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Top Choice Museum in Bur Dubai

Dubai Museum

The city's main historical museum charts Dubai's turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. It has an atmospheric setting in the compact Al Fahidi Fort, buil…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Bur Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Anyone keen on delving deeper into Emirati culture and history should take advantage of the activities, Emirati meals and tours offered through this nonprofit Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, based…
Top Choice Area in Bur Dubai

Al Fahidi Historic District

Traffic fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of this nicely restored heritage area formerly known as the Bastakia Quarter. Its narrow walking lanes are flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind towe…
Top Choice Cafe in Bur Dubai

Arabian Tea House

A grand old tree, white wicker chairs, turquoise benches and billowing flowers create a sun-dappled refuge in the courtyard of an old pearl merchant's house. The menu includes lots of Emirati specialities, including…
Top Choice Gallery in Bur Dubai

Alserkal Cultural Foundation

This nonprofit runs the most dynamic cultural space in the Al Fahidi Historic District. Galleries showcasing traditional and cutting-edge works by local and international artists orbit a central courtyard anchored b…
Japanese in Bur Dubai

Tomo

The name of this gorgeously formal restaurant translates as 'long-time friend', which is quite apropos given its league of loyal followers. No gimmicky fusion here, just Japanese cuisine at its best: super-fresh sus…
Museum in Bur Dubai

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

This grand courtyard house served as the residence of Sheikh Saeed, the grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, from 1912 until his death in 1958. Today, the architectural marvel houses an exc…
Viewpoint in Bur Dubai

Dubai Frame

Opened on 1 January 2018, this 150m rectangular 'picture frame' sits in Zabeel Park, right between historic and modern Dubai, and provides grand views of both parts of the city. Galleries on the ground floor tell th…
Area in Bur Dubai

Shindagha Historic District

Strategically located at the mouth of Dubai Creek, Shindagha was where the ruling sheikhs and the city elite lived until the 1950s. While some homes have been reconstructed and recast as museums, most of the area is…
Museum in Bur Dubai

Crossroads of Civilizations Museum

This private museum in the Shindagha Historic District illustrates Dubai's historic role as a trading link between East and West. On display are hundreds of artefacts from the Ubaids, Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and…