Dubai has been my home for over seven years now and there is one part of Dubai, more than any other, which draws me back. Dubai Creek is the place where Dubai started and grew from. Did you know that the city we know today was established as a fishing village in the early 18th century?
There is still a vibrant historical district which contrasts nicely to the glitz and glam which is normally shown and associated with Dubai. Dubai has a history that is rich and unique and you can get a feel of this by exploring Dubai Creek. If you want to nerd out you can also visit Dubai Museum which is in the old Al Fahidi Fort which was built in 1787.
Dubai Creek. Where should you start?
DRIVING: Drive to Al Seef and park there. Parking is currently free. Alternatively you can park in and around Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi but this can get quite busy and it is RTA parking.
METRO: take the metro to either Al Ghubaida, Al Fahidi, Burjuman or Union Metro Station and then walk.
TAXI: taxis in Dubai are readily available and relatively cheap. There are also “Lexus Taxis” available but these are more expensive than regular taxis
WHAT TO WEAR: when it comes to modesty, Dubai Creek is no different from the rest of the UAE. Make sure to dress modestly (no mini skirts, booty shorts, tiny tops (boys that applies to you as well) etc. I also recommend wearing comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking you can do. Remember to wear a hat and sunglasses and slop on some sunscreen as it can be quite hot and sunny.
WHAT TO BRING: a mobile or camera with a full battery, bottle of water and a willingness to explore.
Dubai Creek – Pictures + Inspo
Quick tip: Al Seef is a new development along Dubai Creek by MERAAS. It is made to look like old but is more accessible for people of determination and also has some modern amenities like Starbucks (make of that what you want) with a great selection of restaurants and parking.
Quick tip: the XVA Gallery has some lovely spaces to enjoy a drink and something to eat as well as some great art to checkout. Plus! it is also a gorgeous boutique hotel.
Quick tip: the abras which cross Dubai Creek cost AED1. If that isn’t a cheap date I don’t know what is.
You may notice I did not tell you what do to (well sort of), exactly where to walk, where to eat etc. Why you may ask? Because like any old town or historic district you should allow your feet, senses and curiosity to guide you. Allow your emotions to be your guide and just relax.
Of course if you have any particular questions you can always ask me in the comments. I am not a monster 😉
Wow! This is a really different side to Dubai. I always see the towering highrises and YouTube videos of the luxury locations to travel to but this place seems a bit more of my speed….rustic, authentic, and chill. Thanks for sharing this other view of Dubai. One more place to add to my never-ending list of travel destinations.
Are there any places to eat other than XVA Gallery?
Michelle - Hold the Moo
Hi, Josh. Yes there are so many other places to eat down there. I highlighted XVA because it is a hidden gem that is worth seeing.
I have never seen this side of Dubai. I often see the others talks about the luxury hotel, desert trip, giant buildings… Thank you for sharing the post.
Michelle - Hold the Moo
You are so welcome. This side of Dubai is such a beautiful contrast to what is normally shown.