Al Seef
Points of Interest & LandmarksScenic Walking Areas
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Along Dubai Creek’s shoreline is Al Seef, a bustling waterfront promenade where old meets new. It has two zones: an old-world heritage area and a modern section lined with malls, hotels, and restaurants. Here, you can learn about the Gulf’s beginnings as a famous pearl diving port, explore the open-air floating market and 1950s-style souk, get a henna tattoo, and purchase handicrafts along the sikkas (alleyways). You can even hop aboard a romantic dhow boat and take in the fantastic views on a dinner cruise. Al Seef is great to visit together with the nearby Al Fahidi neighborhood on a walking tour. – Tripadvisor
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  • Devendra G
    India963 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charm of old dubai
    Al-seef is a nice place to visit in dubai. It has aheritage village were one can see how old houses were designed in this part of the world. There are multiple food joints by the side of the ocean. On the other side is old dubai. Nice place to visit in evening.
    We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Al Seef. Please visit us again soon! Al Seef Team
    Written July 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,096 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attractive Re-creation of a Traditional Market
    Opened in 2017, Al Seef located along the banks of the Dubai Creek is a re-creation of a traditional market. It certainly looks and feels authentic. It is a pleasant area to stroll around and to shop or eat. We visited around noon and it was very quiet. Make sure to stop somewhere and enjoy a Karak tea. Nearby is the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood and the Abra boats that take you across the Dubai Creek for a chance to explore the grittier Spice and Gold Souks. I would love to come back someday and visit at night as the area looks even more enchanting after dark.
    We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Al Seef. Please visit us again soon! Al Seef Team
    Written July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 20, 2023
  • corme2
    386 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Al Seef, well worth a visit
    Nice visit to Al Seef, recommended for seeing the old style buildings and shopping for bargains. Many places for food and drink, really good value. Great to stroll down the Promenade too and see a different side to Dubai
    Hi Corme2, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
    Written December 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written December 5, 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely development
    This is an impressive development on the creek. The development comprises an ‘old’ dude and ‘new’ side. The old side captures well the traditional building and streets of a classical Middle Eastern city. There are a large number of restaurants and shops, a museum of illusions and a couple of hotels. The whole area runs alongside the creek which makes further a beautiful backdrop.
    Hi Nicholas, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
    Written February 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 10, 2024
  • david p
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Casablanca
    Hotel is in a great location. I feel like I'm in Morocco n in a Indiana Jones movie. Plenty of shop n cafes right below our room. Room are small n have no electrical plus to charge phone from US ..so bring adapters..or ask hotel to bring you one..
    Greetings from Al Seef! Thank you for your review, G7758. If there's anything we can do to improve, please let us know how we can get in touch:800-738245. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Al Seef Team
    Written February 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2024
  • Neehamb
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mirzam at Al Seef
    MIRZAM Chocolate is must visit at Al Seef! Nestled in the vibrant streets of Al Seef, we stumbled upon this hidden gem of a chocolate store. During our visit, we had the pleasure of meeting the person behind the counter: Waseem, who exuded kindness and warmth. He patiently guided us through the array of chocolates, generously offering testers and sharing his expertise. We left with bags full of treats and hearts full of gratitude only because of him. Whether you’re a chocolate aficionado or simply seeking a sweet escape, this charming spot promises to satisfy your cravings and leave you with a smile. Thank you Waseem!
    Hi Neehamb, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
    Written March 3, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • TannyHabib
    Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Mixture of old & new Dubai
    We are regular visitors to Al Seef when the weather cools down in the UAE. The redevelopment of the old Bur Dubai Creekside by Meraas is quite fantastic in my opinion. Inspired by the old Dubai architecture with sand stone and wind towers, they have changed the whole look & feel of this area. Ample parking in the lower levels, loads of eating joints of all types and the views across the creek are just fantastic! Definitely visit during the early evenings to around sunset time to get the best experience and experience Al Seef at night.
    Hi TannyHabib, thank you for your kind words! We are glad you were happy with our service. Al Seef Team
    Written March 21, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • BradHurley
    108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reproduction of how things used to be
    I do enjoy historical city centers, but this felt inauthentic to me. This entire area was built "in the style of" historical Dubai, and I did enjoy the scenery and the change of pace from the rest of Dubai. But I couldn't help but feeling that this was simply a veneer over an outdoor shopping mall. I stayed at the Al Seef hotel, which sprawls over a wide area, and I couldn't help but think that the idea was to locate the rooms so that you'd have to walk past lots of shops and spend lots of money.
    Hi BradHurley, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to share it with us, it really helps us improve our business. Al Seef Team
    Written May 13, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 13, 2024
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BradHurley
Hartford, CT108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I do enjoy historical city centers, but this felt inauthentic to me. This entire area was built "in the style of" historical Dubai, and I did enjoy the scenery and the change of pace from the rest of Dubai. But I couldn't help but feeling that this was simply a veneer over an outdoor shopping mall. I stayed at the Al Seef hotel, which sprawls over a wide area, and I couldn't help but think that the idea was to locate the rooms so that you'd have to walk past lots of shops and spend lots of money.
Written May 13, 2024
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Hi BradHurley, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to share it with us, it really helps us improve our business. Al Seef Team
Written May 14, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bob
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It was a nice place to visit. The setup is quite good with collection of lovely and attractive handicraft. It is a good place to visit
Written May 5, 2024
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Hi Sanagg67, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
Written May 6, 2024
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I had first visited this place in 1985 when I first visited Dubai and found it to be fascinating and visited this place again on the 14th of April 2024 ! Featuring fab views of Dubai's historic creek, traditional dhows, and old-world architecture paired with modern comforts, Al Seef is the ideal tourist lifestyle. Took a walk in the late evening and it was a walk down the memory lane as I remember visiting this place almost three decades ago ! What fascinated me was the blend of both old and new as they have preserved the past and the present that’s typically a part of Dubai’s rich cultural heritage that really casts a magic spell for a travel enthusiast !
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written April 14, 2024
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Hi Dr. Javed, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
Written April 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We passed by al seef with family coming to visit Dubai, passed by Al seef which is very beautiful stopped by the pashmina house to get souviners which was the biggest mistake

