Dubai is a land of numerous opportunities. This city is the excellent example of culture and hit tech technology.   Mann mad buildings and luxury hotels add more charm and stars to this city. But let me tell you this city also has a great historical side as well. In this article, we will discover the heritage and culture side of Dubai.

Jumeirah Mosque


This elegant mosque is the only one in the UAE that’s open to non-Muslims. There are guided tours organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Afterwards, head to the charming Lime Tree Café for pancakes and coffee.

Dubai Arab

Just like it was in the old days, Dubai Creek harbors a bustling cultural mix of punters, locals, traders, and visitors. This saltwater creek historically divided the city into two sections: Bur Dubai and Deira. Ever since the first settlers here in the 19th century, it has served as a thoroughfare for trade. As such, it is the old heart of Dubai and a gathering place for merchants from the souk areas.

A constant stream of wooden boats, called auras, carry people and merchandise from one side of the creek to the other. These symbols of Dubai are also very popular with visitors, who can hire them to explore the creek area. The drivers sit in old car seats and steer the boats with experienced feet.


Al Bastakiya


Being one of the oldest residential areas in Dubai, Al Bastakiya is named after the 'Bastak' region of Iran, the origin of several emigrated residents. Located along the Dubai Creek, it includes narrow lanes and wind towers and the Al Fahidi Fort—one of the oldest existing buildings in Dubai. The Dubai Museum, located in the oldest building in Dubai (Fort Al Fahidi), displays the traditional life of Bedouins. The Bastakiya also houses the first office building in Dubai (Bait Al Wakeel), galleries including the Majlis Gallery, small hotels, Calligraphy House, and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Every Saturday morning, there is an open-air market (souk) organized, with several artistic events happening, particularly during winter months. When visiting Bastakiya, it is important to note that it is closed to car traffic.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House


The 19th-century palace is one of the most exquisite examples of traditional architecture in Dubai. Even today, the arched doorways, vaulted ceilings, and elaborately carved trellis screens are magnificent to behold. Inside, the rooms open out into a large courtyard, and on the upper floor, they each offer stunning views over the Creek.

The house was home to the ruling family from 1896 until the death of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, grandfather of the current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed. It has since been converted into a museum, where guests can look at rare photographs of the city chronicling Dubai’s development from a small fishing village into the record-breaking urban behemoth of today. 

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