Classic Arts and Culture

Things To Do in Dubai

  • Gold Souk – A traditional market located in the heart of Deira. It has over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in gold and jewellery.
  • Spice Souk – Transport back in time at this traditional market selling spices and herbs to perfumed oils which local healers and pharmacists traditionally used.
  • Souk Al Kabir – Known as Meena Bazaar, an old residential area with scores of restaurants and shops, a reminder of the influx of traders from India in the early 20th century who eventually settled in the area.
  • Al Ahmadiya School – Dubai’s first school founded in 1905 by the pearl merchant Shaikh Ahmad Bin Dalmouk, where visitors can see how students learnt. (+971)4226 0286
  • Museum of Poet Mubarak Al Oqaili – Dedicated to erstwhile Emirati poet, Al Oqaili, with distinctive ability to write classical and the colloquial (Nabati) Arabic poetry. (+971) 4515 5000​
  • Horse Museum – A 1940s residence of late Shaikha Moza Bint Saeed who converted her house to a museum for horses to explain their significance in Arab culture. (+971) 4515 5379
  • The Grand Mosque – The centre of Dubai’s religious and cultural life, it was originally home to the town’s kuttab (Quranic school), where children learned to recite the Quran from memory.
  • Dubai Museum – Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in the city. (+971) 4353 1862
  • Al Fahidi Historic Area – Built in 1859, it is a cultural icon of the city with a tourist village that is home to a museum, a cultural centre, restaurants and an art gallery.
  • Camel Museum – built in the 1940s, it was used as a camel stable for shaikhs. Now restored, its architectural design was conserved to become a camel museum. (+971) 4 3920368
  • Traditional Architecture Museum – Built as a residence in 1927, it is now a museum to explain the history of traditional Arab architecture. (+971) 43531862
  • Dubai Heritage & Diving Village – A traditional heritage village, where visitors can step back in time and experience some of Dubai’s culture and heritage. (+971)4515 5000​

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