This half day tour through the modern and progressive city of Dubai (also known as City of Gold) is really an interesting one. Dubai still retains much of its original character with the over crowded creek with the ancient dhows and the wind- towers of the old houses in the Bastakiya District.
The Dubai creekside is a contrast of old and new. The tour starts from the elegant Jumeirah Mosque, which is a landmark of Dubai followed by the Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Hotel - the jewel in the crown of Dubai - to Nad Al Sahiba racecourse where you can see herds of camels coming and going for training. We return to Zabeel Palace, the family residence of the ruling Al Maktoum family after passing through the little Manhattan (posh area of Dubai with innumerable skyscrapers) and the towering World Trade Centre.
We proceed further to the creek side to see the Skyline of Dubai where you can see the fascinating views of skyscrapers and to Bastakiya, which is the old part of Dubai. Next to visit is the 150-year-old Al Fahidi Fort Museum, which shows some interesting artefacts which throw light on Dubai's historical links with trading and pearl diving. After the visit to beautifully restored Palace of Sheikh Saeed, the grandfather of the present ruler of Dubai you will be dropped at Abra (the ancient water taxi ferry) crossing point from where you cruise along the creek enjoying its beauty.
A visit to the spice souq and gold souq gives you an insight into Dubai's growth as a major trading centre. The last leg of the trip takes you to have a glimpse of Deira City Centre (the largest shopping mall in UAE), Emirates Training College, Aviation College, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Wonderland.
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