Dubai’s soaring skyline, world-class shopping destinations, and lively entertainment scene portray the modern era perfectly. Hosting more than 15 million tourists per year, Dubai is a redolent of luxury, magnificence, and splendor.

However, beyond the astonishing architecture, the city of Emirates has a rich legacy of culture and history. Unfortunately, most tourists overlook the real heritage for the thrilling activities in Dubai.

Here, we look at some of the top cultural activities to do in Dubai that offer the tourists an insight of the Bedouin lifestyle without compromising the fun factor.

  1. Dubai Museum

Perhaps the first place to start would be the Dubai Museum that is located in the Al-Fahidi Court – the oldest structure in town.

The museum tour starts with a short video that highlights the developmental stage of the city. Inside the premises, the museum houses various images, artifacts, and other findings that signify the importance of sea before oil was discovered.

  1. Desert Safari

Take a break from the city book a guided ride that takes you through the sand dunes on a 4 x 4 vehicle into the Arabian Desert.  After the trip, enjoy a lavish BBQ dinner, henna tattoos, and traditional dances.

  1. Bur Dubai Abra Creek

Forget the expensive activates in Dubai and take a ride across the Abra creek on a boat.

The rickety boats have served as the primary mode of local transport between Deira and Bur Dubai. The boat ride – approximately 10 minutes – takes the visitors across the most beautiful – traditional and modern sights of the city.

  1. The Jumeirah Mosque

The only mosque that is open to public in Dubai, the Jumeriah Mosque offers daily tours (except Fridays) where visitors can get an insight of the Islamic culture through various presentations and question/answer session.

The mosque is adjacent to a café that is popular for selling camel milk coffees.

  1. Visit the Souks

Dubai boasts a variety of souks that are renowned for selling local spices, traditional souvenirs, textile products, and perfumes. The Gold Souk –largest in the world is also located in Dubai and should be visited during your trip to the city, regardless of whether you plan to buy some gold or not.

  1. Alserkal Art District

For art buffs, Alserkal Art District is a must-visit spot. The art hub showcases a number of galleries – both contemporary and traditional. The district also serves as a platform for newcomers to display their talent in the field of art, fashion, and even gastronomy.

  1. Ibn Battuta Mall

Dubai, as we know is a hub of expats from all over the world. The Ibn Battuta mall is one of the world’s largest theme-based shopping center and displays the journey of the Moroccan explorer. Inside the mall, you will find courts that are exclusively designed for the cities he visited whilst keeping a strong hold on the Arab’s tradition.

Besides providing a cultural experience, the mall boasts numerous shops, dining options, and entertainment venue – a compulsory addition to your activities to do in Dubai.