Hanna: I visited Dubai for the first time 13 years ago, and the first lace I went to see was Dubai Creek and the Gold Souq. I had spent a week in Muscat (Oman) and I was curious to see Dubai.
It was a warm November evening and all the glittering gold was about to make me insane. What a place! Little did I know, that few years after that I would live in this city with my family.
If you’re in the Dubai Creek area, make sure you visit Dubai Museum. Afterwards, head to the Iranian Mosque, (the one with the azure blue background) or go for a walk along Silk Street inside Textile Souk.
Sanne: From Bur Juman metro station in Bur Dubai, it’s only a short walk to Bastakiya, which is one of the oldest areas of Dubai with buildings dating back to the late 1800s.
Bastakiya has small narrow streets and houses with wind towers, which in ancient times were used as a primitive form of air conditioning, and unlike many other historic districts elsewhere in the world, there are surprisingly few souvenir shops and other distractions. Instead, there is a nice collection of galleries and art shops and even a restaurant selling camel burgers.
Julia: On my way back from my recent trip to Bangkok, I had a layover in Dubai, and Hanna and her kids were so kind to show me around the old part of the city. Indeed it was an entirely different atmosphere in the old town, which felt more exotic and authentic. For a budget-friendly fare of 1 Dirham (25 cents) we got on one of those rustic boats for a little cruise on the Dubai creek, probably the cheapest activity of all Dubai.