Deira is the oldest district in Dubai, and it’s the only part of the city that has managed to hang on to its
heritage in the midst of modern development. Hotels in Deira line the east bank of Dubai Creek, with abra water
taxis crossing to the Bur Dubai side where the Dubai Museum and the Burj Khalifa tower are located.
Attractions in Deira include traditional markets like the Spice Souk. Merchants’ shelves here have been stacked with
fragrant spices and incense since the souk opened in the 1830s. Deira’s Gold
Souk is even more impressive, and it’s the largest market of its kind in the whole world.
Heritage House is another site worth visiting. It’s close to Dubai Creek, where it was built in 1890 and restored a
century later. It continues to be an important stop for commercial tourists. To learn more about Deira’s historical
role, travelers can visit Al-Ahmadiya School, a school-turned-museum that documents neighborhood history. A walking
tour of Deira is a great way to become immersed in the history of this area.
Deira may have a reputation as Dubai’s heritage district, but it still has plenty of modern luxury. Accommodation in
Deira features dozens of four- and five-star options. Hotels in Dubai have exclusive rights to liquor licenses, so
they offer the best dining and nightlife.