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Bur Dubai is still a residential hotspot, with a multitude of nationalities, especially from the Indian sub-continent, living in multi-storey apartment blocks.
It also offers great shopping and entertainment options. It also has reasonably priced hotel accommodation and apartments to let. Much cheaper than the Jumeirah area....and more central!!
If you like exploring, this is one of the best areas of Dubai, with Bastakiya, Shindagha and Dubai Creek offering atmospheric historical and visual sights that are great to stroll around.
Bur Dubai also has Dubai Museum, Dubai Old Souk, the Textile Souk, the Grand Mosque and the Bur Dubai Corniche to enjoy.
It also has modern shopping malls such as the Burjuman Centre and smaller malls on Bank Street and Mankhool Road. These contrast greatly with the oldest souks in Bur Dubai, near the creek. So there is a complete range of shopping choices.
The area near the mouth of Dubai Creek, known as Shindagha, is a good starting point to explore Bur Dubai. Here you will find the Shindagha Tunnel crossing under the creek, taking heavy traffic across to Deira and Corniche Deira.
Just offshore of the latter is the exciting new palm-shaped development called Palm Deira.
You can also cross Dubai Creek by traditional small boats called abras, which are packed with locals going about their business.
A trip in an abra is a must whilst in Dubai. Besides, the gold and spice souks are just across the creek from Bur Dubai. What a great way to get to them!!
In Shindagha, Bur Dubai you can visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House and the nearby Heritage and Diving Village by the side of the creek.
Then you can follow the loop in the creek inland to the very interesting Dubai Old Souk and Dubai Museum.
Next port of call is the restored, historic, Bastakiya area, where you can see some traditional homes and glimpse the old Arab way of life.
Underneath heavy wooden-beamed, shaded walkways, nearby, is the busy textile souk, with every type of fabric imaginable on display. A wonderful place to browse and haggle over a deal!
Close at hand is the Diwan which is a government office building. A short distance from that is the beautiful Grand Mosque, with its 54 domes and 70 metre minaret, the tallest in the city!
From Bastakiya it is possible to follow the corniche along the creek-side, where a number of luxury cruise boats moor. You can board one of these for a relaxing,romantic dinner cruise. What could be nicer?
The grassy parks on this side of the creek are great locations for admiring the views of the luxury hotels and the outstanding, innovative architecture of the Deira side of the creek. The passing water traffic also supplies endless interest.
There is even a fascinating fishing museum near this part of Dubai Creek!!
Are you hooked already?