A ten minute leisurely walk from Al Fahidi Metro Station to Al Musalla roundabout in Old Town Dubai, could easily transport you back in time. From the future-forward skyscrapers that lord the skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road, to the traditional wind towers of restored settlements made of corals and gypsum, located in Al Bastakiya in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, you can immerse yourself into a place where you can experience a reflection of Dubai’s bygone era.
A few restaurants with inviting courtyards, guest houses, cafes including the Coffee Museum in Al Bastakiya, and my personal favourite -Arabian Tea House, usually serve Arabic coffee, multi-flavoured and fragrant types of tea, Levantine dishes and Emirati cuisine.
Cruise the Deira Creek via wooden water taxis called, Abra for only 1AED, and travel from Old Souq to the other side to reach the Spice Souq and Gold Souq. The experience could expose your senses to a bursts of colours, flavours, textures and scents! The aroma of spices wafted from the stalls in Spice Souq, the dazzling jewelries in various shops in Gold Souq, and the inviting taste of shawarma and refreshing fruit juices from small eateries provide an absolute sensory overload to each visit to Old Dubai however, truly an authentic Dubai experience.
Old Town Dubai is where I always take my friends who visit Dubai for the first time, and it is also where I bring myself whenever I want to take time out, slow down, and just let time pass by. It’s my most favourite place in Dubai!
Below are 40 photographs that I took from various visits to Old Town Dubai!
Alternatively, you can also reach Old Town Dubai from Al Ras Metro Station, then walk a few blocks to the left to reach Gold Souq. Continue walking to Spice Souq and you may take Abra from their stations at the Creek.
Have you been to Old Town Dubai?