Dubai is the city of the future, constantly evolving and offering incredible places for visitors to spend time on every type of budget and interest. I recently spent some time exploring the newly opened Marsa Al Seef, located in Deira.
Strolls by the creek
The waterfront promenade is designed to replicate an old seaport, and showcases a real life destination where fishermen, pearl divers, and tradesmen came to conduct business. It is built along Dubai’s Creek and provides the perfect place to enjoy leisurely strolls while breathing in the salty scent, watching abras float by, and seagulls socialising. During the cooler months, the gentle breeze paired with golden sun create a glittering effect reflected on the water – perfect for pictures.
As you wander through the alleys and shaded pathways, take note of the traditional architecture and handiwork scattered throughout. Emirati souqs transport visitors to a time when traders met at this very Creek to go about their business affairs, before the oil boom. Scattered throughout the promenade, you will find old fishing nets, clay pots, traditional dhows, and old Emirati trinkets to further enhance the historical experience.
Things to do
The waterfront offers a dynamic collection of dining from ice cream parlours to cafes, and specialty restaurants overlooking the beautiful Creek, whether the preference is Middle Eastern cuisine or International. What better way to enjoy the serenity of the waterside, than to hop on a traditional abra (dhow) and enjoy an easy going cruise along the water. The tour takes you along the length of the Creek, however if you wish to cross over to Bur Dubai you will have to go a bit further down to the Textile Souq.
Art and lunch
Once you finish your tour of Al Seef, pass by Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood located 5 minutes away on foot. The tranquil district has been designed to reflect life in the 1970’s which can be seen in the architecture. Barjeel (high air towers) were built using stone, sandal wood, and palm fronds separated by alleyways and leading to a large square. The beautiful neighbourhood offers contemporary art, traditional crafts, a coffee museum and plenty of cosy cafes making it an ideal place to spend an afternoon relishing in heritage. Make sure to stop at the famous Arabian Tea House for lunch, trust me its worth it you just may have to wait for a free spot.
To discover more history and heritage in Dubai, have a look at my guide of Old Dubai.
Disclaimer: All views are my own and all photographs are © My Pink Diary.