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Dubai Culture and Life

What might seem like just over three centuries of history isn’t bad for a place for Dubai. The authorities have maintained Arabian culture and heritage of Dubai well. From a small pearling and fishing centre to a world famous port and a business centre, the path has been well laid.


When you say history, the Al Fahidi Fort, built around 1787, comes to mind. The Dubai Museum here will guide any earnest seeker of Dubai truth to light. It traces the place’s history from the time it was just a small settlement. There are other museums and historical sites to visit in Dubai.


Travellers should go for walks around the city, especially the older parts of the city. Bastakiya area of Dubai is one such place. In the weekends there are camel races, horse races and cultural programmes not to be missed. Traditional dhow racing can be watched from the Mina Seyahi area throughout the year. Falconry displays are quite an old pastime here. Visitors will find this fascinating. Daytimes during Ramadan can be quite taxing – no eating in public places. But in the evenings, the city comes alive with Ifthar, breaking of the fast


The relatively newer forms of entertainment and shopping are Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. Stalls, shops and exhibitions from every corner of the world decorate these festivals. Many shows and cultural programmes spring up in every nook and corner of the city for tourists to watch. A lot of events are organised during these festivals. Theme parks of various kinds are found during the festivals as well as some round the year. Children’s City and Kidzania at Dubai Mall are great attractions for children.

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