Uncover history, heritage and great food
The Souks – Shop for perfumes, spices and jewellery
From the first sight of the famous souks of Bur Dubai and Deira, you will feel the very essence of Arabia. Since Dubai’s early days, when merchants from neighbouring countries would sail in to pedal their wares, the souks have maintained a wide variety of shopping options. Gold, textiles, perfumes and fish are all on offer, but the greatest sensorial overload comes from the Spice Souk, which is alive with the vibrant colours and smells of some of the world’s most highly prized spices. The best way to travel between the two souk areas, which are separated by Dubai Creek, is by boat, or abra. For just AED 1 for a one-way ticket, the boats are a not only quick and cheap form of transport, but also an authentic, Dubai experience.
Dubai Museum – Understand the city’s history
You’ll find Dubai Museum inside the storied Al Fahidi Fort – built in 1787, it is the oldest building still standing the emirate today. Inside the museum’s walls the past and the present are brought together, as the historic building is decked out with modern exhibits featuring impressive audio and video installations, as well as life-sized dioramas that portray life in Dubai back when pearl diving and fishing were the sole trades and the area was inhabited by Bedouin tribes.
Dubai Dolphinarium – Where fun and learning meet
Ensconced within the lush surroundings of Creek Park, the Dolphinarium has been a hit with families since it opened in 2008, and is an unexpected attraction in the area. Playful dolphins and seals perform shows three times daily, and there’s also an in-house magician and an exotic bird show featuring more than 20 species of rare birds. The Dolphinarium’s expertly trained staff is on hand to provide you with detailed information about the local conservation and sustainability projects, so the experience is not only enjoyable, but educational, too.