Must-see Cultural Monuments in Dubai
Dubai is a city unlike any other. Visitors have countless sights to see and things to do. Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun, outdoor adventures, or cultural charms, Dubai always delivers. Here we’ll be taking you through a look at five of Dubai’s must-see cultural monuments. Take advantage of the affordable car rental in Dubai and explore all of these places for an experience you’ll never forget.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
Experience the old-world charm of Dubai first-hand. Culture-seekers should travel to Bur Dubai, where you will find the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. It’s among the oldest areas of Dubai, steeped in history. Every twisting walkway, alley & antique wind tower tells a story, giving you a glimpse into the lives of past generations. Most of the district has retained its roots, presenting a fantastic escape from the skyscrapers & city noise. There are also guided heritage tours & Arabic classes at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding nearby.
No cultural tour of Dubai would be complete without first visiting the Grand Mosque. Found West of Dubai Creek, the Grand Mosque exhibits breath-taking architecture & design. Constructed in the 1900s and rebuilt in the 60s, the mosque has the tallest minaret in Dubai. Non-Muslim visitors are encouraged to come and see the beauty & intricate detail first-hand. You're not allowed in the mosque but the minaret is open to all.
Hili Archaeological Gardens
Situated just outside of Dubai is the sprawling Hili Archaeological Garden. Get yourself a Nissan sunny for rent and take the 10-kilometer journey to this pristine heritage site. Founded to preserve the relics & landmarks of Al Ain, tombs, bronze-age forts, and more await. You're greeted by a fantastic family area with a place for kids to play. Your surroundings are filled with monuments dating as far back as 2500BC. Hili Tomb is the main highlight. This circular final resting place has stood since 2000BC, measuring a massive 12-meters in diameter. It is one of the many burial chambers in the region, while the whole vicinity is rich in fossils.
Jebel Hafeet Tombs
Discover the UAE's earliest beginnings by visiting the Jebel Hafeet Tombs. At 5000-years old, this is one of the oldest tombs in the country. Found two hours outside of Dubai, each tomb carries a single chamber design. The walls exhibit local masonry from ancient times and uncut stones. Within the tombs, some of Dubai's most prized artifacts were found. Relics reflecting the bustling maritime trade famous to this vicinity.
Al Jahili Fort
The Al Jahili Fort is a grand centerpiece of the rich history found in Dubai. Built in the 1890s and restored between 2007 & 2008, the location is scenic & picturesque. Here you can look forward to the permanent exhibition devoted to explorer Wilfred Thesis. Having crossed the Empty Quarter (Earth's largest contiguous sand desert) twice - he was memorialized by this display. The fort itself stands as a striking structure. It even took the Terra Award for the best Earthen Architecture in 2016. Don't miss the chance to see it first-hand.
Try to fit them all in
After visiting one or two cultural sites, you’ll soon want to see them all. Make sure that you’ve got your transport sorted out and plan ahead. Set a schedule and see how many monuments you can fit into one day. One thing is certain, you definitely won’t run out of places to go and things to see. Day or night, Dubai delivers tons of fun and endless activities.