old-dubai/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • gold market
  • spice souk
  • textile souk
  • grand mosque
  • Al Fahidi Fort
  • The Local House
  • fish market

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