||Al Shindaga ( ■
map ), is a neighborhood in the traditional center of Dubai, with Bur Dubai in the south and the Dubai Creek running along its west—a pretty empty area with virtually no tourists when I visited. Not the most exciting, but quiet and beautiful. There is also a pedestrian underpass that allows you to cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai.
Check out :
➜ Sheikh Saeed Al Naktoum House
(museum: 2 AED; old maps, stamps, & currencies)
➜ Sheikh Obaid bin Thani House
(a beautiful building with bizarre religious propaganda)
➜ Heritage Village
(traditional style huts you can freely wander in)
➜ Diving Village
(empty lot with some fishing boats)
|Dubai Creek ( ■ map ) divides the city into two main sections, Deira and historical Bur Dubai. It's a nice and short ride to take a water taxi across to Deira Old Souk.|
|Jumeirah Mosque ( ■ map ) is not a big mosque but it has 75-minute tours in English starting at 9:45 am for non-Muslims to learn a bit about Islam. Not available on Fridays.|
|Dubai Museum ( ■
map ), not a must-see but a good place to spend an hour or two for 3 AED if your are tired of the endless malls / souks (Arabic markets) in Dubai. The mannequins displays the way of life before oil, an effortless walk through time with descriptions in English.
FRI : 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Other days : 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
|Heritage Village ( Hatta Village )
has traditional style sand-colored buildings with beautiful wind towers. It's free to wander around and a nice way to spend half an hour.
SAT - THU : 8 am - 10 pm
FRI : 8 am - 11 am ; 4 pm - 10 pm