Dubai is the ultimate destination for luxury. Visitors can enjoy grand yachts and luxe shopping malls as well as an energetic nightlife scene and world-class dining options. A vacation here will give any traveler a taste of the rich life. However, the Emirati capital has a lot more to offer travelers than its extravagance. 

Visiting Old Dubai allows visitors to experience what the city was like before the rapid growth in construction. The United Arab Emirates recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, so it’s a relatively young country. Old Dubai consists of areas such as Bur Dubai, Deira, Al Nahda, Al Karama, and Al Garhoud. Check out these top activities for history buffs or those who love diving deep into culture and tradition.

Explore the Souks

Souks in Old Dubai are similar to markets. The Spice Souks are the most flavorful, and travelers can buy spices from Iran, Pakistan, India, and other parts of the world. They also have perfume, textiles, and gold souks for all jewelry lovers. The Gold Souk has over 380 retailers. While at souks, make sure to put your negotiation skills to use so that you can get the best price for your goods. 

Wander Through Al Bastakiya Quarter

Al Bastakiya was built in roughly 1890 and is the oldest residential neighborhood in Dubai. Most of the original architecture is still intact, and travelers can wander through the quarter. The homes are no longer occupied, but the area is filled with merchants, street vendors, and places to grab a bite to eat.

Sign Up For a Cultural Tour

There’s no better way to explore Old Dubai than with a local. Make a stop at the  Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and book one of their several tours and learning experiences. Travelers can also book tours of Old Dubai through Airbnb Experience and Viator.

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