Hidden Gems of Dubai

There’s no shortage of incredible things to do in Dubai, from an unforgettable Dubai desert safari, shopping at the world’s largest mall, to enjoying breath-taking views from the top of the Burj Khalifa. In addition to these iconic Dubai attractions, there’s a variety of interesting and unique places to visit in the city you might not yet have discovered. With private city tours now available with Arabian Adventures and customisable itineraries based on what you’re looking for, it’s possible to explore your choice of the city’s iconic landmarks and lesser-discovered hidden gems. We’ve asked our adventure experts to share their insider knowledge on the lesser-known Dubai attractions that you need to add to your Dubai travel wish-list.

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Take a stroll past art galleries and cafes in Al Fahidi Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Neighbourhood

Located close to Dubai Creek and the bustling souks, the Al Fahidi Neighbourhood is instantly recognisable by its wind-tower architecture and cobbled streets. Take a stroll past art galleries, cafés and quaint stores, or visit a museum for a first-hand look at the culture and history of the area. Pause at a coffee shop to learn about different types of coffee and the history of this popular beverage in the Middle East, whilst sipping on a fresh brew. Continue on to the quaint tea venues in picturesque settings. One is in a stone house with wind-towers that was once the home of a pearl merchant. Enjoy a traditional cup of gahwa (coffee) as you relax on white rattan chairs close to the grand old tree in the garden. This historical area is one of the top attractions in Dubai guaranteed to take you to the heart of Emirati heritage and culture.

Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue, located in the industrial zone of Al Quoz, is a growing cultural district in Dubai home to art galleries, photographers, cafés and home-grown businesses that foster the creative industries in the UAE. Explore the galleries, stop to join a painting workshop, pick up a unique new piece of furniture for your home, or enjoy a meal at one of its renowned cafés. This stylish, contemporary arts district is becoming one of the most sought-after Dubai attractions.

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Stop to join painting workshops at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai Creek

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Explore the Textile Souk in the Dubai Creek area

The lively areas on each side of the Dubai Creek make it the perfect place to explore and do some Dubai sightseeing. On the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, close to Al Fahidi, is the Textile Souk where you can bargain for textiles from around the world. Stroll through to arrive at the waterfront where merchants sell a range of colourful sandals and other items. Catch a water taxi (abra) across the Dubai Creek and look out for the camel ice-cream vendor at the exit to the abra station. Wander through the aromas of the Spice Souk and continue on to the Gold Souk. Look out for the store window showcasing the largest gold ring in the world, featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. Make sure to stay on for a beautiful sunset over the water from one of Dubai Creek’s popular 5-star hotels or restaurants with views of the water and the city skyline beyond.

There is no shortage of things to do in Dubai. Customise your perfect Dubai city tour with the destination experts at Arabian Adventures. All of our private city tours and desert safaris have restarted with the Safe Travels hygiene and safety protocols in place for your peace of mind. All of our partner attractions are open at limited capacity, abiding by the latest health and safety precautions set by Dubai Tourism. Book at arabian-adventures.com, call us on 800-ARABIAN (2722426) or email tours@arabian-adventures.com.