Long before the UAE had oil, there was Deira – an area of Dubai that offers such a contrast to the giant glass towers, 5 star hotels, and pristine beach lined shores of much younger neighbouring districts. Deira is the original commercial centre of Dubai, benefiting from its Creekside location, although these days the key commercial districts have moved on to the newer areas. However, the character of Deira remains, it has a natural warmth and charm that is uniquely Dubai.
Not in Deira will you find air conditioned souks built specifically for tourists; here you will find the real thing – gold, spices, local fabrics, and so much more.
Not in Deira will you find the multiple luxury yachts of the Marina, but you will smile at the Dhows, or the many Abras that cross from one side of the Creek, to the other – full of tourists and locals enjoying this most simple form of water craft. Take one, at only 1 dirham, it offers Dubai’s best bargain; or just stroll along the Creek, absorbing the unique atmosphere.
In Deira, visitors can experience some of the history and heritage of this fascinating country – such as the House of Saeed Al Maktoum, a former ruler, which dates from 1894, or the Dubai Museum and 200 year old Al Fahidi Fort, part of the historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood.
It’s all to be found in Deira – a ‘must do’ on the itinerary of any Dubai visitor.