Deira Spice Souq
Steps from the Deira Old Souq abra station, the sound of Arabic chatter bounces around the lanes of this small covered market as...
Deira Gold Souq
All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) at this colourful covered arcade where hundreds of stores overflow with every kind...
Near the Al Farooq Mosque in the Al Fahidi Historic District, this small museum presents a collection of nearly 500 rare coins from...
New on the scene, this contemporary cultural space and cafe puts on all sorts of workshops (pottery, marbling, silkscreen, etc) as well...
Escape Dubai’s bustle at this artsy courtyard cafe in the Al Fahidi District where the menu eschews meat in favour of such offerings as...
along Baniyas Rd · interesting places nearby
Dhow Wharfage information
For a glimpse of Dubai's long trading history, stroll down the Creek for photogenic close-ups of brightly coloured dhows, precariously loaded to the hilt with everything from air-conditioners to chewing gum to car tyres. This type of long flat wooden vessel used in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf has docked here since the 1830s when the local Maktoum rulers established a free-trade port, luring merchants away from Persia.
Today’s dhows trade with Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Oman, India, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. Most of the wares are re-exported after arriving by air or container ship from countries like China, South Korea and Singapore.
Try to chat to the sailors if you can – if you find one who speaks English, you may learn that it takes a day to get to Iran by sea and seven days to Somalia, or that dhow captains earn as little as Dh400 a month. If your sailor friend is in a chatty mood, he may even regale you with real-life pirate stories. The pirates that stalk the waters off Yemen and Somalia sometimes make life very tough for Dubai’s hard-working dhow sailors.