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 neighbourhood has well preserved clay washed wind towers(Barjeel) which provided natural air-conditioning effect by special technique of tunneling the wind into houses. This is perfect example of energy saving model in 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 site 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 souq in the oldest area of Dubai. So Let’s Explore Al Fahidi Souq…………
Al Fahidi Souq is 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 souq. Many patterns from all over the world are stocked in the souq. In this souq, cutomization 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 traditional styled bottles.
TIPS TO Explore Al Fahidi Souq –
- Test your whole bargain skills in this market, as lots of bargaining is done here.
- Best time to Explore Al Fahidi Souq 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 between 10:A.M. to 10P.M. with 1 hour lunch break. On Fridays shops are open between 4:00P.m.to 10:00P.M.
Al Fahidi Souq is located on banks of Dubai creek so it has views of sea water. Here traditional styled abras(wooden Boats) runs from one end of old Dubai to other end at a rate of 5 AED(one way travel) . This Abra ride is fun and gets the glimpse of ancient Dubai about how sailor businessman used to come for trading. Even in modern days, it is important way of communication from Al fahidi souq to Deira Souq.
How to Reach Al Fahidi Souq – 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 to take your own car as parking is crowded.
Is Al Fahidi Souq Safe???
Yes it is very much. Al Fahidi souq 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, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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