The area known as Bur Dubai is a historic part of the emirate, stuffed with bustling souqs, unique places of worship, and fascinating museums. If you are staying at a Dubai luxury hotel and you’ve got sightseeing high on the agenda, then Bur Dubai is exactly what the tour operator ordered. After settling into one of the supreme 5 star hotels Dubai has to offer such as the Grand Millennium Dubai, head over to Bur Dubai for a truly splendid taste of everything cultural, historic, and exotic about this emirate. You will find the exquisite Grand Mosque, one of the finest places of Muslim worship the world over, as it features the tallest minaret in the city that reveals stunning views from the top. The Iranian Mosque located a few doors down, with its iconic blue tiled dome glimmering in the sunlight. For a delightful instance of multiculturalism, you will also encounter the UAE’s only Hindu temple here as well, which is nestled between the Grand Mosque and the Dubai Creek. Walk around and get a whiff of the bustling frenetic pace of the souqs, which offer bargains galore on everything from souvenirs and spices to fine carpets and gold jewellery. If you fancy yourself a skilled seamstress, the textile soup is situated close the Abra boat station, and features fine and intricately detailed fabrics to make your wildest dressmaking dreams a reality. Explore the Al Bastakiya area, as it is a section of vast historic importance and features a unique courtyard flanked by beautiful wind towers sure to transport you to another era. For a fun day out with family and friends, or if you are simply soaking up the wonders of Dubai solo, Bur Dubai is the place for you.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.