It all started in Bur Dubai, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. Long before Dubai transformed into an urban metropolis, this area to the west of Dubai Creek was the site of the city’s original settlement.
While the settlement continued to expand inland, the creek remained as Bur Dubai’s anchor, with dhows mooring along its banks to load and unload the goods which drove Dubai’s growth as a trading hub. And despite the development of modern ports for huge ships, the shores of Bur Dubai continue to see dhows arrive laden with everything from textiles to technology.
Because of its age and history, Bur Dubai is a dense blend of residential and commercial areas, with narrow streets and busy squares – making it a great place to explore for a taste of Old Dubai. The neighbourhood is also home to consulates, temples and the Ruler’s Court, making it a major cultural hub for Dubai as well.