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For culture and heritage lovers

Although Dubai is seen as a relatively young destination, it has a fascinating history and a vibrant heritage that offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into Arabian culture.

A good place to start exploring the history and heritage of Dubai is the Dubai Museum: it is located inside Al Fahidi Fort, one of Dubai’s oldest buildings dating back to 1787. You can learn about Dubai’s early industries of pearl diving and fishing, and also the story of how it became one of the world’s most important trading ports. There are other museums in Dubai and in surrounding emirates that also offer important insights into the history and growth of the city and of the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai is also home to various heritage sites that will further enlighten visitors about the colourful past of the city. In particular, visitors will enjoy a stroll around the Bastakiya area of Dubai, one of the oldest areas of the city – although it has undergone some restoration, it is characterised by the distinctive wind towers that were designed to catch the slightest cool breeze – the earliest form of air conditioning. The area is now home to numerous art galleries and shops.

 
Throughout the year there are various cultural events that take place – these can be a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Ramadan is a wonderful time of year – the city is quiet during daylight hours, but in the evenings you’ll find locals, expats and visitors alike celebrating Iftar (the breaking of the fast) and socialising late into the night. Other events to watch out for include Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises – both of these feature heritage-themed events that take place around the city. In particular, watch out for Global Village during the Dubai Shopping Festival – it features pavilions from countries around the world that showcase the traditions and produce of each country.

 
Visitors should also try to experience some of the sports events that are part of Dubai’s heritage: on most weekends, spectators can enjoy the unique sport of camel racing, while horse racing meets take place during the evenings. Traditional dhow racing can be watched from the Mina Seyahi area throughout the year. A particularly interesting sport that reflects Dubai’s heritage is falconry – you can see falconry displays at various heritage sites around the city. A good tour guide or your hotel concierge will be able to arrange a falconry display for you.
 
More Information for Visitors to Dubai – Dubai Tourism
A Brief History of Dubai – Sheikhmohammed.com
Cultural Calendar of Dubai - Dubai Culture
Dubai’s Historical Sights – Dubai Culture
A Walking Tour of Dubai's old Bastakiya – Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Visitor Tours of Jumeira Mosque – Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
List of Dubai Museums and heritage tours – Dubai Tourism
Local special things to do in Dubai - Dubai Tourism
Art & Culture Galleries at DIFC in Dubai - Dubai International Financial Centre
Art district in Al Quoz Dubai - Al Serkal Avenue
Dubai in the past - Dubaiasitusedtobe.com

 

Published Date : 13/06/2017Back

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