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There are several historical and modern tourist spots. At the mouth of the Creek is Shindagha, from where Dubai has taken its birth. Sheikh Saeed's House, built in the early 19th century, had its balconies from where the Maktoum (Dubai's royal family) rulers could watch shipping activities at the sea. Its wind-towers are a curious heritage.

BASTAKIA

The old district of Bastakia is an area noted for its narrow lanes and its wind-towered, traditional mud walled houses, some of which have been restored as private residences. In sharp contrast to the old houses is the Diwan Amiri (Ruler's Office) nearby. In the earlier days the wind towers served as air conditioners funnelling sea breeze and protecting the people from the mid-summer heat.

BAYT AL WAKEEL

Located near the abra landing on Deira side of the creek is this 1934 office building, the first of its kind in Dubai. Today it has been restored as a maritime museum throwing light on the fishing and sailing traditions of the emirate.

GOLD SOUK

One of the largest retail gold markets in the world, the gold souk located in Deira sells everything from ingots to intricately-worked jewellery, as well as precious stones and pearls, at bargain prices. Larger streets and small alleys are chock-a-block with stores and shops whose windows display a dazzling range of gold jewellery from all over the world.

SHEIKH SAEED AL MAKTOUM HOUSE

Located at Shindagha near the mouth of the creek, it was the residence of late Sheikh Saeed, former ruler and grandfather of the present ruler Sheikh Maktoum. The house, which dates from the late 1800s, is now restored to its original splendour and has been opened to the public as a museum. The house is typical of the region, consisting of windtowers and layers of rooms built around a central courtyard. Open daily from 0830 hrs to 1930 hrs (Sat - Thu). Fridays from 1400 hrs to 1930 hrs.

Burj Nahar

It is one of the three watch-towers which were built for guarding the old city. This renovated watch-tower in Deira is a much photographed heritage site.

Hatta Fort

This fort is a picnic spot, one hour from Dubai, at the foothills of Hajjar mountains.Outside the city, the Al Boom Tourist Village displays the old traditional nomadic life of the Bedouins.

Dubai Creek, Al-Khor

The Dubai Creek is the most fascinating part of the city and offers a picturesque sight of Dubai's tradings.

The Creek, a natural sea-water inlet devides Dubai in two parts, Deira and Bur Dubai. An attractive way to view theCreek with all the dhows is an "abra", one of the water taxis crossing the Creek. They leave every few minutes.

Bedouin Village

Some local tour operators offer the opportunity to visit Bedouin village outside Dubai. This provides an experience of the traditional desert way of life and may include camel-riding lessons. Those who want a desert safari experience with a difference may choose to stay at Al Maha, a unique luxury resort set in 3,300 acres of dunes off the highway between blankets, rugs, beads and a variety of other rural wares spread on the ground. Owners urge jockeys on to the finish line while trainers speedily follow the races in fourwheel drives which plough through the dust of the inside track.

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