[Dubai] Where to find old buildings

Dubai is famous for glitzy resorts, malls and beaches. But sometimes you may tire of that and do something a bit more different. Thankfully, there are some areas you can check out where you will discover ‘old Dubai’. Dubai before all the construction boom.

Some of this old Dubai charm you can find in the souks (more on this in future posts… spoiler alert!). But today we shall talk about the historic quarters you can find around the Dubai Creek.

Granted these historic areas are set up for tourists, so they feel a bit sanitised. When we were there, there actually weren’t that many people. Maybe if they set up street food stalls, more people will come? Despite all that though, there are many nooks and crannies to explore, especially if you’re in the mood for some museum and culture.

I was there just to enjoy walking down the alleyways around characterful buildings. And those wind towers! Love them to bits.

Al-Ghubaiba

Traditional Architecture Museum in Al-Ghubaiba, Dubai
Traditional Architecture Museum in Al-Ghubaiba, Dubai
Courtyard opening where you can rest in the shade for a while
Courtyard opening where you can rest in the shade for a while
Barjeel Heritage Hotel, a quirky alternative to glitzy fancy hotels you find elsewhere in Dubai
Barjeel Heritage Hotel, a quirky alternative to glitzy fancy hotels you find elsewhere in Dubai

We didn’t stay at Barjeel, but I wouldn’t be averse to that next time just to try it out. We did stop there for lunch to try camel meat which is something different that we wouldn’t normally eat back home. Check them out at http://heritagedubaihotels.com/barjeel-guest-house-dubai.php

Al-Bastakiya

Al-Bastakiya Quarter is possibly the main destination to get your traditional Dubai architecture fix. It’s also where a lot of the museums are located, like the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Heritage House and Coin Museum.

Courtyard in Al-Bastakiya
Courtyard in Al-Bastakiya
Cool water tower in Al-Bastakiya
Cool water tower in Al-Bastakiya
More cool water towes in Al-Bastakiya
More cool water tower in Al-Bastakiya
Yet more cool water towers in Al-Bastakiya
Yet more cool water towers in Al-Bastakiya
Bicycle parked on the side of a building
Bicycle parked on the side of a building
Entrance to Coins Museum depicting portraits of the Sheikh
Entrance to Coins Museum depicting portraits of the Sheikh

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