Explore the glorious past of the Middle East in the alleys of Al Seef, Dubai. Experience the meeting of old with new on the banks of historic Dubai Creek at Al Seef district. This newly constructed heritage district of Dubai beautifully showcases the amalgamation of the past with the modern world. A very beautiful way to pay tribute to our ancient past. Let’s read about Al, Seef Dubai – must do in Dubai and why it should be included in your Dubai Itinerary or what to do in Dubai list.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION | Al Seef, Dubai – Must Do In Dubai
HOW TO REACH – Taxi, Metro with Al Fahidi & Burjuman stations as nearest dropping point, Abra or water taxi ride, Public boats, Yacht or Dhow cruises, and Self-drive.
PARKING – Al Seef has well-developed ample underground parking. You can also hire Valet service or VIP Parking here.
OPENING TIMINGS – Summer Timings– Opens at 4:00 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Winter Timings– Opens from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
BEST TIME TO VISIT – In winter you can visit all day here. But in summers if you are planning for Al Seef, then plan your trip late evening, approximately at sunset timings.
COMMUTING INSIDE – Al Seef being stretched 1.8 km and 250 million sq.ft. area, you need to walk a lot. So take your water bottles and wear comfortable footwear. You can also hire open golf carts here to take a full round. Wheel-chair and Pram are allowed.
It is a very safe, highly maintained attraction with all essential services available inside the premises.
WHAT TO DO IN AL SEEF, DUBAI?
- Admire the old architecture and heritage of Emirate culture.
- Wander around the streets of old styled Middle Eastern town and taste the Arabic lifestyle.
- The arch styled doors, pillared corridors, “Jaali” – (net) styled railings or grills on staircases and other Islamic types of architecture are worth appreciating and photogenic. This place is very photogenic and a good option for photo-op.
- The whole heritage village has sand-colored mud washed walled buildings, typical Emirati homes, rustic wooden doors, authentic hay roof.
- One unique thing to spot out here is ancient “wind-tower” known as Barjeel in Emirati architecture style, which provided a natural air-conditioning effect by a special technique of tunneling the wind into houses. This is a perfect example of an energy-saving model in the Middle East and preserved to date. Al Seef has ancient styled courtyards, narrow streets full of colorful shops. You can spot wind-towers or Barjeel at every building with a special tower having holes and wooden poles. The criss-cross of poles fixed in a unique way to the holes on the topmost part of the tower. It passes out hot air and lets the cold air into the building. The flow of hot & cold air is controlled by Barjeel and that makes the whole house air-conditioned and cool in hot weather. The whole construction of Barjeel depends on the flow & direction of winds. Air at topmost part is cooler and so trap cool air, Barjeel is always constructed at the topmost part of the house or building.
- As in the 18th – early 19th century, Dubai was a port city and people here used to earn their livelihood by trading, pearl diving, fishing, which is prominently seen in this heritage area. Here you can find old fishing nets, pearl diving equipment and olden styled wooden boats which are quite interesting for all those history and culture lovers.
- Even olden styled furnishings, furniture, mud pots & vessels, artifacts are found everywhere and even the shops and branded eateries are designed as per ancient heritage style. You can find the London Dairy or Starbucks joint in the ancient style of heritage setting.
- Famous Bazaars and markets of ancient Arabic lifestyle are recreated here with some authentic handicrafts for sale.
- There are multi-cuisine restaurants and hotels for staying in authentic Arabic styled cottages with heritage styled interiors. Enjoy the cuisines around the world at your favorite restaurant here with authentic settings.
- Shopping of handicrafts, traditional souvenirs, handmade soaps, organic oils, and other items are worth buying out here. In some shops, you can also bargain and all shopkeepers are very polite and welcoming.
- In winter, Al Seef organizes many festivals, events, and outdoor activities for all ages and tastes. Sometimes they held special fireworks shows too. For exact calendars and event timings, refer to their original website.
- You can also hire traditional dinner Dhow cruise during sunset time and enjoy the iconic skyline or beauty of Dubai during twilight times.
A 1.8km stretch across the banks of historic pearl-diving base – Dubai Creek will take you to the past of Emirati culture. Strolling through sand-colored, clay washed buildings, arched wooden doors, rustic décor, quaint streets, zig-zag pathways, open courtyards, gives a glimpse of famous Alladin – The lamp or Ali Baba – The Forty Thieves story set-up. You can say this looks like Arabic wonderland.
The lighting of this area also matches the theme as the whole area glows up with small yellow-colored lights in rustic lanterns or old lamps. So what do you say, when you visit Dubai or are living in Dubai, then would you add up this attraction to your Dubai itinerary?
MUST DO ACTIVITIES AT AL SEEF, DUBAI
- Dhow Cruise.
- Dining out in rustic ancient settings.
- Shopping of handicrafts.
- Museum of Illusions.
- Also staying here is a unique experience. You can also book your 1 or 2 days to stay here.
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