Monday, 22 September 2014

Day 13 - Bur Dubai and Dubai Museum

After a morning lazying by the pool, we decided to become a little cultured and headed to the historical area of Bur Dubai to visit the Dubai Museum and take a river boat across the creek to the Deria area.

The view to Downtown Dubai from the metro station by our hotel.
Unlike the mall area of Downtown Dubai, Bur Dubai is home to the restored historical quarters. Feeling more residential, it’s a maze of narrow streets, sand, souks and of importance to us the Dubai Museum. For just 3 Dhs (around 70 cent) you can enter the museum to learn about the history of Dubai and it’s people. It comprises of an area above ground and a rather impressive interactive gallery underground. Getting there wasn’t very straightforward. We took the metro and walked in the 40 degree heat using Google Maps on our phones for directions. I suppose most visitors to the museum arrive via coach or tour bus.

At Bur Dubai

One of the beautiful buildings in Bur Dubai

Outside the Dubai Museum
It was well worth the visit, afterward we found ourselves in the narrow backstreets containing the souq or market areas. Dealers where pushing their tat on us, it was a tad annoying as at that time of the evening we were the only tourists around. We’d never visited this part of the city before, we did feel a little nervous but it was quite safe. It’s just “different” to the wealth of other parts of the city.

The Dubai Museum

Inside the Dubai Museum.
We headed to the old Dubai Souq water boat station and ventured on a boat trip crossing the creek to the Deira side. The boat trip only costs 1 Dhs (around 15 cent) and runs 24/7. As boats fill up they move off. There is absolutely no safety on board, we even crashed when we set off (you can see this in the video below). You sit in the middle and hope of the best as the boat makes the 5 minute crossing.

The buildings in Bur Dubai

At the Souk in Bur Dubai

We took this boat across the creek

The creek we crossed by boat
The sun was setting as we crossed and we couldn’t have chosen a better time to do so. Seeing the sun disappear and see the city around us take on a different light was breathtaking. It was also call to prayer, with the call being echoed out from the many mosques which dotting the shorelines on both sides.

Arriving into Deria we returned to familiar grounds. We’d visited and walked around this part of the city many times on previous visits. It’s home to the gold and silver souks and bustling with life. You wouldn’t find any local emirate living here, the population is made up of the many Indian and other Asian ex-pats who’ve made Dubai their home.
Safely make it over to the Deira side.
After a quick look around, we jumped onto the air conditioned metro system and visited the nearby Deira City Centre Mall before returning to the hotel for dinner in Wagamama (which is in our hotel too).
Deira Shopping Centre - TV screen announcing it was Prayer Time
We rounded off the evening with a visit to the hotel niteclub, Zinc, where it was cabin crew night.
Down for dinner at Wagamama

At Zinc nightclub in our hotel

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