Dubai Travel Guide
Situated on the smooth aqua waters of the Southern Gulf, surrounded by tranquil desert and with its vibrant souk (market) area, the city is captivating. There is something for everyone whether they’re after a relaxing break in the sun or an exciting new experience. There’s an array of water sports, superb shopping and plenty of interesting places to visit.
A relaxing walk along the banks of Dubai’s natural seawater inlet, the Creek, which runs through the centre of the city, is a significant focal point of past and present life in Dubai. You can witness the hustle and bustle of the traders and boatmen piling their cargo onto the dhows, many of which still follow ancient trade routes to places as far away as Africa and India. At one end of the Creek is a spectacular lagoon, which has become a wildlife sanctuary and a permanent home for thousands of Flamingos.
The Bastakiya district is a must see for a glimpse of old Dubai, with its narrow winding lanes, courtyard houses and tall windtowers. You can also visit excavation sites at Al Ghusaus and Al Sufooh where you can see artefacts dating back as far as the 7th Century. Camel races are extremely entertaining and serious business in Dubai, not to be missed if you visit during the cooler months when they take place every weekend.
With its ultra modern city, historical original town and variety of attractions the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’ is a captivating and somewhat unique destination - not to be overlooked.
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