Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
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Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
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  • Al Fahidi • 6 min walk
  • Al Ras • 9 min walk
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  • Deja Drew
    World814 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Glimpse into Old Dubai (With a Side of Selfies)
    If you're looking for a way to immerse yourself in Dubai's history and culture, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is the perfect place to start. And by "immerse yourself," I mean "take a few photos and move on to the next tourist attraction." Don't get me wrong – the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a charming and interesting place, with its winding alleys, traditional architecture, and vibrant art scene. But let's be real – most of the people visiting here are just looking for that perfect Instagram shot, and then they're outta there. And who can blame them? With so many other amazing attractions in Dubai, it's hard to justify spending too much time in one place. But if you do decide to stick around, there are plenty of things to see and do in Al Fahidi. You can visit the Dubai Museum and learn about the city's history, or wander through the narrow streets and snap photos of the colorful buildings and charming cafes. And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can even take a traditional abra boat ride across the Dubai Creek. But let's be honest – the real reason to visit Al Fahidi is to say that you did. It's like that history paper you wrote in high school – you didn't really care about the topic, but you knew you had to do it to get the grade. So go ahead and tick Al Fahidi off your Dubai bucket list – just make sure you get that perfect photo before you leave!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning Walking Tour
    DId a morning tour of this neighborhood with a guide and it was excellent. This neighborhood gives you a taste of what life was like before all he modern Dubai you see today. The abras available to cross Dubai creek are great as well. While in the neighborhood, ensure you go to one of the souks/local markets (spices, silver, gold, jewelry, etc…).
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 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 July 23, 2023
  • Sara Pachachi
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates30 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 September 7, 2023
  • Μάριος
    Nicosia, Cyprus13 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 November 6, 2023
  • らわ
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,511 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 November 26, 2023
  • Culture09
    Singapore, Singapore13 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 December 3, 2023
  • Culture09
    Singapore, Singapore13 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 December 10, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 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 December 20, 2023
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Culture09
Singapore, Singapore13 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 December 11, 2023
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らわ
Manchester, UK1,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
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.
Written November 26, 2023
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Μάριος
Nicosia, Cyprus13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written November 6, 2023
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Philippa
Ely, UK10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a really lovely place. I throughly enjoyed having a wander round and there were some nice bits to buy. Do haggle. The only thing I would say is it feels a bit like Adventure Land in Disney. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well worth a visit and looks great but it is a very sanitised reconstruction. Sadly the museum was shut when I went, which was a shame.
Written October 18, 2023
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Queenies of Queenstown
Melbourne, Australia166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We went to the historic area via a water boat late in the afternoon. I actually lived wandering the streets and they were quiet quaint. My only complaint or ick was that there is a Starbucks there which I think personally ruined the whole vibe of the area. There are some streets that are totally empty aside from some Instagram worthy items throughout and others were there are market stalls. I did see a hotel there and the trip home to Jumeriah was quite a quick trip around 20 minutes. The water taxi was 2 AED pp and we did see plenty of other boats just going up and down the river. If coming here make sure you get dropped on this side of the river as it’s easy access whereas we were dropped off on the Souk side and the walk was tiring and you’re getting haggled every step of the way
Written September 15, 2023
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ajmawad
Dubai, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Business
I was part of the sikka team, the event which is happening annually in Al fahidi, I always enjoy visiting this historic place where you see the magic of old houses and sekeek
Written September 11, 2023
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Sara Pachachi
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
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!
Written September 8, 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.

TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
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.
Written July 24, 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.

Charlene F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Business
My experience shooting at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood was nothing short of extraordinary. This enchanting and culturally rich neighborhood provided the perfect backdrop for our shoot, capturing the essence of Dubai's rich heritage and historical charm.
Written June 9, 2023
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