He disrespected everyone, started shouting on our kid and the family we called the security they started speaking urdu which we don't understand altough we asked them to speak in english as its our problem to understand

Unprofessional - rude - worst service
Written April 12, 2024
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We're sad to see your negative review and we would like to know more behind it. Please let us know how we can reach you here: 800 738245 Al Seef Team
Written April 15, 2024
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Willem B
Boksburg, South Africa280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This place takes you to another Dubai, the one before all the skyscrapers. Lovley little shops and eateries. It is a must to see when you visit Dubai, not all is money, money.
Written April 10, 2024
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We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Al Seef. Please visit us again soon! Al Seef Team
Written April 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TannyHabib
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We are regular visitors to Al Seef when the weather cools down in the UAE. The redevelopment of the old Bur Dubai Creekside by Meraas is quite fantastic in my opinion.
Inspired by the old Dubai architecture with sand stone and wind towers, they have changed the whole look & feel of this area.
Ample parking in the lower levels, loads of eating joints of all types and the views across the creek are just fantastic!
Definitely visit during the early evenings to around sunset time to get the best experience and experience Al Seef at night.
Written March 21, 2024
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Hi TannyHabib, thank you for your kind words! We are glad you were happy with our service. Al Seef Team
Written March 22, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ekspertas
Vilnius, Lithuania412 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I expected to be more authentic, if fact it is just imitation of bazar - long alley of vendors selling the same tourist stuff and some eateries. Must admit public toilets are available and in good shape.
Written March 12, 2024
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Hello Ekspertas, thank you for your feedback. If there's anything we can do to help, please let us know how we can contact you: 800 738245 Al Seef Team
Written March 13, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Waldo Perez
Sao Paulo, SP446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Excellent place to see beautiful sights of the canal, to go shopping for local artifacts and to eat

The shops are all in a region where one thinks he/she is in the past Very cool

The walkways are wide and with awesome views

Highly recommend for the late afternoon
Written March 11, 2024
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Thanks for the great review, Waldo P. It was a pleasure serving you as a guest. Al Seef Team
Written March 12, 2024
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Jacob M
Germany3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice place to roam with family but I will recommend going in evening, too hot at day time. Kids enjoyed the views of old boats
Written March 8, 2024
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Hi T3109KJjacobm, thank you for the positive feedback! We're always happy to hear good things from our guests. Al Seef Team
Written March 11, 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It is located on the banks of Dubai Creek on the Bur Dubai side and recreates the old town with its traditional houses. Otherwise, it is something like an open air mall with cafes, shops, restaurants, there is even a hotel. From here, the tourist boats for a ride on the Dubai Creek are caught. There are also public toilets - extremely clean and well maintained.
Written March 7, 2024
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Hello Ogi0, thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing review. Our team will be thrilled to read it. Al Seef Team
Written March 8, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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