Although Dubai is seen as a relatively young destination, it has a fascinating history and a vibrant heritage that offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into Arabian culture.
A good place to start exploring the history and heritage of Dubai is the Dubai Museum: it is located inside Al Fahidi Fort, one of Dubai’s oldest buildings dating back to 1787. You can learn about Dubai’s early industries of pearl diving and fishing, and also the story of how it became one of the world’s most important trading ports. There are other museums in Dubai and in surrounding emirates that also offer important insights into the history and growth of the city and of the United Arab Emirates.
Throughout the year there are various cultural events that take place – these can be a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Ramadan is a wonderful time of year – the city is quiet during daylight hours, but in the evenings you’ll find locals, expats and visitors alike celebrating Iftar (the breaking of the fast) and socialising late into the night. Other events to watch out for include Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises – both of these feature heritage-themed events that take place around the city. In particular, watch out for Global Village during the Dubai Shopping Festival – it features pavilions from countries around the world that showcase the traditions and produce of each country.