Historic Destinations in Dubai

Things to do in Dubai

Capture your memories while sightseeing in Dubai and let us help you plan and make your journey even better. Grand Hyatt Dubai is located in the centre to most of the prominent Dubai sights and landmarks.


Dubai Museum
A visit to the Dubai Museum is a must-do on every sightseeing in Dubai itinerary. Housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi Fort which was erected around 1787 to defend the city against invasion, the museum’s diverse collection of exhibits offers a fascinating insight into the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.


Renovated in 1971 for use as a museum, its colourful life-size dioramas vividly depict everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms, and desert and marine life. One of the more spectacular exhibits portrays pearl diving, including sets of pearl merchants’ weights and scales. Also on display are artifacts from several excavations in the emirate.


Bastakiya
Next on the list of sightseeing in Dubai is the old Bastakiya district, with its narrow lanes and tall wind towers, offers a tantalizing glimpse of old Dubai and lies in the Bur Dubai area. Immediately to the east of Al Fahidi Fort is the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses with wind towers in Dubai. In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers that lined the Creek on either side. These were not merely decorative; they were the only means of cooling houses in the days before electricity.


Sheikh Saeed’s House
Dating back to the late 1800s, Sheikh Saeed’s House was built in a commanding position in the Bur Dubai area at the entrance to Dubai Creek, so that the Ruler could observe shipping activity from the balconies.

With its wind towers and layers of rooms built around a central courtyard, it is a fine example of regional architecture, and features a pictorial archive of early Dubai and the Maktoum family.


Jumeirah Mosque
Take a visit to the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim guests six days a week. Note that women are asked to wear a scarf when visiting.


Dubai Gold Souk
THe Gold Souk is Dubai's most famous and visited souk. A labyrinth of covered walk ways is home to hundreds of retailers offering a huge selection of jewellery made from gold, silver, diamonds and other precious metals and stones. 


Heritage and Diving Villages
A traditional heritage village, located near the mouth of the Creek, has been created where potters and weavers display their crafts. Here, the sightseeing in Dubai visitor can look back in time and experience some of Dubai’s heritage.

The Diving Village forms part of an ambitious plan to turn the entire Shindagha area into a cultural microcosm, recreating life in Dubai as it was in days gone by.


Dhow Cruise
Cruising down Dubai creek is an activity you cannot miss when in Dubai. Sail along the Creek on a traditionally decorated wooden dhow and enjoy music and live entertainment while enjoying your dinner.


Deira Creekside
A group of distinctive and remarkable modern buildings is ranged near the purpose-built dhow wharfage beside the Maktoum Bridge, including the Etisalat Tower, the Department of Economic Development, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Bank of Dubai headquarters and the Dubai Creek Tower.

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