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Bur Dubai

Middle-East : Dubai : Dubai Districts


Bur Dubai is the oldest district of Dubai, partly reconstructed and modernised but also conserving its main parts as they used to look like centuries ago. Bur Dubai is the right place for the cultural exploration of Dubai.


If you are looking for the most traditional part of Dubai, then the Bur Dubai district is the right choice for you. You can see the type of streets and buildings existing in the Muslim countries, visit their huge roofed souks the look of which have not been changed for centuries, see the great variety of goods ranging from fruit to the best quality of gold. When visiting the Bur Dubai district you can witness the daily life of people and some of its parts will for sure take you to a beautiful journey in the Dubai of the old times. 


Bur DubaiNo wonder that most of the cultural heritages of Dubai are found in Bur Dubai, such as one of the oldest traditional Arabic homes, the magnificent house of Sheikh Saeed Al Makthoum, where you can see all the beauties of the ancient Muslim architecture both outside and inside. You can visit the grandiose Grand Mosque of Dubai, one the biggest and most beautiful mosques or in Arabic "Jamaa" of the Muslim world in the Middle East. The Dubai Museum has a colourful display of exhibitions, all of which are representing a fragment of the history of Dubai, with all its remains, from weapons until many artefacts and other treasured remaining of the past.


When in Bur Dubai, one must definitely visit the famous Heritage and Diving Village. This place takes us back to the times when Dubai existed as a simple anglers’ village. We can see several Arabic homes from the inside as well, and during a guided tour, we can learn so much on the lives of people back in those days and on the history of Dubai and the Emirates as well!


Bur Dubai is situated just by the sea, which means that one of the best and easiest ways to take a look at the most beautiful seaside homes is to take a little promenade around Bur Dubai. There are regular promenades going to or around Bur Dubai, in order for the visitors to take the most beautiful photos of the picturesque traditional Arabic homes. All the old-style houses in the Bur Dubai district have undergone renovations with a high care in order to conserve all their historical look and beauty for the future generations.


Bur Dubai also consists of different parts, such as the Al Shindaqfa area and the Bastakiya quarter. Out of the two, it is the Bastakiya, which is the Medina or Old Town part. Al Shindaqfa offers different types of attractions and it is the modern part of But Dubai. It is also interesting to note that the financial centre of Dubai is still found in Bur Dubai. 


When we go for a walk in the Al Bastakiya part of Bur Dubai, just let you to be mesmerized by its lively streets, the rich smell of the oriental spices, the sound of the Aadan, calling Muslims for prayer, and do not miss the chance to taste some of the great Dubai food in one of its restaurants. Bur Dubai is by far the best place to feel the so-rich old-Arabic atmosphere of Dubai.