Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
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Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Fahidi • 6 min walk
  • Al Ras • 9 min walk
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restored Historic Neighborhood in Dubai
    Preserved historic neighborhood dating back to the 1890s that was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s and is now restored. We wandered through the narrow alleys of the neighborhood after visiting the re-created Al Seef shopping and dining complex and before taking an Abra across Dubai Creek to the Gold and Spice Souks across the water. We just strolled through and enjoyed it but to be honest there didn't seem like a lot to do. With that said, there are several art galleries and a coffee museum that can be visited. Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum is also nearby.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Sara Pachachi
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite place to discover the souk of dubai
    I've been taking visitors here for almost 20 years. This is old dubai and where you should start your journey when you land in dubai. Walk the charming alleyways, see a very cool boutique hotel and get lost exploring the different houses and cafes there!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Μάριος
    Nicosia, Cyprus38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Dubai
    Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a nice place to visit for anyone who wants to experience the old way of life in Dubai. The neighbourhood dates back to the mid 19th century and has been preserved and restored to showcase the traditional buildings, wind towers, alleys and squares that were once home to the merchants and traders of the city. You can wander around the neighbourhood and discover various cultural activities, museums, art galleries and events that celebrate the rich history and diversity of Dubai. You can also visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where you can learn more about the Emirati culture, religion and customs. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a place where you can immerse yourself in the past and appreciate the contrast with modern Dubai. It is a unique and memorable experience that I would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • らわ
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,694 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An old cultural district
    This is definitely worth a visit in Dubai if you want to get away from the luxury high life of the Marina. It is old and shows culture more. There are a few nice Arabian coffee houses, nice alleys to walk around in and get photos and also the boat ride which is 5 minutes to cross to the other side to see the Souk. Nice place for a stroll.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Culture09
    Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    It’s a beautiful quiet place. It seemed that time stood still there. There were many little souvenir shops but we found a shop which was so reasonable. I would never have thought that a tourist spot would have a reasonably priced shop but there it was! The staff there was very honest and friendly. We roamed literally the whole of Dubai and saw the same stuff but they were all so expensive so we returned back to this shop to buy souvenirs for family and friends. Next to this shop there is a shop which sells spices , perfumes and Alladin Lamps, again the cheapest we have seen. We bought plenty of Alladin Lamps too.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • AucklandWiz
    Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Interesting Part Of Town With Some History
    I had read about this place and wanted to go, but found the practicality of getting to this place somewhat difficult. I was driving, the traffic was slow and congested and it was not easy to get back after making a wrong turn etc. What I did not know is there was parking underneath. So after stressing out about street parking as we did not have the app and could not pay with cash or card, and wasting so much time, I finally discovered there was a car park building underneath the old quarter. The problem had been poor signage and lack of knowledge. Once we got a secure park we were able to explore the Old Quarter. But it was extremely hot ++ and it is impossible to concentrate on shopping when the temperature is all consuming. However the architecture was interesting and it was a nice wander through the old area and was a nice contrast to all the modern glitz and glamour Prices are on the high side. For 2 AED we took the boat across the river to the Gold Souq. Incredible array of beautiful gold and other souqs there as well. Lots of haggling and trying to get you into their stores. But it all starts to look and sound the same so we did not spend much time on the Souq side of the river.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2024
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different side of Dubai
    This is a quieter, older side of Dubai which many visitors may not know exists. There are some great restaurants selling Middle Eastern food, including the fantastic Arabian Tea House, and plenty of interesting installations and sights, including a replica Bedouin camp and mother and baby camel. The area is adjacent to the old Dubai Creek which is very picturesque.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Kamruzzaman
    Uttara, Bangladesh20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Emirati life in a traditional way
    I have been to Dubai many times but never been to historic part of old Dubai. This time I made effort. Getting down from nearest metro station, I kept on walking towards Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood. The place gave me a sense that local Dubai people is not only about glittering building, they lived a Bedouin life in tents in deserts. Coffee museum and cultural center were good to visit. Then took a boat ride across the river to go gold souk. Overall I had expected little more from the place. It stills shows concrete houses in old design. Instead, there could been tents in the desert. I would say, it’s a good to have visit, not a mystery-have visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2024
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travel6345
San Jose212 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The place is under construction right now and most of it is closed to even walk through. I doubt it will be done soon so avoid for now

We walked from Dubai old village passed al fahidi through some souks to the abra and took that for a tour and were dropped at the souks.

