Places to Visit in Dubai Overview
Dubai has a variety of interesting markets and neighborhoods you don’t want to miss. There are lots of places to visit in Dubai that need to be on your radar when visiting this world class city.
Below is a summary of the top places to visit in Dubai.
Old Gold Souk
Old Gold Souk is a traditional market located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira. The souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewelry. Retailers in the souk include both well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellers, Shyam Jewelry, and Joy Alukkas, as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time, making it one of the most interesting places to visit in Dubai.
Dubai Spice Souk
Dubai Spice Souk, also known as the Old Souk, is a traditional market located in eastern Dubai in Deira and is adjacent to the Old Gold Souk. It comprises of several narrow lanes which are lined with open and closed-roof stores. It’s one of the most atmospheric and interesting parts of Dubai. Stores in this market sell a variety of fragrances and spices from frankincense and shisha to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food, making it one of the top places to visit in Dubai. In addition, you can also find several household items, textiles, incense, rugs, and artifacts in the Spice Souk. A majority of the trading occurs through haggling.
The Dubai Textile Souk, also called the Old Textile Souk, is a traditional market of textile products located in the historic Bur Dubai neighborhood and one of the best places to visit in Dubai.
Bastakiya Quarter (Historic District)
Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, also known as Al Bastakiya, dates back to the 1890s and is one of the top places to visit in Dubai. In its prime, it was capable of supporting 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes. In the 1980s, half of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood was destroyed to make way for the development of a new office complex. The remaining houses were mostly used as warehouses or accommodation for foreign laborers.
In 1989, Dubai Municipality directed the remaining parts of Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood were to be demolished. Rayner Otter, a British architect, came to the area and made extensive renovation in the house where he was staying. Otter started a campaign to preserve the area and wrote a letter to Prince Charles who was scheduled to visit Dubai that year. On his arrival, Prince Charles asked to visit this neighborhood and explored the whole area with Otter. During his visit, Prince Charles suggested that it should be preserved and the demolition was canceled. In 2005, a project was initiated by Dubai Municipality to restore the locality’s old buildings and lanes.
As one of the most fun places to visit in Dubai, Palm Jumeriah is a man-made, palm-shaped land in the water housing Atlantis, Aquaventure, beaches, and the Lost World aquarium inside Atlantis.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, DDCR, is a 225-square-kilometer natural reserve and comprises some 5% of the Emirate of Dubai’s total landmass, making it one of the top things to visit in Dubai. Additionally, it is home to the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. Select operators have been given permission to conduct thrilling journeys deep into the heart of the DDCR, driving through spectacular dunes and dramatic desert terrain.
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