Do & See
 

Dubai Museum

Located in the imposing Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to protect the landward approaches of a then sleepy desert village. Life-size figures set in an intriguing diorama reveal what life was like before the discovery of oil transformed Dubai.

Address: Nr Bastakiya, Bur Dubai

Phone: +971 (0)4 353 1862

 

Desert Safari

A Dubai must-do is a four-wheel drive excursion out into the sand dunes. They might stop to let you discover some of the wildlife. More likely the drivers will race each other dizzyingly up and down seemingly impossible slopes. The dayís excitement ends with a barbecue under the stars.

Arabian Desert Tours

Phone: +971 (0)4 268 2880

Internet: www.arabiandesert-dubai.com

Off-Road Adventures

Phone: +971 (0)4 628 9667

 

Majlis Gallery

An old windmill on Al-Faladi Street in Bastakiya displays traditional glassware, ceramics, furniture and fabrics as well as hosting 10 exhibitions of contemporary artists each year. Some 30 traditional houses have been restored in the neighbouring Shindagha quarter while Bastakiya itself has atmospheric old alleyways to explore.

Address: Al Musalla Roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai

Phone: +971 (0)4 353 6233

Internet: www.themajlisgallery.com

 

Grand Mosque

At 70 metres tall, this grandiose building has the cityís tallest minaret. Another fine edifice is the monumental Jumeira Mosque. Make sure to respect dress codes when

visiting.

Address: Nr Rulerís Court, Bur Dubai

 

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoumís House

Dating from the late 19th century, this mansion in Al Shindagha is a fine example of traditional architecture, built from coral covered in plaster. It houses a collection of

rare stamps and coins. Close by is the Heritage and Diving Village, telling the story of the once thriving pearl diving

industry.

Address: Nr Al Shindagha Tunnel, Al Shindagha

Phone: +971 (0)4 393 7139

 

Dubai Creek

Inland, the Creek broadens into a wide marsh that is home to 27,000 birds, many of them colourful pink flamingos that are in year-round residence. Deira has a broad waterfront promenade while Bur Dubai side features a beautifully landscaped park.

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