Deira is an area that offers a unique mix of the modern and the vintage, unifying ancient history and contemporary culture to create a specific identity; ideal for the holidaymaker looking for the best of both worlds. This unique emirate of Dubai offers a multicultural setting with a strong flavour of old Dubai, resulting in vibrant and stimulating experiences on Deira holidays. Many markets maintain tradition and make for a friendlier, more independent atmosphere. Nightclubs and bars result in adventurous evenings during holidays in Deira, keeping variety alive in this animated district.
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Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
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Old Meets New
This historic looking city offers fabulous traditional souks and markets in old-style courtyard houses and narrow winding streets to give you the authentic taste of Arabia. Many of the souks specialise in spices, jewellery and textiles, with product origins ranging from India, China and Africa. This is definitely the destination for those who want to see the sights and experience the true culture of the UAE. To marvel at the manmade structures head towards the Dubai Marina, where you can shop till you drop in the enormous Dubai Marina Mall. The nearby area of Al Barsha also features a grandiose mall, coupled with family friendly spots such as the indoor ski park, Ski Dubai, and the Magic Planet Amusement Centre, perfect for those in search of traditional family fun. If you’re after something more authentic, take a trip to Dubai Creek where you can hop aboard a ferry and soak up the captivating views from the water. Whether you end up lounging on Deira or Jumeriah Beach, make sure you grab a bite to eat as the dining options during holidays to Deira are vast. Choose from Arabic and Pakistani cuisine at restaurants such as Habiba Al Nabulsi and Karachi Darbar, or Indian and Chinese at Ashiana and The China Club. A must for most visiting Deira is the safari tour. Commence your journey from Deira and explore the extensive deserts behind the wheels of a 4x4 or on the back of camel with the family. The fantastic experience will give you a true taste of Dubai and open your mind to the wonders of the natural world.