About Sightseeing in Dubai
Dubai is surprisingly rooted in older realities. Beyond the
‘international' skyline, the visitor quickly senses that this is a city
with a Bedouin past. The smell of spices from the souks, wooden dhows
plying the creek, the wind towers of the restored Shindagha Waterfront
establish the Arab pedigree of Dubai's pearling origins. Equally, the
call to prayer five times a day, the discreetly-clad local populace and
the inherent concept of hospitality show how Islam still informs daily
life despite the exuberant expression of modern wealth.
flights-of-fancy projects are funded primarily by black gold. Oil was
first struck in 1966 and it gave the founding fathers of the city, the
Maktoum dynasty, the wherewithal to invest in a diverse economy of
trade, manufacturing, and more recently, tourism. Yellow gold is now the
colour of the city, from the flamboyant interior of the iconic Burj
al-Arab, to the spangled rows of bangles in the city's gold souks.
city centre is marked by the Dubai Creek which is flanked by the two
main sightseeing areas of Deira and Bur Dubai. Further flung areas of
interest include Jumeirah Beach and Palm Islands.
Deira, on the
right bank of the waterway, is the business and commercial heart of the
city and is also home to the best shopping, including myriad souks.
Deira is also the most atmospheric part of Dubai for a spot of aimless
wandering, with rambling streets bustling with the city's cosmopolitan
residents and visitors.
Across the creek, the quieter but more
historic Bur Dubai is home to Dubai Museum, Grand Mosque and Sheikh
Saeed Al-Maktoum's House.
Dubai Creek is an attraction in its own
right, whether visitors choose to take the traditional dhow
cruises along its length or just to stroll along the Bur Dubai promenade
admiring the city's modern skyline.
West of Dubai Creek lies
Jumeirah, marked at its northern end by the beautiful, rose-tinted
Jumeirah Mosque. Jumeirah is famous for its beach - a long strip of sand
fringed by the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf - and a growing number
of luxury hotels, including the Burj al Arab.
Still taking shape
off the coast of Jumeirah are the Palm Islands. Built on land reclaimed
from the sea, these three islands, fashioned in the shape of date
palms, will become the new focus of the city when complete. The nearby
World Archipelago, in the shape of the world's continents, will be
another draw to the area.
Another ambitious scheme beyond the
city limits is Dubailand, a giant theme park in the desert that the
emirate's movers and shakers aim to turn into the city's number one
Region of Sightseeing in Dubai
This tour is a wonerful opportunity to discover the modern and traditional aspects of Dubai. Our exc ...