Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restored Historic Neighborhood in Dubai
    Preserved historic neighborhood dating back to the 1890s that was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s and is now restored. We wandered through the narrow alleys of the neighborhood after visiting the re-created Al Seef shopping and dining complex and before taking an Abra across Dubai Creek to the Gold and Spice Souks across the water. We just strolled through and enjoyed it but to be honest there didn't seem like a lot to do. With that said, there are several art galleries and a coffee museum that can be visited. Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum is also nearby.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Sara Pachachi
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite place to discover the souk of dubai
    I've been taking visitors here for almost 20 years. This is old dubai and where you should start your journey when you land in dubai. Walk the charming alleyways, see a very cool boutique hotel and get lost exploring the different houses and cafes there!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Μάριος
    Nicosia, Cyprus38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Dubai
    Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a nice place to visit for anyone who wants to experience the old way of life in Dubai. The neighbourhood dates back to the mid 19th century and has been preserved and restored to showcase the traditional buildings, wind towers, alleys and squares that were once home to the merchants and traders of the city. You can wander around the neighbourhood and discover various cultural activities, museums, art galleries and events that celebrate the rich history and diversity of Dubai. You can also visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where you can learn more about the Emirati culture, religion and customs. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a place where you can immerse yourself in the past and appreciate the contrast with modern Dubai. It is a unique and memorable experience that I would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • らわ
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,694 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An old cultural district
    This is definitely worth a visit in Dubai if you want to get away from the luxury high life of the Marina. It is old and shows culture more. There are a few nice Arabian coffee houses, nice alleys to walk around in and get photos and also the boat ride which is 5 minutes to cross to the other side to see the Souk. Nice place for a stroll.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Culture09
    Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    It’s a beautiful quiet place. It seemed that time stood still there. There were many little souvenir shops but we found a shop which was so reasonable. I would never have thought that a tourist spot would have a reasonably priced shop but there it was! The staff there was very honest and friendly. We roamed literally the whole of Dubai and saw the same stuff but they were all so expensive so we returned back to this shop to buy souvenirs for family and friends. Next to this shop there is a shop which sells spices , perfumes and Alladin Lamps, again the cheapest we have seen. We bought plenty of Alladin Lamps too.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 10, 2023
  • AucklandWiz
    Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Interesting Part Of Town With Some History
    I had read about this place and wanted to go, but found the practicality of getting to this place somewhat difficult. I was driving, the traffic was slow and congested and it was not easy to get back after making a wrong turn etc. What I did not know is there was parking underneath. So after stressing out about street parking as we did not have the app and could not pay with cash or card, and wasting so much time, I finally discovered there was a car park building underneath the old quarter. The problem had been poor signage and lack of knowledge. Once we got a secure park we were able to explore the Old Quarter. But it was extremely hot ++ and it is impossible to concentrate on shopping when the temperature is all consuming. However the architecture was interesting and it was a nice wander through the old area and was a nice contrast to all the modern glitz and glamour Prices are on the high side. For 2 AED we took the boat across the river to the Gold Souq. Incredible array of beautiful gold and other souqs there as well. Lots of haggling and trying to get you into their stores. But it all starts to look and sound the same so we did not spend much time on the Souq side of the river.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 2, 2024
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different side of Dubai
    This is a quieter, older side of Dubai which many visitors may not know exists. There are some great restaurants selling Middle Eastern food, including the fantastic Arabian Tea House, and plenty of interesting installations and sights, including a replica Bedouin camp and mother and baby camel. The area is adjacent to the old Dubai Creek which is very picturesque.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Kamruzzaman
    Uttara, Bangladesh20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Emirati life in a traditional way
    I have been to Dubai many times but never been to historic part of old Dubai. This time I made effort. Getting down from nearest metro station, I kept on walking towards Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood. The place gave me a sense that local Dubai people is not only about glittering building, they lived a Bedouin life in tents in deserts. Coffee museum and cultural center were good to visit. Then took a boat ride across the river to go gold souk. Overall I had expected little more from the place. It stills shows concrete houses in old design. Instead, there could been tents in the desert. I would say, it’s a good to have visit, not a mystery-have visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 18, 2024
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Sabine K
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Coffee Museum is a very nice small museum and deals with everything relating to Coffee. They have a lot small and big items for coffee making, roasting, etc. Many interesting photos and coffee sacks from all over the world. We really enjoyed the coffee which we got from the lady from Ethiopia.

