If you’re planning on holidaying in Dubai then you’ll no doubt want to experience the culture; that’s what travelling is about, right? Granted, you’ll want to lie on the beach but when in Dubai you should really make the most of what the city has to offer and do the things that you can’t do anywhere else!
Take a look at the Traditional Things to do in the stunning city. It’s more than just skyscrapers.
Visit Dubai’s Biggest Mosque
There’s no better place to learn about Islam than at a mosque and with Dubai being home to the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest in the city, it makes sense to visit this particular landmark. The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in Dubai that opens its doors to members of the public and non-Muslims.
This beautiful building is decorated in Arabic calligraphy and flaunts a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere so you can go and learn all about Emirati culture and religion without feeling out of place.
The Jumeirah Mosque is an impressive piece of Islamic architecture that hosts question and answer sessions and tours by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. These run 6 days a week at 10am, Saturday through to Thursday, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit this grand place of worship.
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Shop at the Souks
Be sure to shop at the traditional Arabian markets, otherwise knowns as souks. There are stalls dedicated to local spices, perfumes, textiles and, best known of the souks, gold. Whilst Dubai is home to a wealth of glamourous shopping malls, the souks are an essential part of the Dubai experience.
Whether you’re after authentic souvenirs or simply fancy witnessing customers bargain with shopkeepers first-hand, in order to gain a true sense of souk shopping, these lively marketplaces are a must-visit. You never know, you may pick up some haggling tips and get a bargain yourself!
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Ride an Abra on the Creek
Take a ride on an abra across the Deira creek. These wooden boats have been used to ferry people across the Creek for centuries, and it’s a trip that’s unforgettable. Take in the remarkable views of the city; the clear blue skies, amazing architecture and vibrant city life.
For a truly spectacular ride, go early so you can appreciate the creek in the morning light. Don’t be put off by the rickety appearance of these boats. Whilst they don’t look safe, they are extremely stable. Jump on board and experience a truly authentic and inexpensive boat ride across the creek between Bur Dubai and Deira.
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Try a Shawarma
You can’t go to Dubai and not have a shawarma. Why? Well, the city is renowned for this tasty, Middle Eastern wrap. This heavenly dish, similar to a kebab, is typically made with lamb or chicken and you can get one almost anywhere in Dubai.
Head to Al Diyafa Street and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the many shawarma joints here. Tuck into this signature dish for a true taste of the city.
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So, you’ve got some ideas for traditional things to do in the city, but have you booked your accommodation? We have a range of holiday apartments in Dubai that will guarantee you a truly enjoyable stay. Take a look at our stunning, fully-furnished properties and book with us today.