Historic Dubai in a day
Dubai is more than high rise towers and trendy shopping malls, you just need to know where to look
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For many, Dubai is a modern city that's come of age in the last 20 years. However, there is much more than high rise towers and trendy shopping malls in Dubai if you get out and look around
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Newly opened in 2017 a stunningly modern building creating a calm and peaceful environment to enjoy learning the history of the UAE
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From Etihad Museum, we drove down to Al Sabkha to take an Abra across Dubai Creek. If you are in Dubai, this is an absolute must do. Crossing will only cost you 1AED, and they prefer you to have the right change. You should be prepared for the frustration of finding somewhere to park, however, once you have found a space, the ride on an Abra is worth the stress. We took our Abra crossing from Al Sabkha to Marsa Al seef, the next stop on our day out.
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Still not fully opened when we visited, Marsa Al Seef has the makings of my favorite area in Dubai. This is not something out of Disney World, but rather one of the most historic areas of Dubai, having undergone a meticulous restoration. Think bustling souks and an assortment of Arabic doors leaving you desperate to explore
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as you walk round Marsa Al seef take time to study the numerous different doors, each one telling a different story
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Dubai Fort is situated at the south of Dubai Creek, at the Al Souk Al Kabir area which teems with vigorous trade and is close to the Ruler's Court (the monarch's divan). It was built back in 1787, about 200 years ago, as the premises of the monarch and a fort of defence, since it sat on the border of the urban Dubai at the time. Later on, this fort turned into an arsenal for artillery and weapons. It was also used as a prison for the outlaws. This fort was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was opened in 1971 (the year the federation was formed), to be an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its original heritage. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort.
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Located at Al Ras area in Deira, the house was built in 1923 and owned by the poet Mubarak bin Hamad bin Mubarak Al Manea Al Oqaili, who moved from Saudi Arabia and lived between 1875 to 1954. He is considered to be one of the famous poets and prominent luminaries of Dubai, in writing Eloquent and Nabataean poetry. The poet Al Oqaili has brought a group of skilled builders from Al Ahsa region in the east of the Arabian Peninsula to build this house. Those builders made both, artistic ornaments and artistic writings, which elevated the aesthetic aspects of the house and granted the house its unique historical value. The house consists of two floors, in which the rooms are distributed around an internal courtyard and was built from coral, stone, plaster, chandal wood, teakwood, fronds and trunks of palm trees as well as the traditional building material sarooj
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