Day 2 - Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek divided the 2 main sections of Dubai in the early centuries, these sections were Deira and Bur Dubai. During the early days, trade flourished due to fish and pearl expeditions conducted in the area. Pearl Hunting was an early driving force of the Dubai's economy prior to oil exploration in the 1960s.
After my exploration at Al Fahidi, we reached the Dubai Creek and were in searched for a breakfast place. We settled for this creekside cafe, called, Creekside.
We ordered 2 cappuccino and crab cake to share whilst admiring the creek view from the creekside cafe.
The cuppacino was good, the crabcake was better, it had chunks of real crabmeat in it and the sides were nicely seared creating a nice crisp/bite to it. I love the greens and grapefruit which which balance the richness of the crab.
Next stop after breakfast is the Al Fahidi Fort which is the oldest building in Dubai. The fort was used to protect the locals from other hostile tribes and also foreign powers.
One interesting fact of the fort is that it's built with coral stones and mortar, same for the various watch towers and surrounding wall. During one point in time, the Fort also served as a palace to the ruler.
We walked through the textile shops where store owners try to sell you their products which we politely decline. We made our way upstream to explore the other historical sites such as mosques and former sheikhs houses.
We also found a spot which offered a great view of the other side of the creek, Al Ras which we explored last evening.
We arrived at the old town and purchased tickets to explore the museums and historical villages. The tickets are reasonably priced and the buildings were well maintained, clean with not much a crowd. Totally conducive for photo taking.
Towards the end of the tour, we walked out of the village towards the nearby train station where we start our journey for lunch followed by evening walk at Burj Khalifa.