Strung out along the southern side of the Creek, Bur Dubai is the oldest part of the city, and perhaps the most interesting. This is where you’ll fine the vast majority of Dubai’s traditional wind-towered buildings, most of them clustered in the historic Iranian quarter of Bastakiya (aka the “Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood”) and the waterfront district of Shindagha. For one suggested itinerary, see the walking tour of Bur Dubai.
Bur Dubai is also home to the excellent Dubai Museum, the best in the city, and the atmospheric old Textile Souk, one of the prettiest. There are also superb walks along the breezy Creekside, while the two abra stations which sit at either end of the Textile Souk are the starting point for the memorable five-minute ride across the Creek on board a traditional abra, the old-fashioned little wooden boats which still play a crucial role in the modern city’s transport system.
Away from the Creek, Bur Dubai has a notably more modern feel. The main two roads are Al Fahidi Street, running through the middle of the district, and Khalid bin al Walid Road, bounding its northern edge. Both are lined with reams of neon-lit shops, most of them stacked high with watches, phones and computers, or filled with eye-catching displays of colourful clothes and cloths.
This part of town is also Dubai’s “Little India”, home to a largely Indian population who give the area its distinctive subcontinental flavour, with shops full of colourful saris and shalwar kameez, and dozens of inexpensive little curry houses tucked away in the side-streets between