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  • Bastakiya. This restored historic neighborhood of meandering lanes, traditional Gulf houses, and ornate wind towers characteristic of early Dubai also has a number of restaurants, shops, and galleries.
  • Dubai Museum. The Al Fahidi Fort-turned-museum represents Dubai life in its pre-oil days with re-creations of a souk, early Arabian homes, mosques, and date gardens. There are also exhibits of desert and marine life.
  • Jumeirah Mosque. Although non-Muslims are typically not allowed to enter mosques in the U.A.E., the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque is an exception. Cultural tours are offered four mornings a week through the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
  • Spice Souk. This traditional market close to the Gold Souk offers a glimpse of Dubai as it once was, a place with winding alleyways of stalls packed with exotic fragrances, Arabic seasonings, herbs, perfume oils, and other delights.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.