Explore Dubai’s frozen historic town with authentic Arabic culture and heritage. This historic town is called as Al Fahidi or Bastakiya as in ancient times, this quarter was built by merchants from Bastak(a town from Persia) came to Dubai for trading and set business along Dubai creek.
Al Fahidi historic neighborhood has well-preserved clay washed wind towers(Barjeel) which provided a natural air-conditioning effect by a special technique of tunneling the wind into houses. This is a perfect example of energy saving model in the Middle East and preserved till date. Al Fahidi has ancient styled courtyards, narrow streets with full of colorful shops. Al Fahidi is one of the ancient World Heritage sites in Dubai located on the banks of Dubai Creek dating back to 1890. This place has many hidden treasures and beautiful surprises. It is one of the heritage-themed souk in the oldest area of Dubai. So Let’s Explore Al Fahidi Souk …………
Al Fahidi Souk is the best place for shopping Textiles, Jewelry, Artifacts, Spices and Traditional Perfumes.
TEXTILES – Those who love colorful fabrics, intricate embroideries, customized stitched dress, pure Pashminas, furs then this place is must visit. Can be purchased per meter or full dresses too.
SPICES – Lanes of Al Fahidi souq are full of aromatic smell. Spices from all over the world are available here. Even the most expensive spice – SAFFRON can be purchased in bulk from here.
JEWELRY – Precious, semi-precious, cut or uncut stones are available in this souk. Many patterns from all over the world are stocked in the souq. In this souq, customization of jewelry as per our style can be done. Also, antique and ancient trinkets and jewelry are available here.
ARTIFACTS – Beautiful Persian pottery with intricate patterns are available at reasonable prices.
TRADITIONAL PERFUMES/ATAR – The original perfumes oil made from pressed flower are available here. Available in traditionally styled bottles.
TIPS TO Explore Al Fahidi Souk –
- Test your whole bargain skills in this market, as lots of bargaining is done here.
- Best time to Explore Al Fahidi Souk is during winters and if summers then go in evenings.
- Wear comfortable shoes as it is spread about 27,000 sq. metres area. Also, carry water bottles with you. Keep a big bag or trolley bag for keeping purchased items.
- Don’t get fully lost into shopping as keep an eye on the architecture of this place as it is very unique and photogenic.
- Morning times are less crowded as compared to evenings.
- Shops are open from Saturday to Thursday between10: A.M. to 10P.M. with 1-hour lunch break. On Friday, shops are open between 4:00P.m.to 10:00P.M.
Al Fahidi Souk is located on banks of Dubai creek so it has views of sea water. Here traditionally styled abras(wooden Boats) runs from one end of old Dubai to another end at a rate of 5 AED(one-way travel). This Abra ride is fun and gets a glimpse of ancient Dubai about how sailor businessman used to come for trading. Even in modern days, it is an important way of communication from Al Fahidi souk to Deira Souk.
How to Reach Al Fahidi Souk – Taxi, Metro and Abra. Metro runs from Downtown to Al Fahidi metro station by changing one station at Burjuman. Get down at Burjuman and take Green Line for Al Fahidi station. Al Fahidi souq is about 300 meters from metro station. Avoid taking your own car as parking is crowded.
Is Al Fahidi Souk Safe???
Yes, it is very much. Al Fahidi souk is extremely safe and well managed. Ladies can freely move and there is no fear of pickpocketing or other unwanted incidents. I have previously said, Dubai is extremely safe for tourists and local people.
Also what to see and do in Dubai can be found here. There are many staycations nearby Dubai amidst nature. Also, many food options in Dubai can be found here, as Dubai is famous for having cuisines from all over the world.
So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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