The dagger museum is situated directly next to the coffee museum. Very nice pieces were on display. It was interesting to see all the displays. Worthwhile a visit.
Written September 27, 2021
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Jo J
Norfolk, UK120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I was really disappointed with this historical site. It had the feel of a bad film set. There were mini models of old boats rather than real boats. There was a bedouin tent with a camel near by but it was a poor show. Even the exposed old city wall seemed not worth the heat and effort to get there. When the modern Dibai is so amazing this part of the city seems a complete let down and could be so much more culturally even if the history isn't old. Unless you have nothing better to do, I'd recommend you spend your time elsewhere.
Written April 7, 2022
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sssteveg
Haifa, Israel1,785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Al Fahidi is a restored historical neighborhood depicting the life in Dubai before its modern wealth and development. Admission is a modest 3 Dirham, and there are several interesting attractions to visit. One of them is the Dubai Museum, which has been closed (unfortunately) for the last 2 years due to corona. We walked through the narrow winding alleyways surrounded by ochre-coloured buildings made of palm wood, coral, mud or gypsum. There are even wind towers on top of the houses, the era's desert air conditioning systems. We had coffee and dates at The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Written February 14, 2022
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CarloHelmond
Helmond, The Netherlands664 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We got there early in the morning. Not many tourists there. It has a bit of the feeling of Arabian Nights. We were received with coffee and dates. We walk around and got a feel for the area. The coffee museum was a nice touch and being able to taste 2 types of coffee
Written March 1, 2022
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Having read a lot about the area in the tour guides we found it a bit underwhelming. It was very sleepy and quiet when we went, and there didn't seem like there was a great deal to do. We went to a cafe, went to a modern art gallery, and that was about it. It was hard to find our way around and most of the doors are unmarked so difficult to know what is behind each one.

The other historical recreation neighbourhoods in the city (Al Seef and Madinat Jumeirah) were much better and more interesting to explore with the variety of shops and restaurants found there.
Written March 7, 2022
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dwgdallas
Dallas767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A great start to visiting Dubai by immersing our group in the historical area especially Old Bastakiya Quarter. Fun to get lost in the alleyways and venture into different shops (particularly their courtyards. We stumbled into the area during an art fair and several temporary art installations. An extra treat for these art lovers. Shop keepers and gallery owners were welcoming.
Written March 25, 2022
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Chris Stephens
Norwich, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Beautifully preserved buildings dating back to Dubai's pearl fishing days as a British Colony in the 1800s. A great shady and quiet place to visit in the heat of the day, and a break from the constant glitzy skyscrapers and malls. Completely free to enter and everything inside is reasonably priced. Many charming courtyards and alleyways to explore. We were very tempted by the lovely teahouse and restaurant, and there is a "cultural understanding" place where you can learn more about the history and try some local cuisine. Not many people were there and not much was open, except the coffee museum (we didn't go in). Short walk from the metro, and we took an abra (small wooden ferry) across the creek to the Gold Souk. Highly recommend!
Written August 11, 2022
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jerrold613
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
While in Dubai, spend some time walking through the Al Fahidi district. You can visit the philately museum, the coin museum, the coffee museum, and other such points of interest. It is not far from the Abra station, and other points of interest in Dubai. Very easy to visit solo -- one does not need a tour guide.
Written December 22, 2022
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Abdulaziz MH
Dubai, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Beautifully preserved buildings dating back to Dubai's pearl fishing days as a British Colony in the 1800s. A great shady and quiet place to visit in the heat of the day, and a break from the constant glitzy skyscrapers and malls. Completely free to enter and everything inside is reasonably priced. Many charming courtyards and alleyways to explore. We were very tempted by the lovely teahouse and restaurant, and there is a "cultural understanding" place where you can learn more about the history and try some local cuisine. Not many people were there and not much was open, except the coffee museum (we didn't go in). Short walk from the metro, and we took an abra across the creek to the Gold Souk , Certainly a great place to understand architecture, culture and tradition. A must visit to those who like history.
Well set and maintained, all credit to the authorities for creating such a theme and place. Ample parking space , Highly recommend
Written October 28, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Preserved historic neighborhood dating back to the 1890s that was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s and is now restored. We wandered through the narrow alleys of the neighborhood after visiting the re-created Al Seef shopping and dining complex and before taking an Abra across Dubai Creek to the Gold and Spice Souks across the water. We just strolled through and enjoyed it but to be honest there didn't seem like a lot to do. With that said, there are several art galleries and a coffee museum that can be visited. Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum is also nearby.
Written July 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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