Corona Virus important information
The Old Town of Dubai | Insight Guides Blog

The Old Town of Dubai 09 Jan 2017

Posted on 09 Jan 2017
Arab Street in the old part of Dubai
Arab Street in the old part of Dubai
Arab Street in the old part of Dubai

About this photo

The fast-paced development of Dubai has led many people to forget that there was a city here before the influx of tourism, and that it still offers more than year-round sunshine and luxury. The old town, located north of the city, offers a cultural insight into Dubai. Take an afternoon to explore its sites starting at the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai, built in 1787 as a residence for the monarch and for defence of the city. It now houses the Dubai Museum. 

From there, roam the streets of Bur Dubai’s old town to the Old Souq Marine Transport Station and jump on an abra water taxi (1 Dirham) across the creek, to the spice souks of Deira. Breathe in the fragrant scents, which form the underlying essence of the city. 

Discover all this and more on Insight Guides’ History and Heritage in Dubai holiday.

About photographer

Zhukov Oleg/Shutterstock