Dubai Culture

July 8, 2014 | By More

Dubai CultureCulture in Dubai

Dubai is a city of cultural surprises and an ancient trading centre, it has a vibrant culture that stretches way back to the 5th century when it was a caravan station on the trade route between Oman and Persia.

For centuries, Dubai was famous for its pearl divers, exotic spices, luxurious silks and precious metals. This history can be felt as you wander through the souks and historic quarters, away from the hustle and bustle of the malls and financial centres.

There are stunning mosques, both old and new, exotic gardens, traditional cafés and galleries in peaceful courtyards tucked-away just waiting to be discovered.

Islam is a current that runs through much of the life of Dubai. To help visitors understand this element of the culture, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) organises guided tours of the Jumeirah Mosque and meals with local families, with the chance to ask questions. The SMCCU also organises walking tours of the historic Al Fahidi Quarter to get to learn more about the history of Dubai.

Many visitors come for the sunshine, beautiful beaches and a taste of luxury. However, Dubai is a city of the future with its roots firmly in the past.

Top Cultural Attractions in Dubai

 1. Gold, textiles and spices

Nestled on either side of the creek, Dubai’s souks are an intoxicating and truly inspiring trip back in time.

2. Al Fahidi Quarter

Wander through narrow lanes of wind tower-topped merchant’s houses discovering hidden courtyards and elegant galleries, and unwind as you enjoy a mint tea in a shaded café.

3. Jumeirah Mosque

Open to the public 6 days a week, Jumeirah Mosque provides a unique opportunity to learn about Emirati culture and religion, in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

4. Dubai Museum

Housed in Al Fahidi Fort, the museum features life size dioramas depicting scenes of old Dubai and rare artefacts dating back to 3000 BC.

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