You can get around pretty much all old Dubai’s historic attractions in a single full-on one-day tour. Start in Deira (Al Ras metro) at the glittering Gold Souk, then exit the back and head down to the Heritage House and Al Ahmadiya School, just a couple of minutes’ walk away. From here, loop back around the Creek to the Spice Souk and then the dhow wharfage before returning to Deira Old Souk Abra station and hopping on an abra across the Creek to Bur Dubai. If you’re ready for lunch, Bayt al Wakeel is close at hand.
Next head west along the Creekside past Shindagha Tower to Shindagha itself, visiting the fascinating Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and having a look at the Heritage and Diving Villages – not to mention the stunning views back down the water from here. Retrace your steps then dive through the busy busy streets of Bur Dubai to the brilliantly tiled Iranian Mosque and then into the Textile Souk. Exit the rear end of the Textile Souk to reach Hindi Lane and then the Grand Mosque.
Stop for a coffee or juice in the idyllic Arabian Tea House Café and then visit the Dubai Museum before concluding the day amidst the beautiful old wind-towered houses of Bastakiya (where it’s also worth popping into the enjoyable little Coffee Museum).
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