Heritage & Cultural Dubai
05 NIGHTS / 06 DAYS
A sophisticated society that welcomes all, Dubai’s rich culture has historical elements ranging from Bedouin life with its traditional arts and crafts to ancient sites and archaeological finds. In Dubai, modern and historic culture are celebrated in equal measure, with opportunities to learn of Bedouin traditions as well as the city’s cutting-edge art, film, theatre, and music scenes. The historic Al Fahidi district’s labyrinth of lanes is lined with 18th-century merchants’ houses, now home to mini museums, chic art galleries, and cool cafés.
DAY 1: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood + Dubai Museum + Heritage Village
Escape the skyscraper valleys of the city centre and travel back in time with a trip to Al Fahidi, also known as Bastakiya. This atmospheric area in Bur Dubai is one of the oldest heritage sites in the city, with a neighbourhood that dates back to the early 1900s. A tour of the area offers a beguiling glimpse into the Dubai of a bygone era including traditional wind towers, bustling courtyards and maze of winding alleyways. The Dubai Museum Dubai Museum: This museum, located in Old Dubai, is a great way to better understand the history of Dubai and of the United Arab Emirates as a whole. One of the most incredible parts of the museum is found underground, where modern technology and ancient history collide. Using contemporary graphics and computer technology, there is a completely reconstructed souk from centuries past. Travellers will get to see, hear, touch and even smell what these old markets were once like in Dubai. The museum is located in the Al Fahadi Fort, built in the late 18th century and today the oldest building in all of Dubai. Dubai Heritage Village: This attraction is part amusement park and part museum, providing plenty of information in a fun setting that appeals to children and adults alike. Tour traditional homes, see the food and dress worn by residents in the past and understand the transition from Dubai’s maritime culture to today’s modern world. Top aspects of the Dubai Heritage Village include the tented Bedouin village and the large armoury.
DAY 2: The XVA Art Gallery
See Arabic Art At XVA Gallery Located in the historic Al Fahidi District, the gallery specialises in contemporary works from established and emerging artists from the Arab world, India, and Iran. XVA Gallery exhibits both locally and internationally, collaborating with galleries and participating in international art fairs, such as Art London, SH Contemporary, and Art Basel Hong Kong in order to expose Middle Eastern contemporary art to the world at large. In addition to the gallery, the XVA Art Hotel features additional exhibits for art lovers to explore.
DAY 3: SHEIKH Al MAKTOUM HOUSE + JUMERIAH MOSQUE
Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum’s House: This historical building in Dubai was once the home of former leader Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. Today, the entire structure has been turned into a museum so that visitors can get a peek at what authentic life was like in Dubai in the middle of the 20th century. Jumeirah Mosque: Although Dubai is a progressive and tolerant city, many of its residents are Muslim. The Jumeirah Mosque is the largest of its kind in Dubai, and it is one of the few mosques that allow visitors to tour the interior. The view of the mosque is especially beautiful at night, when lights illuminate the whole structure.
DAY 4: Beaches
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort right on the Dubai Marina is one of the favorite beaches in Dubai. Try the café at the RIVA Beach Club. Evenings here get very romantic with candles lighting up the club. Try the Club Joumana Beach at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort – besides sunning you may want to take a dip in one of the three pools and take one of the rides on offer here. Club Mina‘s beach at the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is great for weekend beach parties. Dubai Marine Beach Resort at Jumeirah is well worth spending a day at. The resort complex offers a variety of sports, pool, spa, and other facilities. Get a private cabana at the Nasimi Beach at Palm Jumeirah for an ethereal experience at beach-lounging. Besides these, the beaches at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Club, Pavilion Marina & Sports Club, and the Quay Club beach are best-loved by the locals.
DAY 5: Souks
The Gold Souk is perhaps the most famous. Lined with jewelry shops, this glittering souk is a delight. The aroma filled Spice Souk is next. Shop for some Ittar, the native perfumes, and natural fragrances at the Perfume Souk. The Ittars from this region go into the manufacture of some of the world’s best perfumes. The Textile Souk is next on our list. Raw silks, cottons, satins and voiles – and a riot of colors. Must visit. Besides these attractions, the traditional architecture of Dubai is best enjoyed by a visit to the mosques of the city. The Jumeriah Mosque is believed to be among the most beautiful in the world. The Grand Mosque and the Hor Al Anz Mosque are also known for their beauty and serenity.
DAY 6 DEPARTURE
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