Do In Dubai

Bastakiya

The picturesque Bastakiya district, one of the oldest heritage sites in the city, gives a tantalizing glimpse of Dubai’s past. The distinctive wind towers of the buildings on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek dominate the skyline of the old city. Restored to their glorious original state, the traditional courtyard houses stand on narrow lanes. Their facades are characterized by wooden windows, decorative gypsum panels and screens.

Dubai Museum

Delve into Dubai’s history in the museum housed in the imposing 180–year–old Al Fahidi Fort. Pre–oil days are vividly depicted through evocative life–size scenes, sound and lighting effects. The galleries recreate scenes of everyday life that used to line Creek, putting on display traditional Arab houses, mosques, souks, date gardens, desert and marine life. Be enthralled by the spectacular exhibit portraying the underwater world of pearl diving. Artefacts such as fine copper, alabaster and pottery objects found in 3000–4000 year old graves at Al Qusais are also on display. Since its 1970 renovation, the main fort is a fascinating military museum.

Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque has the city’s tallest minaret at 70 meters, following its reconstruction in 1998. This distinguished landmark boasts stained glass panels with 45 small domes in addition to nine large ones.

Heritage & Diving Village

Located near the mouth of the Creek, this village focuses on the emirate’s maritime past, pearl diving and architecture. Visitors can experience some of Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle. Storybook displays of a tented Bedouin village come alive with potters and weavers displaying their crafts and shops selling handicrafts. Camel and pony rides are also available.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House

The former seat of the local government, the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, overlooks the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha and is listed as a national monument. Showcasing the history and development of Dubai, the house has exhibitions of rare photographs depicting traditional ways of life.

Camel & Horse Racing

Camel racing is one of the most traditional sports in Dubai. The camel racing track is located on the outskirts of the city at Nad Al Sheba, with two stadiums to accommodate spectators.

Horse racing is a major event in the city and Dubai is home of the world’s annual richest horse race. Endurance racing also takes place in winter.