It was super hot in June for walking but we did it anyway. Disappointing that this particular part which we thought would be the more authentic old town was closed. The Dubai old village was nice to walk through and eat breakfast though the shop owners are pretty persistent and all want to strike up a conversation and that conversation only ends when you leave even if you buy something they will want you to buy more. The shop owners by the old town are even more persistent and it's uncomfortable to have 20 people one after the other ask you where are you from when you just want to walk down the street. You really can't even take pictures. The abra workers were a little helpful and we paid for the 30 minutes boat ride tour just to get away from the shops. The boat ride was nice, but Id get it on the gold souks side of the river instead to avoid walking through this area. Maybe when the construction is done it might be worth visiting but even then it's hard to tell what's original and what is just theme over a mall.
Written 11 July 2024
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Superplex
Los Angeles, CA76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a work in progress. During our visit most of the streets were blocked for construction. It was very hot with no place to sit down and very little shade. However, when the construction is finished, I think this district will be well worth visiting. Lots of small art galleries and other shops in a historical district
Written 4 July 2024
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moondoggie
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Just visited on June 19th, mid-day. It was hot as expected. The streets were mostly empty and there were lots of closures. Many parts of the neighborhood are under renovation which made it hard to navigate through from one point to another. The attractions (e.g. galleries, cafes) were quite sparse. My party later wandered towards Al Seef and that neighborhood had seemed nicer and more lively. It was well kept with lots of souvenir stores open. The one plus for Al Fahidi was an accidental discovery of a nice scarf shop run by the sweetest store owner. My mother and I bought a number of beautiful scarves at a great price.
Written 22 June 2024
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Kamruzzaman
Uttara, Bangladesh20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I have been to Dubai many times but never been to historic part of old Dubai. This time I made effort. Getting down from nearest metro station, I kept on walking towards Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood. The place gave me a sense that local Dubai people is not only about glittering building, they lived a Bedouin life in tents in deserts. Coffee museum and cultural center were good to visit. Then took a boat ride across the river to go gold souk. Overall I had expected little more from the place. It stills shows concrete houses in old design. Instead, there could been tents in the desert. I would say, it’s a good to have visit, not a mystery-have visit.
Written 18 April 2024
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Hilina R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Thank you Adeel for a wonderful day! Informative, friendly, patient and a great photographer 😊
We really enjoyed our tour!!
Written 6 April 2024
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Melissa D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a great time on our tour. Adeel shared alot of information and brought us by many sights. Helped us take photos, very friendly. Would definitely recommend.
Written 30 March 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a quieter, older side of Dubai which many visitors may not know exists.

There are some great restaurants selling Middle Eastern food, including the fantastic Arabian Tea House, and plenty of interesting installations and sights, including a replica Bedouin camp and mother and baby camel.

The area is adjacent to the old Dubai Creek which is very picturesque.
Written 24 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I had read about this place and wanted to go, but found the practicality of getting to this place somewhat difficult. I was driving, the traffic was slow and congested and it was not easy to get back after making a wrong turn etc.
What I did not know is there was parking underneath. So after stressing out about street parking as we did not have the app and could not pay with cash or card, and wasting so much time, I finally discovered there was a car park building underneath the old quarter. The problem had been poor signage and lack of knowledge. Once we got a secure park we were able to explore the Old Quarter.
But it was extremely hot ++ and it is impossible to concentrate on shopping when the temperature is all consuming. However the architecture was interesting and it was a nice wander through the old area and was a nice contrast to all the modern glitz and glamour
Prices are on the high side.
For 2 AED we took the boat across the river to the Gold Souq. Incredible array of beautiful gold and other souqs there as well. Lots of haggling and trying to get you into their stores. But it all starts to look and sound the same so we did not spend much time on the Souq side of the river.
Written 2 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,302 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A neighborhood where you can get an idea of what Dubai used to look like. Traditional houses (not very attractive), narrow and winding streets. Right at the entrance is a pen with two camels (mother and cub). There are a few small museums, not very spectacular, souvenir shops, a small hotel. Also here you can find "Local House", a restaurant where you can eat camel meat. But their chef did not impress me.
Written 20 December 2023
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Culture09
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
It’s a beautiful quiet place. It seemed that time stood still there. There were many little souvenir shops but we found a shop which was so reasonable. I would never have thought that a tourist spot would have a reasonably priced shop but there it was! The staff there was very honest and friendly. We roamed literally the whole of Dubai and saw the same stuff but they were all so expensive so we returned back to this shop to buy souvenirs for family and friends. Next to this shop there is a shop which sells spices , perfumes and Alladin Lamps, again the cheapest we have seen. We bought plenty of Alladin Lamps too.
Written 11 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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