At the Dubai Creek visitors can take a small water taxi, called abra, allowing them to see the old trading port and the dhows from the water. The Creek is a natural sea water inlet, and it cuts through the center of the city, this is a historical part of the city. By taking a cruise to Al-Maktoum you will pass many landmarks, both historic and modern. A leisure walk round the walk will impress with a pitoresque glimpse at Dubai’s trading history.
Curious about the way people were keeping their houses cool in the days before electricity and air conditioning? Then Bastakiya is the place to visit, this district is a step back in time with it’s houses cooled by wind towers. Dubai was famous for these wind towers that were aligned on both sides of the creek. Even today, the narrow lanes are showing the distinctive Arabian architecture that is a popular tourist attraction marked for development.
These are the traditional markets of Dubai and they are very popular for bargain hunters but sightseers and photographers enjoy them too. The gold souk is the most famous of them, here the streets are full of shops were anything golden can be found at low prices even, rings, bars, and elaborate necklaces. The traditional spice souk has tiny lanes scented with sacks of cinnamon, incense, spices, and dried fruits. Also the modern fish souk bustles with activity but smells in this area are of a more unpleasant nature. On the other streets you can find everything from carpets to traditional pieces or loaves of bread.