The Dubai of today is known for its high-rise towers, man-made wonders, and luxury lifestyle. But how old is Dubai? The city has a rich history that actually began centuries before.
It is believed that by 2500 BC Bronze Age nomadic had established a thriving date plantation in the region and In the 5th Century the area we know as Jumeriah, was a caravan station along with the Persian trade routes (today's Oman and Iraq).
Even in the year 1580, the region was famous for pearl trades and it was recorded in the journals of the Venetian pearl merchant Gaspero Balbi who visited the region during this period.
During the period 1833 to 1893, Maktoum bin Butti of the Bani Yas tribe settled in Shindagah Region near Dubai Creek and paved the way for the rise of an independent town without the dependency on Abu Dhabi.
The journey of Dubai started as a small fishing village and later become a pit stop along the famous trade routes because of the quality of the pearls traded in this region. Oil discovery in this region during the 1960s was the turning point in the development of the city.
It is very hard to imagine how the city was in those early days, unlike the other ancient cities Dubai’s face has changed dramatically and with its new sky-high buildings and development it is not easy for people who are visiting the city to get to know about the rich history and heritage of the city.
Meet our professional guide in your hotel in the morning by 09.00 am approximately and get ready for a fascinating tour!
The first part of the city tour will start by visiting the Al Fahidi Historical district commonly known as Al Bastakiya that holds the recollections of a period that pre-dates the alliance of the Seven Emirates.
Dubai is known for its rich lifestyle and marvelousness, but before it became a hot spot traveller destination and even before the discovery of oil in this region and before the association of the Emirati Tribes in 1971, it was an incomprehensibly better place.
The UAE was a territory of sheikdoms – where Bedouins lived as herders, date ranchers and fishermen. Dubai was a walled city in the early 1800s and it was during this time Al Fahidi fort was built and the wall started from Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood through Al Fahidi Fort and ended at the old Souq.
Bastakiya quarter is the oldest standing residential area in Dubai, by walking through the winding tight streets, you will get to see the ochre-coloured buildings with corals, mud, gypsum, and palm wood.
Another notable sight about the building is the houses are adorned with towers. Wind towers are the traditional air conditioner of the Middle East. Explore the alleyways and take some good pictures.
You will then be given a short stop for tasting the famous Arabian Coffee from the charming Arabian Tea Houses.
Continue your walking tour and visit Al Fahidi Fort- Dubai Museum; the oldest building in Dubai is the best place to learn about the history and heritage of Dubai.
Here in this museum, you will get to see the everyday life of the people before the discovery of oil. The Museum recreates historic local houses, dates farms, Marine life, mosques, and souks.
Next, head over to SMCCU- Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, with an open door and open mind policy you can interact with the team members regarding the cultural and religious questions you may have.
The centre is the best place to learn about the traditions and heritage of Dubai and enjoy a traditional Arabic lunch from SMCCU before you head towards Al Seef Heritage Village.
Get aboard a wooden Dhow for a one-hour long cruising through the waters of Dubai creek. The old part of Dubai was built around the creek, which is even visible today the old buildings, souks (markets) all tell you the tale of good old days of Dubai when it was an important pit stop for traders.
Witness how the abra-water taxis crisscrossing through the water the way like fishermen’s and merchants wooden Dow’s travelled in early days.
You will then be guided to Al Seef- the heritage district of Dubai, located on the banks of Dubai Creek. This area was developed replicate the traditional trade hub and celebrate Dubai Creeks beginning of pit spot for pearls.
Your private heritage tour of Dubai will \end with the visit to Al Seef, at the end of your trip you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dubai.
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