Dubai Creek is a unique, must-see experience with a rustic charm, a world apart from the city’s soaring skyscrapers and gleaming towers. One of the emirate’s most culturally significant spots, a visit to Dubai Creek grants a rare glimpse into the city’s past as a pearling and fishing port. The creek, also known as ‘Khor’ or heart of Dubai, runs between Deira and Bur Dubai and is dotted with traditional buildings and distinctive wind-tower architecture. The creek’s banks buzz with tourists and tradesmen hopping on and off abras or water taxis, while old-fashioned boats known as dhows continue to ferry wares along the water, much in the same way as times gone by.
Just a short stroll away, discover aromatic spice stalls and charming souks that serve up an assortment of authentic souvenirs, perfumes and brightly coloured fabrics. Undoubtedly one of the most famous souks to shop at is the Gold Souk. Glittering with an array of gilded treasures, it offers some of the best choice and prices for gold jewellery in the region. From here, amble your way along the winding streets to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The city’s oldest district, this enchanting quarter was built in 1859 and its streets are still steeped in the emirate’s diverse history.
Those on the look out for a leisurely way to spend the day can head to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The lush fairways and rolling greens of the par-71 championship course not only present an exciting challenge for golf enthusiasts but also affords glorious creek views for those dining at the clubhouse. For families, there’s also Dubai Creek Park. Running along the water’s edge, this oasis of calm offers a relaxing respite away from the area’s hustle and bustle. One of the city’s oldest parks, this much-loved family hangout provides plenty of inviting green landscape to picnic in, explore or simply watch the world go by.