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The Dubai Dhow Wharfage area is fabulous and offers sightseeing with a real sense of adventure. Steeped in history and stretching gloriously along the Creek bank, north of Maktoum Bridge are countless creaking wooden dhows, moored in time-honored tradition to load and unload their diverse cargoes from all over the region.
Bursting with colour, activity and character, the Dhow Wharfage area is home to a way of life that has remained intact since Dubai’s earliest days. Deira set along the creek is a testament to Dubai’s lively past. Rich in culture and heritage, this is one place you must visit to get a feel of its vibrant authenticity. Hang around long enough and you might be invited to hop on board for a chat and a cup of tea.
Location: Starting from Baniyas Road and running up to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an initiative by the Dubai Government that allows you to spend a good amount of time camping at the deserts of Dubai (over 9 in number) and dine in the company of night stars which are primarily organized to experience a Bedouin lifestyle. Over here, you can experience falcon shows, camel rides and several other activities that will get you to the true essence of Dubai.
Location: The office is located on the Airport road and they will take you to the desert where you can participate in a variety of activities.
Highlights: This reserve provides an array of activities such as Falconry, Archery, Horse Riding, Dune Driving, Camping, Hookah.
Approximate Price: A 5-hour tour will cost you around 150 AED per head.
Located in the Al Hajar Mountains, on the outskirts of Dubai city, the Hatta Heritage Village shows the traveler the beautiful traditional life in Dubai. You will get to observe the strong attachment of the people who hail from this old town, people whose ancestors were farmers and handicraft men. The other significance also lies in the houses that you will see here, which were built from mountain rocks in the old year. There are over 17 houses, 2 castles and even a fortress here that you can revel in. You can explore the sculptures here as well and enjoy the folklore, the songs and the performances that grace the village every night.
Timings: Can visit the place from Saturday to Thursday
Bur Dubai Village, also known as the Dubai Heritage Village is located near the mouth of Dubai Creek that takes tourist back in time through a series of heritage villages complete with recreated architecture and local artisans. For patrons, the village is a great place to find unique handmade items to take home as souvenirs or gifts.
Highlights: The vicinity offers many places to stroll around like Pottery shopping, visit traditional markets and enjoy live performances of Arabian folklore such as Raza, Ayyala, and Harbeya
Timings: It is opened every day from 08:00 to 20: 00, however on Fridays many shops will be closed as the operational hours are 15:00 to 22:00.
Getting There: You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba bus and train station nearby.
Guru Nanak Darbar is built in the demand from the Sikh community for a dedicated place of worship. The Gurudwara is believed to be the first of its kind in the entire region. It has a dedicated floor for a community feasts for about 5,000 people at a time and a huge hall for devotional songs. The main prayer hall of the new Gurudwara has a 7.2-metre high ceiling and 18-metre diameter dome roof. The function hall can accommodate up to 900 people.
Location: It is located in Jebel Ali which is around 35 km from Dubai center. Taxi is the best mode of transportation to reach the temple. The closest metro station is Ibn Batuta.
Timings: It is opened daily from 4:30 AM to 9 :30 PM
With the panoramic view of the Burj al Arab in the milieu, the Burj Beach is another famous beach having a huge sandy stretch. With a number of volleyball nets and large open area for playing various sports, the beach is very popular amidst sports lovers. So pack your bags and have a relaxing day at the beach with a beautiful setting. The access to the beach is not chargeable.
Highlights: There are volleyball nets and barbecues on the beach. There is also a water sports club which offers water skiing, wake boarding, banana boating and other activities.
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