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This is a unique museum, which is located in a typical Arabian summer house. The museum has a wide variety of local boats - some of them are still used to ply the Dubai Creek. Don't miss the replica of the abra boats on display out here. It is really worthwhile visiting the Narish Khyma after a visit to the Dubai Museum.
Al Bastakiya is a bustling market and cultural center of Dubai. Named for the Bastak region of Iran, this Dubaite district is filled with traditional courtyard houses and classic wind towers, which offer a charming glimpse of how Dubai once looked. The surrounding historic buildings are home to museums, galleries featuring local artists, restaurants and markets. Al Bastakiya is a district you will not want to miss, especially if you are interested in learning what Dubai is all about.
The district of Al Fahidi in Dubai is known to be a prestigious historical site. It previously housed the rich families of the city protecting their privacy. Sophisticated architecture and the rough-walled houses are a stereo type in this district. Al Fahidi also has a number of restaurants and cafes. Spending time here would transport you to a different era altogether.
A visit to the Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili is a perfect chance to experience the wonderful heritage houses in the city. It is located in a busy commercial area close to Dubai creek. The museum expresses the fine taste and sense of the famous poet. The architectural designs in the house are worth marveling at. The museum has nine wings that correspond to his life, writings, poetry, cultural and social life. It also has a wide collection of documents and its commandments. Visitors can also take a look at some of the precious set of collections, furniture and household tools that represent the ending of the 19th century.
Nestled in Bur Dubai's Al Fahidi Historic District, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, is a center that aims to promote and dymystify the diverse cultures, religions and customs existing within the UAE. This esteemed cultural center was launched in 1998 by the prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The center's motto, "Open doors. Open minds", urges a cross cultural understanding amongst locals and visitors through their award winning programs, workshops, events and activities. Guests can join in for cultural lunches, visits to religious sites, learn Arabic and more.
A fine example of early 20th-century architecture, the Bait Al Wakeel was the first building in Dubai dedicated exclusively to administration. This early office building is worth a visit to check out the primitive facilities that Dubai's bureaucracy had to contend with. Dubai is a port city and this comes across clearly at Bait Al Wakeel, which is now home to a museum that offers an educational window into Dubai's fishing and maritime traditions. It also houses a fine heritage restaurant which is worth a visit.
Deira Spice Souk is one of the vibrant markets of Dubai and is filled with shops in narrow alleys. It is next to the Gold Souk and will lure you in with its sweet and pungent aromas of spices and fragrances. You will find herbal products, dried fruits, common and rare spices, incense, saffron, frankincense, rose petals and hibiscus. It is also among the best places in town to buy quality spices at bargain prices. Only thing is you have to haggle a lot and carry cash.
This historic landmark marks the city's first school. Originally built in 1912, the Al Ahmadiya School underwent major renovations in 1920 and 1922. With a religious curriculum, this institution upheld the educational standards initiated by the earliest sacred figures, the Al-Muttawa and the Muttawa. Throughout its history, teachings have included the Koran and Islamic law. The carefully crafted architecture makes it an excellent place to get a sense of the history that has helped define Dubai. Admission is free.