Trip Report - Day 4 : Dubai: Bur Dubai, Dubai Museum, Bastakiya, Gold and Spice Souks, Dubai Creek
01.01.2015 - 04.01.2015 19 °C
It was the last day of the trip. We had our flight back to Bahrain at 9:30 PM. We checked out at 10 AM from the hotel after a quick breakfast and left our bag in the luggage room of the hotel. The plan was to visit Bur Dubai and Deira and return to the hotel to pick our luggage and then leave for the airport.
We took the metro from the World Trade Centre Metro Station 2 to Burjuman Metro Station 2 using the red line. From there, we took the green line to Al Fahidi metro station 2. It took us around 30 minutes to reach. The Al Bastakiya region is very close to the metro station and we walked to it. As soon as we reached Bastakiya, we came across the Arabia Tea house. It was a very beautiful cafe located in an old wind tower building with a wonderful traditional setting.
Bastakiya is the older part of the town which is a welcome break from the hustle bustle of the city. Its a lovely area to just walk around observing the old buildings, ancient architecture, specially the wind towers.
Bastakiya also houses the Sheikh Mohammed Center of Cultural Understanding which is an organisation aimed at creating cultural awareness about the local culture, customs and religion of the UAE. They also organize cultural meals. (http://www.cultures.ae/). This looked very interesting to us, but we were short of time and could not make it here this time.
After wandering around in Bastakiya for some time, we went to the Dubai museum which is just 2 minutes away. This museum is located in the Al Fahidi fort and is the oldest existing building in Dubai from what I have read. It is a small but informative museum which houses a lot of exhibits explaining Dubai's history and local culture. The entry fee is AED 3 per person.
After the Dubai Museum, we visited the Grand Souk along the creek. It is a great place to shop for souvenirs.
I had read up a couple of great reviews about this lovely restaurant called as Bayt Al Wakeel along the creek. And of course, since we were in the same area, we headed there for lunch. The seafood platter we ordered was delicious and combined with the great ambiance, it just made our day more perfect. We sat there for quite some time, just enjoying the creek, the gentle breeze, the food, the abras passing by, and discussing the last 3 days in Dubai. The entire experience was beautiful.
Just a few meters away is the Dubai Souk Marine Transportation system. The Abra is the traditional wooden boat of Dubai and is still used to ferry people across the creek between Bur Dubai and Deira. It is a perfect way to cross the creek and visit the Spice and Gold souks on the other side of the creek. The abra is a must experience and costs just AED 1. Isha thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
The spice and gold souks were more of a checklist item for us and we just wandered around for some time.
After visiting the souks, we took the metro from Al Ras metro station to our hotel. We quickly freshened up, picked our bag from the luggage room and took the metro to the airport.
Thus came an end to an amazing trip....A perfect start to a New Year.