If you are interested in getting to know the origins of Dubai, then take a trip to the Creek and rent your own Abra (water taxi) to go up and down before you cross to the Souks.
One of my personal favourite parts of Dubai, it’s a historical part of the town and you can negotiate a fee with the captain, who will take you on a private little tour to see the old part of the city.
You can do the trip at different times of the day, at sunset and at night as it will be a completely different experience all together.
Go behind HSBC bank on Bur Dubai to get on the Abra and cross to Deira to visit the Souks.
Make sure you have your camera as there are a lot of photo opportunities, just remember to ask permission before taking pictures of people, especially local ladies and dress modestly.
If traveling with young kids, make sure to visit a toilet before going there as there aren't many clean options around.