Looking for awesome things to do in old Dubai? From the Grand Souk in Deira to the Coffee Museum in Bur Dubai, check out these cultural and historic activities.
1. The Arty Hotspot
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Where: XVA Gallery in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: Make a weekend of it and stay at the trendy XVA Art Hotel which is housed in a historic mansion. Get ready to lose yourself in the essence of Arabian hospitality!
2. The Old Market
Where: The Grand Souk in Deira
insydo tip: The souk is home to the infamous Spice Market and is a 5-minute walk from the Gold Souk. Pay in cash to get the best bargains!
3. The Tea Gurus
Where: Arabian Tea House in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a daytime getaway, especially during winter. You won’t feel like you’re in Dubai!
4. The Coffee Connoisseurs
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Where: Coffee Museum in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: A must try is the café’s Malabar coffee; the beans are exposed to the monsoon rains of South India before being roasted.
5. The Historic Hub
Where: Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: Parking in the area can be a nightmare so you’re better off taking the metro. Remember to buy a little keepsake from the souvenir shop at the end of the tour.
6. The Ruler’s Old Home
Where: Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: The Summer Majlis, perched on the roof of the house, is a great vantage point for awesome views of the Creek and central courtyard.
7. The Cultural Crib
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Where: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in Bur Dubai
insydo tip: Try the ‘Creekside Tour’, a two-hour journey into UAE culture. It lasts 2 hours and includes a heritage tour plus a visit to the souks.