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When many think of Dubai, they think of the sun-drenched city’s glistening futuristic high-rises and silvery skyscrapers - but nestled in the city’s western area, beside the shimmering-blue Dubai Creek, is the historic neighbourhood of Bur Dubai. Here, history-buffs and architecture-enthusiasts will discover old-world temples, whitewashed mosques, and local heritage museums. Splurging shoppers, meanwhile, will get a kick out of Bur Dubai’s maze-like textile souk market.

Things to see

Begin your bright blue-sky Bur Dubai day by ambling past the Grand Mosque, a vast complex designed in an understated Anatolian architectural style. While non-Muslims aren’t allowed inside the mosque, sightseers can stop and gaze at the towering 70 metre-tall minaret, which looms over smooth-white domes. After, stop by the adjacent Al Fahidi Fort - an 18th century sandy-coloured stronghold composed of coral-rock - which houses the Dubai Museum. The museum galleries showcase ancient archaeological finds from the local region, exhibits on Bedouin desert-life, and documentary films charting the surge of modern Dubai. Later, drop by the textile souk, a labyrinth-like waterfront market filled with hundreds of busy stalls, all selling fine silks and cotton fabrics. If you enjoy the hectic, buzzing rush of souk shopping, visit the gold and spice souks in the Deira neighbourhood, on the other side of Dubai Creek.

Hotels in Bur Dubai

In Bur Dubai, you’ll find some of the city’s most affordable accommodation. If you’re travelling on a tight budget, check out the 2 star hotels in Bur Dubai, which offer basic air-conditioned ensuite rooms with free WiFi. The 3 star hotels in Bur Dubai, meanwhile, boast spacious ensuite guestrooms kitted-out with sleek, gold-flecked decor, and in-room flat-screen TVs. You’ll also enjoy relaxed in-house restaurants, handy 24 hour front desks, and complimentary fresh-fruit breakfasts. For total luxury, stay in one of the 4 star hotels in Bur Dubai, where you’ll enjoy shimmering outdoor pools, rooftop terraces, and massage rooms.

Where to stay

Bur Dubai is a great area for those who are more interested in Dubai’s historic heritage and local culture than the city’s Downtown modern developments and luxury tourism. Yet, Bur Dubai also offers easy-access to the city’s sweeping soft-sanded beachfront. If you are intrigued by Dubai’s glitzy urban core, stay in Downtown, where you’ll be at the doorstep of the vast marble-floored Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping 829 metre-tall sharp-pointed Burj Khalifa tower. For a laid-back resort-style atmosphere with immediate beach access, stay south of Bur Dubai, in the Jumeirah neighbourhood.

How to get to Bur Dubai

Dubai is well-served by the Dubai International Airport, a thrumming hub of worldwide aviation based just 10 kilometres from Bur Dubai. The airport receives direct year-round flights from many top European cities, like London, Paris, and Amsterdam - flight-time from London is just under 7 hours. From the airport, hop in a speedy taxicab to your hotel - many Bur Dubai hotels provide airport pick-up service, too. To explore the city, it’s easiest to make use of the abundant taxicabs, but the public bus network and metro line can come in handy as well.

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