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The Traditional Side of Dubai

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Dubai appears to be a modern city with its towering futuristic architecture, tangle of freeways, and high-tech infrastructure. Yet it's also a very old city—or rather, a former fishing and trading village with evidence of settlements dating to the Bronze Age. It's steeped in tradition based on a rich Bedouin culture, the Islamic religion, and a conservative yet tolerant Emirati society. You can experience the oldest and most fascinating parts of the city around Dubai Creek.
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Al Musalla Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai isn't just about shopping and architecture. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers enriching and intellectually stimulating tours, meant to engage and inform visitors about Emirati history and...
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26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Going to markets has an air of excitement in the Arab World, where the souks are still the place where locals and tourists can go to meet each other, trade, and shop around for all sorts of commodities. I was lucky enough to visit the gold and...
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Al Ras Near Ahmadiya School - Dubai United Arab Emirates - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Slightly worn out from haggling at the souks or climbing Mount Burj Khalifa? Stop by at Ahmedia Heritage Guest House for an afternoon serving of rice pilaf. Many incarnations of pilaf exist throughout the region, but most include a serving of some...
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Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall, Near P.F.Chang's, Canal Walk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In Festival City, Al Fanar is the go to dining destination for expats with out of town guests hoping to sample Emirati food. With the mannequins in traditional garb and fiberglass camels, the décor smacks of a museum diorama but the grub is...
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Jumeirah Beach Road,Jumeria 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
A culturally enriching experience in Dubai is a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque. Many mosques do not allow non-Muslims to walk inside. This particular mosque has dedicated several times during the week for people to visit and learn about Islam and...
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Dubai - Al Ain Road - Al Marmoom - دبي - United Arab Emirates
The Camel Racing Festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates a sport that has deep cultural roots in the region. Much like the city itself, the current festival has a modern twist (as you can see): robot-jockey-mounted camels gallop...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of the cheapest tickets in Dubai is to the museum. At AED 1 when I visited (about .30 cents USD), the museum is a fantastic display of the short history of Dubai. From a pearl diving town, the City has grown in the last 30-40 years into a...
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Nothing is more quintessentially Arabian than falconry. For an up close and personal experience with these magnificent birds of prey in the desert around Dubai, contact Royal Shaheen Events: info@royalshaheen.ae
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Ladies, indulge your Middle Eastern fantasies with traditional Arabic, Indian and Pakistani henna designs at Tanor Shanzay Salon. Aside from the all-natural henna, manicures, pedicures, hair styling, facials, waxing, make-up and massages are all...