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Sightseeing in Dubai

If history is your kind of thing, visit the archaeological sites at Al Ghusais, Al Sufooh and Jumeirah where you will find artefacts from the seventh to fifteenth centuries. The Jumeirah Mosque on Al Jumeirah Road is an example of modern Islamic architecture at its best. The mosque is beautifully lit up after sundown. Tours are conducted on Sundays and Thursdays at 10 am.

Stop by at the Dubai Museum at the Al Fahidi Fort and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, now a museum. Rising 39 floors above the city is the Dubai Trade Centre – get a panoramic view of the city from the viewing gallery or join a guided tour at 9:30am and 4:30pm.

The old Bastakiya district was famous in the past for a mass of windtowers that lined the creek on either side. The "wind towers" were not merely decorative; they were the only means of cooling the house before the advent of electricity! Bait al Wakeel was the first office building in Dubai and now houses the fishing and maritime museum. Visit the Bedouin village just outside Dubai to get a feel of what the nomadic way of life was.

Although the architecture of Al Boom Tourist Village is Islamic and stately, it is a village with very modern leisure amenities such as a coffee shop, restaurant, a 2000 seat banquet hall, an amusement park and a marina with five boats. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 1am, it is guaranteed to take your blues away. Go on – have a candlelit dinner while on an evening boat cruise.

Dubai offers the traveller various options - the Safa Park with its artificial lake, the Jumeirah Park with its 18-hole golf course, restaurants and an amphitheatre, the Ras Mamzar Park with its chalets for accommodation, the Mushrif Park and the razzle dazzle of the Gold Souk.

The Creek is a natural inlet of water and a stroll down this waterfront evokes the city’s centuries old trading history. Hire a traditional boat called "aabra", which will take you up the creek to the place where thousands of birds congregate.


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