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Top 10 Dubai by Sarah Monaghan, Lara Dunston

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Bur Dubai

This bustling part of the city is now packed with hotels, office blocks and residential developments, yet over a century ago it was an area of just sand and barasti (palm frond houses) and windtower houses around the Creek. The best spot to get a real sense of old Bur Dubai is the historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood (formerly Al Bastakiya) where the charming courtyard houses have been restored beside the Creek. This lovely atmospheric district is a quiet oasis amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Here too is the imposing Al Fahidi Fort, now Dubai Museum, the original defence outpost for Dubai. The Shindagha heritage area, right at the Creek ...

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