A heritage city tour of Dubai with its narrow sikkas, wind towers, and fascinating stories of the past will give you a glimpse into its rich history and culture.
Today, Dubai is known for its high-rise towers, man-made wonders, and luxury lifestyle. This city has a rich history dating back centuries; Bronze Age nomadic groups established date plantations in the region by 2500 BC. The area we now know as Jumeriah served as a caravan station along the Persian trade routes (in today’s Oman and Iraq) as early as the 5th Century.
In 1580, Venetian pearl merchant Gaspero Balbi recorded the area’s pearl trade in his journals. Between 1833 and 1893, Maktoum bin Butti settled near Dubai Creek in Shindagah Region. This allowed the town to grow independently without being dependent on Abu Dhabi. Dubai began as a small fishing village and became a trade stop because of the quality of the pearls traded here. This region’s development was sparked by the discovery of oil during the 1960s.
Like the other ancient cities, Dubai’s face has changed dramatically, so it is difficult to remember how it was in those early days. With its sky-high buildings and development, it is difficult for tourists to understand the city’s rich history and heritage better. The Private Heritage City Tour Bastakiya will transport you back to the good days of old Dubai. Discover Dubai’s rich history and heritage on this five-hour private city tour.